A Festive Frame of Fall Foliage

Every single day of the year, I am aware of the many things I have to be thankful for. I work really hard for many of the things I have, but I acknowledge that I am fortunate to have friends, family, health and an incredible job that support me and love me along the way.  For those things, I am eternally grateful.  That’s why card making is so easy for me this time of year.  Statements of gratitude and thanksgiving have become a second nature reaction to the beautiful colors of Fall and the turn in the weather.  Gently Falling, Truly Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Festive Frame of Leaves.  I have envisioned this card since the moment this stamp set arrived at my doorstep.  I really like the sketched look of these leaves and the way we can layer them on top of each other to create an even sketch-ier look.  With my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I lined up these leaves to place three on each side of a square.  I tried to tilt the leaves so as to close off any opening to the center of the card.  That way, I could trim the outsides of the frame with ease (well, there was a lot of fussy cutting but not a lot of thinking).  As you can see, the background of leaves is all one piece: Gently Falling, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Beautiful Fall Colors.  The skeleton of each of these leaves is stamped with Early Espresso.  Once they were all stamped down, I added the two-step stamping “fill-in” with a selection of four Fall colors:  Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum.  Why this selection?  I wanted a variation of basic colors:  red, yellow, green and purple.  Some were softer, and some were darker.  I stamped off each of these colors once before stamping them onto this sheet.
  • The central image.  My original concept was to simply have a clean square of Very Vanilla with the “Truly Grateful” sentiment – a clean centerpiece to complement the busy background.  It needed more.  After agonizing about it for a while, I realized the answer was just under my nose.  I stamped the “fill-in” leaf in Crushed Curry for a beautiful accent to this beautiful sentiment.

    Gently Falling, Truly Grateful, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

Stamp sets:  Gently Falling, Truly Grateful  Papers:  Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry  Inks:  Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz  Accessories:  Stampin’ Dimensionals 

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  1. What a pretty card ! I really like the subdued center leaf for your sentiment background ….so artistic and adding that detail makes this presentation original. This is a “Snippers” delight . You have motivated me to follow your lead and now I snip with mindless and relaxing joy ! Thank you !!
    Have a wonderful Fall Sunday !!

  2. Laurie Burns Gachewicz

    Seriously Brian!??!?! Those gorgeous leaves are all on one piece of Very Vanilla???!!! I went back & re-read it just to be sure!!! You are the most superb snipper AND stamper!!! 🙂

  3. You had me at grateful. And I’m grateful to you for sharing so many wonderful creations from your fungeon. Prepare to be CASED!

  4. Great stamp set and great card!

  5. Oh Brian! You are so very definitely the snippet King! My goodness does your patience have no end? The result was very striking so your patience paid off. Fab Fall card!

  6. Breathtaking, I love this set and so happy you used the Maple leaf for your project!

  7. You sure do a great job on the snipping, Brian, time and time, again. Very creative with the background!

  8. Wait, what? Stamp-a-ma-jig? I had assumed you had cut out each leaf and placed them behind the square. Me, too, I had to reread and look for a few moments to finally understand. Brilliant! Such a gorgeous card!

  9. Beautiful – happy fall to you! I so thank for you and all the other stampin’ friends who share their beautiful creations.

  10. Love it Brian !!!
    Hugs frenchie , ru having fun !!!!

  11. OHHHH! I absolutely LOVE this card! 😉

  12. Gorgeous soft leaves around the frame…so pretty!

  13. Fabulous card. You are truly a snipping, fussy cut, master!

  14. Beautiful card Brian, I don’t know how you have the patience to do all that snipping, but we are glad you do!

  15. Perfect fall card. Beautiful.

  16. Wonderful card; love that the frame is one layer, not individually cut leaves. Great colors!

  17. This is a beautiful card. The colors are delicate and so evocative of Fall.

  18. Such an appropriate card for today………………….1st day of fall and it’s absolutely gorgeous here in Ohio! Yes, your card is absolutely gorgeous as well. Love that you incorporated Perfect Plum into your fall color scheme. Of course the other colors are great fall colors too. I lean towards the hues of purple this time of year. Your leaf collage is a masterpiece! Amazing! Betting you have tons of great memories from this weekend. Maybe next time you can go North.

  19. Simply Beautiful!!! Good job!

  20. Love this card, Brian! And, I was so surprised to see that you had stamped all the leaves onto one sheet of vanilla and cut AROUND the outside only! So smart!

  21. What was the dimension of your paper that you stamped. I am getting the new envelope cutter and thought we could make an envelope for this card, but not sure of the size.

    • I actually stamped the leaves onto a piece of Very Vanilla, unconcerned about how big it would be because I knew I could make the base any size and then an envelope of any size. Yay! It ended up that the base of the card was 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″. So thankful for the envelope board.

  22. Brian,
    Love this card! What are the dimensions of the square for the leaves?
    I have this stamp set and MUST try this.

    • I actually stamped the leaves onto a piece of Very Vanilla, unconcerned about how big it would be because I knew I could make the base any size and then an envelope of any size. Yay! It ended up that the base of the card was 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″. So thankful for the envelope board.

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