More Fall Goodness – Card Style
I started this week off with some fall inspired things that I’m seriously digging right now. Then on Tuesday I launched my online shop for my cards and yesterday I showed a few Halloween cards. Today I’m still in the fall-esque mood and I thought I would share a few more cards I’ve made, as well as some details about the tools that I used to make them.
As I have mentioned in the past, my favorite stamp company is Papertrey Ink. They make really good quality stamps that are so well thought out and designed. So much so that for a long time I almost hated them because I couldn’t get them to stamp as perfectly as they were designed to be used. And then I gave into crafty peer pressure and I bought a MISTI. It stands for the Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented and it is. Seriously. I can’t tell you how much I love this tool. It gives me the ability to perfectly line up multi-step stamps so that everything is where it is supposed to be. I used it on the card below with the pumpkins. First I die-cut them and then stamped the details. They wouldn’t look anything like this if I didn’t have this tool. [It’s also been super helpful when I’m making mass quantities of cards – or wedding favors for that matter!] So while it’s a little expensive, it has already paid for itself ten times over, mostly in time saved from not having to start over, again and again.
Other details about this card – I’m digging the way that the sentiment features two different fonts. I feel like it makes it easier to read while providing a nice design break. The paper on the left is also from Papertrey Ink. I can’t resist a good gingham pattern – [I think it stems from all the amazing ribbons my mom used to put in my hair when I was a kid!] and this paper is just incredible. It comes in a collection of 6 different colors and it’s sized perfectly for cards. Love. The small green strip is once again from Doodlebug and is similar to some of the papers I used yesterday. I inked the outside edges in a brown ink to match the paper and the sentiment.
My second card is a little more rustic & organic than the first. The leaves are die-cut and I love the way this particular set of dies provides both the detailed top layer as well as the solid background layer. They are just perfect for mixing and matching! The other detail of this card that I love is the burlap paper. I didn’t use any special tools on this card aside from my Vagabond machine. Regardless, I think it came together nicely and the combination of hand-drawn lines with the burlap paper and the nature-inspired die-cuts makes it just perfect for the fall season.
Today’s third card is my favorite of the bunch for several reasons. It’s got some great fall-inspired colors that seem to be on trend right now. It’s also got SEQUINS which I don’t need to tell you – are amazing. The best part? The sequins move and shake. So awesome. [I don’t think I can adequately describe just how happy they make me!] The window is provided by the negative space created from a die-cut leaf and the sequins and small beads are protected between two layers of plastic. I was able to create this card with the insanely awesome tool called the Fuse by American Crafts. It was initially designed to add additional page protectors to existing pages within your scrapbooks and while I love it for that, it also makes the “guts” of shaker cards more secure – and perfect for mailing. I can’t wait for all the possibilities!
Thanks for taking the time to check out today’s cards! If you’re interested in sending any of them you are in luck – they’re all available in the 1cre8ivemess shop. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing one of my favorite fall recipes and you won’t want to miss it!