Friday, October 7, 2016

Into the Woods

10/12/2016 Update: Top Three winner in the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #180.

This paper collection has been stowed away in my stash and I decided it was time to use it for a challenge card. I consider the card to be gender neutral but it could easily be categorized as masculine.

A panel of spotted DSP was adhered to a green cardstock card base. The inside of the card base was lined with white cardstock and decorated with a strip of DSP. The next layer was created by adhering the acorn print to a panel of cardstock, backing it with foam tape and adhering to the card base at an angle. The next layer was made by adhering the wood grain design onto a cardstock panel, backing it with foam tape and adhering. A small bit of copper glitter
paper was tucked behind this panel in keeping with the sketch design. The leaves were made by heat embossing with white powder onto white cardstock then sponging color on and wiping it off with a tissue. A bundle of copper thread was added to the top panel and then the leaves were adhered. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with copper powder. It was punched and adhered to another multi-punched shape then adhered to the card. The sequins were also added.

Click on the photos to enlarge. To learn how to use the same punch (or die) to create a larger mat, click HERE.

Close up view of the leaves using an embossing resist technique:

This card is being submitted to:
1. Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #180:

2. Cardz 4 Guyz Nature Theme Challenge #140:

3. Aud Sentiments Anything Goes + Sentiment Challenge #165:

Techniques: Stamping, heat embossing, embossing resist, fussy cutting, punch cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Stamps:  Vintage Leaves
Inks: Mossy Meadow, Baked Brown Sugar, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Chocolate Chip
DSP: Into the Woods Collection
Punch: Petite Curly Label
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, embossing powder (white), Metallic Thread (copper)

Other Materials:
Stamps: Sugar Pea Designs "Fall Fox" (sentiment)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: The Paper Studio Solid Glitter (copper)
Misc.: Ranger embossing powder (copper), sequins


  1. What a beautiful fall card Melanie! I love the die cut leaves and your layering is just perfect. :)

    1. Thank you, Amy! Actually, the leaves were fussy cut because I never purchased the die set.

  2. Great fall card! I love the patterned acorns! Thanks for sharing at Aud Sentiments!

  3. Lovely papers that work so well with the sketch. Beautiful job on those leaves. Funny how we are now so spoiled with matching dies! Thank you so much for joining us at AHSC this week.

  4. Love those gorgeous embossed leaves, so realistic.
    Thanks for playing along at Cardz4Guyz. :)

  5. Oh Melanie, so, so, so love this! I adore the gorgeous leaf cluster, and the acorn paper is fabulous. As a Maritimer, here in NS, fall is my favourite season... all the beautiful leaves! That coppery thread adds the perfect little touch. Beautiful work... TY for playing at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week. Love having you along for the ride! :) ~ Ali (AHSC DT)

  6. I love the Woodgrain and the beautiful leaves with the earthtones and just enough color to stand out.

  7. Love Love all of the beautiful patterns that work together so well! And those leaves... gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  8. What a warm and wonderful autumn card - and your leaves are just right! Thanks for playing along this week with the Atlantic Hearts challenge :) ~Amber, DT

  9. I love the combination of papers you have used for this card- that acorn paper is adorable! Thanks for playing along at AHSC this week.

  10. Great combination of textures and papers. A super bold card. Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT

  11. I love it! Your card is great. I love the wood grain embossing...perfect! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  12. Great selection and combination of design papers, and love the beautiful embossed leaves...very pretty/handsome fall card. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC this week.

  13. Those are gorgeous leaves! The layering of the various patterned papers works because they aren't competing patterns - that can often be hard to choose the right ones. Well done.