Well, perhaps this Autumn Greetings card is a bit late for some of you who are already seeing snow (yikes!), but here in Florida, it has just now finally gotten cool enough to break out the sweatshirts… well, in the evenings, anyway. Yeah, I’m spoiled, LOL. This card comes from the awesome Simon Says Stamp October 2016 Card Kit… which has long since sold out (like I said, I’m a little late), but no worries – the adorable stamp set (Nutty Over You) that I used to create this card is still available. 🙂
Making a wreath
This fall-like wreath was really easy to make – you can do this with other small images, not just the leaves from this stamp set. All you need to do is find something round, that’s about the size you’d like your wreath to be. (I used a circle die, but a drinking glass would work just fine.) Just trace around the circle lightly, with a pencil. This gives you a template to follow, to keep your wreath round. I’m sure there are some people who could do this without the circle guide, but I’m not one of them. (Can you say “wonky”?) 😉 Then, I just pulled out all the leaf stamps I wanted to use, and a bunch of fall-ish colored ink pads, and just went to town. It’s still not perfect (but it beats the pants off my first attempt. Don’t ask.) Erase your pencil marks, and you have a nice, round wreath!
One little secret I’ll share… I wanted to add a bit of green, but all of my greens just seemed a bit “too” green. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) So, I inked up my leaf with a bit of greenish/teal ink, then lightly tapped it on a brown-ish ink. (As long as you start with the lighter color first, this shouldn’t really damage your ink pads, but if that’s a concern, you could try using a sponge to transfer some of the ink.) It gave me exactly what I was looking for. 🙂
I stamped the squirrel on a separate piece of Kraft cardstock, and the heart on a tiny piece of white, and fussy-cut them both out, leaving a small border. Matching dies are cool and all, but some images, like these, are pretty easy to cut out by hand. I did the same with three small acorns, and attached everything with a bit of foam adhesive. One rounded corner, a Kraft card-base, and I was done. Not a super-elaborate card, but still fun and fall-ish.
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