CASology 240: FOLIAGE


Need a little card inspiration this week? Leaf it to CASology to get your creative juices flowing:

I was inspired to pull out some beautiful Rubberdance stamps for this week’s Challenge and could not go past the ‘Pine fir Yew‘ and ‘Beautiful Words stamps to create my card:


I love the etched effect of these pine needles, so wanted to reinforce that texture through through embossing and inking.


I partially stamped the pine needles across a card panel in Versa-mark and heat-embossed the image in white EP. An oval mask was created and applied around the image, before the negative space was sponged in blue and purple pigment inks.  Once the mask was removed, the image was die-cut using an oval die one size larger than that used for the mask. This created a little white frame around the image.  A vellum oval another size larger was also die-cut and layered beneath the stamped oval.  This helped to create depth, but also helped to frame and contain my inked image, preserving white space. Finally, the sentiment was stamped on a snippet of vellum, and once it had dried, was applied, along with some sprinkles to the card.

I like the way vellum softens the tone of a card, and thought it was used to great effect in this card by Wendy, hence the inspiration behind this layout! So, thank you Wendy!

And that is it!

Take a look at how foliage has inspired the Design Team’s cards this week, and then, please join us in the Gallery!

Deidre Payne

Hannelie Bester

Hazel Hodgkins

Jacquie Southas

Janet Ribet

Jen Wills

Joyce Mehrberg

Judy Marino

Kymona Tracey

Melissa Chipperfield

Rachel Bergfeld

Sherrie Mannion

Guest Designer: Anna

With thanks,


Materials used:

4 thoughts on “CASology 240: FOLIAGE

  1. Gorgeous design, Hazel! I love how you blended your pigment inks behind the pine needles…such a lovely sympathy card!

  2. Absolutely gorgeous Hazel ! At first glance I thought you had stamped your image directly on the Vellum which was giving this fading effect of the blue background ! Amazing ! I really love also the addition of vellum under the image ! Wendy’s suggestion will make more emulates !! Thanks so much for sharing and for inspiring.

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