Friday, November 12, 2010

Stamping 411 - A Clean and Simple Thanksgiving

Happy Weekend stampers!
I can honestly say that it's been a long time since I've been this glad that we've reached the weekend! It's been a fantastic week in so many ways, but there have been a few rough patches too and MAN, am I glad I can put those calendar pages behind me!
Usually I can manage to get my card for the Stamping 411 challenge done at least by Thursday (when it's due!), but this week, I was stamping in my pajamas as soon as I got Emma off to school this morning. Definitely the right time for Clean and Simple!

Here's my card:

And here's the sketch:

Now ya'll know that I like to change things up a bit from time to time with the sketch, but not today! And all things considered - I am really happy with my finished card!
I used Crumb Cake for the base, stamping it across the bottom edge with the single leaf stamp from the Days of Gratitude stamp set using Crumb Cake ink for a tone on tone look.
I then wrapped a piece of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon around the card. The ribbon ends are hidden under the focal image. On top of the ribbon, I placed a thin strip of Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper over the ribbon. Isn't that a cool look? and a great way to use up some scrap pieces too!

The greeting was stamped with Cajun Craze ink just above the ribbon and I added the little acorn next to it with Crumb Cake ink.

Now, let's talk about the focal point:

The layers are Early Espresso, Autumn Spice Designer Paper, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla. To stamp my focal image, I inked up the leaves with More Mustard and used the Rock-n-Roll technique and added Cajun Craze ink to the edges. But......I wasn't done!
I then cleaned my stamp and using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, lined up the image and stamped it again in Versamark ink. That allowed me to heat emboss it with Clear Embossing Powder and give it a raised, shiny look. I know you can't see it in the photo, but it's there!
I did use 8 dimensionals on the focal layers - but hey, what's a Robin card without some dimensionals? Well, most of the time!

So, that's it for this sketch challenge! I hope you'll leave me a comment and then go visit the Stamping 411 blog and check out what the other Operators created for you - I know they will inspire you!
Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to take time not only for the ones you love, but take some time for YOU! You deserve it!

Stamped blessings,


  1. This is stunning! The picture doesn't do it justice considering all the extra wonderful touches you added. I'm glad I took the time to read what you wrote. It is clean and simple but you rolled the techniques in like crazy! I really love the embossing over the rock and roll... So clever.. AND the paper over the ribbon sounds really cool! You may have come up with a new technique! Gorgeous work GF!

  2. Such a beautiful card, simple and elegant and Robin!

  3. Love it, Robin...perfect fall/Thanksgiving card!

  4. So many beautiful little details. I love the DSP behind the leaf panel and the ribbon is so pretty. I'm sure that the texture of this card is even more wonderful in person!

  5. Robin, It is beautiful! Blessings, Kym

  6. Thanks for letting us know about the embossing, I loved the card before I read that, but now I know how much more awesome it is in person!

  7. Can you believe I still don't own this stamp set? Your card is gorgeous!!! Beautiful work, gf!

  8. The whole card is great, but I really LOVE the dsp behind the rock n roll leaf, the colors just tie in perfectly and together they make a really "wow" focal point.


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