Not Just for Fall Leaf – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #605

Hey There,

I’ve been busy, busy with my vegetable garden of late.  When you are growing food you are a slave to the calendar starting the season out.  Got to prepare the soil and get those seeds and plants in the ground so they have time to grow before seasons end.  Oh yeah, and keep everything weed free.  That’s a full time job around here.   Sounds like a lot of work and it is, but boy I love my fresh veggies and the exercise is great for me to.

Anyhow, I’ve come in out of the garden to give you today’s tutorial.  Check it out, I’ve used the beautiful Stampin’ Up! set Gently Falling for this project.  Remember to give those Seasonal stamps a look now and then.  Don’t just put those Autumn sets in a box and not bring them out until October.  They can be used year about.  Take for instance my card today, I could use this card for a thank you, thinking of you or sympathy.   Keep your leaves green or white and stay away from the yellow and orange colors for your leaves and you have an everyday scene.  My complete tutorial for this card is below.  Enjoy!***************************************************************

I’ve added the featured card of the day to my sales page where you will also find some great deals on retired stamp sets and my brayer video.  CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT


Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .

Project Supplies:

Stamps: Stampin’ Up! Gently Falling (item # 123804)

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla and DSP from the Patterns Stack Neutrals

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede

Accessories: Stampin’ Up!  Sponge, White Gel Pen, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Basic Black Marker, Stampin’ Dimensionals and Basic Pearl Jewels

Started with a 3″ square piece of Whisper White card stock.  Masked the bottom 1.25″ with a post it note and then lightly sponged Always Artichoke ink, using a back and forth motion, on the unmasked area.

Sponged just a little Cherry Cobbler ink at the post it note edge.

Sponged Soft Suede ink at the post it note edge and the top of the card stock.

Removed the mask and put it back on to cover the top 2.25″.  Sponged Always Artichoke ink lightly on the unmasked area.

Sponged Soft Suede at the post it note edge.

Removed the mask and lightly sponged Soft Suede ink in the uninked section of the card stock.

Stamped the leaf using Always Artichoke ink.

Colored the leaf in using a White Gel Pen.

Here are my layers:

Very Vanilla Card base 10″ x 6.5″ folded in half

Soft Suede 5″ x 6.5″

Very Vanilla 4.75″ x 6.25″

DSP 4.5″ x 6″

Very Vanilla 3 3/8″ square

Soft Suede 3.25 square

Assembled the DSP on the largest Very Vanilla panel.  Added Crumb Cake Seam binding, adhering the ends to the back of the Very Vanilla panel.  Adhered those panels to the large Soft Suede Panel and then to the card stock base.  Assembled the main image panel, Soft Suede panel and Very Vanilla panel.  Adhered them to the larger panels using Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up.

Cut another piece of Seam binding and slipped it under the already attached Seam Binding and then tied it.

Added large Basic Pearls to the main image panel.

The leaf was looking a bit flat so I added a bit of Basic Black marker to the bottom of the leaf to give it some dimension.

Here is the finished card.

Before I close I have an announcement to make, the Mystery Hostess for the drawing ending May 21, 2013 is . . . . . . . Diana Simpson!!  Diana receives the hostess benefits from the pool orders using the last hostess code.

That went so well, let’s keep doing it.  Here are the details:


With Stampin’ Up!’s announcement  of the new Hostess Code, we can now “pool” Online Orders together (place them individually, orders will ship directly to you – within the US only, but use the same hostess code). When smaller orders are put in together, the larger order qualifies for HOSTESS BENEFITS.

That means FREE STAMPS (or other products) I can SHARE with YOU!
So let’s get started with May’s Online Mystery Hostess Workshop!
How do you get to be part of the Mystery Hostess Workshop?
Simply use the Hostess Code below and place a minimum order of $50 (before tax and shipping) in my online store by 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Important: To be part of the Online Mystery Hostess Workshop, once you add your first item to your shopping bag the hostess code must be entered just below the Special Offers section and it should say Michelle Zindorf as the Hostess.
Once all the orders are placed, on Friday morning, June 14, I will draw ONE name to get hostess benefits on the entire order! I will call/email the winner to get your choices.
Your Hostess Code is: 3MZWCWAQ
Ready – Set – GO!! Start placing your orders now!… Remember, the deadline for this
event is 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
Please do not put the hostess code in if your merchandise order is $150 or more.  You would lose your hostess benefits that you would have coming already.

Until my next post. . . . . .

Huge Hugs!

Weight loss in 2013: 23.4 lbs


Michelle’s Free Stamp Program

Don’t miss out on my Customer’s free stamp set program. Check it out!  For your order of $50 in product using me as your demonstrator you will receive one virtual token.  Order $100 in product receive two virtual tokens, etc.  After you have collected 10 virtual tokens you will receive a free current stamp set of your choosing, a value of $30 or less.

Here is a link to my online shopping page that you can shop at 24/7 (from the comfort of your home, even in your pj’s) and the products will be shipped directly to your door step from Stampin’ Up.   CLICK HERE TO SHOP.   My free stamp set program will be an on going program.  :)


The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is active on  May 31, 2013.  I have some on hand that can be pre-ordered.  The cost is $6.50 which includes flat rate shipping.  Please e-mail me at [email protected] if you would like to purchase one.


Learn How to Brayer

I now have an online beginner brayer video classes that will teach you how to brayer. CLICK HERE TO GET THEM.


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3 responses to “Not Just for Fall Leaf – Stampin’ Up! Card Tutorial #605

  1. Maria A. Rodriguez

    Hello Michelle: What a beautiful card, I love all of that sponging, such rich colors give the image of the leaf a gorgeous backdrop. I think this sponging technique is a bit easier than doing it with the brayer, at least for me. You do a beautiful job with both. Thank you for this tutorials, they are every bit as fabulous and as detailed as any video.

  2. Stephanie S.

    Wonderful card and as always Thank you for sharing.

  3. Therese in Australia

    Love this card Michelle. The colours and design are just stunning. Thanks so much for taking the time to share what you do and how you do it. Therese