Monday, November 4, 2013

Textured Thanksgiving Card

 The newest Challenge over at CREATIVE CUTTING CHALLENGE is "Thanksgiving".  I wanted my DT piece to have a ''crispy, leafy look".  Does that make sense?  All I know is that living in the woods in northern Michigan, I have a LOT of colored, dried leaves on the ground and I love their texture and how they get crinkly and delicate.  I tried to reproducer this feeling in my Thanksgiving card.  Here's how I created it:
  1. I used kraft cardstock as the base.  Using a mesh background stamp (Unity Stamp Co.), I stamped all over the front of the card using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I blended Walnut Stain DI around the edges.
  2. I cut the designer paper (Reminisce "Autumn Harvest") using a file from Arty Accents.  I sized it to fill the front of the card and once cut, I blended Walnut Stain DI all around the edges.  I attached it to the card front with a glue stick.
  3. I cut three leaves from kraft cardstock using the maple leaf file from the Fall Leaves set.  Each leaf was embossed with a different embossing folder and then colored with Distress Inks (Forest Moss & Shabby Shutters, Aged Mahogany & Tattered Rose, Rusty Hinge & Dried Marigold).  Then each leaf had Distress Photo and Walnut Stain DI blended around the edges.
  4. Using a ruler and stylus, I added veins to the leaves so that I had a place to bend and shape them.  The two bottom leaves were attached to the card using a tape gun down the middle.  The rest of the leaf was attached with a glue dot after I bent and shaped the ends.  (It's hard to show this in the photo)  The top card was attached with foam tape to lift it up from the other two.  A jute ribbon was added with a glue dot.
  5. I stamped the sentiment with Archival Ink (Sepia) on a scrap piece of kraft.  The faux stitching was added with a brown LePen.  I cut the edge to make a banner and then attached it with foam tape.
  6. I also used the same Distress Ink colors to stamp a border of leaves along the kraft envelope flap.
Here's another look.  Hope you will join us and check out all the great Design Team Thanksgiving inspiration over at CREATIVE CUTTING CHALLENGE.  If you are an electronic cutter who uses SVG or similar files, I hope you'll join in the challenge....we want to see your creations and you just might become a winner!
Entered into the following Challenges:
OPUS GLUEI--#169 THANKS VERY MUCH
HIDING IN MY CRAFT ROOM--FALL COLORS
MARK'S FINEST PAPERS--ORANGE & BROWN
CARD MAKIN MAMAS--#76 THANKFUL TIDINGS
CRAFTITUDE--#52 USE TWINE OR STRING
CRAFTY HANDS--ANYTHING GOES
CUT IT UP--THANKSGIVING
FRILLY AND FUNKIE--THANKSGIVING
SIMON SAYS STAMP WED--ANYTHING GOES
CUTTLEBUG MANIA--AUTUMN
DIE CUTTING DIVAS--#139 ANYTHING GOES
JUST INSPIRATIONAL--AUTUMN FALL COLOURS

20 comments:

Tina Campbell said...

Wow that is such a cool card, love the textures of the leaves, and the artsy accent cut looks like the words are peaking out of the card background

Laura Sterckx said...

Fabulous Thanksgiving card! I love the pretty leaves and the texture! Gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog!

June Houck said...

Cindy, this is an absolutely gorgeous card! Terrific colors and textures. I am so happy you joined us at Cut It Up!

Sandie said...

A stunning card...and envelope for our very first challenge over at CraftyHands...I so love the colour choice,so Autumnal...x

Electra said...

This is so pretty and I think you have replicated the delicacy of leaves perfectly. I like the distressing you've done and the faux stitching is perfect. I would love to get a card like this! Thanks for joining us at Opus Gluei!

Heather Flaherty said...

Gorgeous colors love this card

Pat Garvin said...

So very pretty. Thanks for joining Speedy Fox and Friends.

Jenscrapstoo said...

Very lovely Card, Love the Fall Colours!! Thanks for joining us at Hiding in my Craft Room
Cheers Jennie DTM
Jenscrapstoo

Cut It Up Challenge Blog said...

Gorgeous fall card. I especially like the rugged shape of the designer paper, and the leaves.

Thanks for joining us for our Cut it Up Thanksgiving Challenge!

Evelyn
http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

Cec said...

Terrific Thanksgiving card with great fall colours. Love the embossed leaves and all the wonderful stamping. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.
Hugs!
Cec

Kimbo said...

This is gorgeous. I love the embossed leaves. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania x

Kitt said...

Great card. Love the details. Well Done. Thanks for playing with us at Craftitude Challenges. Good Luck.

Creative M said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Great job!
Thank you for joining us at Cut It Up Challenges.
Have a wonderful day,
Migdalia
♥ Crafting With Creative M ♥
♥ 2 Creative Chicks Challenges ♥

Ruth G said...

I love all the wonderful texture on your card. The colors are fabulous, too! TFS!

Sammy said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colours and the depth of this card. Thanks for playing along with the current CraftyHands challenge. Sammy-x

Katherine Clayton said...

This is such a GREAT card!!! Love the warm color combinations . . .and love all the different textures! Thanks for joining us this week at Hiding In My Craft Room for the Fall Color challenge. Hope to see you join us again soon...and Good Luck!!!

Kathy HIMCR DT
UpintheNightwithKat.blogspot.com

Kerry said...

I love all the textures and colours you've used on your card. Thank you for joining in with our Autumn challenge at Cuttlebug Mania x

Angie said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the texture and your cut file is amazing!!! Beautiful card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy Fox & Friends challenge blog!

Bonnie Irvine said...

You have captured the crispy textured feel of the leaves that you were looking for. They turned out amazing in colour, embossing and shaping.The background layers of stamping and beautiful paper creates a fabulous stage for the leaves. Thank you for joining our Anything Goes/Use twine challenge at Craftitude this fortnight. I hope we see you again soon.

Rosemary said...

You succeeded with a wonderful crispy feel to this - it really has terrific color and texture. You feel like those leaves are real. Definitely grateful that you took on the challenge over at Opus Gluei and played along with us! Hope you return for more themes with us!