Every single day of the year, I am aware of the many things I have to be thankful for. I work really hard for many of the things I have, but I acknowledge that I am fortunate to have friends, family, health and an incredible job that support me and love me along the way. For those things, I am eternally grateful. That’s why card making is so easy for me this time of year. Statements of gratitude and thanksgiving have become a second nature reaction to the beautiful colors of Fall and the turn in the weather.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- A Festive Frame of Leaves. I have envisioned this card since the moment this stamp set arrived at my doorstep. I really like the sketched look of these leaves and the way we can layer them on top of each other to create an even sketch-ier look. With my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I lined up these leaves to place three on each side of a square. I tried to tilt the leaves so as to close off any opening to the center of the card. That way, I could trim the outsides of the frame with ease (well, there was a lot of fussy cutting but not a lot of thinking). As you can see, the background of leaves is all one piece:
- Beautiful Fall Colors. The skeleton of each of these leaves is stamped with Early Espresso. Once they were all stamped down, I added the two-step stamping “fill-in” with a selection of four Fall colors: Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Perfect Plum. Why this selection? I wanted a variation of basic colors: red, yellow, green and purple. Some were softer, and some were darker. I stamped off each of these colors once before stamping them onto this sheet.
- The central image. My original concept was to simply have a clean square of Very Vanilla with the “Truly Grateful” sentiment – a clean centerpiece to complement the busy background. It needed more. After agonizing about it for a while, I realized the answer was just under my nose. I stamped the “fill-in” leaf in Crushed Curry for a beautiful accent to this beautiful sentiment.
Stamp sets: Gently Falling, Truly Grateful Papers: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry Inks: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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