Soft Seedlings

As I was looking through a Current Catalog (a company that sells card, wrapping paper and other items) that came in the mail, I saw a card that I really liked and thought that I could CASE (copy and share everything). It was a Christmas card but I used the layout to create a fun fall themed card. Inspiration for creating cards can come from so many places!

I actually made 4 cards using this same layout. My first card used a Soft Suede base and it was too dark. On the second card I used a wider strip on the outside edge and … I didn’t like that. Then I made the card on the left and I liked that one, but I thought, what if someone wants to make this card but doesn’t have a die cutting machine? So I tore the paper instead of die cutting it with the Basic Borders Dies, and I actually like it the best! It has a more natural look. The Early Espresso strip is 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and the Rustic Harvest strip was 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ before die cutting or tearing.

One of the things that I really liked about the card that I was CASEing was the white ink on the greetings. I’ve always shied away from stamping the white craft ink for greetings because it seems like it never gives a nice coverage with stamping once. The Stamparatus worked AWESOME for get a nice clear dark greeting!! With it I was able to rest amp the image over and over. I found that inking and stamping 2 or 3 times gave a nice depth of ink.

When inking up the gorgeous maple leaf in the Soft Seedings stamp set, I recommend doing some practice stamping first. Don’t over ink the stamp. The details in the leaf veins get lost (notice the tips of the leaf?) if there is too much ink on the image. I need a little more practice!

So which border do you like best? Die cut or torn?

The decorative paper used on this card is from the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper pack. Do you want a sampling of all of the decorative papers from the July to December Mini Catalog? I’m gathering orders for a paper share. If you are interested let me know. The cost is $45, plus shipping if you can’t pick it up at my home.

Remember SALE-a-bration is still on through the end of the month! Stock up on supplies and get some free stuff!

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