Welcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are having fun with our stamping favorites – our favorite themes for seasonal cards and projects. This month’s projects feature leaves and trees, so you are likely to find lots of inspiration for Autumn. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

While flipping through the catalog looking for inspiration, I came across the three cards on page 71 for simplifying or stepping up the intricacy of cards.  My layout is different than the catalog, as is the stamp set I used.  However, the stepped up card inspired the background on my card.

I knew I wanted to use the Beauty of the Meadow DSP (designer series paper).  Florida doesn’t really have an autumn season, and I miss that dearly.  So, I thought I would use one of these gorgeous prints.  

Here’s the first card I created:

Here’s the second card:

Measurements for the “GRATEFUL” card:

  • The Merry Merlot base measures 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The white cardstock for the inside panel measures 5-1/4 inches by 4 inches.
  • I started with a 4-1/4 inches by 5-1/2 inches white panel for the front of the card. After I ran it through the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder, I trimmed it to 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • The Beauty of the Earth DSP measures 2-7/8 inches by 3-7/8 inches on the front of the card. While I had the DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches for the envelope flap.
  • I trimmed the vellum cardstock to 2-3/4 inches by 3-3/4 inches.
  • All my stamping and cropping using the Forever Fern stamp set and the Forever Flourishing dies was done on white cardstock. I used the “GRATEFUL” sentiment from the Sparkle of the Season stamp set.

What I Did:

  • TIP: Any time you are using a 3D embossing folder for a background design, you will have much more success if you use the embossing folder before trimming the cardstock down to size. The 3D folders get such a deep emboss that your final measurements will be off if you trim it first.
  • There are three cropped flourishes adhered with multipurpose glue on top of the embossed background. I really liked the background double layer used in the cards on page 71 of the annual catalog and wanted to use it on these cards.
  • I used the piece of vellum over the DSP so the colors would be muted, allowing the cropped images to stand out. Dimensionals also helped them stand out from the DSP background.
  • I used three of the colors in the DSP for the stamping: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, and Merry Merlot.
  • After stamping the greeting in Merry Merlot, I cropped it using a label die from the Harvest Die set. Then I used the Merry Merlot Stamping Write Marker to outline the label. A double layer of dimensionals under the sentiment were necessary since I had to take the raised stems/leaves into consideration.
  • I folded a length of the linen thread in half and tied a bunny ears bow. I used a glue dot to secure it to the Cinnamon Cider leaves.
  • Finally, I added three Bumblebee Decorative Matte Dots to the vellum. The double dots on the bottom right corner help to balance the weight of the leaves at the top. That triangle of dots keeps the viewer’s eyes traveling across the card.

Back to the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Robin Myren at Songbird Designs. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  3. Renae Novak at Blessed by Cards
  4. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  5. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  8. Lisa Graham at Lisa’s Little Ink Spots
  9. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  10. Joanne Brown at The Inky Dragon
  11. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this card.

Have a Peachy day!


Colors Used on the GRATEFUL card:



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