November 16, 2012


I know this will seem like deja vu to you all, but here it is again: French Foliage!

This card utilizes a really cool technique that is perfect for this time of the year --
the Joseph's Coat Technique.

I know it has been said before, but this photo definitely does not capture the true beauty 
and depth of colors in the card. It has much more of a golden, warmer cast. But this gives 
you an idea of what can be done.

There are several ways to do this technique, but following is how this particular card is created. (Please keep in mind that if you ever want to recreate any of my cards, I would be thrilled if 
I could be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator by having you order your supplies through my site 
via the button on my sidebar!)

French Foliage stamp set
Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set

Whisper White card stock (Yes! Does it look like Whisper White anywhere on this card??)
More Mustard card stock
Cherry Cobbler card stock

Cherry Cobbler ink
More Mustard ink
Always Artichoke ink
Cajun Craze ink
Basic Black ink
VersaMark ink

Heat Tool
Clear Embossing Powder
Black Embossing Powder
Embossing Buddy
Word Window Punch
Paper Piercing Tool and Mat
Gold Brads
Big Shot
Matchbox Die
Stamping Sponge
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of More Mustard card stock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Using Stamping Sponges with the matching inks, sponge all over a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of  Whisper White card stock. The inks used at this time are Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze. Keep adding splotches of the various colors until the entire piece is filled with color. Make some areas a little lighter, some a littler darker. The contrast will be good in your final product.

Over the colored area, stamp the leaves in varying positions in VersaMark, trying not to overlap the leaves just too much. Cover the entire area with Clear Embossing Powder. Use a pair of tweezers to hold the paper while you use the Heat Tool to heat set all the leaves.

Roll a clean brayer across the Basic Black ink pad several times, always in the same direction. Brayer the black ink over the leaves. The coverage won't be very pleasing until you have done
 this quite a few times. Continue reinking and brayering in different directions until you have pretty solid coverage. With a piece of facial tissue, buff all the leaves to remove the excess
ink. All of your beautiful colors should shine through the embossed leaves!

Adhere leaf piece to card front.

Create a Cherry Cobbler label using the Matchbox Die in the Big Shot.  You can also substitute
any of a  number of other labels if you don't have the Matchbox Die.

On a scrap of More Mustard card stock, stamp the sentiment (could be replaced with Happy Thanksgiving if you choose) with VersaMark ink. Add Black Embossing Powder to the sentiment and use the Heat Tool to emboss. Turning the Word Window Punch upside down, insert the sentiment and center in the window to punch it out. Adhere the sentiment to the red label.

With the Paper Piercing Tool over the piercing mat, pierce a hole on either side of the sentiment. Insert a gold brad into each hole

Adhere the label to the card front with two Stampin' Dimensionals.

And, with this card, I promise I won't bother you with the French Foliage stamp set anymore -- well, at least, for awhile.



  1. What a beautiful card. I have got to try this!!

  2. Beautiful, I love the colors! Thanks so much for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! And thanks also for having me! :>)

  3. This one's pretty too, and at first glance I knew it was one my son's teacher would love to receive.

  4. Haha! I didn't even see your site name when I was looking at the article. I was reading and thinking she sounds like ----- (our local stampin' up demonstrator) And then I look towards the top :)

    1. Ah, so we Stampin' Up! demos all sound the same. Well, we all love what we do -- and the company we work for! :>)

  5. That is so pretty, I love the deep, rich colors. Thank you so much for sharing at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!


    1. Thank you, Marti. You are so kind. And thanks for having me! :>)

  6. Gorgeous colours!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    1. Thank you, Jill. I love those lush colors also! And thanks for letting me continue to link up to a Round Tuit! :>)

  7. Beautiful card - love the colors! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

    1. Thank you, Jamie. I appreciate your kind comments, as well as being able to share at All My Bloggy Friends. :>)

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