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Thursday, October 05, 2017

Painted Harvest, Background Bits, Colorful Season, Thank You Card

When I found this card on Pinterest, I knew I just had to make it.  It was just too darn pretty to pass up.  I wasn't sure if it would be a lot of work and time or not. I did know that there was fussy cutting on that big flower.  But that flower is SO pretty that the fussy cutting is very much worth it!  Plus if you have the tv on you can cut away and watch at the same time and the next thing you know the flower is all cut out.  Or you can daydream about how pretty the card is going to be when you are done and the cutting goes faster too!  I thought the cutting went pretty fast, I was very anxious to make this card.  There were no instructions on how to make it so I will share with you how I did it.  You can see the original card here.

First I took a half-sheet of Whisper White card stock and I folded it in half on the long side. My fold is on the left side, my card opens from the right, like you would open a book. Next I took the 2-3/8" square die and centered it equally at the top and sides.  I used a post it note to hold it in place while I headed on over to my Big Shot.  I cut out that square and saved the inside piece to stamp my flower on.  Then I took a piece of the dotted orangish Decorative Series Paper (DSP) from the "Painted Autumn" pack and cut it a little wider around than the square I punched out.  

Next I stamped the "thank you" words from the "Background Bits" set using Soft Suede ink.

I taped the DSP to the back of the front cover of the card and then I took a piece 1/4 sheet of Whisper White and trimmed the edges just enough so I could tape it to the inside of the card to hide/cover the DSP square. I didn't cut it exact because I didn't want to have to be careful lining it up, plus I can never get the card to close nicely when it's exact.  So having a little off works out so much better for me.

Now comes the fun stuff. I stamped the flower using Crushed Curry first on the larger flower image and then Pumpkin Pie on the smaller flower image. The center was stamped using Soft Suede. Then I fussy cut the flower out.  I set it aside and stamped the leaves using Pear Pizzazz first and then the outline of the leaves is in Old Olive.  I punched those out and set them aside.

Then I used the rounded end berry looking stem images and Soft Suede card stock and die cut two of those out. That is from the "Seasonal Layers" Thinlits dies.  I also die cut a leaf from that set using Cajun Craze card stock.  I grabbed my spool of copper colored thread and I was ready to assemble.

I ran a little tape across the center of the DSP square.  Then I took the thread and wrapped it around my hand about 5 or 6 times, holding the raw end between my thumb and forefinger. I ended with the new end between my thumb and forefinger. I pressed all the threads between my thumb and forefinger onto the tape.  Then I moved the other threads around, bring some inward more and pressing them into the tape.  I mostly just let them be where they laid.  Because they were all on one side, I took some and put them towards the bottom, like splitting the circle of threads in half.  It's kind of hard to explain, but you want some threads on the bottom and sides as well, so just move them around.  If you need to add more tape, do so but keep it towards the center where it won't show.

After I got the thread in place, I added Dimensionals to the fussy cut flower and I removed the backing.  I hovered over the DSP square to see where I wanted the leaves to go.  I stuck the stems to the Dimensionals.  I did the same with the other elements I die cut. I did add a little more snail tape to the back to make sure that it stuck on those spots that the Dimensional was covered with the pieces and I pressed the flower in place.  And the card was done. It's too darn pretty!! I want to keep it, but I am going to be sending it out.  But I do have the photo of it on my blog, so I'm good!!

Have fun making one.  I thought it was a lot of fun. I may try another one with a different background, maybe one that stands out more.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,
Wanda

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