French Foliage Branch – Tutorial #549 and a Blog Candy Winner

Hey There,

Don’t you just love Autumn?   A walk in the woods, leaves crunching under your feet, blue skies, the smell of wood burning in the fire place.   It’s my favorite time of year.   I especially love that the veggie gardens are put to bed for the rest of the year so the pace is a bit slower for me.   I now have a freezer full of home grown veggies.  Lots and lots of frozen zucchini.   So if you are like me, and you want to use some of that harvest, you may enjoy a recipe that I have link at the bottom of this blog post for Zucchini Cookies.    They are my favorite all time cookie.

Today’s card was made in the spirit of Autumn and focuses on the Stampin’ Up! stamp set, French Foliage.  The complete tutorial is below, enjoy!


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The winner is. . . . . . . . . . .

Cathy Peterson who wrote “What a great looking stamp set! I can already picture that wonderful snowflake on a holiday card! Thanks so much for your generosity”.

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Now on with today’s tutorial. . . . .  . .

Project Supplies:

Stampin’ Up! Stamps: French Foliage

Card Stock: Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, Summer Starfruit and Chocolate Chip

Ink: Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, More Mustard and Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: Stampin’ Up! Word Window punch, Piercing Tools, Gold Marker, Basic Black and Chocolate Chip markers and Stampin’ Dimensionals

Started with a 3.25″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White card stock.   Smeared the ink from a Pumpkin Pie ink pad using an upward motion on the top of the card stock.    Also smeared More Mustard ink below the Pumpkin Pie ink using an upward motion and smearing it 1/2 way into the Pumpkin Pie ink.

Smeared Summer Starfruit ink under the More Mustard ink over lapping the more Mustard ink.    Next dabbed the Old Olive pad on the card stock lightly not covering the inks underneath.   You want the colors underneath to be able to shine through.

Stamped the text stamp from the French Foliage set on the right and left sides of the card stock using Basic Black ink.

Drew in a branch using a Chocolate Chip marker.   Added leaves to the branch using Basic Black ink.


Added Gold marker to the left side of the branches and the edges of the panel and Basic Black marker to the right sides of the branches.

Punched 3 Word Window punches out of Chocolate Chip card stock.  Cut a 4″ x 5.25″ panel from Summer Starfruit card stock and embossed the panel using an embossing folder and the Big Shot machine.

Adhered the main image panel to the embossed panel.  Added the word window punches that have one end of them cut off.  Pierced holes in the word window punches using a piercing tool.

Stamped 3 additional  leaves on a scrap of Summer Starfruit card stock using Basic Black ink.   Cut them out.   Adhered them over the stamped leaves on the main image panel using a Stampin’ Dimensional and glue at the bottom of the leave.   This lets the top of each leave to pop off the card stock.  :)

Added Brads and a Chocolate Chip card base.

Here is the finished card measuring 4.25″ x 5.5″.


My Zucchini Cookies that I made this morning.  They were so yummy with my coffee….mmmm m m m.




May you feel sun on your face and smell the smells of Autumn today.

Until my next post.. . . . .



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10 responses to “French Foliage Branch – Tutorial #549 and a Blog Candy Winner

  1. LOVE it!!!! I always seem to love the ones with leaves and flowers the best. I tink this is one of the best leaf ones.

  2. Shelly Schmidt

    Just beautiful!!! Love the wonderful colors- love the layout!

  3. Congrats to Cathy! Michelle, your French Foliage card is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your cookie recipe ~ they sound delicious!

  4. Nice card! I like the rich shades with the dark leaves. The zuchinni cookies look soooo good. Mmmm. :)

  5. I love this card and just got that stamp set so am excited to try it out.

  6. Very original and nice card, thanks for the tutorial

  7. Very striking card and easy technique. I, too, love leaves and trees on cards. I’d frame this one!

  8. Michelle Montague

    Ohhh! French Foliage is my fave! I love this card! I’m going to have to try it!

  9. Great card and thanks so much for your tutorial!

  10. Beautiful Michelle!! I love this stamp set, and I hope to give this card a try!!