Leaves and More Leaves

Good Sunday to every one of you. I hope you are having a good holiday weekend. And please, do not forget our neighbors struggling in Texas and Louisiana.

Today’s card started out to be simple and quick. HA! I think I changed my mind at least 4 times, so now have bits and pieces for at least 2 more cards if I can figure out how to put them together. Since Autumn is my favorite season, and since I love trees and leaves, you will no doubt be seeing a lot of these in the coming days. Weeks. Then it will be mostly Christmas cards as we have few birthdays in our family until January, and no weddings or anniversaries either.

I started by choosing this lovely leafy paper. It is not a Stampin’ Up! paper. Then I used some Vintage Leaves stamps and the matching Leaflets framelits. Somehow I just couldn’t get them to work with this paper. Ultimately, I decided to just do some fussy cutting of the leaves in the paper.

front

 

So! The pretty paper is liquid glued to a Pumpkin Pie mat and adhered to the Chocolate Chip card base. The fussy cut leaves are liquid glued to Chocolate Chip card stock, cut with the square Stitched Shapes framelits. The mat for these is a piece of Wood Textures DSP Stack, which I dry embossed with the new Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder. I really like this look. These were cut using the Layering Squares framelits. I think you can see the embossing in this photo, though it is hard to tell what is embossing and what is woodgrain. The piece I chose from the stack does not have any ‘plank’ or ‘paneling’ look to it, it is just like a piece of smooth wood. The paneling look is from the embossing.

wood grain detail

I like asymmetry, so the squares are staggered over the leafy paper, leaving space between them for the sentiment. These are all adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The Hello sentiment, from the retired Hello You thinlits, is cut 3 times from Chocolate chip and layered together to give some dimension. I didn’t think that was enough, so I cut a fourth one, this time from some brown fun foam. This is probably the thickness of at least 2 pieces of card stock, perhaps 3. This turned out to be just the right amount to suit me and I liquid glued the stack to the card front.

detail

On the inside, I layered the leafy paper to a Pumpkin Pie mat. Over this I added a couple of fussy cut leaves to a Very Vanilla panel for the sentiment. The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set and stamped in Chocolate Chip. This completes the card.

inside

The Kraft envelope has another fussy cut leaf on the front and the Pinewood Planks embossing on the flap.

envelope frontflap

Though it is nothing at all like I first envisioned this card, I am pleased with how it ended. Perhaps I can use those rejected bits for another fall card tomorrow?!

Thought for the day: This is the day the Lord has made. Let us REJOICE and be glad in it. Psalm 118: 24

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Card Cuts: Chocolate Chip: card base 7″ x 10″, scored at 5″, stitched squares 4″ X 5″, hello sentiment, 3-1/2″ x 5″; Wood Textures: square mats 6″ x6″, Pumpkin Pie: front mat and inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; Very Vanilla: 4-1/8″ x 6-1/8″; printed paper: front and inside 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″, fussy cut leaves scraps or enough to cut the leaves you want.

Non Stampin’ Up products used: leafy paper 12″ x 12″, brown fun foam 5″ x 7″

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