Saturday, August 15, 2015

Love Knows No Season

Sometimes it just happens... I had a different presentation in mind when I started this card - I was going to align five different leaf shapes in different colors, plus an acorn, to match the inspiration photo for the challenge at the Paper Smooches SPARKS August challenge. It's curious that while I was working on it, things changed.

The card base was stamped along the edge with a leaf design. A panel of Gumball Green cardstock was adhered and then another panel of DSP was adhered. On a panel of Whisper White the various leaf designs were stamped. This stamp set only has two matching leaf dies so the others were fussy cut.

I drew an acorn freehand, including the crisscross design for the acorn cap, added a computer generated sentiment, fussy cut the shape and sponged the acorn to give it a little definition. Some of the cut shapes were adhered to the card front and some were popped up with Dimensionals. The inside of the card was lined with a piece of white cardstock and stamped with a few leaves, using a stamping off (generation stamping) technique.

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Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, fussy cutting, freehand drawing, sponging, generation stamping
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Paper Smooches products used:
Stamps: Leafy Greens stamp set
Dies: Loopy Leaf & Hickory Leaf

Stampin' Up! products used:
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green
DSP: Flowerpot Collection (retired)
Inks: Garden Green, Old Olive, Gumball Green, Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Misc.: Dimensionals, sentiment (computer generated)


  1. Love the warm, earthy color scheme of your design. Thanks for joining us at Paper Smooches SPARKS!

  2. Great card Melanie! I love the color scheme, I can't believe that you drew and hand snipped the, it looks like a stamp and die cut!!! :)

  3. OMG OMG OMG!! This is just BEAUTIFUL!! SO HAPPY You were able to Play Along!! I LOVE the Colors and the FUN Layers!! Such a NEAT Take on the Challenge!! THANKS SO MUCH for joining us on the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge Blog and I hope you Play along again this Week!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  4. Wow, nice bright colors for the fall...beautiful card. But must say you took it in another direction from the inspiration picture, but you know what...I like your inspiration better :)