Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Monday, November 5, 2012


I could not believe how white it looked outside when I woke up this morning!  The kids thought it had snowed. :)  It is days like these that I am thankful I have a garage...especially since the heat in my van is not working!  Granted, I only have to be in my van for about 15 minutes when I go pick up the kids from the bus stop, but still! 

Today's card features the color combination from The Play Date Cafe and the technique of emboss resist from Stampin' Royalty
The suggested colors are cinnamon, squash, vanilla and sage.  I used Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke to get a similar look.
For my background, I embossed En Francais with Peppermint Sticks Embossing Powder.  I didn't have any clear left and this is clear so it works!  I then sponged on the color and removed the excess with a tissue.  The leaf is sponged, stamped with the water droplets from French Foliage, spritzed with water, crumpled, then sponged with Illuminate Glimmer Watermark ink to give it a frost look.  Oh, I also drew in veins with my stylus and then drew back over the lines with my Cajun Craze Stampin' Write marker.  It is hard to tell because it is so dark, but I also used the stylus to add some diagonal texture to the top of the acorn and it is popped up on a Dimensional.  I tried to crop it and lighten it up a bit so you could get a better look!
Stamp Sets: En Francais, French Foliage, Pursuit of Happiness, Wonderfall (for the acorn)
Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, VersaMark
Tools: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Paper piercing tool and mat, 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle Punch, sponges, heat tool, Embossing Buddy, stylus
Accessories: Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin' Pad, Dimensionals, Peppermint Sticks Embossing Powder


  1. Shana, your card is gorgeous! Love the deep, rich colors of the sponging and that fabulous crumbled leaf! You could also enter this into Paper Players challenge this week (Give thanks).

  2. So pretty! The sponging looks great, love the colors.

  3. such a pretty rich colored card! Thanks for joining us at The Play Date Cafe!

  4. Gorgeous!!!!! Terrific effect with the sponging - you are so creative. Hugs D

  5. Beautiful card! Love the rich fall colours and that script stamp is so perfect for emboss resist. Thank you joining us at Stampin Royalty

  6. Your card takes my breath away! Love your stamping!! Thank you for playing along with The Play Date Cafe!

  7. Such a beautiful entry for this week's challenge. So happy to have you play along with us at The Play Date Cafe!