Howdy to you all and I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving if you live in the US. I had lot’s of fun making a bunch of Thanksgiving cards. I started out thinking I would use this set below to make some of them. I also thought I would just make a couple for my family in Southern California. Read on to see what really happened.
Here the cards I made.
This uses the Hero Arts Autumn icon die set. I used some Hero Arts liquid watercolors on watercolor paper and then cut out the leaf and pumpkin. The acorns I think are Hero Arts liquid watercolor and the fun Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic ink over top. I really like those metallic inks!! The background paper is some paper I picked up at a crafty sale that someone was getting rid of. I love the pattern. The fun paper is cut out using a die and the sentiment is stamped with brown ink.
Entered in the Die Cut Divas November Challenge Anything Goes.
This card was made in a very similar way as the above card. The leaves and the acorns are heavier on the metallic ink.
I made this background recently. I probably used some liquid watercolors and I think I added some of the Hero Arts Metallic ink which is the dark spots and they look better in real life. For the leaves I painted bronze and copper metallic ink on paper and then die cut the leaves. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set. The base paper is off white and inked along the edges.
As you can see I make little changes on each because I am not that into making a whole bunch of the exact same card. So I die cut the leaf and acorn using the Hero Arts set Autumn Icons. They probably have some metallic inks on them. The background I made way back and it is alcohol inks and a leaf stamp over it. The brown panel has a big leaf stamped on it several times but is hard to see in the photo. The sentiment is stamped with brown ink.
This background was really fun to make. I got a tip from a local card maker that I chatted with at a craft sale. She said she totally dips her watercolor paper in water. So I tried that and then dropped liquid watercolor on it. I don’t have very many colors so far but I really like the way this turned out. Again the leaves and acorns are die cut. The sentiment is a wood mount stamp I have had quite awhile. I don’t really buy wood mount sentiments anymore because I like to use clear stamps so I can see what is going on.
Entered in the Love Handmade Cards November Challenge Anything Goes in Flickr.
Tip: For the cards above I did a few different things with the die cuts. Sometimes I left just the outline, sometimes I put all the little pieces back in. Yes I did that. Ha. So at first I put the pieces back in a very tedious way. Then I decided to try the Press N Seal method. It mostly worked but the acorns were stubborn. So I die cut leaves, pumpkins or acorns. Then I put a piece of Press N Seal on the back side of the die to keep all the pieces together and in place. After I got them out I put Press N Seal on the front side and removed the piece on the backside. That way I could put glue on all the pieces and then put them down where I wanted them, stick them down and then take off the Press N Seal. I am not always efficient but I get it done.
These two are fairly similar. I used Hero Arts dies to cut out the wreaths, leaves, pine cones and acorns. I used some Oxide inks to color the wreaths. I cut some leaves from that nice background paper seen on the cards above. I cut some leaves from the watercolor paper leftover from the above. There are some leaves with metallic ink on them. The first wreath card has a watercolor background right under the wreath where the other has just kraft paper. I used a pierced rectangle die to cut the panels right under the wreaths. And then there are various papers from my stash including some fun Lawn Fawn plaid.
So as you can see the first stamp set I showed did not end up on any of my cards… And I made several more than I planned….
You can get the Hero Arts Metallic Inks and Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor in Moss at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy store. Feel free to use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. Direct links to the products are below in the supply list.
- Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks Bronze and Copper
- Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor Moss
- Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit – wreaths, acorns (on wreaths), leaves, pine cones
- Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall paper pad
- My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangles Stax
- My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangles
- Hero Arts Autumn Icons Dies – The bigger leaves, pumpkin and acorns
- Lawn Fawn Thankful Mice – Give Thanks sentiment
- Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – mixed font Happy Thanksgiving