When I first received the Old Grist Mill stamp set, I stamped this background without adding the Distress inks. The oak leaf was repeatedly stamped with Ranger Adirondack Espresso on cream card stock. I set it aside and worked with other stamps. When I was putting together my projects for the AO new releases, I pulled it out again. I added distressing over the whole sheet starting with Antique Linen, then added Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot around the edges. What a difference that made! It brought the focal point to the center.
From there, the card design quickly fell into place. I stamped 3 leaves using Adirondack Caramel and Ginger inks on a piece of file folder, then heat embossed them with clear EP (same technique as Live in the Sunshine) I rubbed Distress Walnut Stain over the leaves and ironed out the EP. I cut them out leaving a border and curled them.
The verse is also stamped on a piece of file folder using Versafine Black Onyx. I cut it out with a Spellbinders Long Rectangles die also embossing the edges. It's distressed with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo with Black Soot just along the very edge.
The ribbon started as ivory.......it just wasn't the right color. To change the color, I placed the ribbon on my Ranger Craft Mat and rubbed various Distress inks over it. I misted it and rubbed the color in until I like the color. I ironed it to dry it. (If the ribbon gets wet, the colors will probably bleed.) I tied a bow and added the ribbon across the leaf paper with the ends glued in place on the back. The leaf paper is glued to the front of a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" cream card. I put a little Crafter's Pick The Ultimate glue on each leaf stem and tucked each one behind the bow. The verse is mounted on foam tape right over the ribbon.
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AO Old Grist Mill
Distress inks: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
Ranger Adirondack Espresso ink
Spellbinders Long Rectangles die
Clear Embossing Powder
Cream Card Stock, File Folder
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I hope you enjoy this bit of creating...my style!