Falling Leaves

Here we are at the last week of September already! I love the beauty of nature during autumn, so I decided to create a bright and colorful background in fall colors using Ken Oliver Color Burst.

To create my card I:


  • I cut a cream panel and added it to the inside of my card
  • Across the bottom I stamped “Gratitude” (Hampton Art)  in Ground Espresso Distress Ink
  • I stamped another (Inkadinkado) leaf in Rusty Hinge and inked the edges with Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint
  • I added the leaf to the left side of the card, over top of a coffee stained paper doily

Here’s how I coffee stain my paper doilies

  1. Make a dish of strong coffee using: 1/2 cup water 2 – 3 Tablespoons instant coffee
  2. Carefully dip doilies in coffee and lay on an old towel
  3. Dry using a heat gun
  4. Using a small paintbrush, brush a bit more coffee onto the center of each dry doily to create a stained look
  5. Repeat drying process
  6. Iron (without steam) to flatten

I’d love to see the fall projects you’ve been working on of late so be sure to stop by our CURRENT CHALLENGE and link up anything that uses a few products from companies Cropstop carries in the store!


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3 Responses to Falling Leaves

  1. Love the deep colors you have achieved with those color burst, great texture and layering on the front and your inside is just as lovely with the doily and leaf, love your stained doily!

  2. I love all those fabulous Fall colors Esther! Beautiful card inside and out, love those leaves and doily! Thank you so much for sharing how you stain your doilies!
    Hugs, Sherry x

  3. Diane Hover says:

    Wow, absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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