Fall leaves and flowers themed card!

Make the most of your scraps and discards!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is another great way to use up not only your scraps of designer series paper, but to also use elements that you thought would work for a card but didn’t and set aside! You know what I’m talking about…since I still had products out from my last card and a few pieces that didn’t make it on to other cards, now is the perfect time to use them up! I always put aside things that I end up not using and then they just. sit. there. forever. I know I’m not alone with this, lol! The sentiment and flower die-cuts were leftovers, so I decided to cut up a 1 ½” x 12” strip of the leftover Rustic Harvest DSP and make my own DSP base layer with stamping the leaf stamp from Hello Harvest in different colors. This really is a hodge-podge of products, kind of like when you don’t feel like cooking dinner and see what leftovers are in the fridge that can be used to make dinner, lol!!

For the card front base layer, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, use the leaf stamp from Hello Harvest to stamp in Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Mossy Meadow inks, I found it worked out better for me if I first stamped in Mossy Meadow, then Cajun Craze, and used Crushed Curry to fill in. This is then die-cut with the largest Deckled Rectangle Die:

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

1. The banner sentiment is heat embossed with gold embossing powder on Mossy Meadow cardstock and die-cut out with the coordinating die.

2. I had a 1 ½” x 12” strip of this design from the Rustic Harvest DSP that I cut into three 1 ½” x 4” strips, which I used to make three of these cards.

3. On Kraft cardstock, I stamped the bouquet in White Craft ink and after the ink dried, I used Crushed Curry and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils to color in the large flowers, Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencil to color in the leaves, and Cajun Craze Watercolor Pencil to color the smaller flowers and then used to coordinating die to die-cut these out. Note-I did not blend the colors in with a blender pen or Water Painters. These will be adhered behind the die-cut sentiment.

4. You will need Cajun Craze glitter washi tape.

5. I used three of the gold Brushed Metallic Adhesive Dots, not pictured.

I used the glitter washi tape across the middle of the cardstock base layer, adhered the strip of DSP over the glitter washi tape, used dimensionals to adhere the layered sentiment over the DSP, and placed the three brushed gold dots in the corner as shown. This completed piece is adhered to a Mossy Meadow cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the small flower in each corner in Early Espresso ink and color in with Crushed Curry and Early Espresso Watercolor pencils (do not blend in):

For the coordinating Very Vanilla Medium Envelope I stamped the leaf in the corner with Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, and Mossy Meadow inks:

While I love the stamped base layer for the card front, I’m still not too sure about the rest of the card front…which is why I feel like this truly is a leftover dinner! You try to make it work, but there are things you would do differently next time. At least I used up the leftover sentiment and flower scraps that didn’t make it onto other cards, otherwise they would end up getting trashed about six months from now, lol!

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