Today is the first day of Autumn; the autumnal equinox, where day and night are in balance. The days are definitely getting shorter because in June I was getting up at 5:45 a.m. to let the chickens out, when it just started getting light. These days I can sleep in until 6:45. 😄 A few more months and I won't be getting up until noon! Okay, that was an exaggeration, but it sure is nice to "sleep in."
I haven't made a Z-fold card in a while, and I don't know why....they are so dang easy. I wanted to make a card to celebrate the first day of my favorite season, so I grabbed an oldy, but goody from the stamp shelf - good ol' Gather Together. I just love that maple leaf AND the fact that it has a matching die so I don't have to fussy cut.
I inked the stamp with sponge daubers in Mango Melody and Poppy Parade, then used the daubers to buff a little color onto the leaf. The Z-fold is just a standard A2 card base that is 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored and folded at 4-1/4". But you add an extra score/fold at 2-1/8", folding the front of the card back on itself. I added a Tin Tile embossed panel to the front before popping the leaf up on dimensionals, leaving a bit hanging over the fold. A copper ribbon bow and Holiday Rhinestones finished the front. The inside greeting was stamped in Cinnamon Cider, and the tiny maple leaves (from Beautiful Autumn) were stamped in Pumpkin Pie, stamped off once.
Oh, and by the way, there's a 24 hour stamp sale tomorrow! Click the image below for the list.