324 posts categorized "Anne"

12/09/2019

Mon 09

Stencils + Die Cuts = Wintery Holiday Cards
by Anne Thompson

I recently got together with friends to make holiday cards and I took stencils to create interesting backgrounds for my cards.  I had so much fun revisiting stenciling that I decided to use two of my favorite Memory Box stencils for today's three cards.

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For the first card (the one lying down in the photo above), I started with bright white cardstock, the Winter Snowflakes stencil 88609, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and my ink blending tool.  I used washi tape to secure the paper and the stencil to my work surface to insure sharp inked images.

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I cut a bunch of snowflakes using the SPARKLING SNOWFLAKE TRIO 94287 from some turquoise-y blue cardstock that matched the ink pretty well.

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I used Glue Dots in the snowflake centers to adhere three of them over the stenciled snowflakes and pulled the radiating "arms" up a bit from the cardstock. 

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 I cut the JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 twice, white cardstock for the bottom layer and blue for the top.  I played around a bit with the orientation of the card and the placement of "joy" before glueing the letters on and adding the panel to a matching blue notecard.  For the finishing touch I added dimensional pearls to the snowflake centers.

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Next I took the Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597, bright white cardstock, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and the blending tool to create another background before adding more of the blue snowflakes.

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I layered up the Joy Airy Script again, added it to the panel, adhered it to a blue notecard, and popped pearls into the three snowflake centers.

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As I was working on that card I remembered the WINTER TREE OVAL FRAME 94309 and thought that its swirling dotted lines might match those of the stencil.  So I inked up another background using the Sprinkle Dots stencil on the front of a white notecard and added the oval tree cut from bright white cardstock and the swirly sky background pieced in using  blue cardstock.  You'll notice that the dots are lighter than on the other cards.  I just used less pressure with the blending tool while adding ink over the stencil.

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I added "joy and peace this season" from the MERRY AND BRIGHT MISTLETOE clear stamp set CL5246 stamped with VersaClair Nocturne (black) ink.  

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I think when I remake this card I will make it as a panel to adhere to a blue notecard like I did on the first two cards.  In fact I might just cut this one apart and do that.  I think a layer of the solid blue underneath it all will tie in better with the blue background of the winter tree.

I plan to make more cards using the stencils.  These designs can work all winter for many occasions by just changing up the sentiment. 

I wish I could say that I've made all of the holiday cards I will need to send out this month.  I'm going to be a busy girl this week!  Are yours done and in the mail?  Have you posted one for our Holiday Cards Challenge?  I'd love to see what you've been creating!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Winter Tree Oval Frame 94309
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Joy Airy Script 94325
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Sprinkle Dots stencil 88597
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Sparkling Snowflake Trio 94287
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Winter Snowflakes 88609
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Merry and Bright Mistletoe Clear Stamps Set CL 5246

12/02/2019

Mon 02

Tidings Wreath Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I've been wanting to use the Tidings Wreath stamp set CL5244 and have been waiting for inspiration to strike.  To kickstart the inspiration I decided to use more of the Memory Box patterned papers, VersaMark ink, and silver embossing powder to create a bunch of images to choose from for a holiday card.  I settled on making two cards from one wreath stamped and embossed on green striped paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots papers PP1002.  Here's the one where I used the Joy Airy Script die 94325.

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Here is the process I went through.

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The Tidings Wreath is a very large stamp which I placed on a large acrylic block.  I inked it up with the clear VersaMark ink and stamped on a bunch of papers from the Dashing Holidays papers PP1001 and cards of various blue tones, added the silver embossing powder, and heat set the images.

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As much as I loved the silver shimmer on those, I really liked the way the wreath looked on both green striped paper from the Dashing Stripes and Dots  6X6 pad and the blue distressed dots paper.  I decided to fussy cut them around the outside edges and also took out the centers.

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I found some green notecards that I thought went well with the green striped wreath and began to assemble the first card.  I used a tape runner to adhere half of the wreath to the left front of the notecard and snipped off the other overhanging part.  I took that smaller piece and placed it against the fold on the second card. 
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I added dimensional white pearls to both wreaths in the berries circles.  For the card on the left above I stamped the word "peace" from the TidingsWreath stamp set using VersaMark ink and embossed it with the silver powder.

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For the second card I cut the Joy Airy Script from sticky-backed glitter paper.  I oriented the card with the fold at the top and added "joy" to the bottom right.

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In the next photo you can see how the two parts of the wreath fit back together on the two separate cards.

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One stamped wreath=two holiday cards!  

