Birthday Cards with Vintage Leaves

vintage leaves olive

I just love fall, and New York State this time of year is simply magnificent.  The colors are so vivid and beautiful in the sunlight!  Today I’ve created two birthday cards inspired by the changing leaves in my area and the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! stamp set called Vintage Leaves.

  • One of my most favorite techniques is emboss resist – stamping in VersaMark Ink, heat embossing with White Embossing Powder then using Sponge Daubers and various stamp pads to create a beautiful backdrop for your stamped images.  And there’s no better time than fall to highlight this technique.
  • I began applying the colors first by using a Sponge Dauber in Crushed Curry ink and going over the entire face of the card lightly with this first color.
  • Next I added in Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Pear Pizzazz and just blended the colors together as they touched.  Have fun with this step – if you don’t like something just keep blending and adding color.
  • The sentiment from Wetlands stamp set is stamped in Early Espresso ink then cut out with the coordinating Leaflets Framelits, with a piece of Linen Thread tied to the leaf’s stem.  I kept it simple, popping the leaf up on Dimensionals and letting the background shine.

vintage leaves olive closeup

BIG TIP:  You’ll need to dedicate one Sponge Dauber to each of your colors.  In order to keep them well organized, I use my label maker and create a label for each dauber.

label maker

Each dauber has its own color label:

sponge dauber label

and they get neatly stored in this craft box – the perfect size!

sponge dauber case

You can find this nifty case on Amazon by searching for “dauber with storage box by Darice”.


Next up are the same two stamp sets, but I changed the color scheme, sponging on Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Blackberry Bliss.

vintage leaves blackberry

  • I oriented the card the other way and used the Wetlands stamps on the tag, punching it out with the Note Tag Punch.
  • I wrapped the Linen Thread around the card front three times then tied a bow for the top.
  • A couple of Dimensionals holds the tag in place.

vintage leaves blackberry closeup

I’d love to hear from you as to which card you prefer!  Color choice is so important, and people have such different favorites – what’s yours?  Leave me a comment below.

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