Friday’s Challenge Vintage Leaves

Today I am playing along with the challenge from Freshly Made Sketches #297

FMS Final 297-001

This is a square card, so I chose to make it a 5″ square with Early Espresso as my card base. The next layer is Very Vanilla providing a contrasting mat for the top layer of the base.

For this layer, I stamped the small leaf from the Colorful Seasons set in Versamark ink on a piece of Cajun Craze card stock. These images are random, upside down, sideways, some partly off the edge. This then became my background for the art. You can see them peeking out from behind the art piece.

front closeup

I stamped my sentiment from Background Bits in Versamark on Early Espresso and heat embossed it with copper embossing powder. Before stamping I had a decision to make as to where to place the sentiment. Or, more accurately, HOW to place it. Should it be straight with the panel on which it was stamped, or straight with the card base? In the end, I stamped it square with the card base and think this was the best option.The panel was then glued to a Very Vanilla mat.

Using a scrap of Very Vanilla, I sponged it randomly in Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant and Crushed Curry. After it dried I stamped the maple leaf from Vintage Leaves in Versamark and heat embossed it with Copper embossing powder. Using the matching die from Leaflets I cut it out. While I still had the die handy, I sponged, very lightly in the same colors, another piece of Very Vanilla and cut it. Then, I cut one in Copper foil and one from a piece of dark brown foam. You will soon see how I used this.

Before adhering the leaves to the sentiment panel, I glued the sentiment panel to the background, turning it on an angle

Because I wanted the leaves raised off the background, I chose to use the brown foam instead of dimensionals, so it wouldn’t show. I glued the copper leaf to the brown foam leaf, then put strips of Fast Fuse on the back.

front detail

To this I added several loops of Copper Metallic thread, then adhered it to the sentiment panel. Using more Fast Fuse, I adhered the heat embossed leaf to the copper leaf, offsetting it a bit. Woo-Hoo! The card front is done!

For the inside, I stamped another piece of Cajun Craze with Versamark, using the same small leaf from the Colorful Seasons set.

The lightly sponged Very Vanilla Leaflets die cut was stamped with another sentiment from the Background Bits set in Versamark and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.


This was glued to the Cajun Craze panel and on a Very Vanilla mat. The completed inside was then glued into the card base.

Almost finished….but this is a square card. I don’t have square envelopes. So, I made one, using my Envelope Punch Board. I had some paper in my stash that appeared to be pretty close in color to the Early Espresso, so that became my envelope. Or maybe not Early Espresso, but brown anyway!


I love the simplicity of this card and the touches of copper. I hope you like it as well. Thank you for stopping by.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: Card Base 5″ x 10″, scored at 5″; Art panel 4-1/8″; Very Vanilla: First mat 4-7/8″; Art panel mat 4-1/4″; Inside mat 4-3/4″; Cajun Craze: Front 4-3/4″; Inside 4-1/2″; For the Leaves Copper foil scrap and (2) Very Vanilla scraps.

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