A Simple Flower
Piecing Together a Jolly Holiday

French Foliage for Fall

Hi there!  Sorry I've been absent for a few days.  I had a minor surgical procedure last week that left me feeling rather drained.  It's all good though; the healing is progressing rapidly and the results are positive beyond expectations.  So I'm thrilled!

To get back into the swing of things, I'd like to share a project from the September meeting of the SASS Stamp Club.  One of the loveliest stamp sets in the new Holiday Mini Catalog is one called French Foliage.  I looked at this stamp set and imagined so many possibilities, so it was the first thing I ordered from the Mini Catalog.

When I designed this card, I had just returned from my cruise to Alaska's Inside Passage where the leaves were already turning and falling.  Holy Cow!  I'm not sure that I could accept such a short Summer season...a result of a Florida upbringing, I'm sure.  However, many of my SASS Stamp Club members are HUGE fans of Fall, so I knew that this type of project would be well received.  It was good to do this project while the colors were fresh in my mind.

The card base for this card is River Rock.  The "splatter" image was randomly stamped over the front of the card base with River Rock ink.  A layer of Always Artichoke was added with one side punched with the Scallop Edge Border punch to lend a little interest.  On top of this layer, two more layers of Not Quite Navy and Early Espresso cardstock were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to frame the focal point of the card.  Of course, the edges of all the layers were sponged with their corresponding ink colors.

The focal point of the card is a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock randomly stamped with the medium sized leaf image inked with Always Artichoke and So Saffron inks using a Sponge Dauber for more precise placement of the ink on the rubber.  The "splatter" image was stamped in between the leaf images with River Rock ink and the edges of the cardstock were sponged with Early Espresso ink.  The "With Sympathy" sentiment (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) was stamped with Always Artichoke ink near the bottom edge, then the Very Vanilla cardstock was adhered to the Early Espresso cardstock.  An Early Espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla layers and knotted on the front about an inch from the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock.

The largest leaf image was stamped three times with Early Espresso ink on Soft Suede cardstock.  Each leaf was cut out and the large veins of the leaf were scored with the tip of the bone folder.  To create a more realistic leaf, I carefully folded the leaf along the score lines by pushing up from the back of the leaf against the score line.  Two Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of each leaf and then the leaves were placed onto the focal point in the area above the ribbon.


The inside sentiment area of the card features a piece fo Very Vanilla cardstock with the medium sized leaf image stamped across the bottom of the cardstock.  I used the same leaf image and inking process to stamp these leaves as was used for the focal point of the card.  And since I liked it so well, I repeated the same technique one more time on the left front of the envelope!

French_Foliage_Sympathy_Envelope (click on envelope to see larger image)

Now that Fall has officially arrived, thoughts of the Holiday Season start to creep in.  Have you begun making your Christmas cards yet?  If not, be sure to plan a return visit for Christmas card ideas.  Also, if you live on Florida's Space Coast, you may want to consider signing up for my Christmas Card classes.  I'll be having two sessions:  one on Saturday, November 6th, and the second on Sunday, November 7th.  At each session, you'll make 15 cards, three cards each of five different designs.  There are still a few slots left at each session, so be sure to sign up as soon as you can.  The cost for each session is $25.


Stamps:  French Foliage, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks: Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, So Saffron; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, River Rock, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Early Espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Sponge Daubers, Scallop Edge Border punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


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Anita A.

Stunning card! I love the color combination.

Patty Mickle

Your leaves look very realistic!! Great job!


This is gorgeous!! Those leaves are just amazing!

Jean Fitch

Beautiful and elegantly simple with real Wow factor. My favorite colors too. Thanks for sharing Mickey.

Debra Burgin

Wow -- this is one beautiful card! I love the way you colored those medium-sized leaves. Fabulous!


A beautiful ensemble. All of the leaves look so real and I love the coordinating envelope!

Tanya Boser

What a wonderful card! I love how you added dimension to the large leaves, very clever :)

Jennifer Weide

Beautiful!!! Love it all but especially the 3 big leaves!

Carol Carriveau

The leaves on the front of your card are so absolutely beautiful and natural - like someone brought them in from outdoors! Love the card!

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