I love all the October and November autumn colors, and I'm going to be devastated when Thanksgiving is over. Something about oranges, reds and browns just soothe my soul. I also, for some odd reason, love die cutting leaves. Foliage and flowers of any kind looks extraordinarily elegant to me. They were my first die cuts I invested in when I started die cutting, and they're still frequently my most used. Over on the Catch the Bug blog, they laid out a perfect autumnal November color challenge.
The centerpiece of the creation was the Anniversary Frame Dies from Anna Griffin. This is a die set I acquired a while back but have yet to use. Needless to say, the cut and emboss looked dazzling. Using the Seasonal Foliage Dies, I created a number of leaves and acorns, not quite sure where I was going.
What I realized during the assembly process was that the wood-like backgrounds served too much as a distraction. With some quick thinking, I pulled out some embossing folders and voila. Here was the result:
I layered the foliage to pull in the symmetry of the piece. I was happy with the result. Here is the card standing:
Because I created an abundance of foliage, I made another card with the same ideas:
Here, you can see a little more of the detail of the anniversary frame. I used 3D dot adhesives against the emboss background to give the frame a little lift. When the card catches light, it creates a really cool grid shadow all around. Here's the card standing:
Ultimately, another gorgeous autumnal card. These Anna Griffin Anniversary frame dies are more than worth the pricey purchase.
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