OOOOOOOOH! I am SO excited to share these cards with you today! My new SSS/MFT order came in over the weekend and I was waiting for these two new Fall stamp sets to make some cards. The stamps are entirely too adorable. I wanted to make some cards for the Card Design Superstar Contest on the MFT blog and I am getting my cards done and entered just at the last moment. Whew! I hope you like them as much as I liked making them. Click on the link if you want to enter some cards too! You have until the 18th...tomorrow!
My favorite crafting season is in full swing now! I got out all the Halloween crafty stash this week, and the Fall stash too. Beautiful warm colors of orange and gold and olive. Ahhhhhh. Now for some apple cider and a sweater!
My first card was made with the new set called Harvest Mouse. EEEEEK. This is one little mouse I'm not afraid of! He's so sweet! I also combined some stamps with the Sunflower Sweetheart set to make a Fall scene. (I used the wheelbarrow from that set!) My card layout was made with the Blueprints 14 dies set. I tried all different combinations of papers with this one, but ended up clean and classic with cream, orange and kraft.
I colored all my images with Copic markers. I used cream cardstock as my base. I used the matching dies to cut out all the images. The little pile of leaves fit perfectly in the wheelbarrow! Yes! I cut out a bunch of extra pumpkins too for accents. Here you can see that at the end I added pretty prisma glitter to have some sparkle.
I made my own pumpkin/flower embellishment to put at the top of the card by my sentiment. The sentiment was stamped in brown ink onto a flag stax die cut.
In this top-down view you can see I've layered all my pieces with foam tape, but it's still flat enough to mail. I love using the Blueprints dies to do my card layouts.
For my second card I used the new Pure Innocence Thankful Friend stamp set! I was completely inspired by THIS CARD that Donna Mikasa made for MFT release week. She is one of my very favorite crafty gals and she used colored pencils on kraft paper for this particular image. GENIUS I tell ya! So I changed it up just a bit and used my watercolor pencils on kraft paper. I matched my colors to the MFT plaid paper I wanted to use on my card.
I layered two Cross Stitched Squares dies for my focal image. It felt like it needed something more.... I added some cute fluttering orange leaves and then put the card together! I wasn't even sure watercolor pencils would work on the kraft paper - but I like it! I learned to use just the tiniest amount of water...and wait for it to dry before determining if you like it or not. The water really darkened the paper and at first I was worried. But it dried really nicely. I went back at the end and used a white pencil to add a few highlights.
Isn't this the sweetest sentiment! I like to acknowledge my friends at Thanksgiving and Autumn and this would be the perfect stamp set to use to make 'friend' cards! I recently discovered MFT Black Hybrid Ink... where has that been all my life? Supah crisp! I used the Stitched Scallop Edges die to make a little orange border.
And here are my Fall creations!
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