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Hello! My name is Sarah Fleming, and I'm a paper addict living in central Texas. I'm an independent demonstrator for Stampin' Up! and love to teach others how to make lovely paper projects. I always have ink-stained fingers (I'm okay with that). I also knit. If you're in the USA, I'd love to be your demonstrator!

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Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves simple handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

I love to design and make elaborate cards. They’re my favorite. I have several of the cards I’ve made hanging on my craft room wall right across from my workstation. Not because I like to admire my own work or anything but because I like to have something physical to look at that reminds me of different techniques — kind of like a real-life Pinterest board, except I actually *did* get around to making them (unlike all those recipes I always intend to make THIS WEEK). Anyway, my inspiration wall seriously lacks simple cards. I have a few up there, but they are way under-represented. So I’m making an effort. One, I want to start offering simple card classes for crafters who don’t have a lot of time to sit and make cards or who feel overwhelmed by lots of layers and embellishments. Two… simple cards don’t take hours to make or design!

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves simple handmade card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye

This card is quick, easy, and lovely. A nice thank you card for the fall. (Hi, nice to meet you, I’m 8.5 months pregnant in Texas in August. I’m ready for October.)

I started with a Soft Sky card base. I stamped three different leaves (aren’t they gorgeous?) from the Vintage Leaves photopolymer set in three different colors — Tangelo Twist, Cajun Craze, and Delightful Dijon. To make the card even simpler, you could stamp all the leaves in one color and could even use only one leaf stamp. As is, the stamping on this card is fast.

I stamped the embellished leaf in Tangelo Twist on Thick Whisper White cardstock, then cut it out with the Leaflets framelits. Then I spritzed it with water using my Stampin’ Spritzer. I spritzed on enough to saturate the ink but not so much that it took a long time to dry. When it was dry enough, I wrapped the Linen Thread around the front and back of the leaf several times and adhered it in back several times with Dimensionals and Glue Dots. The wooden Thanks is one of the Expressions Natural Elements — I love love love these things! I adhered the Thanks to the leaf with Crystal Effects; Crystal Effects is perfect for heavy embellishments that need something stronger than a Glue Dot. I added more Dimensionals to the back of the leaf and adhered it to the card. And done.

Easy peasy. The stamps really do all the work, because each stamp is so beautifully designed that the images don’t need much window dressing. In case you’re wondering, I’m in love with this set (it was the first thing I ordered from the new annual catalog). And it can be bundled with the framelits for 15% off! All of the products I used can be bought in my online Stampin’ Up! store (item numbers below for easy searching).

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