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Back to school means that it’s autumn somewhere

The calm before the storm.

As the temperatures continue to soar, I’m sure that Back to School means that it’s autumn somewhere, right? I couldn’t wait to make another card with Soft Seedlings stamp set because I LOVE distINKtive stamps, and I love Autumn.

Stamp the inside panel, and the envelope, too.

I knew I wanted to use the Leaf embossing folder, and then was challenged to come up with a stamped piece that didn’t cover up that wonderful texture! Look at this:

The stamped piece is 3″x2-1/4″, which means you can get 11 pieces from one sheet of Very Vanilla regular weight card stock. If you’re doing this, get your Stamparatus out to stamp those pieces quick as a wink, and also to get your sentiment stamped in a straight line.

As you can see from this photo above, I wrapped Linen Thread twice around and knotted it in the back. It’s easier to tie a bow right where you want it by tying it around those threads on front, and you get a bow that’s straight across the panel instead of sideways.

STAMPS: Soft Seedlings; INKS: Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, and a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker (tax free next weekend); PAPER: Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla regular weight card stock; PRETTY EXTRAS: Linen Thread, and Champagne Rhinestones

  • Start with an A2 card base in Crumb Cake
  • Emboss a panel of Crumb Cake 5″ x 3-3/4″ with Leaf Fall 3D embossing folder
  • Interior panel of Very Vanilla is 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Front panel of Very Vanilla is 3″ x 2-1/4″
  • I used a Stamparatus for stamping the front panel, but free-hand stamped the interior panel and envelope. Ink up the entire image with Pumpkin Pie ink, and then use a Finger Dauber dipped in Cajun Craze to ink up just the tips of the stamp. OPTIONAL: color the stems with a Soft Suede Stamping Write Marker
  • Mount the leaves on a clear block to free-hand stamp the envelope flaps – placement doesn’t have to be precise on the flap as it does for that little front panel. I only inked up with Pumpkin Pie and didn’t use Cajun Craze on the edges, or color the stems
  • Seed pods were free-hand stamped, and again used the Pumpkin Pie ink alone
  • Soft Suede and a Stamparatus again stamps that tiny sentiment “hello” in just the right corner
  • Wrap the panel in Linen Thread twice and knot it in the back. Take another length of Linen Thread and tie a bow on the front. DESIGN ELEMENT: Wrap the thread around the bottom third of the panel instead of smack dab in the middle! It adds balance to use the Rule of Three*
  • Adhere the embossed panel to the card base with glue
  • Pop the stamped piece up on Stampin’ Dimensionals
  • Adhere the interior panel with glue

Not seen here is the front of the envelope where I stamped the seed pods twice in the bottom left corner

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