I think I'll make two Hanukkah cards from the blue wreath next on coordinating blue notecards.  Fun!

How are you coming with your holiday cards? I still need to make so many more.  Here in the northeast I should have a snow day this week and that will be a motivating factor in creating a bunch.  Consider posting your cards on our Holiday Cards Challenge this month.  We really love seeing what you can do with Memory Box products.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

p.s.  After I finished this post I decided to add some paint splatters to both cards because I thought they looked too green and they could use some snow.

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Tidings Wreath CL5245
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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Joy Airy Script 94325

11/18/2019

Mon 18

Twas the Night Shadowbox
by Anne Thompson

I found a lovely new plastic-wrapped shadowbox on the white elephant table at a holiday fair this past weekend and decided to use it for my post today incorporating lots of patterned papers and die cuts.  I wanted to use the Twas the Night washi tape to set the theme and came up with this Christmas Eve scene.

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Patterned Papers

Washi Tape

Dies

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My shadowbox measures 8 X 8 so I cut a piece of the Cranberry Gingham that size and used Scor-Tape to attach it to the cardboard backing that came with the shadowbox.  Then I took some heavy white cardstock and cut the Pine Tree Hill several times.  I used dimensional foam tape to attach the trees to the bottom edge of the backing, staggering them, cutting them apart, and stacking them for a forest effect.

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I cut the Snowy Cabin Circle from more of the white cardstock.  I also cut it from Licorice Distressed Dots paper and from gray striped paper.  I also cut a small piece of black paper to go behind the windows once I punched them out.  You can see in this next photo how I put the cabin pieces together on the gingham backing and added the three white cardstock snowflakes.

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I put some of the Twas the Night washi tape on a piece of white cardstock and cut it with the Scalloped Stocking die.  I added a cuff and toe cut from the red/black plaid paper.  I placed that on the left with two stacked layers of foam tape, tucking the toe just a bit behind the trees.

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Here's the piece before popping it in the shadowbox behind the glass.

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Now that I have placed this piece inside the frame under the glass I can see how much more room I have for adding other embellishments. 

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I'm hoping to find a small silhouette of Santa and the reindeer-driven sleigh to place in the sky above the cabin.  I'm pretty sure I have a tiny sleeping mouse to tuck into the lower righthand corner.  (One of my tabletop Christmas trees just has mice on it.)  Because I doubled the foam tape behind the stocking I can add a candy cane and maybe a small toy, and I think I will stack some little gift-wrapped presents on the bottom ledge.  Guess I'll have to put this by the fireplace with Santa's cookies and milk on Christmas Eve!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature




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11/10/2019

Sun 10

Antique Pine Label, Joy Airy Script, and Patterned Papers
by Anne Thompson

I love the new patterned papers, both DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002 and DASHING HOLIDAY PP1001.  I've used up most of the brighter colors, so today's card features the gray plaid and a dark green stripe.  This might just be the perfect guy card to send for the holidays or any time this winter!

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I began by using a white notecard and adhered a piece of the gray plaid paper 4 X 5.25.

I cut the ANTIQUE PINE LABEL 94337 from the dark green stripe...

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...and used a glue pen to secure it to a piece of white cardstock cut 2 X 3.25.  I used foam dots to add this piece to the card front.

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I cut JOY AIRY SCRIPT 94325 from a scrap of the gray plaid and twice more from white cardstock and glued them together in a stack for more dimension.  I glued JOY to the label opening.

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And that's it!  Clean and simple, easy, and another way for me to use the label die.  I've been using many of the different label dies to create tags or to add to the fronts of envelopes.  I like all of the dimension on this card and the shadows created by the layers.

How have you been using the label dies?  And have you used up a whole package of the new papers yet???

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Dashing Holiday PP1001

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Joy Airy Script 94325
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Antique Pine Label 94337

11/04/2019

Mon 04

"HAPPY" Holly Jolly Corner Frame Patterned Papers Card
by Anne Thompson

I decided to make a simple card using several of the new patterned papers, the HAPPY PUZZLE LETTERS 94348, and the HOLLY JOLLY CORNER FRAME 94310.  This will be a great card to reproduce in multiples that also is appropriate for multiple celebrations--Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year.

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  • I started with a piece of white on white dotted paper from the DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS collection PP1002.  I cut one piece 5.25 X 4 to use as the background for the card.
  • I cut the HOLLY JOLLY CORNER FRAME from the green/white snowflake paper in the DASHING HOLIDAY papers PP1001.
  • I used the green plaid, also from the DASHING HOLIDAYS papers, to cut out the HAPPY PUZZLE LETTERS.

