Fall Cards – clean and simple

If you’ve been following me over the past week, you will have seen a new calendar app that I LOVE (Cozi Family calendar), my clean and organized craft room and even a taste of paper crafting with my bookmark magnets.

Well, those posts lead very quickly to today’s…

My Cozi told me that I have a few birthday’s coming up in September, and I certainly have thank you’s that are past due, so I decided to snuggle in and create a few Fall cards.

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I’m a clean and simple (CAS) sort of gal – not always in appearance (I’m often covered in sawdust), but certainly when it comes to Fall cards – any cards really.  I like mass-producible cards with a crisp image and lots of white space.  Really embarrassing given the amount of craft supplies I’ve hoarded.

I’ll provide links (some affiliate and some not) below each card in case you want to make your own versions.

Fall card supply list

  1. Guillotine Paper Trimmer, 12 Inches
  2. Bone folder
  3. Heat gun tool
  4. VersaMark Inkpad
  5. 1 1/4″ square punch,  1 1/2″ square punch
  6. Detail gold embossing powder
  7. Papertrey Ink cardstock
  8. Stampin’ Up stamp pads in So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Dusty Durango (discontinued) and Peach Parfait (discontinued)
  9. Stamp set – Inside & Out: Birthday
  10. Stamp set – Leaf Prints
  11. Tape gun

I bought my paper trimmer from Stampin’ Up! years ago for around $80 I think.  My version is discontinued now, but I highly recommend getting a quality guillotine paper cutter; it, along with my tape gun, were the best paper crafting investments I have made.

This first set of Fall cards were stamped using the “rock’n roll” technique; you stamp your image onto a light coloured stamp pad and then gently rock the same (now wet) image onto a darker stamp pad.  I decided to “rock’n roll” the edges and stems.

Once stamped, I used a 1 1/4″ square punch cut out the leaf, and then used a 1 3/8″ square punch to cut out a corresponding background square for each leaf.

My white cardstock was cut to 8 1/2″ by 5.5″ and folded in half.  The sentiment image was stamped onto my Versamark stamp pad, pressed onto the card front and then dusted with detail gold embossing powder.  Tap the card to remove the excess and then melt the embossing powder with your heat gun.

I added another leaf to the inside of the card and then layered the birthday sentiment over top in Dusty Durango ink.

The next set of Fall cards were for my Thank you’s:

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For the above card, I started with my 8 1/2″ by 5 1/2″ card base (folded in half).  I then cut a piece of burgundy cardstock to 4″ by 5 1/4″ and a second piece of white cardstock to 3 3/4″ by 5″.  This will give you the layered frames.

I used the sentiment from Stampin’ Up! Lotus flower stamp set (discontinued), dipped it onto my Versamark pad and then stamped it onto green/olive cardstock.  I dusted the sentiment with detail white embossing powder and used my heat gun to melt.

From there, I punched out my sentiment using a 2″ circle punch and adhered it to the smaller piece of white cardstock.

Then it was just a matter of creating leaf circles around the focal point using Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Dusty Durango (discontinued) and Bravo Burgundy (discontinued) stamp pads.

I glued the layered frames down onto my card front and added a few falling leaves to the inside of the card.

Fall cards - supply list

  1. Guillotine Paper Trimmer, 12 Inches
  2. Bone folder
  3. Heat gun tool
  4. VersaMark Inkpad
  5. 2″ circle punch
  6. Detail white embossing powder
  7. Papertrey Ink cardstock
  8. Stampin’ Up stamp pads in Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Dusty Durango (discontinued) and Bravo Burgundy (discontinued)
  9. Stamp set – Lotus Blossom (discontinued)
  10. Stamp set – Daily Designs
  11. Tape gun

This last set of Fall cards took a bit more time, but only because I chose to sew a seam down the centre of each leaf.  I also used a cutting plate because I didn’t have a leaf punch – so that added time to each card as well.

I like that this one is more subdued – softer, neutral colours with just a hint of bling.

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The card itself was cut at 8 1/2″ by 5.5″ and folded in half – from Kraft cardstock.  The white panel on the front was cut at 3 1/4″ by 4 1/2″ to leave a nice large frame around the outside.

The edges were sponged lightly using a craft sponge dipped onto Soft Suede stamp pad.

Fall cards - supply list

  1. Guillotine Paper Trimmer, 12 Inches
  2. Bone folder
  3. Heat gun tool
  4. VersaMark Inkpad
  5. Leaf punch
  6. Detail gold embossing powder
  7. Papertrey Ink cardstock
  8. Craft sponges
  9. Brown grosgrain ribbon
  10. Stamp set – Inside & Out: Birthday
  11. Bow Easy – mini bow tying template
  12. Mini adhesive pearls (available at Dollar stores)
  13. Tape gun

I found some bits of scrapbook paper that went nicely together for my focal point.  Once the leaves were cut, I centred them on the upper third of the white cardstock, stuck them down with a bit of double-sided adhesive (in the centre) and then sewed a single seam down the middle.  I pulled the edges of each leaf up to give the card a bit of dimension.

The sentiment was stamped on with Versamark and then dusted with gold embossing powder and melted with the heat gun.  I added a small brown grosgrain bow (Bow Easy makes tying bows easy) and a couple of mini pearls.  Once the white portion of the card was complete, I glued it down onto the kraft card and centred to create a nice, framed look.

Wow!  These cards were really simple to make, but I’m shaking my head at the amount of supplies/tools I used!  No wonder my craft studio is always a disaster zone!

Yet another reason why you should make several cards at once – it will help justify the mess.

Have a great one!

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Too funny

(This is SO you Ryan!)

2018-06-18T13:40:20-04:00September 15th, 2016|CRAFTS|0 Comments

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