Raining Flowers
Is it a Tag or an Ornament? (Part 1)

Fall Leaves

Hi there!

Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away, so I wanted to share a card with you that the SASS Stamp Club made this past weekend. 

(click on card to see larger image)

I saw the technique used to stamp the Leaves of a Tree stamp image (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) demonstrated by Linda Heller at Stampcation at the end of September and wanted to share this great technique with the SASS Stamp Club.  Usually a single stamp image like this one is inked using the brush tip of a variety of Stampin' Write Markers.  However, when you want to make a stack of cards, inking this stamp, stamping, then cleaning the stamp gets old pretty quickly.  So Linda reminded us of a simple technique:  make your own stamp pad!

We begin with a piece of white felt cut to 4 1/2" x 12" (I bought the felt in 9" x 12" sheets at the local big box store).  I folded the felt to create a triple stack of felt.  I placed the stamp on the felt and used a Black Sharpie to draw a line around the wood block of the stamp.  Then I stamped the image inside the black box using Staz-On.  This gives me a guide to add color to my felt stamp pad. 

(click on stamp pad to see larger image)

Next, I put the felt stamp pad on a stryrofoam plate and added colors to my stamp pad with Stampin' Up! reinkers.  For this tree I used Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Soft Suede re-inkers.  First mark the tree trunk with Soft Suede then add the colors for the leaves with the remaining colors.

To stamp with your custom stamp pad, just place the stamp on the felt making sure to line up the block with the lines drawn on the felt pad.  Be sure to have a stack of cardstock the same size as the wooden block ready and begin stamping the image!  Because the wood block meets the felt pad in the same place every time, you don't need to clean the stamp before stamping the image the second, third, or tenth time!

The card base is Soft Suede cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Matted to the card base is a piece of Old Olive cardstock, the edges sponged with Old Olive ink.  The "Give Thanks" image from the Hand-Penned Holidays stamp set (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) was stamped near the bottom edge of the Old Olive cardstock using Versamark.  The words were covered with Pewter Embossing Powder (from the Holiday Mini Catalog) and set with the Heat Tool.  A leaf image from the Fall Foliage stamp set was randomly stamped on the Old Olive cardstock using Versamark.  Note that this step is performed AFTER the heat embossing so that the embossing powder sticks only to the words and not to the randomly stamped leaves.

The tree image was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The Very Vanilla cardstock was double matted with Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie cardstocks, the edges of these pieces also sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  Silver Brads were inserted in each corner to finish up the focal point before it was adhered to the card front.

(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, the edges sponged with Soft Suede ink.  The upper part of the liner was stamped three times with the large leaf from the Fall Foliage stamp set using Cajun Craze ink.  Around the leaves was stamped the dirt drops image (also from the Fall Foliage stamp set) using Crumb Cake ink.  The Happy Thanksgiving image (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set) was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Soft Suede ink. 

(click on envelope to see larger image)

The large leaf image was stamped twice at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla envelope.  The dirt spots image was stamped around the leaves using Crumb Cake ink.  The Happy Thanksgiving image was stamped at the bottom left corner of the envelope.

I'll mention that the ladies of the SASS Stamp Club had a couple of great ideas for modifying my completed card by using their custom stamp pad to stamp the large leaf image on the inside sentiment area of the card and on the front of the envelope.  The results were really attractive!  The only caution I had for them was to make sure that they placed the leaf stamp in exactly the same spot every time to avoid "muddying" the stamp pad when color remaining on the stamp mix with the colors on the stamp pad.  Another change was to adhere the focal point with Stampin' Dimensionals rather than SNAIL to add a bit more dimension to the card front.  Doing this made the randomly stamped leaf on the Old Olive cardstock more visible.

I cut a stack of Very Vanilla cardstock for the ladies to stamp more images from their custom stamp pad and discussed how they would use these extra stamped images.  The most popular idea was to make the image a part of a name tent for Thanksgiving dinner place cards.  Other ideas tossed around were to use the image for the focal points for a masculine card or a Sympathy card.

What would you do?


Stamps:  Leaves of a Tree, Fall Foliage, Hand-Penned Holidays, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Versamark, Staz-On Jet Black; Re-Inkers:  Cajun Craze, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Silver Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Pewter Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Paper Piercer, Mat Pack; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Black Sharpie, White Felt, Styrofoam plate


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What a gorgeous card! Those colors are fabulous, and I love, love, love how you made your own ink pad! That is so perfect, I need to try it!

Shelley Z.

Cool idea to make your own ink pad so that you can have all those fun colors together! This is a gorgeous card! The embossing on the bottom is fabulous!

Paula aka Scrapshappen

Great idea to draw the block on the felt. Love it! Beautiful card too!


Gorgeous colors on the tree! And thank you for the how-to tips. I haven't tried this before but will definitely give it a try!

Tanya Boser

Gorgeous card and I love your tip for a homemade multicolor stamp pad!!

Heidi Baks

Beautiful! I love the little guide you made on your own pad!

Karen Gilbert

Your card is fabulous Mickey. What a great technique to use the various colours and not have to clean your stamp or colour with markers. I will have to give this a try

Jen Timko

The technique with the felt is awesome. I'd always wondered how to control the placement of the colors a bit. Thanks for the pictures! Love the card!

lynn koepke

This is the perfect stamp to use for this technique! Fall leaves are beautiful on this card. TFS.

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