Autumn, Cardmaking, Die Cutting, Dry Embossing, Ink Blending

Happy Fall Y’all

Hello! Welcome to a special tutorial featuring a card found in Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. In this issue, makers were challenged to create two cards using dies in unconventional ways. I recently shared the first one HERE. Now, let me show you how this one came together…

Step 1: Embossing with Dies

I started with a piece of white cover stock trimmed to 4.25″x5.5″. I then took several dies in the shapes of oak, maple, and ash leaves and ran them through my die cutting machine with embossing pads. It took three attempts at various plate combinations for me to get the perfect impression.

For the first pass I used the sandwich per the manual instructions, but I had a lot of cracking and cutting. For the second pass I tried misting my paper with water to soften the fibers, but I just ended up with the same results on damp paper.

Finally, I landed on a combination that worked for me: a cutting plate, two embossing mats, cover weight card stock, dies facing cardstock, a magnetic shim, and then another cutting plate. Remember, each machine is a tad different, so you’ll have to find out what works best for yours and the effect you’re after.

Step 2: Ink Blending

I trimmed another piece of white cardstock to 2.25″x4″ and used foam ink blending tools and distress oxide inks to create a beautiful fall background.

Step 3: Alphabet Die Border

To create the scalloped border, I die cut numbers and alphabet letters from glitter paper and secured them behind the ink blended strip. The letters I found to work in this font were C, D, G, O, Q and the number 0.

Step 4: Spritz & Splatter

After adding a bit of decorative stitching around the embossed panel and across the ink blended strip, I added flecks of color with shimmery ink, white pigment, and watered down embellishment drops.

Once these were dry, I added the embossed layer to a top folding A2 card base with foam adhesive, while the ink blended strip was secured with regular flat double sided adhesive.

Step 5: Stack the Sentiment

The word “Y’all” was die cut in black card stock three times and stacked together with liquid glue before securing it over the vellum shadow layer and then to the card base.

Step 6: Sentiment Stamping

Finally, I stamped out “happy fall” with alphabet stamps onto a banner strip of cardstock and attached it to the card front with foam adhesive.

That’s all for this project! If you’d like to see more, please visit my Gallery. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube as well. Be sure to come back soon for the next one, or subscribe for automatic email updates. Until next timeโ€ฆ stay crafty!

โ€“ Laura Evangeline

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