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  • In this next photo you can see how the letters cut out and how easy it is to put them together.
  • I adhered them to a scrap of the white dotted white paper, trimmed that down, and added it to a scrap of the green plaid.

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  • I glued the Holly Jolly Corner Frame to the upper left corner of the white dotted paper.
  • I added the HAPPY piece next, tucking it under the holly sprigs.

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  • The final step was to place all of this on top of a Juniper notecard and add some white pearls to the berries.  Done!

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I think this simple design will also work well with other paper combinations from the two paper collections.  And maybe it will give you an idea that will get you to enter our November monthly Challenge--Patterned Paper.

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Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1002
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Holly Jolly corner Frame 94310
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Dashing Holiday PP1001
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Happy Puzzle Letters 94348

 

10/21/2019

Mon 21

Scribble Holly Trio Outline, Scribble Holly Trio Background, and Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape Holiday Card
by Anne Thompson

I LOVE the new Washi tapes at 4.5" wide!  I wanted to use Twas the Night Washi tape as the background for the new Scribble Holly Trio dies.  I had some off-white house-shaped notecards that I thought would be perfect covered with the tape.  

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  • I used a Juniper notecard and adhered a piece of the green striped paper from the DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002 6X6 collection.  I cut it just a wee bit smaller than the top of the notecard so some of the juniper green showed around the edge.
  • I unwrapped the wide TWAS THE NIGHT WASHI TAPE WT501 and unrolled it and stuck it to a couple of pieces of house-shaped paper.  I trimmed the extra off with some sharp scissors and used a tape runner to secure one of the houses to the notecard.

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  • Next I die cut the SCRIBBLE HOLLY TRIO OUTLINE 94344 from another Juniper notecard.
  • I inked up the edges with VersaClair Shady Lane dark green ink to add some texture.

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  • I cut the SCRIBBLE HOLLY TRIO BACKGROUND 94351 from a scrap of a lighter green paper.
  • I inked the edges of the three pieces with more of the VersaClair Shady Lane dark green ink.

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  • To add the holly to the front of the house I started with using a glue pen on the main stem and then placed the Holly Trio Background pieces in place under the holly leaf outlines using a tape runner.  I thought the light green was too bright, so I added the juniper pieces on top of them and used a glue pen on the center vein and the leaf outlines after the background pieces were in place.  This gave a bit more dimension to the leaves.

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  • To finish the card I added sticky-backed red gems for berries.

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This is a card that will be easy to produce in quantity--and I really do need to get a lot of cards made.  It's also one I'll use with my Seniors Group in November.

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I think you are going to love the new Washi tapes.  They really do make lovely backgrounds for this year's holiday dies!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape WT501

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Scribble Holly Trio Background 94351

10/14/2019

Mon 14

Blog Blitz Day Two-- Peaceful Snowy Cabin Circle with Antique Holly Label
by Anne Thompson

Welcome to Day Two of the Holiday Blog Blitz.  I am beyond excited about the 2019 Holiday release from Memory Box.  There's PAPER!  And WASHI TAPE!  Lots of new DIES!  And STAMPS!  See the entire 2019 Holiday release here.  Throughout the week members of the Design Team will share some ideas using the newest products.  And you will have a chance to win prizes, too.

I chose to combine the SNOWY CABIN CIRCLE 94332, the ANTIQUE HOLLY LABEL 94334, and the word "PEACE" from the MINI VINTAGE VARSITY PEACE 94338 for this holiday card.  I also incorporated a gray snowy paper from DASHING HOLIDAY PP1001 collection and both dark green distressed dots paper and one with light and dark brown stripes from DASHING STRIPES AND DOTS PP1002.

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I started by cutting the gray snowy paper 4 X 5.25 and then adhered it to the front of a Juniper notecard. 

I die cut the Snowy Cabin Circle two times--once from heavy white cardstock and once from the brown striped paper.  I just popped out the three white pieces and inserted the brown stripey ones to create my log cabin.

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Next I cut the Antique Holly Label from the dark green distressed dots paper.  I LOVE the label dies from Memory Box!  

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Before assembling the card I decided to add yellow windows to the cabin but cutting that area of the die with yellow cardstock so I could pop out the white window panes and insert yellow ones.

I used some Scor-Tape behind the snow and a glue pen on  parts of the cabin to adhere it in the upper right of the card front.  I used a glue pen then to add the brown striped cabin logs, door, and the yellow window panes.  I placed the Antique Holly Label so that it overlapped the cabin scene, gluing down the outline first and then adding the label strip and the holly leaves.

