Before you know it, it will be time for Thanksgiving. If you're American, you still have lots of time to prepare, but if you're Canadian like me, well... you have a couple days left. Today I have a couple quick projects that are fun and festive for the season. Better yet, you can easily change them up to suit any occasion.
As I looked through my supplies, I realized that I didn't have anything directly Thanksgiving themed on hand. But that's ok. By using what I have creatively, I can design for almost any occasion.
To start off my card I stamped the card base in white ink with this Hero Arts stamp. It adds a great distressed look which always works for a fall-themed card.
Now here's a little trick for the stamping...
I wanted the text to be the background and also on the die cut leaf. I could have just stamped the card after I'd adhered the leaf but with even the slight difference in surface height between the papers, I'd would have ended up with a halo like effect and the text would not have stamped cleanly right through.
First of all, stamp the text directly onto the card base. Sorry, I forgot to take a photo of this step but it's pretty basic, right?
Next stamp your text onto a scrap piece of cardstock as in the picture below...
I wanted my leaf to be an exact way across the text for design purposes but also wanted the text stamped on the leaf to line up perfectly with the text beneath it. By laying my die cut leaf on the text stamp scrap paper, I can see exactly how I want me leaf to be on the final card and also easily line up the text.
Once you have the leaf lined up the scrap paper, stamp the text onto the leaf and remove the leaf.
Now you can line it up perfectly onto the text on the card for a seamless look. It's really quick and easy and gives a great look. Try it and see!
I also wanted to include a sentiment on my card but didn't have any Thanksgiving ones. Sending you Warm Thoughts from the Hero Arts set seemed to work well in a pinch. I tried stamping it but with my design, it just didn't look right. The sentiment was too long. I decided on just stamping the "warm thoughts" portion. Because this is a clear stamp, it can be easily cut apart. Really. It's OK to do this. The stamp will be fine placed back on the storage sheet and you can easily put it back together on an acrylic block if you want the entire sentiment. Don't worry! The stamp police won't come and get you. ;)
To finish off my card, I stamped my sentiment onto some Sticky-Back Canvas and stapled it on. A sanded button adds a fun look and the twine adds a tiny hit of color.
Next I decided to make a few quick pillow boxes to hold treats on my Thanksgiving table. I've used the new Lily Bee Harvest Market Collection Kit for these little boxes and also for the die cut leaf in the above card.
When you're creating for a crowd, it's always a good idea to keep it simple so that you don't get overwhelmed. Simple is classic and always in style.
These little boxes are die cut from the Sizzix Bigz Pillow Box die and are so easy to put together. You can even die cut a couple layers of paper at a time to speed things up even more.I just adore this Sizzix die. It's a timeless must-have in my opinion!
This time I've used a different leaf that is die cut using the same die and sanded the edges to define them. Wrapping them with twine and add a Leaf Trinket Pin quickly finishes off the project.
Thanks so much for joining me today in the CLASSroom! Hope you enjoy creating for Fall!