Paper Craft

Autumnal slimline card

I’m not thrilled about how this card turned out…

I had the concept in my head of “autumnal, monochromatic with a hint of gold and textured”, then it didn’t work out quite right…

I used my Creative Expressions ‘Finishing Touches – Autumn Leaf Trio’ dies to cut out whole leaves and the vein shapes from Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I adhered these leaves to a Neenah Desert Storm card base measuring 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches, scored at 3 1/2 inches. At this point I was really happy with how the card was going.

I wanted to add gold splatters, so I used the gold shimmer ink that came in the MMH August 2019 kit. I splattered it on with a paint brush on the card and painted a scrap piece to die cut my sentiment from and it looked good, but then when I touched the gold ink after it had dried some of it peeled straight off! When I die cut the sentiment, again some of the gold paint stayed in the die rather than on the card, so I had to paint the die cut again. I used some vaseline to seal the ink on the die cut sentiment, which seemed to help with preventing the ink from coming off. If I were to do this again I think I would use my calligraphy ink and see if that works better.

I heat embossed the sending from Honey Bee Stamps ‘Hey Pumpkin’ stamp set with Stampin’UP! gold embossing powder on Neenah Desert Storm. Because the sending and love weren’t standing out enough from the background I created vellum outlines for them and used vellum backed with stick it adhesive sheet.

Unfortunately I just adhered both sentiment bits to the card base, and because of all the dimension on the card base they look terrible! (lesson learned, use some cardstock bits to back the sentiments to create even layers!)

When cards don’t turn out how you’d hoped, what do you do – fix them? Bin them? Accept that they’re handmade and aren’t going to be perfect? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

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