Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Placecards

Did you do placecards for Thanksgiving?  I really love how these turned out. I love the colors and layered look and all the texture. We used the new Autumn Accents Leaf Die and the Designer Frames Embossing folder - the square frame from this set. You can see a card made with the oval frame here.

Are placecards a tradition with your family?  They're kind of a tradition with ours.  Come to think of it, it was always the kids job to make them.  Maybe it was just a way to keep us busy and out of the way of the adults.  Oh well.  Its a tradition now.

The Process:  I'd been planning all along to do something like this . . . but I confess it didn't get done until the day before Thanksgiving. I'm so glad I had help, my mom is here for the holiday.

The Inspiration: When she asked how I come up with my ideas I started to say, "Oh, the ideas just come to me". But then she pointed to my centerpiece on the dining room table.  I guess we are influenced by things and don't even realize it.

For colors we used: 
  •  Summer Starfruit (the big maple leaf)
  •  More Mustard (the oak leaf)
  •  Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke (the other leaf)
  •  Crumb Cake embossed with the Square Lattice Folder for the acorn
  •  Champagne Glimmer paper the acorn cap
TIP:  Note, when cutting the leaves you can easily do 3 at a time. But with the glimmer paper I only did 2 at a time because the back side is slippery and the papers slipped off the cutting edge. I placed the 2 glimmery sides together and sent it through that way.

The distressed look on these leaves is the same as our technique of the month for October (for those of you who stamp with me). 

I wanted the leaves to look somewhat realistic so we folded the leaf in half to create a center rib.

Then we crinkled and folded the paper to get lots of wrinkles.  It was funny to watch some of my stampers when I said to wrinkle the paper.  We have this fear of messing up a project and it seemed wrong at first to make wrinkles on purpose.  But you want them there for this look.

Then we sponged brown ink on the wrinkles.  Use a light touch because you can always add more ink but you can't take it off when you have too much.

Actually this is not hard. Thats my 83 year old mother's hands doing the distressing.

The base for these place cards was a 5-1/2" x 5" piece of Ivory Naturals Paper, folded in half. I embossed the square frame and then we wrote in the names by hand.

And the bottom photo shows the finished project.  A dozen place cards all ready for the table.

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