Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall Leaves Thank You Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a thank you card I made using the large leaf stamp from the Gather Together Stamp Set from the 2019 Holiday Catalog, and my Stampin' Blends.  This card take you to the essence of fall with the feel of the cool crisp air and the crinkling of leaves under your feet when you look at it.  This one image is just one of my favorites from the stamp set and I just love using it.  You will see a card later this week where I use it again in a different way.  Here's a look at my card.
You may be asking how I got all those leaves on this piece of cardstock.  Well I just did a little planning and a little simple masking.  I started out by using the matching die for this image and some post it notes and just cut out some very simple masks to use.  I cut out about five or so.  If you have the full sticky backed post it notes it would be much easier, The die no matter how you lay it on the regular post it notes doesn't cut a lot of the sticky on the edge no matter where you place it.  It cuts just enough to hold it in place but I think the full sticky backed post its would work so much better.  Just a little tip there.  I started out by stamping my leaves that I wanted to be on top first.  Each leaf was stamped in the color I was going to color them in.  Then I placed my simple mask on top of that and stamped again.  I would stamp a few and remove the masks and move to another section masking and then stamping.   I repeated this process until I had the entire 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 piece of thick whisper white cardstock covered with leaves.
Now it was time to start coloring.  I pulled out the colors I thought or knew I wanted to use for the coloring.  I used the following Combo Packs of both light and dark Stampin' Blends; Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Soft Suede.  I then added a few additional colors where needed.  I added a little Mango Melody and Calypso Coral Dark blends to the mix every little bit to add in a little visual interest and to add in to the blending section.  For some of the shadows on the yellow leaves I used a little Highland Heather Dark; since yellow and violet are complementary colors they create a natural that's perfect for adding a little shading to each other.  If you look at the the yellow leaf on the very top left of the image above you can see the shadow between the brown leaf and the yellow one.
To finish off the card I die cut the Thank You Die about five times from white cardstock.  Four of those were from scrap cardstock that had things stamped on them  that had been missed up.  And the top layer was just plain new Whisper White Cardstock.  I then glued all these together one on top of the other using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Once I had that I glued together I laid it on my card to look at it and see what I thought.  It needed something to help it pop just a little more so I cut another Thank You from Basic Black Cardstock and used it as a drop Shadow.  Meaning I off set it just a little to the left when I glued it to the other stacked die cuts.   This added just the right amount of pop to the simple card, and allowed the sentiment to stand off the page a little more.  I then attached the finished die cut sentiment to the card front and trimmed it down to 4 x 5 1/4.  When I am coloring a background or a scene I will often start out with a quarter sheet of cardstock knowing I am going to cut it down.
Once I had the sentiment glued down I added it to a Whisper White mat cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 and attached it to my Crumb Cake Card base (4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2).  To finish off the card I came back in with a white gel pen and added just a few highlights here and there on the leaves to make them stand out a little bit more.  And that my friends finishes my card.  Thanks for dropping by today for a quick little look at how to color Fall leaves with your Stampin' Blends. 

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