Hey, glad you’re here! I’m playing with the newest Stamp Of Approval box by Catherine Pooler, called Counting Blessings. It’s the first fall themed box they’ve done, and it’s amazing! It sold out in 13 hours, so if you didn’t get one, you’ll have to wait for the items to show up in Catherine’s store. But there’s a new box coming in October with a holiday theme, so I’ll try to give you updates when it’s going on sale. The boxes cost $97, but I found a way to drop the cost considerably – split the cost with a crafty friend! I got my crafty talents from my mom, and I know how much she loves fall stamps and dies. Everyone wins!
She came over to hang out with me and make cards. We had a great time, and she got a head start on her Thanksgiving cards. I played around with the Marching Leaves stencil before she got there, and I made 4 backgrounds, 2 using Faber Castell’s Glass Bead Glitter Gel, and 2 using Dreamweaver’s Pearlescent Embossing Paste. I don’t have any pictures of the process, but I’ll show you the finished cards, and explain what I did for each one.
This is my mom’s card. She stamped images from the Blooming Bouquet stamp set all over the cardstock with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink, then the outline image over it with Ground Espresso. Doesn’t it feel like a fall day? She die cut the word Thankful to add over it, but she decided to finish it at home.
On this card, I used the embossing paste, tinted with Lucky Clover Distress Ink. I don’t think I added enough color, it’s kind of a seafoam green. But I watercolored over with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink, and the blue gave it more of a watery vibe. Much better. I trimmed the panel with a Stitched Rectangle Die from Simon Says Stamp, and added it to my card base with tape runner. Then I die cut Thankful from white cardstock, and glued it to the panel with Glossy Accents. I stacked acrylic blocks on top of the die cut to hold it in place while the glue dried. Finally, I heat embossed For You from the Autumn Blessings stamp set in white, and trimmed them out with scissors. I added foam tape to the words to add a little dimension to the card.
The layout for this card is identical to the last one, but I used Glass Bead Glitter Gel on the background. I didn’t tint the gel, but it picked up the color of Distress Ink I put over it with an Mini Ink Blending tool. First I added Candied Apple, followed by Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Wilted Violet. I was afraid the panel would be difficult to die cut with the gel on it, but it went through with no problem. I think if the gel isn’t too thick on the paper it’s fine.
This is the pearlescent embossing paste again, and I didn’t tint it this time. I used Candied Apple and Fired Brick at the top, Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin in the middle, and Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber at the bottom. For the sentiment, I stamped a sentiment from the Good Things stamp set onto vellum with Versamark. Then I added white embossing powder, and heat set it. I die cut the vellum with the Postage Stamp Edge dies from Simon Says Stamp, and added Glossy Accents behind the letters to attach it to the background. The sequins are from Neat and Tangled, and they match the pearly background perfectly. I love when that happens!
I had to to used the Glass Bead Glitter Gel again on this card. It’s so beautiful! I went over it with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, and Blueprint Sketch. Then I added the same sentiment as above, using sequins from Darice.
Do you have any of the Stamp Of Approval boxes? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again soon.