This card all started out with my annual stamp room clean-up. Every year when the catalogue comes to an end, I do a little bit of reorganization in my stash and try to purge a bit. As I was doing so, I found some old metal frames that have been in my stash for quite some time now. Since those frames were a little pricier than other embellishments, I had kept them aside to use in my scrapbook but now I figured that it's better to use them on a card than not use them at all. I put the frame with the little leaves aside to pair with the Autumn Fest set, thinking it'd be a good match.
The Autumn Fest set is one of those sets that retired right after I bought it, back when we had two catalogues a year. I barely had time to make a couple of projects with it before it hit the retiring list, but I held on to it because it is still my favorite leaf set SU! has offered so far. I like the whimsical feel to it and the details on the leaves. I used the leaves to create my own patterned paper and used Craft ink on Crumb Cake cardstock for a "homespun" look. I stamped all of the leaves (and acorn) on Whisper White first, dried the ink with the heat tool, cleaned the stamps and overstamped the images in colored Craft ink. Isn't the result fun?
(On a side note, since In Colors are not offered in Craft ink, I selected the color closest to Concord Crush, namely Elegant Eggplant instead.)
The frame was initially plain metal. What I did is I painted the whole frame with yellow paint and I used a baby wipe to take the paint off of the surface of the frame, leaving paint only in the indented image. I needed something to add inside the frame and alhough my first idea was to stamp a sentiment and emboss it with the Tango Tangerine embossing powder, this idea just was not working out. I tried it on Concord Crush cardstock and on Daffodil Delight cardstock, but somehow it just looked wrong. Then, as I was looking up trying to find inspiration, a leaf die-cut out of the wooden sheets that had been left on my desk for quite some time caught my eye, so I tried it in the frame and bingo! Much better already! I dragged my Tango Tangerine Craft Stampin' Spot on the wooden die-cut to die it and spritzed it with Smooch Spray to add a glimmery finish to it. Then, I stamped a small sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set on a piece of cardstock, punched little tags out of scraps and used some linen thread to tie the sentiment tags around the leaf. I added two pieces of ribbons held by brads to the side of the frame.
The back of the card was decorated with patterned paper from the In Colors stack and I added a piece of embossed cardstock behind the Crumb Cake cardstock to make it stand out more. Two linen-threaded buttons were added to the card to finish it off.
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Stamps: Autumn Fest, Voeux mignons (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, Tango Tangerine
Designer papers: In Colors paper stack (hostess - retired)
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Tango Tangerine, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Concord Crush
Punches: Small Tag, Scallop Edge
Accessories: Buttons, Linen thread, In Colors Glimmer brad, Bright brad,
Crumb Cake envelope, Metal frame, Lattice embossing folder