For this card I decided to use slightly different colors than traditional and incorporated a blue with the orange and brick red. I stamped the background paper picking up colors from my stripe paper. I liked repeating the leaf shape in the background. The maple leaf is a die cut.
One this card I chose to use a base for my stamped greeting and die cue shapes that had torn edges. To emphasize the appearance of the torn edges I colored them with chalk. The fuzzy edge of the paper holds the chalk well so it was very easy.
Patterned paper always makes a nice background for cards and are very simple to put together quickly. I added a textured ribbon along with my die cut shapes and it was complete.
This card has a fun look with the bright pumpkin and the blowing leaves. The pumpkin is real easy, just check out Lisa's instructions for "Perfect Pumpkins" here. I distressed my pumpkin edges to really make the layers stand out.
My last card has a little more classic look. The background is stamped and embossed with Zing Chestnut embossing powder. The embossing really made the design pop on the warm yellow paper. I hope these cards have given you some ideas for creating some quick and beautiful greeting cards of your own.