Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Chill in the Air

I don't know about you, but the older I get, the faster time flies.  Which is a sobering concept, because we all know where it's headed - my time, that is.  Someone postulated that the reason for this phenomena could be the length of a day in relation to the amount of time you've been alive.  For a toddler, a day seems like an enormous amount of time, because he is comparing it to his short lifespan up to that point.  For a senior, a day is like a flash in the pan in comparison to the time already spent on this planet.

Whatever the reason, I can't believe how fast the summer has blown by.  I am already planning my fall classes and (Dare I say it?) my Christmas Stamper's Dozen classes.  (I have added a new page to my blog with all my classes listed. Check it out!)

With fall classes in mind, my September Technique nights will be focusing on Techniques for Backgrounds.  I created a card featuring the layering technique for the background.

This card was made using the French Foliage stamp set, which has been around for awhile, but I just recently acquired it.  I'm so glad I did, and I have been eagerly awaiting that chill in the air that signals autumn is on the way so that I could use more than just the water marks stamp.

.The card base is Early Espresso and the Cajun Craze back panel was embossed using the Stripes embossing folder.   On the layered panel, I stamped the French script in Early Espresso, stamping off once to make sure it wasn't too dark.  I then stamped all the different leaves from the set in different colours, also stamped off once.  I used Crumb Cake ink for the water marks and added them  over top of the other stamps.  Next, I inked up the Paris Postal stamp in VersaMark ink and stamped in two places, then covered the images with Pewter embossing powder and heat set it.   Finally, I added the sentiment from the French Foliage set in Early Espresso at the bottom.  On the bottom of this panel, I added some Early Espresso, cut with the Finishing Touches Edgelits.

On the main leaf image, I used a Rock-and-Roll technique with Summer Starfruit and Pumpkin Pie.  The sentiment, from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set, is heat embossed with Pewter embossing powder.

I used some 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso to add a finishing touch.

This will be one of the cards we make at our Technique Nights in September.  Hope you can make it to that!  Don't put off exploring your creative nature, because, as we all find out, Time really does Fly!

Stamps:  French Foliage (w120845; c121166); Blooming with Kindness (w126420; c126422)
Paper: Early Espresso (119686); Cajun Craze (119684); Crumb Cake (120953); Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Classic Stampin' Pads in Early Espresso (126974); Crumb Cake (126975); River Rock (126977); Summer Starfruit (126991); Pumpkin Pie (126945); Chocolate Chip (126979); VersaMark Ink Pad (102283)
Accessories: 1/8" Taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso (119959); Pewter Embossing Powder (124114)
Tools: Stripes embossing folder (123128); Finishing Touches Edgelits (127010); Big Shot (113439)

French Foliage

Finishing Touches Edgelits

1/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Early Espresso
Pewter Embossing Powder

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