Autumn/Fall Rachel Vass Designs

Autumn Blessings

September 12, 2020

Hello and welcome!  Thank you so much for stopping by today.

It’s beginning to feel like autumn here in Western NY so it’s only fitting that today’s card has that fall feeling too.  It features a beautiful image from the “Fall Leaves” digital stamp set from Rachel Vass Designs.  When we first saw the image of 7 leaves hanging from a length of string, we instantly envisioned several strings crisscrossing like celebratory banners.  We also used the “Set Back Stamping” technique we learned from one of our favorite paper-crafting artists, Jennifer McGuire, to create this fall-themed card.

Focal Point:

  • The digital image was resized, arranged and printed using a laser printer on a 5” x 7” panel of 80 lb. smooth white cardstock, and also on a panel of kraft cardstock measuring the same size
  • The images printed on white cardstock were colored with alcohol markers and highlighting was added using a “dotting” technique
  • Both card panels were trimmed down to approximately 4 ¾” x 6 ¼”
  • The sentiment was resized and printed on a piece of clear vellum

Background panel:

  • The kraft cardstock panel was stamped with a small, fine-lined background stamp using white pigment ink. The stamp was not fully covered with ink, but rather was spot inked to give the stamped image a softer, more organic feel
  • Once dry, the leaf images were carefully fussy-cut from the kraft panel and all the negative space pieces were saved in order* so they could be reassembled once the card was put together
    • *TIP: We found that the easiest way to keep track of the small negative space pieces was to print out the original stamped image on regular printer paper, apply a small amount of temporary adhesive to the scrap image and adhere each negative space piece of the kraft background in place as they were cut out
  • Once all the negative space pieces of the kraft background were adhered to the scrap printer paper, a small amount of brown dye ink was applied around the outer edges of each piece to give the background a bit of additional contrast

Card Assembly:

  • Each negative space kraft cardstock piece was carefully removed from the printer paper and was reassembled atop the colored image using foam tape to create the look of “Set Back Stamping”
  • The vellum sentiment was trimmed down to a narrow strip which was wrapped around the background panel and taped to the back to hide the adhesive
  • The entire card panel was adhered to a 5” x 7” white card base that was created using 120 lb cardstock

As always, we are so thankful for your visit today.  We pray that you and yours continue to stay safe and healthy.  Enjoy!

Michele and Maureen

“Kindness is choosing love over hate, light over darkness, compassion over judgement”


Supply List:

  • Leaf images: Rachel Vass Designs – “Fall Leaves”
  • Background stamp: Catherine Pooler – “Love Note Background”
  • White pigment ink: Hero Arts – Unicorn White
  • Vellum: Simon Says Stamp
  • Alcohol markers: Copic Sketch Markers
    • Reds: R05, R29, R89, RV29
    • Oranges: YR09, YR14, YR16, YR27
    • Yellows: Y11, Y13, Y19
    • Greens: YG01, YG03, YG17, YG25, YG67, YG99
    • Browns: E07, E18, E34, E53
    • Warm Gray: W7
  • Brown dye ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Vintage Photo
  • Background panel: Accent Opaque white cardstock – 80 lb
  • Card base: Accent Opaque white cardstock – 120 lb
  • Foam tape: Our stash – Unknown
  • Reply
    Rachel Vass
    September 14, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Oh my! Such a stunning card and that technique is so clever. Thanks so much for such a detailed explanation.

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