Sunday, October 29, 2017

Give thanks

Sometimes doubling up on things actually saves me time, even though it doesn't sound like it should. I'm a bit behind on my crafting, along with many other things on my to-do list, so I thought I would make a double-post today.

It seems like most times when I need a card I could also use a second one. But the crafter in me has a hard time making duplicates of the same card. At Christmas-card time (when I actually have time to make enough cards), it's so hard for me to make enough cards as I don't do well making the same card over and over again. It feels stifling to me; it makes it feel more like a task instead of a joy. 

While working on these cards, I think I found a fun way around that. I kept all the cards simple enough, but then I made duplicates that each differed a little bit. I was able to get quite a few cards done in a short amount of time, and they are all different enough that I didn't get "bored" with the design.

All of the cards I'm showing you today would work with our newest mood board titled Give Thanks.

The first two cards used the Pumpkins on a Vine stamp and the Fall Bounties stamp.

My first step was stamping and embossing the pumpkin stamp multiple times on each card base. Using a stamp positioning tool makes this step super easy! I embossed them with gold ink. I love how the gold embossing really shines through the background.

I added some ink spray in the colors of red, orange, yellow and green. I sprayed some water on the card too, to make the ink sprays blend. I really wanted to feature the colors of fall for these cards. I saw some butterflies that a friend recently made using this technique and I loved them. I'm glad I was able to re-create her process with the same beautiful results.

Since I was in a hurry, I also dried my card with a heat gun after I finished spraying it. This speeds up the process quite a bit. I did need to flatten them a bit after this step, but it worked out well to just put them under some heavy items while I worked on the rest of my cards.

Once the cards were dry and flat enough, I stamped the sentiment in a coordinating color on a piece of cardstock. I love the message in the Fall Bounties sentiment - especially during this season - and I love how versatile it can be. I matted them in red to help them pop off the card. Underneath one sentiment I added a piece of ribbon stretching across the card; to the edge of the other one I added some gold shimmer trim. 

These cards are quite simple, but I love how eye-catching they are! By stamping my pumpkins in a different arrangement and using varying colors of the spray ink, I was able to create multiple cards that were different enough for my tastes, but similar enough to be quick. And, I love how these cards can be used for a variety of reasons: house warming, thank you to a host, Thanksgiving, harvest and more!

For my next batch of cards, I used the elegant Thank You stamp.
I really like the looks of tone-on-tone cards, but I don't think I've intentionally tried to create any. I knew when I saw this stamp that I wanted to use it with an embossed background. I don't use my embossing folders nearly enough, so I was happy to be able to use so many with these cards. I started by picking out some different embossing folders and dry embossing five of them. This allowed me to vary the cards enough to not get "bored" with my design. 

To a couple of the cards, I added pops of color in a matting piece or in the inked sentiment. I embossed most of the sentiments, some in color to match the card stock (by using my matching ink, a stamp positioning tool, versamark and opalescent embossing powder), one in silver and one in gold. I love how the embossing makes this card seem more elegant.

I finished off each card with something a little different: shimmer trim, sparkles, washi tape and silver drops.

I'm so excited that the next time I need a thank you card I'll have a wide variety ready for me to choose from.

The great thing about our mood boards is that all of these cards can be entered into the challenge. There are so many ways to be inspired with this beautiful mood board! Visit this page to check out the rules and enter your creation today. Our new prizes are amazing!

Thanks for joining me today! Happy crafting!
             ~Jamie, Doin' it the Wright Way