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I was so happy to guest for Catherine Pooler‘s newest release! I love fall – the weather, the colors, Halloween, the warm spices and food – it all makes me so happy! Catherine was kind enough to send me one of their new bundles, Harvest Festival, and all of the new ink colors. The new inks give you a wide range of beautiful neutrals to play with, rounding out the other neutral browns in the collection. Just a tip, if you are buying CP ink, I *highly* recommend buying the reinkers. I find that the foam pads need reinking a little more often to get the best impression and a juicier pad helps with ink blending. The bundle includes the following:
- Fall Finds Stamps & Dies
- All in One Thank You Word Die
- Criss Cross Applesauce Cover Plate Die
- Harvest Festival Patterned Paper
- Dublin Sequins
All products are available now for Stamp Nation members, and will be available to everyone tomorrow, Aug 3 at 9 am ET. If you’re loving everything, there’s an easy “I want it all bundle”! If you’re looking for inspiration with the Harvest Festival Bundle, keep reading. I made several cards using the Harvest Festival bundle and mixed in a few older fall products in my stash as well.
I created an inky background for these two mini thank you cards. I used a combination of the ink colors listed on the Harvest Festival patterned paper pad. I love that Catherine Pooler lists the coordinating ink colors on each paper pad making it easy to create coordinating cards. I added a cluster of leaves from Fall Finds on each card on top of a vellum circle and stamped a sentiment at the bottom. I embellished with Mazatlan sequins.
For most leaves, I blended multiple colors to give it a more dimensional feel. And I also added detail with a white acrylic paint pen. I think it adds to the whimsical nature of the leaves. I made a bunch of leaves before I started all of my projects so I had leaves for days to add to each card.
I mixed and matched several patterned papers from the Harvest Festival patterned paper pad. I love using patterned paper and love finding ways to mix multiple patterns on one design. It is fun to play with the color and proportion. As long as you have varying scale and a common color story, mixed patterns will look good together. I use principles of interior design to mix prints. To finish the card, I added a tag from the Notecard Frame and Tag dies, several leaves, and Dublin sequins. The sentiment is from Give Thanks Sentiments stamp set. I hand drew the white stitching which is why it is not perfect, lol.
I’m showcasing the new cover plate, Criss Cross Applesauce cover plate die. I die cut it from white and layered it on top of kraft cardstock that I splattered with gold watercolor. I added a bunch of leaves in clusters, kind of making the cover plate some type of grate, and a few strips of patterned paper. I used the Notecard Frame and Tag dies again and made my own colored cardstock with Buttercream ink for a place to stamp the sentiment. I embellished with Dublin sequins.
This card features the All in One Thank You word die. I wanted the patterned paper to extend through the openings of the letters and I wanted a pretty flat card so I did some Mcgyvering to get the look I want. I die cut a panel of white cardstock with the die and instead of removing the word die cut, I taped it into place on the back. This kept the scripty bottom line of the word die and the openings so I could layer the white panel over top of a panel of Harvest Festival patterned paper. I then cut the word die a couple more times to layer on top. It is hard to explain in writing so I hope you understand lol. To add a little something to the card, I splattered it with gold watercolor and added Mazatlan sequins.
Last, but certainly not least, is my favorite card that I made with this bundle! I had a ton of extra leaves so I decided to make a pile for my little peeking bunny. I used the Easter set, Hops & Peeps, to add a critter playing in a bunch of leaves. I thought it went perfectly with the playful sentiment. I matted my little scene with another piece of patterned paper. I encourage you to mix and match stamp sets. Seemingly seasonal products can be used creatively year round!
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