Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #9 Leaves

I could not resist the Twofer Card Challenge #9 Leaves!

Thanks Darnell aka Dolly for choosing an easy and inspiring Challenge. 

My cards using the same Leaves Cover Plate

Both these cards have so much texture from the cover plates,  but went into
very different design directions and for different occasions.

Card #1 Close Up.

I die cut the leaves with AliExpress Leaves Cover Plate,  a gift from my friend,
Christine.  I cut the leaves out of a piece of Alcohol Ink on Yupo background
from...quess stash:-) I do Love how Yupo cuts like butter
through very detailed die cuts and the tiny pieces pop out easily.

I cut a 2nd layer out of mixed media and attached a tiny bit off center to add 
a white shadow effect.  IRL the shadow shows up real well .

I attached the 2 layers together with Fine Tip Glue Pen and attached both to card base.

Next I stamped a wood block Happy Birthday sentiment from SU "It's Your Birthday"
stamp set.  My 1st birthday set from Stampin' Up.  I was very pleased with the design.

Card #2 Close Up.

I used the Leaves Cover Plate to die cut a different Alcohol Ink on Yupo background
from my stash,  but this time I cut the piece down to fit the top area
of a piece of 3" x 6" mixed media paper.

Then I placed TCW "Jungle Vines" Stencil under the die cut leaves and
used my Clarity Brushes to brush on Distress Inks: Wild Honey,
Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint to give an impression of the smaller
leaves being under the larger leaves.

I recently received a pretty Tall Card from my friend Bonnie that had some beautiful
die cut pieces and a bit of Washi Tape tucked inside that I will use for future cards.  

Bonnie's beautiful Tall Card design!

I was inspired by Bonnie's 
CAS Tall card design and the scalloped 
dry embossed border,  especially since I had the SU border (ret).

I added a small piece of the Alexandra Renke Butterfly Washi Tape to my card.
The Tape is transparent so it looks like it was cool!

Next I stamped the sentiment with Archival black using Misti.
Then dry embossed 3 1/2" x 6 " card base and attached image to the card front.

I was very pleased with the results.  
Thank you Christine and Bonnie for your inspirations and making my cards
so easy to design:-)

You still have until the 24th to play along in Dolly's awesome Twofer!

Enjoy and Happy Fall Stamping.  Hugs..


Card #1
Stamps: SU It's Your Birthday (ret)
Paper: SU Whisper White Card Base.  Yupo.  Strathmore Mixed Media.
Inks: Archival Jet Black.  T.H. Greens Alcohol Inks
Accessories: AliExpress Leave Cover Plate.  SU Fine Tip Glue Pen

Card #2
Stamps: STAMPlorations Fond Expressions.
Paper: Yupo.  SU Whisper White Thick.
Inks: T.H. Alcohol Inks Greens.  Distress Inks: Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Peeled Paint.
Archival Jet Black ink
Accessories: AliExpress Leaves Cover Plate.  papersnips to trim leaves.  TCW "Jungle Vines" Stencil. Clarity Stencil Brushes. Alexandra Renke Butterflies Washi Tape.  SU Border Embossing Folder (ret).  Thin Tip Glue Pen (great with thin die cuts).


  1. Gorgeous cards, Nancy! That cover plate is so cool, especially since you've used the alcohol-inked-yupo-papers! I noticed the bit of white offset right away, too. Every now and then, I love making those tall cards, and yours turned out so well. Great use of the prompt on these! Thanks for joining us at the Twofer Challenge. Bev

  2. Two lovely designs using that wonderful die cut Nancy! So pretty by itself in green on your first card - and then the cut off piece along with the stenciling and pretty Washi Tape on the 2nd!

  3. What gorgeous cards, Nancy. Love the alcohol ink rich colors on the first card and love the muted colors on the second. Thanks for always describing your process. Love that format too!

  4. Great variation in how you used that die and in the layout and colours! Two fab cards!

  5. Nancy, wow, these are perfect for the leaves prompt! I love how you designed your two cards with that cover plate die! Your birthday card is sensational and the way you used the die, stencil, and Washi tape on your second card is stunning! I was so engrossed in the design, I didn't even notice the scalloped edge! So thank you for pointing it out because it really is a cool element!! Thank you so much for playing in Twofer Card Challenge #9!! Hugs, Dolly

  6. Two beautiful cards, Nancy!! That cover plate looks amazing on both cards. Love the colour of your first card with the shadow effect. So fresh with the deep turquoise and white. Your second card is AMAZING! Love this design! Cutting the cover plate and just using a portion looks awesome. And the stenciled leaves underneath are so pretty. I have to look at getting that TCW stencil! :) And the butterfly washi tape at the bottom really adds the perfect touch of brightness with the orange. Great dry embossed framing on the edge of the card. Thanks for playing along with us at Twofer Card Challenge! xx

  7. I love how yo used that die! Two fabulous cards Nancy!

  8. You have two winners here, my friend! I love how the different shades of green AI Yupo give totally different looks! The first will make a wonderful masculine or feminine birthday card and the second can be used for several occasions. I love how you've used the Washi tape and glade you are enjoying your card and goodies!

    1. I had so much fun CASE'ing your beautiful tall card, Bonnie and using the beautiful Washi Tape. Thank you again for always inspiring me my friend. Hugs...

  9. Oooh, another beautiful cover plate and two gorgeous cards! I like the way you cut it for #2. It looks like a whole other die! That Washi tape is the most beautiful of all Washi tapes, too. The pretty scalloped border makes a great impression. Nice job for the challenge, Nancy!

    1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Leslie. I am definately going to order some Alesandra Washi tape. She has one with ferns besides the butterfly tapes that are on my SSS wishlist:-) Hugs..

  10. Two very lovely ways of using that leaf die. That is a gorgeous cover plate and I love how you used only a portion of it on the one card.

  11. Fantastic twofers, Nancy! The first card is so crisp and clean. The vibrant shades of alcohol ink green look so refreshing against the white card base. The white shadow effect is a very interesting idea.
    The second card is packed with great elements! You used the leaves cover plate creatively. The partial use of the die-cuts and the combination with stenciling are very interesting! Great design with the shape (tall) and the dry embossed side border/scallop. And I love the overall color tone. Even the butterflies of AR washi tape match the tone!
    Hugs.. Hideko

    1. Thank you so much Hideko for your wonderful and much appreciated comment on my cards. I just edited my post to add Bonnie's beauty:-) Hugs..

  12. Two fabulous cards and great use of the beautiful cover plate. Loving all the colours and the inks you've used. Striking first card and do so love the stencilling and washi tape on the second. The tall card is a wonderful idea from Bonnie's card and looks stunning x.

  13. These both are stunning Nancy. I love the green and the look it has against the white, and the way you used the same die on the second card is so creative. Beautiful cards.

  14. Love these cards, my favourite is the first one. Simple and effective x

  15. Two stunning cards and so different! I love the creativity of the second and the CAS design of the first:)

  16. Two amazing cards dear friend. I have to say I'd chose both hahaha! The tall CASed card is very special, Bonnie's card may be the starting point, but you gave it another dimension. Like I said both are AMAZING! xx

    1. Thank you Joanna for commenting on 4 of my posts today. So very much appreciated. Hugs, sweet friend...

  17. Two terrific twofers, Nancy! Love the vibrant colours of the AI on the first. Makes a great masculine card. Your second is artsy and fabulous. Great design with so much interest.
    Hope your day is going well. xx


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