Welcome to Cardz 4 Guyz #285! Deb is hosting this bi-weekly challenge and has chosen the theme ofShades of Brown.  When you are done here, I hope you will hop over to the blog and check out all the inspiration from the design team!

Here’s my card:

I have a confession to make about this card:  I mailed it my daughter in northern California.  However, the colors and layout could very definitely be for a male card as well.  She’s actually able to see a REAL fall color change, and the colors on this card match some of the colors in pictures she’s sent me.



  • The Merry Merlot base measures 5-1/2 inches by 8-1/2 inches, scored at 4-1/4 inches.
  • Next, the Cinnamon Cider DSP (designer series paper) in the wood pattern measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches.
  • I used a pattern from the Beauty of the Earth for the layer under the vellum. Both the vellum and the DSP measure 4 inches by 3 inches.
  • I used scraps to cut out all the leaves in Cinnamon Cider, Merry Merlot, and the Early Espresso branches.
  • For the front leaf, I cropped it in Crumb Cake and then used my blending brushes. Before I finished, I wound up using Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, and Early Espresso inks.
  • The Intricate Leaves die set make cropping these pieces very easy. My only problem was user error. I didn’t decide to use the foam adhesive sheets under the intricate, focal leaf until after I cropped and used ink on it. Therefore, I had to very, very carefully try to line up the cardstock leaf with the foam adhesive cut-out. There’s not as much foam showing when you look at the card straight on. The angle in the picture makes the white foam more prominent.
  • I used the Forever Flourishing die set for the lone piece of Pumpkin Pie foliage.
  • Since I used enamel dots in the four corners of the vellum, I was able to add adhesive to the backs of those corners. I also added adhesive on the vellum underneath the focal collage.
  • I used the end of my roll of faux suede Early Espresso ribbon for the bow.
  • Then, I used a Sweet Scallops die for the sentiment block. But, it still works for a guy, right?

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