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Mon 16

Grateful Autumn Leaves and Acorns
by Anne Thompson

 As soon as the 2019 Holiday images were released I knew that one of my first cards would incorporate the leaves and acorns from the GRATEFUL AUTUMN clear stamp set CL5243.

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I began by stamping the large leaves on a piece of off-white cardstock using VersaMark ink, added gold tinsel embossing powder, and heat set it.

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To color in the leaves I used a water brush and Distress Inks in Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Crushed Olive, and Gathered Twigs.  Because this image is stamped on cardstock, the water brush works fine because it doesn't saturate the paper.  I just picked up the color from the ink pad using the water brush and cleaned the brush between colors by scribbling the tip on scrap paper.  When the leaves were dry I cut the panel to 4 X 5.25.


Next I stamped and embossed the two acorns, painted them using the water brush and the same colors as the leaves, and fussy cut them out.  I used the water brush and more of the Gathered Twigs ink to color the cut edges.  Then I stamped the sentiment "begin each day with a grateful heart" with more VersaMark ink and used the gold tinsel embossing powder.  There are so many wonderful words in this stamp set that it was hard to choose which to use.

I used a round foam pad ink blending tool to add color to the edges of the leaf and sentiment panels. And then I went direct-to-paper with the ink pad to add a fine dark line on the edges.


To assemble everything, I used a tape runner to secure the leaf panel to a lightly-colored kraft notecard.  I added the sentiment strip using foam tape for more dimension.  I put foam dots behind the acorns to raise them to the height of the sentiment strip .


This is definitely a card for my September class this week at the local Senior Center.  They will love this!  I think you will love this stamp set, too!

Happy Crafting!

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Grateful Autumn

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The leaves are stunning! Nice work and thanks for showing us how it is done too! Have a blessed day!

Wow... gorgeous card! Love the design and the fall colors!

Nature at its best! You make me want to do this immediately! Thank you so much!

It is a great stamp set and a beautiful card!


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