Have you had a chance to see the new Holiday Catalog? Check it out online here. One of my favorite items in the catalog is the Harvest Hellos bundle (see my other favorites on this post). The stamps can be used to make apples or pumpkins. And both can be punched out with the matching Apple Punch. For the apple cards I’m sharing here I used two different methods of coloring the apple. Keep reading to learn how to make this kind of card.
Both cards here were made the same way, the only difference is in the coloring of the apple. To start, cut a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock to 11″ x 4-1/4″ and score at 5-1/2″ on the long side to fold it into the card base.
The Crumb Cake layer under the apple is made by inking up one side of the Basket Weave Embossing Folder with Early Espresso ink and carefully placing a 3″ x 3″ square of Crumb Cake cardstock inside. Run this through a die cutting/embossing machine and the ink will transfer to the cardstock as it is embossed. Layer this piece onto a 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock. Then adhere to the card base towards the top.
Stamp the sentiment with Memento Black ink on Whisper White cardstock. Die cut out the sentiment with the Stitched Nested Label Dies. Before adding this piece to the card, wrap some Linen Thread around the card front a few times and tie in a bow. Add the sentiment piece with Dimensionals over top the thread.
Now for the apple part! To stamp the apple, leaf, and stem all in one pass, it is helpful to make a template with the Apple Punch. To do this, take a scrap of cardstock and punch out the shapes. Lay this template on your table and line up the stamps into the punched out areas, then place a clear block over the stamps. Ink up the stamps with Memento Black ink and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock. If you stamped the images using this template, you can punch out all three images in one punch. You can color the images before or after you punch them out.
Coloring with Ink and Sponges
One way to color it is by using the ink pads and Stampin’ Sponges. I used Poppy Parade for the apple, Shaded Spruce for the leaf, and Soft Suede for the stem. Gently tap the sponge in the ink pad and rub it on the cardstock in circular motions to color in the image. To achieve different depths of color, start lightly with adding the color and add more color as needed to get the desired look. When coloring with the sponges, it is perfectly fine to color outside the lines.
*Note* I cut each sponge in the pack into six pieces and label them with the color I use it with. I use the Circle Tab Punch to punch out a piece of the colored cardstock. To remember the color, I write the color name on it with the Basic Black Marker. I fold it over the pointed edge of the cut sponge and secure it with a staple.
Coloring with Stampin’ Blends
Another way to color the apple is by using the Stampin’ Blends. I used Light and Dark Poppy Parade for the apple, Dark Shaded Spruce for the leaf, and Dark Soft Suede for the stem. Use the brush tip to color the apple image, blending the light and dark shades to achieve the desired look. For the leaf and stem, use the fine tip to color in the small areas.
Once the apple parts are colored, adhere the left and stem to the top of the apple with Glue Dots or a tiny dot of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Then finish the card by using Dimensionals to adhere the apple to the embossed Crumb Cake layer.
This was such a fun set to play with and I have a bunch of ideas for using this set. So there may be some other projects featuring the Harvest Hellos bundle showing up on the blog…maybe showing off the pumpkin next time! I hope this card inspires you to get making with the Harvest Hellos bundle.Product List