Monday, November 9, 2020

Using Retired Products Creatively

 As I was planning my cards for this weekend's In Home Card Classes, I decided to dive into my retired products (for the most part) and see what I could come up with. Here's a lovely Thanksgiving Card for the result! This card was inspired by Mary Knabe.

Starting with a Early Espresso base, I layered on strips of the retired Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP). The bottom piece is 2" x 4" and the top three strips are 1" x 4" spread out evenly. On top of that went a layer of Mango Melody 2-3/4" x 3-1/2", then a layer of Very Vanilla 2-1/2" x 3-1/4", From my very old wooden block stamp set, Teeny Tiny Wishes, went the greeting stamped in Mango Melody.

For the focal point, I started with the 3/8" Early Espresso Woven Ribbon (retired) wrapped around the two layers as shown. Then I fussy cut  the triple pumpkin image from the Painted Autumn DSP. Next was a die cut leaf from retired Seasonal Layer dies cut on Granny Apple Green. Then a Gold Foil leaf from the Nature's Roots Dies was prepared (cut and embossed). I layered those as shown, scotch taped it all together on the back side, then used Dimensionals to attach to the card front. Last step was adding the bow with glue dots.

I think the result looks great! You can use this layout idea with any combination of paper, ink and stamps. Go crazy and give it a try!

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