Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Cards 2011

This year's Thanksgiving cards involved more work than those I usually do. When I saw this card, I knew I had to copy it as best I could, given the supplies on hand as I have no budget to go craft shopping. I worked on these in the evening every night for a week while watching TV.





First, I stamped and cut out all the pheasants. I did about thirty, just in case I accidentally amputated a tail feather or a foot or two. Any extras can always be used for fall or masculine birthday cards.



Next came all the punching. I used my Sizzix Sidekick (mine is red BTW, not pink) for all the leaves and acorns, and the Sizzix Bigshot (again, mine is red and white) for the Top Note die (the large fancy brown pieces). A scalloped punch was used for the small white squares, with brown pieces cut to mat. I also had to stamp and cut out the larger, patterned leaves (left, on top of brown Top Note).




After cutting grey grosgrain ribbon the width of the card (4.25 inches), I then cut out the middle portion of the Top Note die, going lengthwise. These were adhered about an inch away from the righthand side of the card. The ribbon was glued on top of that, to cover the seam.

Next came the matted squares. The pheasant was adhered to center of square, with large stamped leaf tucked behind the top left corner. Other leaves and acorns were then adhered randomly, and a greeting tucked under the right side of the small square. Greetings are computer generated—I had to create my own, as I had nothing small enough to fit in my stamp cabinets.



Cute, yes? Now to finish all those Christmas cards. I'll be sharing plenty of those in weeks to come, as well as some "scrap" cards I've been working on.


STAMPS: Autumn Days (Stampin' Up), Fall Studio (Leaf—Clear and Simple Stamps)
PAPER: "Cypress" color pack (The Paper Company), White (Wausau Paper)
INK: Basic Brown, More Mustard (SU)
ACCESSORIES: Extra Jumbo Scalloped Square Punch (1" punch, Marvy), Word Window Punch (SU), Top Note die (SU), Leaves and Acorns die (Sizzix), Sizzix Sidekick, Sizzix Bigshot



9 comments:

Jana said...

Way cute, Trix! :-)

Heather said...

Thanks, Jana!

Alice Audrey said...

I like the second one best.

Heather said...

Alice: Second? I'm Confused. There is only one Thanksgiving card posted, with the various steps taken to create it outlined.

Alice Audrey said...

I mean I like the second picture. I think it would make a good card, just like that.

Heather said...

Ahh...gotcha. You mean with just a "parade" of pheasants marching across it. Hmm... Might have to play around with that some time.

Jana said...

Thanks for my card, Trix! :-)

Heather said...

Most welcome. :)

Alice Audrey said...

Yep.