It’s so hard to believe it’s November already! It seems like we were just in the middle of summer and suddenly, Thanksgiving will be here before you now! One of the trends that’s very popular on Facebook during the month of November is 30 Days of Thanks where people post something they’re thankful for each day. Since we’re kicking off this month of Thanksgiving, I thought I would share a card based on that theme.
I started this card by creating the stenciled panel which I would later cut into a tag. I used some Vanilla Malt cardstock from Lawn Fawn, the Leaf Burst Stencil from Altenew, Distress Oxide inks from Tim Holtz, and the “Life Changing” Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios.
After taping the stencil to the cardstock, I used one of the medium-ish sized round brushes from the brush set and applied the Oxide inks through the stencil. I used Spiced Marmalade in the center then worked my way out to Ripe Persimmon in the middle. Finally, I added a bit of Barn Door around the outer edges to deepen the color slightly.
This was my first time using these brushes and they. are. AMAZING. The blend inks so well. If you don’t want to spring for the full set of 10, they now offer smaller sets, too. They clean up between colors amazingly well by just wiping them on a microfiber cloth. In fact, I only used a single brush for my card today and just wiped it off between each color, so it’s definitely possible to get by with just the set of two brushes for $12.99. Check out the smooth and seamless blends I was able to achieve between the ink colors in this next photo. If you want to take an even closer look, just click on the image and a larger version will open in a new browser tab.
After the stenciling was done, I used the largest die from the Anytime Tags Die Set from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut out a stitched tag shape. I also used the same die and cut a 3/8″ strip of Early Espresso cardstock with it as well so the stitching details would match when I assembled the card. While I had my Big Shot out, I also cut the word thankful five times using the Thankful Die from Catherine Pooler Designs from some Pumpkin Pie cardstock which was backed with Stick-It adhesive.
For the sentiment strip, I stamped the For and You words from the Autumn Blessings stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs on the Early Espresso strip using VersaMark ink. I added some gold embossing powder then set it using my heat tool. I then adhered it to the tag making sure to line up the stitched detail on the edges.
Now that all my pieces were ready, it was time to assemble the card. I created a top-folding card base using the same Vanilla Malt card stock. To that, I adhered the chevron striped patterned paper. It’s some retired Painted Autumn DSP by Stampin’ Up that I still had in my stash, so it’s no longer available, unfortunately. I wrapped some twine around the stenciled tag and adhered to the card. I removed the Stick It backing papers from all the thankful word die cuts and adhered them together. I then added them to the card overlapping the lower edge of the letters on the sentiment strip. For a bit of shimmer, I added a coal of Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen over the thankful die cut and that completed this card.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Stamp, Ink, Paper – the current theme is fall cards.
- Fusion Challenge – the current theme is fall porch photo inspiration.
- StampNation – the current theme is anything goes. (Membership required)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fall-themed card. If you are participating in 30 Days of Thankful, I hope it gives you some inspiration.
Until next time …