Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like...Fall!

So in Florida, we don't have autumn (or winter either for that matter), so if we want to experience the missing seasons, we have to get a little creative! I love fall leaves, but the closest I can get to them is by stamping them. So that's exactly what I did for this card project! :)

I got a beautiful CHF Oak Leaves backgrounder stamp in the mail recently and I immediately thought it would look lovely stamped in gold on white paper. Then I saw Susan's One Layer Wednesday challenge this week, which challenged us to add something metal to our cards (you can find the details: HERE) and this project came together!

Here's my entry. It is a set of metallic leaf notecards to give as a gift.

I stamped the leaves with Versamark ink onto Papertrey Ink's white shimmer cardstock. (And I'm going to totally enable you and say that if you haven't yet tried it--you must! So beautiful.) Then I sprinkled embossing powder onto each and heat set it.

Another interesting thing, I used a different EP brand for each card. Here are some closeups so you can see the shimmer of the cardstock and compare the embossing powders for yourself. (Click on the images to see them enlarged.)

Here's the gold (using PTI Filigree gold EP). See the CS shimmer? :) And check out the amazing detail. You can see all the veins of the leaf! The PTI Filigree powder gave the most detailed and clear lines.

And the copper (using Zing! EP). The lines were much "puffier" and thicker and not as detailed.

And the silver (using Stampendous detail EP). The lines were very precise, but there were a lot more excess stray bits that stuck to the paper and in between the veins of the leaf.

Isn't the detail in these leaves amazing? I had a lot of fun stamping them. Now they are sitting on a shelf in my living room, shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. Nevermind that it's 89 degrees outside--if I turn down the A/C just enough, it's beginning to feel like fall around here! :)

That's all for today! Enjoy your beautiful, sunny autumn day wherever you might be! :)

Stamps: Oak Leaf Backgrounder (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Paper: White Shimmer Paper (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark
Other: Embossing Powers- Gold (Filigree-available at PTI), Silver (Stampendous, detail), Copper (Zing, American Crafts)


Jennifer Styles said...

Wow, those are stunning!

Rosemary said...

your cards are beautiful!!!

Tiya-B said...

your card is awesome, that background works perfectly as a foreground when embossed, I love the look!

PetraB said...

Stunning notecards, the details of the stamps are amazing.

Aimes said...

Oh Monica, these are GORGEOUS!!!! I adore the shimmer!
If you want to experience autumn, come over here! It's truly beautiful (but you might have to wrap up warm!)

Cathy Weber said...

Really pretty cards Monica. I love the three examples of different embossing powders. I know what you mean about no seasons, CA is just as bad. Great job with the Fall cards.

Meghan said...

Beautiful Cards!

C said...

Gorgeous! Love all three since I can't decide which is more beautiful. I live just a couple of hours south of you..so hello fellow Floridian!!

Heather T said...

Stunning cards, so simple but so beautiful.

Deborah Frings said...

These are just fabulous. I love the leaf stamp and the set is so nice.

Jess said...

Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog so that I could come and visit yours - I was instantly drawn to your CAS and elegant style. I look forward to your next post!

Diane Jaquay said...

These are really STUNNING Monica! Love the embossing!

Susan Raihala said...

Oh so gorgeous, Monica! Love the detail in those leaves, and simply embossing them on the shimmer CS is stunning!

Kristii said...

Absolutely gorgeous and simply perfect!!!

Susan said...

The embossing really highlights the details in the leaves. I love all three cards. Someone will be delighted when they receive these cards!

Doris said...

You've captured Autumn beautifully with all three of these cards!

Manasa said...

I came across your blog from Susan's blog Simplicity..I just love this card...its sooo beautiful...!

Eva said...

These are awesome!! The detailing in the leaves turned out AWESOME with the embossing powder. That is amazing!

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