...and I've made about 15 cards to send out to family and friends. Here's the first one I made using the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.
Anyway, I cut my top mat at 4" X 5 1/4". Then I positioned it on my Cricut mat so that my leaf would cut out in the center of the top half of my mat. It takes a bit of finagling to get this figured out, but it worked perfectly once I did.
After the leaf was cut out, I took it out and colored the outline with a ProMarker to make it match my card base. Then I put the leaf outline back into the negative space (minus its little fill pieces). Once it was in place, I put a square (cut from a sheet) of double-sided adhesive behind it. On the front, I added three different fall colors of glitter in the negative spaces and burnished it in with my finger.
The sentiment was heat embossed with a copper-colored embossing powder, and the ribbon was a left-over scrap from my stash.
Here's a little closer look at my leaf. It's actually really, really pretty IRL. I'm just not adept enough at photography to capture it properly.
My glitter colors are gold, copper and a deep brown. They actually blend really nicely together and add some gorgeous sparkle to my CAS card.
I liked these cards so much that I made 6 of them. I've got a few other designs, too, that I'll share with you in the days ahead.
Have a great week, everyone! Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.