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For the final step I cut "PEACE" from the scrap of gray snowy paper and used the glue pen to place the tiny letters in the label space.

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Want to win your own SNOWY CABIN CIRCLE craft die?  Leave me a comment on this post by Sunday, October 20th at 11:59pm EST.  One winner will be selected at random from the comments to win the die.  Visit the blog from Monday, Oct 14th- Sunday, October 20th to see more of the new release and for a chance to win a prize each day.  Winners from the blitz will be posted on the Outside the Box blog on Monday, October 21st at 6:00pm EST.  Good luck!

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature

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Snowy Cabin Circle 94332

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Antique Holly Label 94334
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Mini Vintage Varsity Peace 94338

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Dashing Stripes and Dots PP1001

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Dashing Holiday PP1002

10/07/2019

Mon 07

Harvest Branch Corner Frame with Harvest Double Arch...Falling Leaves Challenge?
by Anne Thompson

Here's a card that might spark an idea for the Falling Leaves Challenge this month.

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My cast iron squirrel is peeking out from this card which features the HARVEST BRANCH CORNER FRAME 94301 and the two branches from the HARVEST DOUBLE ARCH 94394.

I began by cutting each of the dies from heavy watercolor paper.  (I used Canson Cold Press 140 lb. weight.)

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I used a waterbrush and my Autumn Leaves Kaleidacolor raised dye ink pad, picking the color up from the ink pad with the waterbrush and scribbling the extra color off onto scrap paper when I changed colors.  This has become one of my favorite ways to paint lately, just using a waterbrush and dye ink pads.  I also find it easier to leave the die cut image in its background while painting and then pop it out when it is dry.

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Once everything was dry, well almost dry, I auditioned background paper and colored notecards to find a combination that was pleasing to me.

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I decided to use Mango Distressed Dots Paper cut 4 X 5.25 and I attached it to a Jack O'Lantern notecard.  I also lined the inside of the notecard, both panels, with more of the Mango paper.  

I used 1/8" Scor-Tape to adhere the frame to the front of the notecard and Glue Dots for the Double Arch pieces attached in the upper righthand corner.  I really like the look and the dimension that I got when attaching the stems only at their ends in the corner.  I chose a pretty white-dotted orange bow to finish it off.

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Do you have an idea that might turn into a project you could submit for the Falling Leaves Challenge?  I'd love to see what you create during my favorite month of the year!

HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

Anne Signature

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Harvest branch Corner Frame 94301
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09/23/2019

Mon 23

Snowy Pine Needle Oval Frame and Pine Tree Hill
by Anne Thompson

Living in Maine, the Pine Tree State, I was drawn to  both the PINE NEEDLE OVAL FRAME 94283 and the PINE TREE HILL 94295 for my winter and holiday cards.

I was trying to think of a way to put some snow on the die cut branches and its oval as well as on the pine trees.  Why not try VersaMark direct to the paper and heat set white embossing powder over it?  I tried it on the needles first.  And it worked! I got just what I was hoping for.  

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And then I added a little bit to the oval.

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Now to try the trees.  After die cutting the Pine Tree Hill, I left the die in place and pounced the VersaMark pad on top of the die to leave sticky stuff in the openings and around the base of the trees.  Those are the darker shiny spots you see in the photos below.

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After carefully removing the die (and washing it with warm water and dish soap), I sprinkled on opaque white embossing powder and heat set it.

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The next thing was to remove the die cut from the extra paper.  I used sharp scissors to cut from the edge to the slit by the trees on the left and right.  Then I trimmed the bottom edge straight using my paper trimmer.

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I used foam tape along the base and the bottoms of the three trees and adhered this strip to a piece of blue dotted paper cut 4 X 5.25.  I snipped off the edges that overhung the paper.  Using a tape runner, I attached this panel to the front of a top-folded A2 notecard.IMG_1780

I chose "enjoy the beauty of the season" for the sentiment from the MISTLETOE SWAG Clear Stamps Set CL5247.  I stamped it in VersaMark on a scrap of the same green paper and embossed it with opaque white embossing powder.  I trimmed it down and adhered it on the card using foam tape.
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Here's the finished card.

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Now I just have to go back to the Pine Needle Oval Frame and make a card with that!

Happy Crafting!

 

 

 

 

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Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

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Pine Tree Hill die 94295


Pine Needle Oval Frame die 94283

Mistletoe Swag Clear Stamp Set CL5247

 

 

09/16/2019

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.

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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.

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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 .

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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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