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Card Size 7 X 5 1/8"

This card is bigger than the ones I normally make, that's because I also prepped it for my LifeLink's group and we made them on Thursday, November 1.  Theirs turned out great and I know if you make one, yours will too.  It's a great way to use up some of your extra ribbon.

Wonderfall and Perfect Punches both by Stampin' Up!

Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke and Summer Starfruit by Stampin' Up!

Pattern Paper-Comfort Cafe by Stampin' Up!
Cherry Clobber and Old Olive by Stampin' Up!

Stamp-a-ma-Jig by Stampin' Up!

Ribbon: Stiched Summer Starfruit and Old Olive Bias Tape both by Stampin' Up!
Clear Blocks for stamps
Zdots 3D
Tombo snail
Big Shot or other Die Cutting machine
Autumn Accents and 3 Oval Dies by Sizzix
Large Oval punch by Paper Shapers


  1. Glue the pattern paper to the Always Artichoke cardstock but NOT to the card.  The photo below just shows them on top of the Vanilla paper--they are not glued on yet.
  2. Draw 3 lines of Tombo snail across the pattern pape and lay your ribbon over it.  Make sure you cut off some extra so you can wrap it around the Artichoke layer.
  3. Turn that layer over and use more snail to adhere the ribbon on the back side.
  4. Now flip it back over and glue that to the front of your Vanilla card.
  5. Run both the Summer Starfruit and more of the Always Aritchoke through the Big Shot using the Autumn Accents die and the Maple leaf image.
  6. Glue both of those on top of the card in opposite directions.
  7. Now set this aside as it's time to get the Alphabet leaf right for your project.  See the mistake I made below...I did not realize that I needed to use my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get it to fit perfectly. So I had already stamped the images and then tried to lay it perfectly on the die before I ran it through the Big Shot.  As you can see my leaf is way off.  This is what NOT to do!
  8. Ink up the stamp you want to use with Cherry Clobber and stamp it onto the Imaging Sheet of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig holding the handle in one corner area.
  9. Now put your leaf that you have already cut with the Big Shot and die under the Imaging Sheet and lay the Image sheet over it so that it fits exactly in the leaf area.
  10. Remove the Imaging sheet and make sure you hold the handle in place with one hand while you press the stamp firmly into the corner of the handle.  In this photo I can't hold the handle because I'm holding the stamp in my left hand and the camera in my right, but you can see the handle is under my left hand.   Take my word for it, I did hold the handle when I was ready to stamp the leaf.
  11. Now your leaf should look something like that.  It does not have to be picture perfect, but you want it to look a whole lot better then the one I did above that has the X drawn through it!
  12. Add 3 Zdots to the back of it and press it into the middle area of your card.
  13. Stamp the Happy Birthday onto a scrap of Vanilla paper and punch it out with the Large Oval Punch.  Hold it like this so you can be sure you will get the image just the way you want it.
  14. Take the 3 Ovals die and a scrap of either the Artichoke or Starfruit paper (I chose the Starfruit) and run it through the Big Shot so that you use the middle sized die.
  15. Layer that behind the Happy Birthdaty oval with some snail and then use 2 Zdots to adhere it to the bottom right of your card.  On mine you will see that I have it going beyond the side of the layers and a bit below it too.

And now your card is complete.  I love the way this one turned out and hope you do, too.  It's really not very hard once you use the Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get the leaf in just the right place!

Stamp, Create, Play ... Everyday!

Nola J. Burkhard

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2 Responses »

  1. I tried and tried to do this w/out it---and must have really messed it up almost a dozen times before i grabbed it--then WAHLA--it just took me one more and I got it!

    Thaks for chiming in CynD----Happy Stamping, Nola

  2. very nice I am glad I am not the only one who has to use the stamp-a-ma-jig... I can never get any thing straight.. thanks for sharing and love the card, too!!