Ombre Vintage Leaves

Do you love the Vintage Leaves stamp set as much as I do? I think I love it so much because the leaves are incredibly realistic and remind me of the maple leaves I see in my neighborhood. I love to go on walks at any time of the year, but I especially love walking in the fall and hearing the crunch crunch of leaves underfoot.

Ombre and Vintage Leaves

For my card today, I decided to do the leaves in ombre. I’ve been featuring a lot of ombre on my blog this month since it’s the technique of the month. There are so many ways it can look wonderful. For my card today, the effect is subtle in the leaves. The card certainly doesn’t scream ombre, yet the subtle effect is definitely there.

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

Multi-tasking – Friends and Cards

I actually made this card when I was chatting on the phone with a good friend who lives far away. This was the perfect project for it! I was able to take my time coloring while laughing and having a good time on the phone.

Do you ever stamp while you chat? If not, I recommend it! It’s a great way to get closer to someone while also making a project. Every time you see the project you’re full of warm fuzzies because you think of your sweet friend.

Tips on using Blender Pens

To make the leaves, I used blender pens. I first stamped the image in leaves with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, since I find that works best with the blender pens. The Momento ink runs much less than other inks and as you go over and over the image with the blender pen, it holds up better and doesn’t bleed as much. We don’t want any bleeding on our projects!

Cool ombre effect on each leaf. Stamp set is Vintage Leaves by Stampin' Up!

To make the variation in color, I choose a variety of different color inks. For some of the leaves I went from light to dark, but for others I reversed it. We don’t want to be predictable! Each leaf has three different colors in it.

I like to use blender pens with scrap paper. After coloring on the stamped image for a few seconds, before picking up more ink, I color onto the scrap paper to release any black residue that comes onto the blender pen. This helps keep my coloring crisp (and reduces that bleeding effect!)

Below is a video on ombre showing different techniques than ones that were used today. There are a gillion ways to ombre. But no matter how you do it, it is a lovely effect. I hope you give it a try!


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink: Momento Black, various shades of green, orange, and yellow, Versmark
Other: Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall, Friends!  It is looking SO GORGEOUS in Maryland.  Trees are changing, leaves are crunching underfoot, and I am stamping lots and lots of leaves.  Makes me happy!  I’ve established a new routine in my home.  Saturday night is now “Saturday Night Stamping” at my house.  I leave chores undone, the kitchen a mess, and I pick up the phone, call a friend, and stamp away.  It is such a soothing new ritual.  I hope you will join me in your own house with this new tradition.  Let me know.  We will have a virtual stamp party!!

Here’s the card I made last Saturday night.


I used the For All Things stamp set and inked up my brand new color, Blackberry Bliss, for the first time.  It is a yummy purple color!  I also used Hello Honey for the yellow leaf and ribbon.   I used markers for the acorns.  There’s a little surprise inside the card.  I stamped and cut out a leaf.  Looks cheerful and very autumn!

Fall has Arrived

It’s starting to feel like Fall! I love fall.  It is beautiful this time of year in Maryland when the leaves change colors, the kids go back to school, and life feeling “normal” again.  Here’s a card I designed for a workshop — it is simple to make (and replicate, if you need lots of cards), yet looks elegant.  I used the new stamp set, “For All Things.”  I love the leaves in the set and the quote “Give Thanks for All Things.”

Tip:  To get the “Thanks, ” I used marker to color on just the word I needed, then I cut it out and adhered it with dimensionals.


Supplies Used:

  • For All Things Clear Stamp set (135155)
  • Color Me Autumn Designer Series Paper (135820)
  • Sahara Sand Card Stock and Ink
  • Rich Razzleberry Card Stock and Ink
  • Wild Wasabi Card Stock and Marker
  • 2.5 inch circle punch