OH SNAP! Thanksgiving Card

Do you struggle with making Thanksgiving cards? I always have until I found this stamp set from Joy Clair. It totally has changed my Thanksgiving Card game.

Not only were these cards fun to make, by utilizing the same sketch I was able to use up a lot of my handmade and pattern paper.

Here are close ups of each of them:

Paper Details

The handmade paper I used on some of these cards were made on a geli press. Here is a video on how to do it:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thankful for You!

Have you ever started creating something and you were not sure how it would turn out? You just kinda went for it and hoped for the best? That is exactly what I did on this card. Pretty much everything I used is from Brutus Monroe with the exception of the Autumn Red Nuvo Drops 

I first used a gorgeous background stamps with clear embossing ink to stamp the image (I did this on the leaves as well) and embossed with Penny Embossing poweder (Gilded Gold on the leaves). I wanted the Colorburst to pool and separate in the leaves so I made sure to sprinkle in the leaves and misted water in those spots.

I did the same for the larger leaves. Once they dried I cut them out. They bent slightly which I liked because it made them more realistic. I used pop dots to adhere to the card base.

This card has been my favorite card I have made for Fall. It is so ironic how something so unpredictable and experimental can turn out so beautiful! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Happy Harvest!

I have a small confession to make. I absolutely love old trucks! This vintage truck stamp set, though almost vintage itself, is still one of my all time favorites! I appreciate how I can switch out what is in the back of the truck depending on who I am giving it to or the season. Even though the entire set is wood mounted it is surprisingly easy to line up.

 After I colored it in with distress markers, I cut it out and pop dotted it on the card front.

I want to create an entire card set with different objects in the back for each season of phase of life. I think it would make a perfect gift!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Fall Ombre’

Close to my Heart released an awesome set of stamps that I thought would look fantastic with an ombre effect. 

 I started with the lightest 1 inch by inch ink pad and worked my way down the stamp to the darkest making sure I saturated the stamp as to not dry out.

 For the embellishments I took three buttons and filled them with Nuvo dew drops. 

Such a fun card to make and give!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Hi!

As you may know, I am committed to creating Fall cards from things I already own. I am embarressed to admit this, but I have had this gorgeous embossing folder in my stash for a few years and have not ever used it — until now! I knew it would be lovely with Rinea Foiled Paper .

 It embossed perfectly! I love how crisp and shiny the leaves embossed.

 I die cut this sweet little owl and ran a permanent ink pad over him and backed him to a green piece of pattern paper.

I really enjoy using Rinea because it is sturdy, lightweight and adds something unique to cards. 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Giving Thanks for the Simple Things

I pulled out a wooden mounted Stampin’ Up set to create these two cards. I used distress markers on the images to give them a watercolor look. I tend to not ever have enough Thanksgiving cards on hand to mail out even though they are some of my favorite to make! 

 For the edge of the tag I embossed it in Penny and stamped leaves the same color.

 I inked the edges of the stamped sentiment and used pop dots to give it a little more dimension.

 For this card I stamped directly on a kraft tag and colored it in with distress markers that I went over with a water loaded paint brush.

 I added a few Nuvo drops…..

 The Fall epoxy is actually a clip for a planner that I decided would be perfect for this card.

When using distress markers try scribbling on a glass mat and picking up the color with a wet paint brush to color with. The results are quite lovely and it stretches how to use them.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Autumn Blessing

For a few months last year I signed up for the Hero Arts Monthly Kits. I thoroughly enjoyed the kits because they came with stamps, inks and coordinating dies. Hero Arts is known for their layering stamp sets in which you layer one stamp on another and so on in different colors to create a detailed image. I created this card using a past kit that contained the layering stamps and six coordinating ink pads.

 I used my stamp platform to create the sunflower and pumpkin to make sure I perfectly aligned the images.

 Once the images were complete I used the dies to cut them out.

I created the focal point on a plain red tag to contrast nicely on the pattered background.

Layered stamps are a great alternative for crafters who do not like to color or are insecure in their coloring ability (like me!).

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!