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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Inspiration: Cards for October Stamping

My Stamping Inspiration: Fall River Trip in Wisconsin.
People often ask me WHERE I get the Inspiration for my cards. Well, I take my inspiration from everything! My advice is to just look around and then think about the colors and stamps you have. For example, here in Wisconsin the fall this October has been just breathtaking. This picture is from a recent river trip I did with my family and friends (BTW: I'm totally loving this retirement gig!). Nature is one of the best places to look - but really you can get inspiration anywhere: like a fabric print, or a group of colors or . . .

The leaves outside are "Gently Falling" and this card is made with a Stamp set called Gently Falling. If you don't recognize it that's because its new! Its in the current Holiday Mini Catalog. We made this card at the October Stamp-a-Stack this last weekend. Yesterday's post showed the whole group of cards we made.

The bottom half of the card is embellished with a series of parallel vertical lines made using the new scoring machine: Simply Scored. This is my new favorite tool, its so easy to use. I actually made a "cheat sheet" showing 2 pages of possible score patterns and included it as a "freebie" with the October Newsletter. If you like getting little help sheets like that then be sure to sign up for my newsletter. * * SIGN UP HERE * *

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The top of the card was stamped on Naturals Ivory. It has a much more natural look for fallen leaves than if the card had been stamped on plain white. That gorgeous flowing sentiment is also from a new set, its called Hand Penned. You will definitely be seeing more projects made with it.  And of course I used the Mat Pack to ensure the brads were evenly spaced and parallel to the card edge.  Its amazing how simple little tools like the Mat Pack can really help make a card look so professional.

The Gently Falling stamp set is designed for 2-step stamping.  And the mottled colors on these leaves were done with a technique called "Thumping"This Feather card shows another example of Thumping. Thumping is a quick easy way to blend colors. You pick up ink in a light color from the ink pad and add a darker color with a marker. Hold the marker balanced on your thumb with 2 fingers on top. Use your pointer finger to balance it and use your index finger to bounce the marker tip on the stamp.

The new Victoria Ribbon looks great on this card. It has just the right "vintage" look to finish off this card.

I'm so happy with how this card turned out. I may mass produce this one and use it as my Thanksgiving Greeting to friends and family.

You can get all the supplies for this card HERE:

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions
Happy Stamping
--Katie




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