The theme for this month's Inkin' Krew Team blog hop, led by my Stampin' Up team leader Amy Koenders, is Giving Thanks. It is a fitting theme because it is that time of year that we give thanks, but I make it a habit to give thanks and gratitude every day. I start each of my day by writing in my decorative planner -- listing out my key tasks for the day, a list of meetings, etc., but my favorite component of the planner is the “Daily Gratitude” section. By acknowledging the things that I am grateful for I boost my mental health -- it eases my stress and puts me in a good mood at the start of my day. My daily gratitude list varies day-by-day. For example, it might be a calm morning and I acknowledge my gratitude for the gorgeous sunrise. Or, maybe I had a great evening the day before, so I write about how grateful I am for movie night with my husband. That said, nothing beats the feeling of giving thanks to others--not only is it beneficial for you, but you are also expressing the importance of that relationship with the other person. Your gratitude will inevitably bring a smile to their face and it will strengthen your bond together. And what better way is there to give thanks to others? Making a card and sending it out-of-the-blue. The element of surprise makes the sentiment much more meaningful -- it is a random act of kindness.
The card I made for this team blog hop features the Autumn Greetings stamp set and the “give thanks with a grateful heart” sentiment. When I saw this stamp set, and this greeting in particular, I knew it was one I had to have in my collection.
Stamp Set(s): Autumn Greetings
Dies: Hippo & Friends
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron, Calypso Coral
Ink Pads: Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends: Just Jade, Cherry Cobbler, Calypso Coral, Cinnamon Cider, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Highland Heather, Crumb Cake
Alternative Options: Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pen instead of Stampin’ Blends
Base Supply Kit: paper trimmer, paper snips/scissors, bone folder, and the adhesives of your choice, such as Stampin’ Seal, Stampin Seal+, multipurpose liquid glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals)
Die Cutting Machine: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine or similar machine
Paper Trimming/Cutting and Scoring Cardstock
Creating Your Own DSP with Tone-on-Tone Stamping
Coloring / Alcohol Ink Blending
Cardbase: So Saffron measuring 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”
Card Front Layer: Calypso Coral measuring 5 ¼” x 4”
Inside Layer: Whisper White Cardstock Panel size 5 ¼” x 4” (optional)
Scrap / Small Piece (for sentiment): So Saffron
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ASSEMBLY
PREPARE YOUR CARDSTOCK
Cut/trim/score all cardstock and DSP as described above
STAMPING -- SENTIMENT
Use the cluster of small leaves stamp from the Autumn Greetings stamp set and stamp the image in So Saffron ink on a piece of So Saffron cardstock. This creates a tone-on-tone custom designer series paper / background image for your sentiment layer.
Stamp the sentiment from the Autumn Greetings stamp set in Calypso Coral on the So Saffron sentiment cardstock.
Final step for the sentiment: I used a small frame die from the Hippo & Friends Dies, but you can use any frame / label die or punch you have or simply cut your sentiment from your cardstock.
STAMPING -- CREATING YOUR OWN DSP
Use the cluster of small leaves stamp and, in Calypso Coral ink, stamp the image on the piece of Calypso Coral paper in random patterns, covering the sheet of cardstock. Stamping with the same color ink and cardstock is known as tone-on-tone stamping and it creates a custom designer series paper / pattern paper.
STAMPING & COLORING THE AUTUMN GREETINGS FLOWER BOUQUET
First, stamp the bouquet on a piece of Whisper White cardstock (Very Vanilla would look great too) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then, color your bouquet based on your preferences. I used a variety of Stampin’ Blends colors (as listed above). Alternatively, you can also use Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen to color your bouquet.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Adhere the custom DSP layer of cardstock to the cardbase
Adhere the colored bouquet to the custom DSP layer
Adhere your sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals
Adhere the final piece of Whisper White (5-1/16” x 3-9/16”) to the inside of the card
Optional - Inside the Card: I used the same cluster of leaves and the Calypso Coral ink to create a stamped border around the layer of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped another sentiment from the stamp set on the inside as well.
Optional - Envelope: decorate your envelope for that extra special touch
FINI! The project is complete!
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