Fall is in the air!

Fall themed Joy Fold Card with the Rustic Harvest Suite!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is my final Joy Fold Card featuring the Hello Harvest Bundle and the Rustic Harvest Designer Series Paper! Fall themed and Thanksgiving cards are all about the pumpkins and color changing leaves! For this card, I gave the Leaf Label some added texture with an embossing folder, used sponge daubers on the stamped leaves for the “changing color” effect, and layered Watercolor Pencils to color the pumpkin. I’ve never used multiple Watercolor Pencils for coloring an image (at least I don’t think so?), but was easy to do and if you get a little sloppy by going outside the stamped lines? Just use an eraser and you are good to go! Lol Since the pumpkin is stamped on regular Basic White cardstock, instead of thick cardstock or even Watercolor Paper, I used a Blender Pen and of course after the fact I thought about what the pumpkin would have looked like if I used thicker paper and a water painter instead…so, I might just have to try that to see which variation I like better!

Both cardstock base layers are Basic Black cardstock, the large (or bottom) base is cut at 4 ¼” x 8 ¼” and scored at 5 ½” on the 8 ¼” side, and the smaller (or top) is cut at 3 ¾” x 7 ½” and scored at 3 ¾”:

I used these two designs from the Rustic Harvest DSP, the Crushed Curry design is cut at 4” x 5 ¼” and the Mossy Meadow design is cut at 4” x 6”, then cutting at 4” x 2 ½” (the black & white design), 3 ½” x 3 ½” for the front flap, and the ½” x 3 ½” strip for the inside:

For the front flap of the card, you will need:

1. Stamp the pumpkin on Basic White cardstock in Early Espresso ink and using Watercolor Pencils, color the stem with Early Espresso, the inside edges in Cajun Craze, then working in with Pumpkin Pie, leaving a centered area, color the center area in Daffodil Delight, and then using the Pumpkin Pie to lightly go over the center Daffodil Delight. This is all blended with a blender pen.

2. You will need one Label Leaf embossed with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder.

3. Use two of the vine dies to die-cut from brushed gold metallic cardstock.

4. Using the leaf stamp, first ink with Crushed Curry ink and use sponge daubers with Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze inks on the edges of the stamp to stamp on Basic White cardstock. This process is repeated, but first ink with Pumpkin Pie ink and use Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow inks with sponge daubers. These are then die-cut out with the coordinating die.

5. You will need three of the Amber Gems, not pictured.

To assemble, I adhered the leaves behind the pumpkin, one of the vines behind the leaves, and adhered the tip of the other vine behind the pumpkin stem. The 3 ½” x 3 ½” piece of DSP is adhered to the 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” cardstock base (open side on the left), adhere the pumpkin/leaves to the center, and place three of the Amber Gems as shown. You will then adhere the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of DSP to the inside of the larger cardstock base, the 4” x 2 ½” piece of DSP to the flap, and then adhere the 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” fold to the inside center:

For the inside of the 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” fold, cut a 3 ½” x 3 ½” piece of Basic White cardstock and adhere the ½” x 3 ½” strip along the bottom. I did not stamp a sentiment, but if you have a small sentiment, you can use that:

For the coordinating Basic White Medium Envelope, stamp and color the pumpkin in the front bottom corner the same way as the one for the card front:

I made six of these cards, so if you do the same then don’t forget to multiply each step by six! This is another awesome fun fold card for my Thanksgiving card stash! While I might have normally colored the pumpkins with Stampin’ Blends, I wanted to see if I could blend the Watercolor Pencil colors and I like how the pumpkins turned out. Might just have to try this again in the future, I’m thinking this would be great for big flower stamped images!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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