Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Therapy through crafting is always a great thing!  I needed a pick-me-up last night, and sat down to play with my Gelatos from Faber Castell.  Checking out challenges around the web sometimes, almost always helps get my creative juices flowing. 

With Thanksgiving right around the corner and the fall colors in their full glory around here I decided to make an elegant Thanksgiving card.  It also reminds me of all that I am thankful for during this time of year!

Directions:
1.     I started with Strathmore Smooth Bristol weight board in 100 lb.  I wanted to play with the very pigmented Gelatos and water and wanted something that would handle the technique.  (Found the Bristol board in my cleaning/purging of the craft cave.)  Using a lot of pigment from Lemon, Mango, Tangerine, and Red Cherry I colored randomly on the sheet then sprayed with water.  I moved the pigment around a bit with a stipple brush.  I was little impatient so I used the heat gun to speed up the drying process.


2.     The process was repeated with brown card stock.
3.     The surface is a little waxy, so StazOn Timber brown ink was used to stamp the Heartfelt Creations Leaf Medley Precut set.  The leaves were die cut with the coordinating Spellbinders Foliage die set.


4.     A stamp positioner will place the “Happy” and “Thanksgiving” images from Think Ink in the right place inside the label shape from Spellbinders Blossom Tags and Accents set.  The shape was die cut and stippled with more of the Gelatos pigments.  First color on a recycled packaging sheet and spritz with a little water.  Trim cream card stock to 5.25” x 6.25” and use same technique around the edges.
5.     To add texture a piece of Coordinations brown card stock was trimmed to 5” x 6” and pressure embossed with Cuttlebug Basket Weave.  Sand with a sanding block to bring out the white color core.
6.     Then I decided to add a little something-something and dug out Recollections pearls.  Not the right color?  No problem!  StazOn Orange Zest dabbed on changed the hue to match the card!
7.     The final finishing touch?  A bow made with three types of matching fiber.  I have a Simple Bows tool that I used to make the pretty little bow by wrapping the loop part around three times before tying the bow. 
8.     Trim the card base to 11” x 6.5” and fold in half.  Ink the edges with StazOn Timber Brown.
9.     The card was assembled using adhesive, glue dots, and dimensional foam.

I hope you enjoy this crafting therapy session creation!  The pleasing results definitely did the trick to cheer me up and was great fun! 

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
 Scrap It Girl Gelatos (thanks for the inspiration!)
Thanks for stopping by!  Leave a comment, it truly will make my day!

31 comments:

  1. Fabulous card. I had to pin it. I just wanted to tell you I saw your card on a challenge site and had to stop by and get a closer look. Great tutorial.

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    1. Ah, thank you! It was a blast to create . . . I'm in the "sit-and-admire" mode with it right now!

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  3. Definitely one of your prettiest, Neva!

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  4. Beautiful Thanksgiving card, love the embellishments! ! Thanks for playing along with us at the Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge!! :)

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    1. The embellishments really finish the card, thank you!

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  5. Now this is what you call a fabulous work of art. The attention to detail is so evident in your work. Really spectacular.........and the tutorial is excellent. We at 613 Avenue Create are so pleased you chose to join in with us this week. Come back again!

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    1. Edie, I will be back. I'm relatively new at entering challenges, but it has been fun so far. Thank you!

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  6. Very nicely executed! A sweet, simple design that really packs a powerful punch! Thanks for slipping it under my door here at 613 Aavenue Create.
    Hugz,
    Chana, Owner

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    1. Thanks! I will be checking out 613 Ave Create again soon!

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  7. Stunning card! All the amazing texture and colouring. Thank you for sharing at ATSM.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my little creation!

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  8. A gorgeous card, filled with a lovely array of images, colours and technique! Your tutorial is an added bonus! Impressive! Thank you for joining the gallery at ATSM!
    ~c

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    1. It is fun to share the "how to" part as well!

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  9. Gorgeous card. Love the colors and technique. Thanks for playing along with us at Scrap It Girl!

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    1. I like the challenges at Scrap It Girl, this one really helped me have some fun!

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  10. Beautiful card! I am in love with your background and leaves! :) Thank you for sharing on this weeks Artistry Challenge! Be sure to come back Saturday-Monday to vote for your favorite two crafts. :)
    Melissa - Vandicrafts

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  11. This is so beautiful Neva...loved the way you made the leaves. The colors are stunning and so is your arrangement on the card.

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    1. Thank you Rupa. It was time to play with the Gelatos, I will try them again soon!

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  12. This is beautiful :) love the way u inked and grouped those leaves together. Thank you for sharing with ATSM !

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    1. Thank you I will be sharing again soon!

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  13. thank you for sharing your process...beautiful colors...thanks for playing with Scrap It Girl this month!

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    1. Great inspiration to get out the Gelatos and play!

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  14. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with Scrap It Girl!

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    1. I enjoy the challenges at Scrap It Girl, right up my alley!

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  15. I love how you showed how you made those gorgeous leaves! Beautiful Thanksgiving card! Thank you so much for joining us at Scrap It Girl! :)

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    1. Thanks! It was fun to just scribble!

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