Spectrum Pad in Fall Cards

Fall is my favorite season!  When I saw the Spectrum pad in the annual catalog, I knew I had to have it to make fall cards. I inked my pad with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow, Blackberry Bliss, and Cajun Craze. As you can see, I went a little crazy stamping all sorts of leaves!! It was a lot of fun to mix and match stamps from different sets. In the samples below, I used the limited-edition Color Your Season bundle, Rooted in Nature bundle and Color Seasons stamps and coordinating dies.
Card #1

I wanted to make my own DSP using the Rainbow Spectrum Pad, but it didn't turn out as planned. My idea was to use the diamond mask to stamp onto paper which didn't work. When I stamped the pad over the mask, nothing showed on the card stock. I suspect that the mask was too thick for the felt pad to reach the paper. Not to be discouraged, I misted the mask and then laid the card stock onto the mask to create this lattice look DSP. Misting the mask really helped the inks to blend out on the paper. I just love happy accidents! I stamped the leaf cluster in the Blended Seasons stamp set randomly onto Whisper White card stock for the top portion of the card. I misted the solid leaves before stamping them. The detailed leaves and accents were tapped directed onto the Spectrum Pad. I used my Stampin' Blends to color the rhinestones and added some gold thread to give the card some bling.

 Card #2

This card came together quickly! I used the leaf cluster from the Rooted in Nature set. Stamping the leaves was super easy. I just picked different parts of the Rainbow Spectrum Pad to be sure to have a variety of color. To form the wreath, I used the two largest circle dies and made a ring to adhere the leaves. I love the way the long sentiment showcases the color range in the ink pad!

Card #3

The first thing that I did after inking my Spectrum pad was putting direct to paper and dragging it across to make stripes. I like the end result, but it took several passes to cover! I think glossy or shimmery white paper would work better and use less ink. When stamping some of the leaves, I misted the stamp after inking it to help blend the color. I like the effect when I was able to get a super fine mist which keeps the detail of the stamp while allowing the colors to blend more. I used the speckle stamp from the Waterfront set to emboss gold specks on the leaves. It is hard to see in the picture, but I layered vellum, then a gold strip, and then tied these with twine and topped it with the gold embossed sentiment. To tie the gold together, I matted the card with gold foil. The card was still missing something, so I added the little flourish accents from the new Stitched Seasons dies. So far, this card is my favorite using the Spectrum Pad. Please leave me a comment below to tell me which is your favorite!

Card #4

This card did not turn out as I envisioned. It is the result of a lot of trial and error. The Rooted in Nature stamp set is one of my favorites in the new catalog. It is the whole reason that I inked my Rainbow Spectrum Pad with fall colors. The trees were lovely stamped in autumn colors. I wanted a trifold card that revealed a forest changing color. I used the Stitched Seasons large die to frame my forest. I used the Waterfront stamp set to ground my trees and painted a Balmy Blue wash for sky. To create depth, I stamped off some trees in the distance. Then I layered the die cut images over this by gluing two directly on the card and then popping the center tree on Dimensionals. The card opens upward and then down for the trifold effect. I used the trunk on the center tree to keep the frame in place. It worked perfectly. My issue was the frame took so much card stock that my card was not functioning the way I wanted. So, I cut it down and attached it to another base and made a stand so the card will stay upright when closed. It was definitely a challenge, but all in all it didn't turn out too bad!


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