Saturday, November 5, 2016

Trying a Technique and a Few Fall Cards

Have you ever heard of Serendipity Squares?  I vaguely remembered learning about this technique quite a few years ago when I was just starting out stamping.  Cleaning out and organizing things in the craft room takes a lot of time especially when I keep coming up with things that either I've been meaning to do or things that I've been meaning to use.  I just recently cleaned out some sample books that I had from years ago and while I was going through them came across the sample from a class we did where one of the featured techniques was Serendipity Squares.  So, having all of the necessary materials readily at hand, I wanted to revisit it.

I took some scraps of dsp and cardstock that were on the table and leaving the largest piece intact, tore the others up and glued them randomly to the  base piece.

Then I picked out some stamps that I could randomly stamp over the paper in VersaMark ink and then embossed with black embossing powder.  

I took that piece and cut it up into 1" squares.  I rearranged them on the table until I found an arrangement that I liked.  

Those pieces were then glued to a solid color piece.

And that piece was then added to another solid panel and then a card base.  You might not be able to see it too well, but the orange panel and the kraft base were stamped with plain VersaMark using the same stamps that I used on the squares.

I did add the thick baker's twine before I glued everything together.  

I really like how it turned out and wound up using it as a birthday card for a coworker.  

I also found a couple of these pumpkins that I had colored but had not assembled into cards yet and added them to some similar bases.  These are going to go out for Thanksgiving wishes.

To this one I added a little strip of cork and a few button leaves threaded with twine.

This last card was from the scrap box.  The oval had the inking on it already, I just added the stamped feather and gave that some gold highlights.  The centers of the flowers were rolled cardstock coils I found in the scrap box.  I dabbed some gold Wink of Stella on the edges of them and also gave some more sparkle to the tips of the black flowers.  

I should have gotten these out for Halloween, but will be glad to use them for Thanksgiving coming up in the next few weeks.  


  1. OMGosh! I remember that technique, but had forgotten all about it too. What a stunning card you made with it.
    I love the pumpkin stamp with the flower on it....all those cards are adorable, and will be perfect for Thanksgiving.

  2. Love this technique, learnt it way back before I was even on SCS, and still re-visit it from time to time. LOL at "having all the necessary pieces ready to hand" - don't we all for something like this! Beautiful result, too. I always think it's so amazing how, when you cut that big mess up into small squares, they magically transform into something beautiful. Hmm - I think you've just inspired me to try it with stars instead of squares...roll on another day off.

  3. Love your fall cards . . . especially that first one! Have a wonderful week!


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