Happy Friday, crafty friends! I don’t know about you, but I am totally ready for the weekend! The beginning of a new school year is always so mentally exhausting, so it will be nice to have a few days off! I have a few cards to share with you today (and lots of photos, so beware!) that showcase the new Sew Seasonal and Uplifting Thoughts Bundles from Concord & 9th. (Affiliate links used.)
I seriously LOVE both of these bundles. I’ll be honest. I was initially a bit intimidated by the stitching dies. I don’t stitch much (ok, by not much I mean never) and I wasn’t sure if my final product would be a big hot mess, lol. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how EASY it was to use and how much FUN I had doing so! If I had had the time, I would have stitched ten different cards because it was so cool!
I used the Sew Seasonal Bundle for my first card. I like the bundle deal because it comes (at a discounted price) with a bunch of beautiful embroidery thread and some threading needles. However, if you already have embroidery thread or want different colors, you can always just purchase the Sew Seasonal Dies on their own!
I first blended two different scraps of Neenah Solar White Card Stock with both orange and yellow distress inks. I then splattered each panel with water, blotted them with a paper towel and then let them dry. Once they were dry, I then diecut one large leaf from each one using three of the dies from the Sew Seasonal Die Set. For the yellow leaf, I used Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw, and Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. I used a deep orange thread for the stitching. For the orange leaf, I blended Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Fired Brick Distress Inks. I used the deep red thread that comes in the kit for the stitching.
For my background, I stamped the Barnwood Background Stamp with some dark brown ink onto a sheet of Kraft Card Stock. I then attached my leaves to the front with some 3D Foam Adhesive Tape (cut to fit) and tied a beige piece of hemp cord around the bottom of the leaves. I heat embossed my sentiment onto a strip of dark brown card stock and adhered it to the lower front section of my card.
For my next two cards, I used the Uplifting Thoughts Bundle. For this first card, I used both the stamp set and the coordinating dies. I first blended some green Distress Inks (Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss) onto a masked section on the front of a white A2 Sized card base. I then splattered this section lightly with water, blotted it dry with a paper towel and then also added some diluted white and black ink splatters to the rest of the card front for added interest.
Once dry, I heat embossed my leaves onto the front with some Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder. Once that was set, I then used the die to diecut a section of the leaves that allowed my to partially peel them back and give them a 3D look.
Isn’t the effect just gorgeous!? Lastly, I stamped my sentiment with black ink onto a strip of Kraft Card Stock and adhered it to the front of my card with liquid adhesive.
For my second card using the Uplifting Thoughts Bundle, I just used the stamp set. Similar to my first card, I masked off a section of the card and blended some Distress Inks onto the front panel. I used Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, and Fired Brick Distress Inks. Same as before, I splattered it with water and blotted it dry. This time, I only added some white paint spatters when finished.
Once my ink blending was dry, I then stamped my leaves onto the front with some Black Ink to give them some striking contrast. I stamped my sentiment on the lower right section with the same ink. It’s so simple but I love how the colors really pop with the Black Ink contrast.
Here’s one more look at all of the fall cards that I made using these bundles. Lastly, I have two winter/Christmas cards to share with you.
I used the Sew Seasonal Dies for both of my winter cards. I just love how versatile this set is! You can use it for sprint and summer too! (See THIS video from Concord & 9th for some great inspiration using this set.) For my first one, I used the Snowflake Turnabout Stamp for my background. I stamped it four times using the Glacier Caves Mini Cube Ink Set by Altenew.
I then blended a piece of card stock with some Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks and used the large stitched Happy Holidays Label Die to cut it out. I then used one of the Sew Seasonal Dies (which is the same die used in the leaf stitching) to cut out a cute Charlie Brown Christmas Tree! I stitched both the tree and the word Noel with some white embroidery thread and then added some silver sequins for some added interest.
Lastly, I created one more winter card using the Sew Seasonal Bundle. I first blended my background with some Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Chipped Sapphire, and Black Soot Distress Inks. I splattered this piece with some water and then blotted it dry with a paper towel. Once dry, I then splattered it again with some diluted Opaque White Paint to resemble falling snow.
Once dry, I then heat embossed some large snowflakes with the Snowflake Turnabout Stamp. I then diecut some snowflakes using the Sew Seasonal Dies and stitched them with silver embroidery thread. Lastly, I added my Happy holidays sentiment that I had diecut from white card stock using the Happy Holidays Label Dies.
I hope you enjoyed my cards today! You can check out the entire amazing August release from Concord & 9th HERE.
Don’t forget that it’s Concord & 9th’s Birthday Month! You can receive both the Cake Layer Dies and the Confetti Turnabout Stamp Set for FREE with qualifying purchases! Details can be found HERE.
If you missed it, here’s some cards that I made using these two fun sets! Click on the photo above for more details.
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!