Thursday, August 15, 2013

Autumn Blocking for Friday Mashup

Woohooo, it's Friday! What a week its been....yesterday my youngest started high school and I was a mess. Seems like just yesterday all 3 of my kids were babies and now 2 are out of high school, working and in college. My dad used to say how fast time went by but I never understood until I had kids of my own!

Thankfully I have the Friday Mashup to help divert my thoughts and this week Amanda is our hostess. She has 2 techniques for us to try out: color blocking and clear block stamping. I had never done either of these before so after checking out the tutorials over at Splitcoast HERE I got going on my card.

I used the Magnificent Maple stamp from the holiday catalog. I just love maple trees and contrary to what people think  maple trees can survive in Alaska, although they aren't terribly common. Growing up in New England I always loved the vibrant fall colors of the maple trees!

I kept the design very simple and combined the two techniques, layering the colors right over the top of each other. I spritzed the Crushed Curry and Early Espresso with water but thought it was a bit much so when I did the Tangerine Tango I just put the ink on the clear block and didn't spritz it. I popped the leaves up with dimensionls and sponged their edges with Early Espresso.

I'm not one to gush over my own cards but I have to say I really love how this one came out!

I hope you'll visit us at The Friday Mashup blog to see the great projects from the rest of the design team, and then play along with us!

  1. Create a project using "Clear Block Stamping (use your clear block as a stamp)."
  2. Create a project using "Color-blocking."
  3. Or Mash it Up and create a project using "Clear Block Stamping & Color-blocking."

Supplies used(all supplies SU unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Magnificant Maple, sentiment from Truly Grateful
Paper: Early Espresso, Naturals White
Ink: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: Clear Block 'C' size,  Round Corner Punch, sponge, dimensionals


  1. Lisa, what a gorgeous fall card! The leaves are so pretty. I have heard of clear block stamping but never attempted it myself. I must say you look like a pro as it turned out so perfect! It's always fun to try new techniques to keep the mojo juices flowing. TFS

  2. Love this, Lisa! Great use of that technique!

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  4. Absolutely fabulous fall card, Lisa! I love the shading around the leaves and the colour blocking looks so 'rustic'. LOVE it!

  5. Beautiful card Lisa, this technique looks so fun.

  6. Fab fall card Lisa - love how you've sponged around the leaves to make them pop!

  7. Gorgeous card Lisa! Love your color combo and the leaves are perfect.
    Hugs ;)

  8. So pretty!!! The perfect fall card if you ask me!


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