Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thanksgiving Challenge

Ready for a challenge?! I hope you are all working on a few Thanksgiving cards... sending a homemade card is a perfect way to let someone know you are thinking of them this Thanksgiving. I have a platter on my counter that says "Don't count your blessings, Share them." I challenge you to send a card to someone you don't normally send cards to. Let them know you are thankful for their friendship this year. When you've done this, leave a comment on this post and let's see how many blessings get shared this year that otherwise wouldn't have! On Tuesday, November 20th, I will choose a random comment from this post and that will be the person I send my card to!

To get you in the mood, here's another Thanksgiving card that's fun to do:

The focal point, of course, is the multi-color background behind the tree. It's done with glossy paper, the Pumpkin Patch Spectrum pad, and a brayer. You simply ink up the brayer over the spectrum pad - I leave the pads separated so I don't mix the colors on the brayer or on the pad - and then roll it over your piece of glossy cardstock. The ink stays wet long enough to be blended in as you continue to brayer over it. You need to move the brayer slightly to the right and left so you get the colors to fade into each other. Just beautiful! I then stamped a tree from A Tree For All Seasons using StazOn ink, mounted it on Naturals Ivory and then Chocolate Chip. I finished it off with a couple of Old Olive brads to balance it out.

The card base is More Mustard with a leaf from Autumn Fest inked in Versamark and rocked in More Mustard (you've seen me use this technique before here, here, and here. I love the look this gives). The sentiment is from Holidays & Wishes, stamped with Old Olive ink on a piece of Naturals Ivory with the corners punched using the Ticket Corner punch. I inked up the edges to give it just a hint of an outline. I used the Horizontal Slot punch so I could slide the 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon through and tie.

Have FUN with this... I guarantee your cards ALWAYS turn out better when you're having fun!

1 comment:

nancy morgan said...

What beautiful cards and what a fantastic challenge!! I'm taking all my Thanksgiving sample cards I've made over the past 2 months and mailing them to friends and family this weekend. Cards are meant to be given away...they're only paper and ink (okay, and a little ribbon too)...but they can be a huge blessing when you add a few well chosen words written inside and and postage stamp on the outside!!