Hi, There, Stampers!
Welcome to the Sunshine SU Demos August Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Fall Products in the Stampin’ Up! 2022 July – December Mini Catalog.” I hope you enjoy my article!
Fall Is Next Month!
Just this week we passed the middle of August. That means that September is not far away. And you know that means that we’re about to get into the season of creating Autumn-themed cards and other fun projects. One of my favorite Autumn themes is apple harvest time. This year Stampin’ Up! created the perfect stamp set for me to enjoy – Apple Harvest Stamp Set. And come September, they’re going even further – they’ve created a die set to go with the stamps! Read on to learn more about both the stamp set and the dies.
The Apple Harvest Stamp Set Makes a Lovely Card
All by itself, the Apple Harvest Stamp Set, from Stampin’ Up!’s July – December 2022 Mini Catalog, has three of the most beautiful apple stamps. I love coloring apples because it takes so very little to make them look almost life-like. Using Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Blends usually makes the effect even better. But the Apple Harvest images are all made with some built-in shading, and blending may not be necessary.
So for this card I just used the lighter of the two Real Red Stampin’ Blends. The key to giving the apples a little bit of “shine” is to leave a bit of white (or, in this case, Very Vanilla) when you do the coloring. For the leaves I used the Mossy Meadow Light blend marker and for the branches the darker of the Medium Deep Combo Blends.
For the rest of the design, I went with classic ink products, using Real Red Ink and a Blender Pen to color the little apple blossom in the corner and my Mossy Meadow Ink pad for the sentiment.
The Apple Blossoms Dies Create More Possibilities
Once I found out that there were going to be dies for this set, I could hardly wait to die-cut the same apple image and place it against a colored cardstock background.
As I’d already made some red apples, this time I went with, what else, Granny Apple Green, to make myself some Granny Smith apples. Again I used the lighter of the Stampin’ Blends. The leaves and stems are the same as in the first card.
With the green as the apple color, I almost immediately chose Pale Papaya Cardstock for the background color. Then I chose the Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon to make a bow attached to the stem. For the die-cut blossoms, however, I used Petal Pink Blends. They were just a bit lighter than the Pale Papaya Blends, and still coordinated with the cardstock and ribbon well.
The Apple Blossoms Dies In This Project
I used four of the 25 dies that are in the Apple Blossoms Dies on this card front. Twenty-five?! Yes. But there are many multiples of leaves and blossoms. So it’s easy to die-cut several of any of those at once. That’s much better than having to run small dies through even the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine multiple times.
But back to those four dies that I used. Two of them I’ve already touched on – the die for the branch full of apples and the dies for the apple blossoms. The third is the die that I used to create a layer for the sentiment. The one that was the most fun was that open scallop edging that you see on the right side of the colored layer. The “legs” on the scallops are long enough to adhere to the back of the layer before adhering it to the card base. I added a line of Tear & Tape Adhesive along the back of the Pale Papaya Cardstock (which I’d texturized with the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder) and then carefully adhered those long “legs” along the length of the card. The die-cut piece is longer than the card length, and I just trimmed it when I was finished with the adhesive.
Learn More About The Dies and Bundles Available September 1st!
Click here to see/download a copy of the six new die sets available September 1 – 30, 2022!
As Always – Product Links!
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Continue The Blog Hop!
Now “Hop” on over to Kari Reese’s blog for more Fall Fun.
Sunshine SU Demos On This Blog Hop
Robin Messenheimer – Robin’s Craft Room (You’re here!)
Frances Wagner – Wag Stamps
Renée Ewart – Renee’s Paper Crafts
Kim McPeek – Stampin McPeek
Sherry Rishty – Sherri’s Stamping Studio
Kari Reese – Kari’s Krafts
Robin, I love apples for fall time! What a great card using the Apple Harvest stamp set. Also, I love the little bit of shine on the apples. 🙂 Kari
Robin, I love the contrasting colors of your two cards. Apple picking is definitely a fall memory for me. Thanks for sharing. Frances
Kim mcpeek says
I love how you show 2 different color schemes. Thank you for sharing these are great!
Sherry Rishty says
Very cute cards! I will have to take another look at this stamp set! You have inspired me!