Sep 9, 2009

Year of Leaves Blog Hop

Good evening!

Tonight we're showing Melanie's beautiful new stamp set called Year of Leaves. The two cards I'm sharing tonight both have heat embossing with Versamark and clear Embossing powder on them. Do you do that sometimes too - get in a certain mood to stamp with specific products and end up using them on several cards at once? I had decided to play with my Versamark ink and clear embossing powder - so these are the end results of that playtime! lol!

My first card shows embossing with clear embossing powder & Versamark two different ways. The first is the traditional stamping with the ink & embossing. I used the polka dot image from Gina's Ribbon Stripes stamp set for the background on this Chocolate Kiss mat. Then, I rubbed my Versamark ink directly over the Nestability circle die cut & colored leaves and embossed them with the clear embossing powder. The shine on this card is really cool in person...

The leaves were colored with Koh-i-noor pencils and blended with blending stumps & odorless mineral spirits. Then, I stamped the polka dots on the leaves too - why, I'm not sure... lol! Then, I embossed them as I mentioned above.

My next card is super simple - the only ink used on the outside of this card is Versamark! I love that ink pad and highly recommend it. Again, I embossed all the stamped images with Clear embossing powder for some added shine and elegance.

This photo may show the shine a little better...

Even though the insides of these cards tonight are super simple, I wanted to show them to you to show how quick and easy it can be to finish off the insides and make them all ready to be sent out!

For even more inspiration, please visit our Illustrator of the Year of Leaves stamp set, Melanie Muenchinger's blog. You'll want to leave a comment on her blog because she is hosting a drawing for her gorgeous stamp set there tonight!

Melanie has asked her two guest designers to join in on her blog hop too:
Selma Stevenson
Karen Knegten

Also showcasing Year of Leaves stamp set samples tonight are these GinaK Designers:
Gina Krupsky
Carolyn King
Donna Baker
Erika Martin
Jessica Fick
Kurtis Amundson
Lee Murphy
Theresa Momber

as well as our CenterStage Spotlight Designers:
Geri Utterback
Shelly Wilson
Tina Gilliland

I hope you'll be able to check back in with me tomorrow night, because the Design Team from PaperCraft Planet will be hosting a special blog hop featuring both of Melanie's new stamp sets that she released this month. I have two more Year of Leaves cards to show as well as a card from her School Sports Spirit! stamp set.

Hope to see you then!


Lori said...

Both cards are beautiful Jessica!!

Tina said...

Wonderful cards, Jessica!!!

Melissa said...

Very pretty cards Jessica! I love how you decorated the insides too!

Mary said...

Both of your cards are lovely Jessica. I love the fall colors.


redwasher1 said...

Really beautiful Jessica! I think I love all of your cards.

Theresa Momber said...

Gorgeous, Jessica! Your coloring is always so beautiful!

Payne Holler Cards said...

just wonderful!!! I dont know if I can keep hoppin or trying to hold out for the Christmas stamps (have no idea what they will be but know I will want them all) and this hop is really really making it hard to hold out!!! :))

Melanie said...

I LOVE those embossed polka dots, that is such a great look!!! must do!! awesome jess!

JessicaK said...

They both look fantastic, Jessica. And I adore that sentiment. Just beautiful.

NinaB said...

Those stacks of leaves and bow on your first card are beautiful. I like the color scheme and layout of your second one. This stamp set does make a good focal point or background stamp.

Selma said...

The first card is stunning on the black. I really like the polka dot background done with VersaMark and clear embossing powder. Both cards are beautiful Jessica.

Jennie said...

Oh wow! Very pretty Jessica! Love what you have done with Melanie's leaf set!

Donna Baker said...

beautiful cards! love the sparkle on the first one

riaann said...

Great cards Jessica! I love how you finish the inside as well! Lots of fun hops this month!!

Carolyn King said...

Great cards Jessica! love those pile of leaves!!!

JazzyH said...


Lee said...

Wow Jess!!! how gorgeous!! I love the dotted bg!!! I'll have to try that!!

Giovana said...

Beautiful cards.
God bless

Sankari W. said...

This is SIMPLY AWESOME Jess!!! I LOVE the first one - the colors just pop out against the black!!! What a beautiful card Jess!!! ANd the second card is simply fantastic!!! Love those colors and love how you decorated the card both inside and outside!!!! LOVE it!!!!!

You SOOOO ROCK Jess!!!
Big hugs!!!
Sankari :)

Kim Burmeister said...

Your cards are always amazing! There is always a beautiful surprise inside too.


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