Blessed Fall Greeting

So glad to have a card for Freshly Made Sketches this week!  It was so much fun working with Narelle’s sketch, and I can see it working just as well flipped 90 degrees.  Narelle Farrugia is our host at FMS and she designed a fabulously versatile sketch for us.

fms254-vintage-leavesI chose to use the Vintage Leaves stamp set and the coordinating Leaflets Framelits Die along with a little clear and a little gold Wink of Stella, and I cut a second smaller leaf out of the 1-1/4 Burlap Ribbon and frayed it a bit.  To add texture, I covered a piece of Pool Party CS with the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and ran the Chocolate Chip CS through the Big Shot with the Woodgraiin embossing folder.

So, I had the main part of the sketch covered, but still had a card that was really lacking something.  I don’t know what even made me think of it, but I thought of the shaving cream technique, which I’ve seen countless tutorials on how to do it, but I’ve never tried it.  What the heck…  how messy can it be?  Well, kinda.  Blue hands kinda.  However, it was easy and very cool to do!  The piece that I used for this background was the first piece I did.  I want little bits of color and lots of white left, so I did a very gentle swirl and I love the results.

The Blessed diecut is from Simon Says Stamps.  I did three layers, the top two in Pool Party and the bottom, Chocolate Chip, was slightly offset.  I put Crystal Effects on the assembled diecut sentiment, but I have to admit, I had a really difficult time with it, which usually isn’t an issue.  Because little things bug me until I do something about them, so I’ll probably gently remove this one and put a new one on, maybe sans Crystal Effects.  🙂

fms254-narelleI hope you’re inspired by Narelle’s sketch and my interpretation of it and that you’ll go visit Freshly Made Sketches to see all of the Design Team’s fabulous creations.  Get your inspiration and play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!


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  1. Narelle Farrugia

    Oh wow! This is such a wonderful card Cindy! I am loving the details you’ve added to your card – the colours and leaves give it such a warm feel!

  2. Rita

    I can’t belive that old technique made such a background! It’s amazing! It was what I noticed first because I loved it so much! Great job!

  3. Jen Brum

    Cindy, this card is gorgeous! Those leaves are just beautiful and I love that background. It looks so textured! Love that sentiment in blue. Stands out so nicely! Such a beautiful card for fall.

  4. Cécile R

    Wow ! What a wonderful autumn feel ! Love these gorgeous leaves and your fabulous textured background

  5. Jen Mitchell

    At first glance I thought your background was made from some really cool DSP. I love that you made it using the old shaving cream technique – way better than some boring old paper! Of course, I had forgotten all about that but it really is kinda cool and gives some lovely texture and movement to your card. I love that you added burlap (love that touchy-feely stuff) and the die cut sentiment is fabulous with the bottom layer in Chocolate Chip.

  6. Jen Timko

    Now seriously??? I have never done the shaving cream either because the mess kind of freaks me out. But this background is fabulous! Love your colors and those leaves!

  7. Amy O'Neill

    That background is gorgeous! Shaving cream? I’ll have to look that technique up. I’m intrigued. Love the leaves, especially how you cut one from burlap.

  8. Rosemary D

    seriously gorgeous take on the sketch!! I love the little touches of burlap!!

  9. KarrenJ

    So beautiful and so textured! Gorgeous autumn card, Cindy!

  10. Linda Callahan

    Gorgeous card! So pretty for fall…..love all the elements! You are a whiz with shaving cream!

  11. Cathy Austin

    What a gorgeous card! I love the leave So!

  12. Karen Ashbrook

    That is a totally beautiful card. Karen x

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