Hello, everyone! It’s Nancy from The Nickel Nook http://thenickelnook.blogspot.com here today! I’m so excited to be the October Guest Designer here at Inspired by Stamping! I live in a small town in Saskatchewan, Canada. I share my empty nest with my husband of 30+ years. I’m self-employed part-time, and am blessed to be able to spend most of my day playing in my craft room! I love to play with paper, stamps, and ink…and all that goes with it!

Today, I’m happy to be sharing an Autumn themed card with you using the fabulous “Autumn Blessings” stamp set from Inspired by Stamping.

First, here is a look at the card I created:

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I had so much fun putting this card together! Here’s how I did it:

I began with  5 ½ “ X 7 ½” kraft card base. Using a brick stencil and Red Mahogany Distress ink, I inked up the entire card front. I followed this with Walnut Stain Distress ink in random areas. Then I set this aside to dry.

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial

Next, I went on to cut the rest of the pieces.
The door, cut from woodgrain paper:  one piece that measures 3” X  5 1/2”.
The steps from kraft cardstock: one piece that measures 5 ½” X 1” and once piece 5 ½” X ½”. Using Walnut Stain Distress ink, I inked along the 5 ½” edge of both of these strips – on one side only.

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial

From chipboard: 2 strips that measure ¼” X 5 1/2”. If you can’t easily cut strips of chipboard, kraft cardstock can be substituted.
Also from chipboard: one Tim Holtz Alterations Pediments Die. Any of these great pediments would work but I used the middle one.

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial
I inked all these chipboard pieces with Walnut Stain Distress ink.

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Now it’s time to do some stamping and heat embossing.
I never do any heat embossing without first brushing my powder tool all over the paper. It prevents any stray bits of embossing powder from staying where it shouldn’t.
Using Versamark ink, I stamped the wreath about ½” from the top, and centered on the wood grain paper. I covered it with gold embossing powder, tapped off the excess, and heat set it.

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Then using the little branch stamp, I stamped around the wreath shape randomly with both Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint Distress Ink. It’s subtle but effective.

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Then while I had all my heat embossing things out, I went ahead and heat embossed all the individual leaf stamps in a variety of Fall colors. I do love to heat emboss!

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial

I then decided which colors I wanted to use, and fussy cut the little leaves out. Then using my flower shaping tool and a foam pad, I gave all the little leaves some shape.

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Next I did some final stamping. I stamped two of the pumpkins using Spiced Marmalade Distress ink.  For the placement of the words on the steps, I began with the ½” strip positioned with the inked edge along the top.  Using Color Box Espresso ink, I inked only the words “beyond measure” and stamped them in the center. Moving on to the 1” strip, again with the inked edge along the top, I inked up the word “Blessed” and stamped it in the center of the strip.

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial

After fussy cutting the pumpkins, all that was left to do was adhere it all together.

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I began with the larger step piece that says “Blessed” and adhered it to the bottom of the card. Before adhering the door, I added a brad for a door knob. Then I centered the door piece right above the step, centering the pediment above it, and adding the two chipboard strips to frame the door. The bottom step was adhered with foam tape to add the dimension that a step would have. See how the top edge being inked adds to the illusion of steps? One pumpkin was adhered flat on the top step. The bottom pumpkin was again adhered with foam tape. Lastly, the embossed and curled leaves were adhered to the wreath. Then, finally, I added some little colored rhinestones to serve as berries on my wreath.

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial

Inspired by Stamping, Nancy Nickel, Autumn Blessings stamp set, Autumn Card Tutorial, Faux Brick tutorial

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading how I put my card together! This wonderful “Autumn Blessings” Stamp Set from Inspired by Stamping holds so many creative opportunities.   Pick it up for yourself and see what it inspires you to create!

I’ll be back again on October 20th to share another project with you!

Please let me know if you have any questions about my card!

Thanks so much for visiting today! :o)

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[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails below. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. It’s just a way to offer you a complete supply list of all the products that I use and to help you create today’s card from start to finish.]

Materials Used Not Listed in Linkz:

Woodgrain Paper – MME Dilly Dally 6” Paper
Prima Brick Mask – Item #550011
Tim Holtz Alterations Die – Pediments
Graffix Chipboard
Foam Mat
Brad
Mini Rhinestones


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