This is another card that I created during a Stampin’ Up! creativity event AGES ago. I’ve certainly taken my time sharing them with you here, haven’t I? I’ve been distracted with other creative things and I’m starting to pick up the slack. For all 3 of the projects that I created during the event I chose the “stepped up” version of the card. In this case, the elements that were added is the piece of Copper Clay ribbon and the white-ish leaf silhouettes you see in the background. To me that’s the real secret sauce on this card and I’m going to tell you how I did it.

First I stamped the thin leaf image on the card base 3 times using Gray Granite ink. Nothing special there, but it is important to do that first. Then I created my own mask using a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of cardstock – any color is fine. I die cut 3 large and 3 small leaves using the Translucent Florals dies in the spots where you see the white on the card. I placed this DIY mask over the card front and lightly spread embossing paste over the mask to create a very thin layer of the paste on the card. When the leaves were filled in and evened out I carefully lifted the mask and set the card aside to dry. That’s it! Once it’s dried I finished making the card with the diecut elements, ribbon and adhesive dots. I love how the embossing paste adds some subtle elements and interesting texture to the card. It adds a fun tactile element as well.

One other thing that I did on this card that may not be obvious is the bottom edge of the stamped greeting. After I stamped the greeting on a piece of 2 1/8″ x 1″ Basic White cardstock I used a larger Deckled Rectangles die to cut the bottom edge of the cardstock. It’s a subtle effect, but it makes the greeting seem a little bit softer because the bottom edge isn’t as sharp.

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