Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fall Splendor, French Foliage, Marker Thumping Tutorial !

… And a Holiday Mini Catalog Sneak Peek:  French Foilage! 

My holiday Mini Catalog Sneak Peek merchandise arrived last week… and boy, oh boy… It’s packed with fabulous and fun stamp sets, new toys & tools, designer series paper and more!  The First Wednesday Card Club got a fresh peek at the Mini Catalog last week,  I heard a LOT of ooh’s and aah’s!

Living in Florida, one of the things I miss most about the cool Northern States is the fall foliage, or turning of the leaves.  As cooler temperatures approached, I found this natural event to be both peaceful, and beautiful.  My children always loved to play in piles of leaves too, we have plenty of photos and scrapbook pages commemorating those days too!

So, when I opened up the New Holiday Mini Catalog to page 14, and saw the new French Foliage Stamp set, I just couldn’t resist!  With three leaf images, and a fun splatter/background image… who could resist?  The stamp set was assembled and inked almost as soon as UPS dropped it at my door!

Today’s tutorial features ALL the lovely images found in the French Foliage Stamp set, and what I am going to call the Marker Thumping Technique, for lack of a better name… you’ll soon see why!  Here’s the card:

Fall Foliage Created By You

Isn’t it fun?  The leaf and splatter images in the background were all done with the Marker Thumping Technique!

Marker Thumping 101 using the elm leaf image from the French Foliage Stamp set:

I’ll be using the Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pad, and three Stampin Write marker colors:  Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, and Old Olive.

NOTE:  After each step, an informational stamped image is provided… you will not be stamping between each step… it’s just so that you can see how and where the marker thumping was done.

Ink up the image with the lightest color first, using the Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pad, cover the entire image with ink.  If you were to stamp the image at this point, here is what it would look like:Marker Thumping 101a

Next ‘thump’ the image using the brush end of the Tangerine Tango Marker… here is what the image might look like IF you were to stamp at this point:


Repeat the thumping process/action with the brush end of the Rich Razzleberry Marker… but this time, also add some occasional color to the edge and stem of the leaf as well.  The image below now has three colors of ink on it… and the Rich Razzleberry color is being thumped onto the stamp.MarkerThumping101c Mar

An extra step this time, be sure to add some color to the edge and stem of the leaf image using the side of the stampin’ write marker brush:


IF you were to stamp the image at this point, this is what it might look like:



Finish the inking process using the brush end of the Old Olive Marker… again making sure to add color again to the edges and stem of the image.


Now, give your inked image a healthy huff of hot air to rehydrate the inks… and stamp DTP (Direct To Paper).


Repeat this process for all the images, including the splatter image! 

Here are a couple close up photos detailing the card shown at the beginning of this tutorial/post… the lovely button layered yummy antique brad (my favorite) and ruffled ribbon treatment:


Marker thumped Elm Leaf, Splatter Image from Fall Foliage, and faux stitching:


P8120021Fall Foliage Createdbyu3

I hope you’ll try this technique, and let me know how it works for you!

Stampin Up Supplies Used in Today’s Card:

Stamps:  Watercolor Trio, French Foliage

Card Stock:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla

Classic Ink:  Daffodil Delight

Accessories:  Stampin’ Write Markers, Mat Pack and Paper Piercing Tool, 3/4” Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Old Olive 5/8” Satin Ribbon, Neutrals Buttons, Vintage Brads

Don’t you just love these colors?  I’ve been playing with them a bit, and will have another unusual combo share later next week too!  Thanks to everyone who has been leaving such sweet comments, I truly enjoy reading them… even if you catch me making a mistake.. LOL!! 

Love to read your comments, hope you’ll stop by tomorrow too!



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nana_cindy42 said...

I love this technique! The results are so artistic! And I, also coming from the north, love the subject of fall foliage!

Dawnmarie said...

these look so great! I'm going to have to try this again!

inkedx2 said...


I love these colors together. I may have to play with this technique for my retirement village ladies as I am limited with what they physically can do.


Becky said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! Love, love, love the results from this technique!! It looks like I worked so hard...but didn't *giggle*

Anonymous said...

The card is beautiful. I love the ribbon and would love directions as to how this is done.

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

Very pretty, Sharon--thanks for the detailed photos, too!

Tiffany said...

Sharon ~

I'm also so excited to get my hands on the French Foliage set. It's just gorgeous! Your card is stunning, and I love learning new techniques.

Quick question: How do you get your ribbon to bunch up (and stay) like that?


Olivia Campos-Mulligan said...

Looks like you took a real leaf and inked it up.

Really pretty color choices too.


ArtisticInkspirations said...

Love that technique.. have used it many times.. Always love when we have leaves to use it on!! Good job lady!! Don't have that set yet... maybe next month!!

Sandy Hill said...

Wow, Sharon, what a great tutorial. I love your cards and will be coming back often to see your blog. Please drop by and visit mine at

Susan J Carlson said...

Can't wait to order that stamp set and try out your technique. I, too, love fall!

Michelle Gray said...

Gorgeous card! TFS the tech tut too!

Kim said...

I love the card. The colors are so beautiful together.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous card!!