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September02

Natural Expressions

Today I’m sharing some ideas on adding a little rustic charm to your projects.

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Our Expressions Natural Elements (item #138395) feature wood veneer words and come with five of each greeting.

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To enhance the wooden texture of the Expressions Natural Elements, apply a few strokes of ink across the grain of the wood using a Stampin’ Write Marker. I used Soft Suede and Early Espresso from the Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers collection (item #131261). (It is fine to leave small sections without ink.)

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Lightly sand the surface; I used a nail file.

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Leaves are the second element in my projects. I clear-embossed on Mossy Meadow Cardstock (item #133676) using the Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set (item #138802). For a look more rustic look, I shaped the leaves using a Bone Folder (item #102300) by rolling it over the surface and applying pressure to the midrib of the leaf. For best results, do this on a soft surface, like the Stampin' Pierce Mat (item #126199).

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Bringing together the previous elements, here is the first card. I’ve looped Linen Thread (item #104199) and used it to frame the leaves with the wooden greeting sitting on top.

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For the second card, I used the larger maple leaf from Vintage Leaves. I clear-embossed the leaf, then cut it out and shaped it using the Bone Folder. This time I stepped up the design by adding a piece of Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon (item #138419) and Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (item #140536) in Very Vanilla.

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For the final item I clear-embossed the maple leaf on a Takeout Box (item #135827) and tied a bow around it with Mossy Meadow 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon (item #138419).

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Teneale Williams

Artisan Design Team 2014–2015

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  • Susan Timchack

    Sep 05

    So loving these ideas....fall is my favorite time of the year and these products are amazing!

  • Deb

    Sep 05

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing!!