Monday, November 18, 2019

Autumn Leaves Thankful Cards

Hello everyone! I'm such a bad blogger I know! I have a bunch of projects ready and in the works, but I have had the hardest time sitting down to blog them...I'm so lazy! Actually, as Autumn is my favorite time of the year, whenever I am not crafting I am outside doing yard work and enjoying the weather. Anyway, today  I have a dozen Thankful Cards (extra gaudy and glitzy in gorgeous Autumn tones) that I am sending out for Thanksgiving to the many people that make a difference in my life in.  Thank you notes and cards are a rare thing these days with email so easy to do, so I always love to see them and of course to receive them, and I really need to work on sending them more often. Yikes! I wish I could send one out to all of you who support me and stop by, but please know I am so thankful to all of you. 
I had 12 of these ATC sized bingo cards in my stash for a decade probably, and finally decided to use them up. I don't remember what line of product they came from, sorry. I covered them with Distress Crazing Collage Medium from Tim Holtz and Ranger, and inked them over with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink after they dried.
Tim's new Abandoned Paper Stash had so many fabulous designs that screamed Autumn to me, so I picked three of them to die cut Tim's Tattered Leaves Bigz Die and Fall Foliage Thinlits from Sizzix, 48 in total.
Using Tim's Pressed Foliage Stamp Set from Stamper's Anonymous, I stamped the leaves on the die cut leaves that were similar in shape and size using Ground Espresso Archival Ink. I just wanted the images to add to the textured look of the leaves, so I didn't mind that they did not perfectly coordinate. I inked the edges of the leaves and folded them down the middle and inked the fold as well. I totally fell in LOVE with these, and I know it is because of the designs and colors on the Abandoned paper.
Using the Metallic Cardstock, I die cut even more leaves (48), this time from the Skeleton Leaves Thinlits...another love! The Metallic Cardstock makes these even more beautiful to look at.
I applied Antique Linen Distress Paint to random portions of Distress Woodgrain Cardstock for a resist. Then I inked over the cardstock with Peacock Feathers and Orange Marmalade Distress Oxides. I misted them with water and wiped off the ink from the painted areas, and I got a nice barnwood look to the cardstock.
I die cut the Woodgrain pieces with Tim's Planks Bigz Die, and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo Archival. I also swiped the Vintage Photo on top of the planks directly from the pad to highlight the woodgrain.
I needed the word 'thankful' (in Rose Gold Metallic), so I used two of Tim's Handwritten Thinlits, the Love and Celebrate, to create it. The 'thank' from 'thanks' and the 'ful' from 'beautiful', and I just adhered them together. I added the words on the planks. I had a few sheets of this gorgeous leaf paper called Autumn Splendor from Simple Stories, so I used it as my background and mounted it a few times on colored and Metallic Cardstock for the base of the cards. You don't see the background a lot but I know this gorgeous paper is!
I colored the Star Adornments with Rose Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative, and added these to the centers of the bingo cards. I also had a ton of metallic leaf sequins in the stash so I added several of those to the cards as well. Then I found 12 of these vintage sequined leaves that I purchased from Tinsel Trading when it was in NYC years ago, and decided to go extra gaudy using them...the more the better I say!!! Then it was all just assembly line style to adhere all the leaves and parts to the card bases.
(craft sheet, paint brush, scissors, stamping platform, craft pick, two sided tape, foam tape)
-Small Bingo Cards Ephemera
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Crazing, Matte
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium Brush
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Wood Grain Cardstock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Antique Linen
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide: Peacock Feathers, Orange Marmalade
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Water Sprayer
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die: Planks, Tattered Leaves
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits Die: Handwritten Celebrate, Handwritten Love, Fall Foliage, Skeleton Leaves
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Metallic Jewel Tones Cardstock, Metallic Tones Cardstock, Abandoned Paper Stash, Tiny Fasteners, Stars Adornments
-Simple Stories Cardstock: Autumn Splendor
-Burnt Orange Metallic Cardstock, Olive Metallic Cardstock
-Ranger Surfaces: Kraft Cardstock
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Pressed Foliage
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mica Spray: Antiqued Bronze
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mixative: Rose Gold
-Metallic Leaf Sequins, Vintage Sequined Leaf Flourish

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for the comments! As always...
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. These are completely stunning, Anita - one of my favourite ever creations of yours. I love how the distressing of the Bingo cards brought them to life. The leaves - both Abandoned and metallic skeleton - are just glorious, and work so brilliantly. I love the hint of turquoise in those weathered planks too, and the rose gold lettering is the perfect finishing touch. What a wonderful way to show the people you love how thankful you are to have them in your life.
    Alison x

  2. Loving the pops of turquoise here...such gorgeous leaves! I'm thankful for YOU! xo

  3. Awesome cards.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. You and your creations are amazing!

  5. Oh Anita these cards are spectacular!!! I love your choice of papers and colours for the leaves and the clever idea of adding the bingo cards to each one. These scream Autumn for all the right reasons.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous cards. If I can find time would love to try something like this!!! Your art always inspires me!!

  7. Wow!
    These are absolutely amazing … wonderful creations.

    We had an amazing Autumn walk recently, so many fallen leaves but it was fun hearing them rustle beneath our feet :)
    Early Happy Thanksgiving Wishes.

    All the best Jan

  8. Your Thanksgiving cards are gorgeous Anita x I love the design you have created x Hope you had an amazing time with family and friends xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx

  9. Oh, my goodness, Anita, your cards are amazing! I do love autumn crafting, and these are so very inspiring! You have certainly captured the beauty of both decaying and freshly fallen leaves on your cards! Your friends and family are blessed, indeed!

  10. Wow! You have been busy! The colors you chose are wonderful. Thank YOU... for the inspiration!


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