I Love Fall - Multi Use Stamps

by - October 22, 2017

If you're anything like me, you make a lot of cards. Many of them...okay, MOST of them for no particular reason. I tend to try to use as many stamps in a particular stamp set as possible, for whatever reason. Maybe because they're all so well coordinated? I'm not quite sure. Anyway, I thought, wouldn't it be great if I could make an entire card using just one or two stamps in an entire set? That would give me so many more uses for just a single stamp set. Furthermore, what if the stamps I did decide to use were the lesser featured stamps? You know, the complimentary stamps rather than the main stamps. So enters my newest challenge. 

Lawn Fawn makes the BEST critters.They have perfected the art of cute. And the thing with Lawn Fawn is that even the complimentary stamps, as we're calling them, are too cute to leave out. So I pulled out my Into The Woods set and decided to feature this adorable little acorn. It would be easy to overshadow this little guy with the deer and the Oh Deer sentiment, or the adorable fox, or raccoon, but not today. Today is your day, Mr/Mrs. Acorn!

First I used Distress Inks to blend the sky. Honestly, I wanted the look of a sunset but I feel this looks more like a sunrise. I'm okay with it, though. I think it looks like cool weather almost. After drawing the grass with Tombow markers, I die cut these gorgeous trees from the Lawn Fawn Birch Trees die set in a brown Neenah card stock. I also used the leaf stamp from the set to make the fall leaves. I arranged them in a pile beneath the "falling" acorn. I *hope* that I achieved this falling look by adding the leaves above the acorn as well.
I couldn't immediately think of a way to accent my sentiment. I embossed the I <3 Fall sentiment in Ranger Gold Embossing Powder on black card stock and cut a few different sized banners out around it. Nothing was quite working. After a little brainstorming, it hit me. 

When you're creating a scene like this, it's important to use the surroundings you've crafted. In this case, I did so by making a sign out of my sentiment. I adhered a piece of yarn to the backside of the "sign" using Multi Media Matte and then adhered that with the same glue to one of the trees. I did so a bit crooked to draw some attention to it and to make it look man made and imperfect. I needed a nail, so I glued a sequin to the spot where the yarn met the tree to give the illusion that it is hanging there.
I don't have the most confidence in myself when it comes to creating scene cards like this one. Creating little challenges like this gives me a clear goal which is helpful when designing and brainstorming. Let me know if you've decided to try something like this and how yours turned out! Thank you for reading!

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