Thursday, July 16, 2009

Falling for Falling Leaves

I love autumn! It is my favorite time of the year. The leaves changing their colors from green to the vivid hues of fall, foretelling what is yet to come! It is a season of bright, sunny days and crisp, cool nights. It's Halloween and Thanksgiving! A time of "Trick or Treating" and turkeys! Today's card evokes these memories for me, especially the beautiful colors of Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper. And if the paper alone does not provide enough of a "Wow" factor, did you notice Stampin' Up!s new Texture Cuts Wood Sheets? Enjoy some Falling Leaves which you will never need to rake!

  • Prepare a 4-3/4" x 5-1/2" card base from Always Artichoke, scored at the top. (Notice that this is not a standard card size.) Round the two bottom corners with the Corner Rounder.

  • Layer with the "Multicolor Leaves" selection from Autumn Traditions. Once again, round the two lower corners.

  • Ink assorted leaf stamps from the Falling Leaves stamp set with Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke, and Dusty Durango onto Very Vanilla card stock. Punch out with the 1-1/4" Square Punch, and pop onto 1-3/8" Squares punched from Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry, and Dusty Durango, using Stampin' Dimensionals. These are then layered onto 1-1/2" squares cut from the same four colors. (I matted as follows: Always Artichoke on Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry onto Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum onto Dusty Durango. The image color matches the bottom mat.)

  • Ink the "Happy Thanksgiving" circle with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch using the 1-1/4" Square Punch, and punch each corner with the Ticket Corner Punch. Mat onto Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry squares.

  • Arrange the images as shown in the photograph, and adhere to the Wood Sheet. Mat with Always Artichoke, and distress the edges with Soft Suede ink.

  • Add snippets of Dusty Durango and Crushed Curry Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon to the card base. (Tip: Because the paper is already "busy", I adhered the ribbon polka-dot side down.)

  • Position and adhere the image mat to the card base.

  • Ink the {Grateful} sentiment with Soft Suede and stamp onto Very Vanilla. Punch with the Window Punch and adhere to a Wood Sheet Modern Label. For a zip of color, punch a second Modern Label from Dusty Durango and snip off the ends. Adhere these ends to the Wooden Modern Label.

  • Two Vintage Brads and distressing with Soft Suede finish the sentiment, which is popped onto the card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The use of punches makes this card less labor intensive than one might think. I was anxious to try out the Wood Sheets, and found them to add just the right touch! They are thin enough that you can easily trim them with a paper cutter, scissors or a hobby knife. Plus, they are punchable, too! I also found myself "falling" for Falling Leaves. How about you?
As always, I love reading your comments and emails. Please feel free to leave me a comment, or if you have questions about any card, please feel free to email me. Until next time...
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Stamp Set: Falling Leaves (115368)
Ink: Perfect Plum (101437), Always Artichoke (105219), Dusty Durango (115654), Soft Suede (115657)
Designer Series Paper: Autumn Traditions (115668), Texture Cuts Wood Sheets (116309)
Card Stock: Perfect Plum (101889), Dusty Durango (115321), Always Artichoke (105122), Crushed Curry (115319), Very Vanilla (101650)
Tools: Ticket Corner Punch (107214), 1-1/4” Square Punch (104400), 1-3/8” Square Punch (103375), Modern Label Punch (116630)
Embellishments: Dusty Durango ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115609), Crushed Curry ½” Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (115614), Vintage Brads (109109)


Carla Bazhenow said...

Oh, this so pretty. Love the way you put it together. Hugs,

Gina Shaw said...

Stunning! Thanksgiving and Autumn are my two favorite times of year! Beautifully done!

Melissa said...

Ann strikes again! Absolutely gorgeous!!!! This is so beautiful! I love everything about it!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

I love Autumn too.

You are starting to hurt my wallet, Ann. Every card of yours lately has added another item to my wish list! :)

I didn't give Falling Leaves a second thought (or even that DSP). But after seeing both in action, I really LOVE them! The patterns on those little leaves is just too cute.

Patti said...

Okay, I haven't even peeked at this paper yet (came in my order) but now I can't wait to touch it! Thanks, Ann, for using something I already have! Your card is gorgeous!

Carol Doyle said...

Oh Ann, what a pretty card! You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing.

Kim said...

Another Amazing Ann card! Beautiful!!

Heather said...

That falling leaves card is gorgeous. Are the wood sheets hard to cut? What would you suggest, I want to get some, but they need to be easy to use! Thanks!!

Lisa Atha said...


Another absolutely gorgeous card! I love that DSP, I have got to order that. Thanks for sharing your creations with us.

Lisa Atha

Nikki Bond said...

This is sooo gorgeous Ann! I sooo thought I put this set in my last order and thought about this set the whole time I was waiting for my box to arrive and then.... wasnt in the box!

After gong over the invoice and looking at my printed out receipt I realize I must have "not" put it on the order! I was soooo dissappointed!

Your card is sooo gorgeous it just makes me want it all the more! I had a similar layout in mind for it too...although you executed way better than I could have!

Thanks for the eye candy and sorry for going on and on!!!