Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a beautiful fall themed card using only the Intricate Leaves and Christmas Pinecone Dies! Fall is in the air and the leaves on the trees are changing colors, so why not pair your favorite Stampin’ Up! core colors with In Colors? I love the Pale Papaya and Cajun Craze combo for fall and I also included Crumb Cake and Early Espresso for this card, which just gives me the “warm fall feels”! The base layer is one of the designs from the Expressions in Ink Specialty Paper, in Pale Papaya, and a strip of the new Cork Specialty Paper from the July – December 2021 Mini Catalog!
The base layer is this design from the Expressions in Ink 12” x 12” Specialty Paper, which I cut down into six 4” x 5 ¼” base layers and ¾” x 4” strips:
For each card front, you will need:
1. A 2” x 4” strip of the Cork Specialty Paper.
2. Use the maple leaf die to die-cut from Cajun Craze cardstock and I only used my fingertip to rub the leaf for the little bits to come out and left what didn’t.
3. Use the “long skinny” leaf die (sorry, I googled it and it looked like several different kinds) to die-cut from Pale Papaya cardstock and I only used my fingertip to rub the leaf for the little bits to come out and left what didn’t.
4. From Crumb Cake cardstock, use both pinecone outline and small detail leaf dies to die-cut out.
5. From Early Espresso cardstock, use both pinecone detail dies and the branch die to die-cut out. Tip-place some adhesive sheet on the back of the cardstock for the pinecone detail dies, this makes adhering to the outline die-cuts easier.
6. Use a small piece of the Early Espresso Faux Suede Trim to tie into a small knot.
Adhere the 2” strip of Cork paper to the DSP base layer and then adhere the branch (I used liquid glue, but you can also use adhesive sheet on the back of the cardstock). I then used the piercing tool of my Take Your Pick to roll a glue dot on the end to adhere each of the large die-cut leaves, liquid glue to adhere the pinecones and small detail leaves as shown, and a glue dot to adhere the faux suede trim knot. This completed piece is adhered to an Early Espresso cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:
For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” and adhere the ¾” strip along the 4” side. I purposely left the inside blank, this way I can use them for my Thanksgiving cards or for any occasion:
Pinecones aren’t just for Christmas, and you never know what DSP can be used for a completely different kind of card! Now, let’s touch on that yummy Cork Specialty Paper! It’s not just a patterned paper, it really is cork! It’s like they took a cork type board and shaved it ever so thinly! It is currently on backorder, next shipment is due November 15th (that could change), but if you have been on the fence about this paper, I highly recommend it! A little can go a long way, I made six cards and only used a 4” x 12” portion of one sheet!
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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!