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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Card

With Thanksgiving less than a week away, I decided to make a card for each member of my family to tell them how thankful I am for them. This is one of the cards (5" x 7") I made. I sort of experimented on this one, so I'll explain what I did to get the 'look.'

Before I explain, I just wanted to note a couple of things:
  1. The stamp set that the sentiment in the lower right hand corner came from is this month's (November) Stamp of the Month (D1444-A Little Thanks).
  2. Close To My Heart has been MORE than generous this month! If you spend $100 (before shipping and tax), you get this stamp set (D1444-A Little Thanks...$22.95 value) and any other A-D size stamp set (up to $22.95) in the Autumn/Winter Idea Book absolutely FREE! That's $45.90 FREE when you spend $100. I have included a photo here of the entire stamp set (actual size of the carrier sheet is 6" x 6"). What are you waiting for? Either head to my website to order, or email or give me a call (, 801.360.9896). We'll get your order taken care of in a jiffy!

New techniques I tried:
  • On the damask embossed piece I did the following: on a Sunflower piece of cardstock I stamped the damask tiles in sunset ink and then quickly embossed them with clear embossing powder. I wasn't sure I was 100% excited about how bright it all looked when I was done since I was going for something warm and inviting for Thanksgiving. So, I filled a little 2 oz. spray bottle with some water and about 20 drops of chocolate reinker. I placed the piece on some newspaper and sprayed away. LOVE the look! After it dried I was ready to go! Oh, you'll want to carefully wipe the embossed parts off since the spray won't dry on them.
  • The base of the card is sunset cardstock. Again, I thought it looked a bit bright for the look I was going for so I took my desert sand pad and rubbed directly onto the paper, first from side to side and then up and down until I had covered the whole surface area. Perfect. Again, just the look I wanted.
  • The words in the lower right hand corner are also embossed, this time using cocoa embossing powder.
  • I think I've shared this tip before, but just in case I haven't...did you know that you can created scalloped edges (like the chocolate cardstock scallops that border the damask piece) with our corner rounder? All you have to do is remove the guard and turn your rounder upside down so that as you pop along the edge you can see where to line up the next scallop. Neato, Cheeto!
I was pretty pleased with the look when it was all finished. I hope the recipient of this card will like it too! It's a simple look because I really wanted the cool techniques and style of the patterned paper I created to be the focal point.

Close To My Heart products used: A Little Thanks Stamp Set (D1444), Damask Tiles Stamp Set (C1342), Sunset Cardstock (X5758), Sunflower Cardstock (1242), Chocolate Cardstock (X5643), Sunset Stamp Pad (Z2191), Chocolate Reinker (Z2211), Versamark Pad (Z891), Cocoa Embossing Powder (Z1246), Clear Embossing Powder (Z671), Designer Ribbon Rounds-Cocoa CollectionCorner Rounder-with guard removed (Z578).

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Brenda said...

Lovely! I just love how you "fixed" what you didn't like. That's the best part of paper crafting!!

Laurel said...

This is just gorgeous!

Rick and Kori said...

I LOVE this card! So beautiful. I also love the reinker spray bottle are so good at fixing things you don't like. I probably would have just thrown it away :)


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