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Happy Fall Y'All!

Temperatures are cooling, days are getting shorter -- can fall be far away? Buckle your seat belts today because if you like fall the way I do, I have many samples for you to savor.  Have fun with this fall-colored eye candy and stop in the store and see the samples and products IRL.  NOTE:  Be sure to click on the photos to see a larger view with more detail.

My first card is the one that started the avalanche of fall cards.  Harriet Head made it and I copied her sample.  The "Autumn" die cut is one of the new Elizabeth Craft Designs 4 Seasons dies based on Suzanne Cannon's beautiful calligraphy.  The other die is a new one from Poppystamps (Oak Leaf Swirl) and the paper is a favorite from several years ago: Bo Bunny's Autumn Song.  We still have some in stock so if you love it come and get it!  Thanks Harriet.

4-Seasons4 Seasons – Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Bo Bunny Song of Autumn paper; design inspired by Harriet Head

Here's a look at the 4 Seasons die set:

4-seasons-die4 Seasons die set ($21.99)

Poppystamps-die-oak-leaf-swOak Leaf Swirl die ($13.79)

I used some more of that sheet of Bo Bunny paper for this card -- again inspired by Harriet's card above.– Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Bo Bunny Song of Autumn paper; design inspired by Harriet Head

4-Seasons-Big-Leaf 4 Seasons Big Leaf – Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Bo Bunny Song of Autumn paper; design inspired by Harriet Head

I love Poppystamps new Stitched Fall Leaf Collage die; it cuts the leaves and stitches the veins at the same time! 

Fall-Leaf-CollageFall Leaf Collage die ($19.99)

Here I cut the die from the middle of the white cardstock then cut it from many colors of cardstock.  I inlaid some of the leaves into the die cut negative space then adhered others to the top of the card to extend the design to the entire card front.  The same 4 Seasons Autumn die was cut from gold and deep orange cardstock and slightly offset to show both colors.  4-Seasons-Fall-Leaf-Collage4 Seasons Fall Leaf Collage – Elizabeth Craft Designs die 4 Seasons; Poppystamps die Fall leaves Collage; Spellbinders die Mega Rectangles; design inspired by Joanne Jachna

I used the same die for this card to create a wreath. Here's a helpful hint: cut a circle frame using two circle dies and adhere the leaves to the frame.  It really makes it easier to arrange the leaves.  The wonderful sentiment is from a new Taylored Expressions stamp set that you'll see more of later in this post.

Leaf-WreathLeaf Wreath – Poppystamps die Fall leaf Collage; Taylored Expressions Simply Stamped Leaves; TE paper Pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest

In the first two cards above you can see the new Poppystamps Oak Leaf Swirl die and I showcase it here.  I cut two from white cardstock and colored them using small sponge applicators and Distress inks. The colorful little sequin flowers are from Taylored Expressions' new sequins Harvest.

Oak-Leaf-ThankfulOak Leaf Thankful – Penny Black die Words of Gratitude; Poppystamps die Oak Leaf Swirl; Taylored Expressions sequins Harvest 

Another new set from Taylored Expressions is the Pumpkin Bouquet stamp with coordinating die.  

PumpkinbouquetPumpkin Bouquet stamp ($9.99)

Pumpkinbouquet-diePumpkin Bouquet die ($17.69)

I made three cards using these two items.  The first card is stamped in black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers.  The background panel is embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder and to add color to the circle, I left the cut cardstock in the circle die and sponged on some light tan dye ink. 

Pumpkin-Bouquet-helloPumpkin Bouquet Hello Autumn – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Pumpkin Bouquet; TE paper Pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest; Memory Box die Stitched Circles; Darice embossing folder Woodgrain; design inspired by Kerri Michaud

The next two cards were stamped and embossed in gold then colored.  To add a little texture and more gold to the card I wound some gold cord into a circle and adhered it behind the focal image.

Pumpkin-Bouquet-BlessingsPumpkin Bouquet Many Blessings – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Pumpkin Bouquet; TE paper Pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest; TE dies Quatrefoil and Stitched Tags; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock

For this card I added the sentiment by stamping it in black on vellum then embossing it in clear embossing powder.

