Dry embossing to create a Fall scene

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This is a beautiful fall card created for the My Favorite Things Camp Create challenge. I had never thought to use my dies with my embossing mat to create an outline instead of completely cutting them out. It definitely takes the challenge away from having to cut them out, colour or stamp, and then glue them back down. This may be a new technique that I will be using much more in the future.

So to start, I cut a piece of white cardstock to 5.5 x 4.25 inches. Using my sponge blender and my distress inks, I blended Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, and Vintage Photo together to create a  background to look like tree bark, or fall leaves. I always start off the page and work my way into the middle in small circular motions.

Once that was complete, I took the birch tree dies from the Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods set and placed them on my card overtop of the embossing mat. If you use a Cuttlebug, be sure you have plate A, plate B, embossing mat, and plate B, with your project between the mat and the top plate B. This allowed the outline of the birch trees to show on my project, but not cut directly through.

Using my MISTI, I placed the Lawn fawn birch tree stamps in place and then picked them up with the door and inked them up with Memento black ink.

Next, I wanted little critters to be popping up on the front of my scene, so I stamped the fox, squirrel, acorn, log and bird house onto white cardstock with the same memento black ink. I used my coordinating die cuts to easily cut out the critters. I decided to keep the colours the same as the background, so I used the same inks to blend onto my critters.

To colour the log I used the blending tool to blend Walnut stain, and Vintage photo together. For the smaller critters I stamped some ink onto an acrylic blog and added some water and mixed it up. Using a small watercolour brush, I coloured in the smaller critters. I was careful not to add too much water to make my black ink run.

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All that is left is to arrange my card how I like it, stamp my sentiment from Simon Says stamp birthday flowers, and add some fall coloured sequins!

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Here is a video of how I made the card if videos are more your thing. This was my first video, so don’t judge it too harshly! I am hoping to improve with the next one!

Thank you for checking out my card! See you again for the next one!

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