Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Today I have another colorful card made with the Love of Leaves Stamp Set.

I'm always drawn to cards (yes, I peruse Pinterest just like the rest of you) that have a colorful border on the card.  That border can be on the top of the card, the bottom of the card, around a corner or down a side.  It doesn't matter if it is made with flowers, leaves, or some other cute objects.  There is something about a border that just attracts my eye.  But I'll be honest, I struggle with creating them.  I struggle with getting the colors distributed evenly.  I struggle with getting the "right amount" of images.  I always feel like I need to add more, but then it often seems like I should have stopped before I stamped that last image.  Does anyone else have these issues?

The reality is, once you finish the rest of your card, the distribution of colors and shapes on the border doesn't really seem to matter as much.  I wasn't very happy with how my border turned out on this card, but once I added the focal point, it seemed to look so much better.  I guess the message to myself (and you) is “don’t fret so much.”

The leaf on the circular focal point was created by stamping the bunch of daisies from Nature's Harvest twice and then coloring them with Stampin' Blends.  Once the coloring was finished I die cut the leaf with the 5-petal leaf dies from the Stitched Leaves Dies.  I love the stitching in the center of the leaf.

I added the Thank You sentiment from Nature's Harvest, but I could just as easily have used the Thank You from Love of Leaves.  They both have beautiful fonts.  The sentiment was cut with a die from Tailor-Made Tags Dies.  This set is a recent addition to my supply closet, and I now wish I had purchased it sooner.  It's a great die set!

One of my favorite dies in the Stitched Leaves set is the die that has all the stitched lines in varying lengths.  If you look closely you will see that after the border was stamped I "die-cut" it with this die.  I also used it on the inside of the card.  Doesn't that die add a nice little bit of detail?  As Mom would have said, "It just does something to it"!

I practiced my border-making a little more on the inside of the card, and then also continued to practice on the flap of the envelope.  You can see sneak peaks of the envelope in some of the photos.  I purposely did not add a sentiment so I would have plenty of room to write my thank you note.  But it will also be easy to add a sentiment later if I change my mind.

There is a FREE TUTORIAL available for today's card.  Click on this link to download a PDF.

A complete list of the products used for this card is shown below.

I hope you liked today's card.  Thank you for stopping by.  I would love to hear your comments.


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