September 19, 2017


With fall only a few days away, I was moved to make a couple of fall-themed and fall-colored cards. I was hankering to do an emboss resist, so . . .

For this card, I embossed the leaves from the Vintage Leaves stamp set on page 125 of the catalog in a gorgeous copper color. Then, using a Stampin' Sponge and the autumn colors of Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, a little Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive, I did my resist thing. I varied the intensity of the sponging to achieve a nice contrast of light and dark. 

I used a soft copper metallic cardstock as a mat to complement the copper embossing. Very sharp. The card base itself is Sahara Sand.

Have you noticed the beautiful diecut leaf from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits (page 216)? Cut from metallic copper cardstock, it is exquisite in and of itself. However, layering it atop the busy emboss resist background, it simply disappeared, sort of being absorbed in the busy-ness. 

In order to allow it to have its own importance, I diecut the solid maple leaf from Sahara Sand and attached the copper leaf to the solid leaf just by adding glue to one spot: the circular area just above the stem. This allows the rest of the leaf to flutter freely -- not that it actually does. But I like the feel of the leaf not being attached flat.

I added a bit of sheer and silky copper-toned ribbon to the bottom right of the leaf to finish it off.

The play of the copper metallic is so sharp, isn't it?

A couple of shots that show the subtle dimension of the card:

The following photo shows how the sponging was built up over the copper embossing. For this card, I increased the strength of color with further sponging, while leaving some of the areas only softly colored. This contrast allows the beauty of the embossed leaves to show through in various intensities.

The sentiment is also embossed in copper onto Sahara Sand cardstock.

Now, in my next post, I am going to present the second card, a card that is similar to this one, but with a few notable changes. I'd like to hear from you the pros and cons of each of the cards. 

In the meantime, Happy Fall 2017 starting on Friday! 



  1. Your coloration of the card is just gorgeous! Love the copper leaf.

  2. This is gorgeous! I love the colors and how you put it all together!

  3. Stunning! I love the embossing and copper colors. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  4. How pretty! The colors are spectacular. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  5. This is lovely, good call with the layering of the leaf, it really shines this way.