Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall is Almost Here!

I can't believe that summer is almost over and fall is just around the corner. We closed our pool and I ALMOST turned on the heat last night!  It is supposed to be really cold here tomorrow and I told the kids they have to wear long pants to school.  They were NOT happy with me!  I have really been in the fall mood lately and chose this color combo from Create with Connie and Mary for another fall card:

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I have been using these colors, or similar colors for a lot of my halloween cards using Googly Ghouls so I decided to try using them for leaves this time. I don't know if I've ever actually seen a purple leaf, but it looked good on the card! :)
Since the leaf was so unique, I thought the phrase "Each one of us is God's special work of art" was the perfect sentiment.  For the background, I die cut the leaves from the Autumn Accents Bigz die and used the negative for a stencil, which I then sponged Rich Razzleberry ink in.  I then ran it through the Big Shot with my new favorite embossing folder, Lacy Brocade.  The new embossing folders are tricky for whole card backgrounds since they are too wide to put through sideways.  I put the front of the card in the embossing folder and wrapped the back of it around the back of the embossing folder.  I put a shim in between the back of the card and the clear cutting pad so it doesn't leave scratch marks from the cutting pad.  For an extra touch to the leaves I crumpled them and sponged them with Crumb Cake ink. It makes them look a little more realistic...even if there is no such thing as a purple leaf! :)
Stamp Sets: En Francais Background, Trust God, Wonderfall
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango
Tools: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, XL Oval Punch, Sponges
Accessories: Naturals Designer Buttons, Natural Linen Thread, Dimensionals


  1. This card is beautiful! I love the sponged leaves! Looks like a shadow! Thanks for joining Create with Connie and Mary this week!

  2. Wow!! So pretty! Love all the texture and details of your card! And yes, there are purple leaves - lol! We used to have a tree called Purple Autumn Ash and those leaves would turn the deepest purple ever! So pretty and your card brings back great memories of that tree! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  3. Very how the leaves look like the actually are falling down! Love the purple ones... Thanks for playing along with the color challenge this week on Crete with Connie and Mary!

  4. Very cool effect on your background with the stenciling and I like how you ruffled up your leaves. Thanks for joining us at Create with Connie & Mary!

  5. Lovely fall card! Love the textures and shadows. Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary Challenge this week!

  6. I think purple leaves are the prettiest of all! I love your gorgeous embossed background and the rustic leafy images. Thanks for joining us at Create With Connie and Mary!

  7. Wow, this card is absolutely stunning. I am so drawn to the multi-colored greeting. It truly adds such detail to the gorgeous leaves (purple leaves are awesome and exist in my stamp world). Thanks for sharing your card with us at Create with Connie and Mary. Smiles, Elizabeth

  8. Oh so pretty! Love all the texture on your card! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  9. Another wonderful card! This is a great layout and the leaves are beautiful. I am so glad someone knew the name of the tree w/ purple leaves! I knew some leaves were purple but had no idea what kind of tree...