I had so much fun designing cards with a fall theme and picking up new techniques while I was at it. I even learned to sponge properly as I made this card and then taught my sister stampers. In the past, I daubed my inked-up sponges but now I understand the importance of sponging off on scrap paper and then sponging in smooth circular motion to avoid the spotty look. I'm still trying to remember that technique because my natural method seems to be to bounce my sponge.
I think this would make a great Thanksgiving card or a birthday card, depending on what you put inside. It could even be a thank you note.
My first step was to make a stencil by cutting a maple leaf from scrap paper, using one of the Leaflets Framelits. I then held that on my Very Vanilla cardstock and started sponging, beginning with the lightest color ink. You'll see where I haven't quite perfected the technique. Anyway, sponging in circles I tried to avoid the center to give the sense of light, although I wasn't very successful with that, either. Practice makes perfect! So I have a ways to go, but I was still able to teach my class attendees the technique.
Basket of Wishes photopolymer stamp set (11), 142200, $17.00
Leafelets Framelits (6), 138283, $25.00
Early Espresso 8-1/2' x 11" cardstock (24), 119686, $8.00
Calypso Coral 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24), 122925, $8.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" cardstock (40), 101650, $9.00
Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, 126974, $6.50
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, 131173, $6.50
Calypso Coral Classic Stampin' Pad, 126983, $6.50
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad, 126950, $6.50
Linen Thread (15 yards), 104199, $4.50