Is there anything as wonderful as the change of leaves in Autumn as the air becomes crisper? As we are experiencing the downpour of rain in Atlanta from the Southern tropical storms, the air is cooler. I can only hope this ushers in the Fall weather we all love. The sketch at this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge gave me a grand reason to play with the Rooted in Nature stamp set for a Thanksgiving-themed Fall card. Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:
While Chrissy’s sketch showcases (what appears to be) a vellum band across the front, I played with several options before allowing the tree to stand tall and proud in front of the white band. I also created a landscape layout versus the portrait layout of Chrissy’s sketch.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Word Wishes. While I have used the A Wish for Everything stamp set for several different occasions over the years, but this is the first time I’ve showcased the Word Wishes Dies – what fun! I cropped “Thanksgiving” with Early Espresso cardstock and a layer of Adhesive Sheet behind it. That made it VERY EASY to layer on the band and over the tree (no glue to spill out over the edges of the letters). Here’s a look at the Word Wishes Dies:The “happy” that nestles perfectly between the “T” and “k” in “Thanksgiving” was pulled from “Happy Holidays” in the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set.
- Coloring the tree. The beautiful tree on this card is inked up with Bumblebee ink. I made sure to get all of the leaves into the ink pad but let the trunk of the tree (for the most part) hang off the edge. I then used a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker to paint the trunk into the tree and into the leaves just a bit. So easy and such fun. Here’s a closer look (you can see where the brown and yellow mix a bit in the trunk of the tree):
- Unexpected Base. Don’t you love the warm mix of colors on this Thanksgiving card? You might be surprised to hear that the diagonally-striped, distressed Old Olive background is from a pack of Christmas Papers. Here are the colors and patterns in the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper: If you like this warm mix of Bumblebee, Old Olive and Early Espresso as much as I do, I hope you’ll save this for future reference:
Stamp Sets: Rooted in Nature, Itty Bitty Christmas Papers: Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Thick Whisper White Inks: Early Espresso, Bumblebee, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker Accessories: Word Wishes Dies, Nature’s Roots Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the CAS(E) This Sketch site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
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