Season of Thanks
Each Thanksgiving, I create at least 15 Thanksgiving cards for family and friends at our dinner. I try to create a variety so that no two cards are exactly the same. Therefore, I rely on sketch challenges for inspiration and I used CTS #377 for inspiration for the card below. I did take some creative liberty with the sketch, but I think it is still evident in the card.
Here’s the challenge banner:
Here’s the card I created:
I have come to the conclusion that the non-traditional fall colors of Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, and Early Espresso might just be my favorite in this Come to Gather DSP!
The horizontal banner, which is made from the 2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, definitely follows the sketch. I knew I wanted to use the Everyday Label Punch for the sentiment with matted layers of Pretty Peacock and Early Espresso. Early Espresso provides the cardstock for the horizontal mat and the card outline. I also used it to stamp the maple leaf and pumpkins on vellum cardstock. While I wanted the maple leaf to be see-through, I did not want the pumpkins see-through. I used my dark Mint Macaron blend to color the back of the pumpkin stamps. Then, I used the dark Crumb Cake blend on top of the Mint Macaron. The pumpkins were then matted on cropped white cardstock.
I miss the fall season. I can’t begin to tell you how long it’s been since I’ve seen a real fall in person. The maple leaf reminds me of fall on Long Island. I really can’t get over how this gorgeous, non-traditional color combination brings happy memories to the forefront.
The placement of the sentiment starts my creative liberties. There’s no sentiment on the sketch, so I made sure it almost exactly lined up with the horizontal band to stay within the spirit of the sketch.
Following the Sketch
When I started placing the vellum elements, I realized I would need a grounding element. I solved this problem by using the Come to Gather Crumb Cake ribbon. However, I still wasn’t happy with the way the maple leaf, blended into the DSP. I thought of an open square, which I created by using two of the Stitched Shapes square dies, would solve this dilemma. I used the splatter stamp from the Gather Together stamp set and Pretty Peacock ink to create a subtle pattern on the square. When I put all these elements together, I decided that I had followed the sketch while also taking liberties with it.
I struggle with collage cards, but this one pleases me and it came together relatively quickly. As always, I finished by stamping the inside of the card, pictured below:
I had to use third generation stamping to get the maple leaf light enough for the sentiment to show, which comes from the Gather Together stamp set.
I used a gingham print from the DSP for the envelope flap. Then, stamped an Early Espresso maple leaf on the front of the envelope.
With that, I had completed my card and envelope combination.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Have a Peachy day!
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Gather Together bundle, item # 153036
Gather Together stamp set, item # 150589
Gathered Leaves dies, item # 150662
Come to Gather DSP, item # 150454
2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617
Come to Gather Ribbon Combo Pack, item # 150456
Everyday Label Punch, item # 144668
Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880
Early Espresso cardstock, item # 119686
Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730
Early Espresso ink pad, item # 147114
Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083
Crumb Cake Blends combo, item # 144601
Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283
Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 110755
Dimensionals, item # 104430