Thursday, 6 October 2016

Guest DT Project for Inspired by Stamping - Blessed Beyond Measure

Hello, my friends! 

I’m so excited to be the October Guest Designer over at Inspired by Stamping!  
I will be sharing two projects with you this month.
Today, I’m happy to be sharing an Autumn themed card using 
the fabulous “Autumn Blessings” stamp set from Inspired by Stamping.

First, here is a look at the card I created:

I had so much fun putting this card together! 

Here’s how I did it:
I began with a 5 ½ “ X 7 ½” kraft card base. 
Using a brick stencil and Red Mahogany Distress ink, I inked up the entire card front. 
(Yes, I see that the ink pad is upside down in the photo)
I followed this with Walnut Stain Distress ink in random areas. 
Then I set this aside to dry.

Next, I went on to cut the rest of the pieces. 
The door, cut from woodgrain paper:  one piece that measures 3” X  5 1/2”.
The steps from kraft cardstock: one piece that measures 5 ½” X 1” and once piece 5 ½” X ½”. 
Using Walnut Stain Distress ink, I inked along the 5 ½” edge of both of these strips – on one side only.

From chipboard: 2 strips that measure ¼” X 5 1/2”. 
If you can’t easily cut strips of chipboard, kraft cardstock can be substituted.
Also from chipboard: one Tim Holtz Alterations Pediments Die. 
Any of these great pediments would work but I used the middle one.

I inked all these chipboard pieces with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

Now it’s time to do some stamping and heat embossing.
I never do any heat embossing without first brushing my powder tool all over the paper. 
It prevents any stray bits of embossing powder from staying where it shouldn’t.
Using Versamark ink, I stamped the wreath about ½” from the top, and centered on the woodgrain paper. 
I covered it with gold embossing powder, tapped off the excess, and heat set it.

Then using the little branch stamp, 
I stamped around the wreath shape randomly with both Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. 
It’s subtle but effective.

Then while I had all my heat embossing things out, 
I went ahead and heat embossed all the individual leaf stamps in a variety of Fall colors. 
I do love to heat emboss!

I then decided which colors I wanted to use, and fussy cut the little leaves out. 
Then using my flower shaping tool and a foam pad, I gave all the little leaves some shape.

Next I did some final stamping. 
I stamped two of the pumpkins using Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.  
For the placement of the words on the steps, I began with the ½” strip positioned with the inked edge along the top.  
Using Color Box Espresso ink, I inked only the words “beyond measure” and stamped them in the center. 
Moving on to the 1” strip, again with the inked edge along the top, 
I inked up the word “Blessed” and stamped it in the center of the strip.
After fussy cutting the pumpkins, all that was left to do was adhere it all together.

I began with the larger step piece that says “Blessed” and adhered it to the bottom of the card. 
Before adhering the door, I added a brad for a door knob. 
Then I centered the door piece right above the step, centering the pediment above it, 
and adding the two chipboard strips to frame the door. 
The bottom step was adhered with foam tape to add the dimension that a step would have. 
See how the top edge being inked adds to the illusion of steps? 
One pumpkin was adhered flat on the top step. 
The bottom pumpkin was again adhered with foam tape. 
Lastly, the embossed and curled leaves were adhered to the wreath. 
Then, finally, I added some little colored rhinestones to serve as berries on my wreath.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how I put my card together! 

This wonderful “Autumn Blessings” Stamp Set from Inspired by Stamping holds so many creative opportunities.   
Pick it up for yourself and see what it inspires you to create!

Materials Used:

Inspired By Stamping Autumn Blessings Stamp Set
Kraft Cardstock
Woodgrain Paper – MME Dilly Dally 6” Paper
Prima Brick Mask – Item #550011
Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint
Color Box Ink – Espresso
Tim Holtz Alterations Die – Pediments
Graffix Chipboard
EK Success Powder Tool
Stampendous Embossing Powder – Gold, Green, Rose
Versamark Ink
Heat Gun
McGill Flower Shaping Tools
Foam Mat
Mini Rhinestones

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I’ll be back again on October 20th to share another project with you!
Please let me know if you have any questions about my card!
Thanks so much for visiting today! :o)

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Chrissy said...

A fabulous project Nancy and loved your step by step process...gorgeous card.


Karen said...

Great project Nancy, I love the use of the brick background and the way everything is laid out. Nice job!

Karen said...

Great project Nancy, I love the use of the brick background and the way everything is laid out. Nice job!

Helen Haines said...

This is beautiful Nancy and love all your step by step instructions. xxx

Darlene said...

WOW This is amazing ... you have more patience than I do working with all these little pieces! What a FABULOUS and BEAUTIFUL project! AWESOME job and congrats on being their guest designer! Oh and thanks for the step by step ... wow! you go girl!

Karen Steele said...

This is beautiful Nancy! I love the wreath and the 'wood' effect door :-) Congrats on your guest designer post too :-)

Susan M said...

This is fabulous Nancy ! It's great to see your step by step photos, all the different techniques! Love the brick wall background. Great work cutting out the little leaves, it was worth it for the wonderful result !!