Happy Autumn

Happy Autumn
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DAY 18: Why am I counting days? On October 1st, I started blogging daily. Ideally, I’d make time to blog daily all the time, but I decided that this month I’ll post a new blog each day because I have hundreds of photos of hand-made papercrafts I haven’t blogged about yet. If I blog about 31 of them this month, I’ll feel a sense of accomplishment… and who doesn’t enjoy that feeling?

I made this card last night. I’m teaching a mini card class next week at a friend’s Close to My Heart gathering and I thought this would be a good card to teach attendees. I wish I had all of the CTMH ink pads because then this stamped flower would match the paper better. However, I always work with what I have, so I matched the colors as best as I could.
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This card was inspired by this beautiful card made by another paper crafter. As you can see, they don’t look the same. That’s the thing about using other cards as inspiration. No two people will make the exact same card. I started with a Colonial White Cardstock base and cut a piece of gorgeous Huntington Paper to 1.75″ x 4″ and stuck it to the left of the card. Next, I cut some Barn Red Cardstock down to a 2.5″ square and cut another square out of Colonial White at the 2.25″ size. I mounted the cream colored square to the burgundy colored square and laid it down where I wanted it, then stamped the sentiment using a phrase from the D1550 Happy Autumn stamp set.
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Once the sentiment was stamped in place with my Desert Sand Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad, I attached the square to the card using double-sided foam tape to pop the square off the page. Then I used the “rock and roll” technique, which has nothing to do with music, although I was enjoying listening to the new Hurts album as I made this card. First I inked up my stamp in Goldrush Exclusive Inks® ink and then gently rolled the edge of the flower stamp in my retired CTMH Garnet ink pad. Before stamping it onto the Colonial White paper, I dabbed ink off the center of the flower with a facial tissue, then used a Sponge Dauber and tapped it onto my Honey Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad. Once the dauber was inked up, I dabbed the part of the stamp where I’d removed some of the Goldrush ink with the Honey ink. THEN I stamped the tri-colored image onto the paper and used Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors to fussy cut around the shape.
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I did something similar for the three leaves. Using my retired Spring Green ink pad, I inked up the leaf stamp and then gently rocked the edges into my Olive Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pad to get a shaded effect. I think I’ve only used this technique once before, and it takes practice! I’ll be the first to admit my card is not perfect, but I’ll get better with repetition. After stamping three leaves, I cut them out with the same pair of tiny, super sharp scissors.
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I assembled the leaves onto the square and then used some more double-sided foam adhesive to pop the flower off the square.It was missing something, so I added two Durables Round Studs to the top right of the card and then it felt complete. I hope the ladies attending my card class will enjoy making  this card, created with all new Close to My Heart products!
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Thanks for reading my post, and enjoy the weekend!
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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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