Pumpkin-Bouquet-ThankfulPumpkin Bouquet Thankful – Taylored Expressions stamp and coordinating die Pumpkin Bouquet; TE paper Pad Harvest; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

For this next card I used a new Little Bits die called Fall Harvest and the handy Stitched Frame Stacklets 1.  You may have a set of stitched rectangles; these are not panels, rather they are frames.

Littlebits-fallharvestFall Harvest Little Bits die ($6.69)

Stitchedframestacklets1500Stitched Frame Stacklets 1 ($29.99)

 I cut two frames and layered the pumpkins and gourds on top.

Happy-FallHappy Fall – Taylored Expressions dies Fall Harvest and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; Stampendous sentiment stamp; design inspired by Shelly Mercado

Here's another card using the Fall Harvest die.  The background was sponged with dye inks and jumbo daubers.

Give-ThanksGive Thanks – Taylored Expressions dies Fall Harvest, Door to Door Décor Fall and Picket Fence; TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; design inspired by Courtney Kelley

One of my favorite fall dies is the Wheat Stalks die from Impression Obsession.

Wheat-StalksWheat Stalks – Impression Obsession die Wheat Stalks; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves

There's a lot happening on our next card.  I took inspiration from the very talented Kitty Caracciolo and used a new die from Cottage Cutz: Pumpkins and Gourd plus lots of others from Impression Obsession.  Here's a tip to make the white washed worn fence.  Cut it from kraft cardstock then press it on a Versamark embossing pad (not full pressure).  Sprinkle on white embossing power, rubbing off some with your finger before heat embossing the fence.  Finish the fence by distressing it with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

The squirrels and leaves were colored with small sponge applicators and Distress inks.

Pumpkin-PatchPumpkin Patch – Cottage Cutz die Pumpkins and Gourd; Impression Obsession dies Tall Fence, Tall Grass, Grass Border, Squirrels, Rectangle Frame in Frame 2 and Rake and Leaves; design inspired by Kitty Caracciolo

One of the biggest trends in stamping is layered stamping and the new Simply Stamped Leaves set is perfect for this technique.  Here's a view of the set and the coordinating dies.  Please notice the fabulous fall sentiments!

Simplystamped-leaves-stampsSimply Stamped Leaves stamp set ($26.59)

Simplystamped-leaves-diesSimply Stamped Leaves die set ($19.79)

As you can see from the stamp set above, each leaf is made of 3 layers: solid base leaf; partially solid middle layer; and thin veins on top. Here are some tips for playing with layering stamp sets:

  • Pull out all your dye inks and play -- you may find some unexpected color combinations that you love.
  • Stamp layering sets suggest you use a stamp positioner to align the layers perfectly on top of each other.  I was too lazy to get mine out and honestly I didn't need it.  The leaves may not be perfect, but by the time you die cut them, you will not notice any misalignment.
  • Add a touch of bling by embossing the top layer (veins) with gold or copper embossing powder.
  • For some of the cards I stamped and die cut the solid layer and used it as a mat below the fully stamped leaf.

For the first two cards below I created the background by using supplies that were already on my desktop: ink and stamps.  I swiped my Delicata gold ink pad (a very glitzy gold pigment ink pad) across my kraft sheet then picked up the ink with a waterbrush and scribbled the ink on the background.  Next I used the vein stamps to stamp the background.

SS-Leaves-Calling-2Simply Stamped Leaves Thanks 2 – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Thanks; TE embossing folder Bead Board; design inspired by Shannon White

3-Maple-Leaves3 Maples Leaves – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Label Stacklets 2; design inspired by Shelly Mercado– TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; design inspired by Shelly MercadoSS-Leaves-Calling Simply Stamped Leaves Calling – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions dies Frame in Frame 1 and Label Stacklets 2; design inspired by Kendra Wiestock

  SS-Thanks-2Simply Stamped Leaves Thanks 2Have fun with color -- who says purple can't be a color of fall? – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Thanks; TE embossing folder Bead Board; design inspired by Shannon White

Add a little bling to your card by die cutting letters from gold mirrorcard -- it's bright and shiny and beautiful!

SS-Thanks-1Simply Stamped Leaves Thanks 1 – TE stamp set Simply Stamped Leaves; Taylored Expressions die Block Party Thanks; TE embossing folder Weathered; TE paper pad Harvest; TE sequins Harvest; Memory Box Stitched Circles; design inspired by Charmaine Ikach

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