Thanksgiving Cards – Clean and Simple!

CAS Thanksgiving Cards – Make One or Make a Stack!

If you send a lot of cards – like Thanksgiving cards – then you probably want to make something more clean and simple to be able to turn them all out on time! This card proves that clean and simple does NOT have to be boring or plain!  For this card I used the new Rubbernecker Turkey paired with Thankful sentiment from the Kittie Says Phrases #1 and Inside Scallop Nested.

An example of clean and simple thanksgiving cards handmade using die cuts and ink

The Card Base

  • Cut the A2 card base using white cardstock.
  • Use the Inside Scallop die and white cardstock to cut the scalloped layer and the sentiment strip.
  • Use orange cardstock to cut the background layer.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the orange layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped layer and attach to the card base.
  • Stamp the sentiment using green ink.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer, line it up so the edges match and attach it to the scallop layer.

handmade Thanksgiving cards using cardstock, die cuts and water based ink to form an adorable turkey

The Turkey

I wanted to color the turkey parts instead of using colored cardstock so I could blend the colors with inks.  He can easily be cut with colorful cardstock if you don’t love coloring like I do and he will still be really cute.

  • Cut the turkey parts using white cardstock.
  • Color the hat buckle, nose and feet using an orange marker and the hat using a black marker.
  • Use mini applicators to color the body of the turkey using a light shade of brown and his wings using a darker shade of brown.
  • Color the tail feathers using mini applicators and shades of green, orange, brown and red inks.
  • Apply Versa and clear embossing powder to the tail feathers and heat emboss.  Note:  My photo doesn’t show how pretty the colors became once embossed.  Clear embossing seems to create deeper shades of color.
  • Assemble the turkey parts and attach them together using glossy accents.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the hat and wings and attach them to the turkey.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the feathers and body of the turkey and attach it to the card base.

 

An adorable die cut and hand colored turkey made from cardstock to decorate Thanksgiving cards

Are you sending Thanksgiving cards this year? I have heard that people ARE making more than they have before because some families can’t get together as they usually do. If you are, try this one out. It’s fun and easy and oh-so-cute!

 
5334-01D Turkey Die
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5305D Inside Scallop Nested Dies
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Ranger Super Fine Embossing Powder,…
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VersaMark Ink Pad
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Shady Lane
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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Inking Techniques Using Color Fuse

I am LOVING the Color Fuse Ink from Rubbernecker and today I want to share some inking techniques using them plus some maple leaves cut from plain old white card stock. I really love how these beautifully shaded and blended leaves pop off the white background. For this card I used the Maple Leaves and a sentiment from the Splatter Leaves clear set.

a simple card with vibrant leaves created using inking techniques

The Card Base and Sentiment

  • Cut the A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the card base using black ink.  Note:  I love how Versafine Clair ink creates such a crisp image for sentiments.
  • Use white card stock to cut two layers:
    • 2.00″ x 5.50 and 2.25″ x 5.50″
  • Apply Pumpkin ink to the edges of the 2.25″ wide layer. using a mini applicator.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the 2.00″ wide layer and attach it to the 2.25″ layer.
  • Use strips of mounting tape to attach the two layers to the card base.

inking techniques were used to create these vibrant fall leaves on this simple handmade card

Color the Leaves

  • Cut one set of the Maple leaves using white cardstock.
  • Apply Fern ink to about 1/3 of each leaf using a mini applicator.
  • Next apply Crimson ink to another section of each leaf using a mini applicator.
  • Finish covering the leaves with Pumpkin ink using a mini applicator.
  • Apply a very light touch of Pumpkin ink over all three colors to blend them all together and to eliminate the patchwork appearance of the first ink applications.
  • Apply a light touch of Pecan ink to the center and stem of each leaf to add an additional depth of color.
  • Gently form each leaf with your fingers, apply pieces of mounting tape to each and attach them to the card base.

Three vibrant paper maple leaves handmade for this greeting card using inking techniques

Here are the products used for this card.

 
5215D 3 Maple Leaves Die
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3019 Splatter Leaves
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Color Fuse Set #2
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Color Fuse Set #4
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #3
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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These inking techniques aren’t just for leaves! Try them out on other shapes and watch them transform right before your eyes!  Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a good day.

Watercoloring Die Cuts with Color Fuse Inks

Watercoloring die cuts like the flowers and foliage on this project is a fun technique for coloring images.  I used hot press watercolor to cut the flowers and foliage and used Color Fuse inks to color them.  Hot press watercolor paper is very smooth and is the perfect base for creating gorgeous color and shading.  For this project I used the Organic Shapable Daisy, Flower #5 (large leaves), Wreath Set and Tiny Flower Buds. I used Color Fuse Set #5 for the flower and Color Fuse Set #11 for the foliage.

Watercoloring die cuts cut from watercolor paper like the flowers and foliage on this project is a great technique for adding beautiful color to the images.

The Card Base

  • Cut an A2 sized white card base and a 5.25″ x 4.00″ white card layer.
  • Emboss the white layer using a pretty patterned embossing folder. Note:  I used the Starry Night embossing folder and I believe it is now retired.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the embossed layer and attach it to the card base.

Watercolor the Flower and Foliage

Watercoloring die cuts.

  • Cut the flower and foliage sections using hot press watercolor. I cute two sections of flowers, five sections of the fern image and one section of the large leaves.
  • Spritz each section with a mini mister to create a wet base on the paper.  Note:  I mist one section at a time and then add color.
  • Squish the ink pad on a palette.  Note:  I like to use an acrylic block but you can also apply the ink on a regular watercolor palette or craft sheet.
  • Pick up the ink off the palette using a water brush and paint the image.  Note:  I use a water brush filled with water but you can easily use a regular watercolor brush.
  • The Color Fuse inks are wonderful and create gorgeous colors on the images. I got so involved with coloring that I only remembered to take a photo of coloring the flower but I used the same technique to color the foliage.

Watercoloring die cuts cut from watercolor paper like the flowers and foliage on this project is an easy technique for adding beautiful color to the images.

Shaping the Flower and Foliage

  • Place the flower sections face down on the molding pad and roll over the petals using a large round stylus.
  • Turn the flower sections face up on the mold pad and push down in the center with the small round stylus.
  • Attach the flower sections together using glossy accents. Note: Check out my flower shaping tutorials if you would like to videos of how I shape my flowers.
  • Cut the tiny flower buds using white cardstock.
  • Place the tiny flower buds face up on the molding pad and form using a small tipped stylus.
  • Attach the small flower centers and tiny flower buds to the flower center using glossy accents.
  • Place the fern sections face up on the molding pad and gently form the tips using the leaf tool.
  • Use your fingers to gently roll and curl the large leaves.

Arrange the Flower and Foliage

  • Attach the large leaves to the card base using glossy accents to create the foliage base for the flower.
  • Attach the flower to the card base using a double layer of mounting tape to hold it up above the foliage.
  • Tuck the fern sections under the flower and attach using glossy accents.
  • Cut a few branches from the Wreath set using white cardstock.
  • Tuck the white branches under the flower and attach using glossy accents.  Note: I thought the white branches added another interesting element to the arrangement.
  • Stamp the With Love sentiment on a thin strip of white cardstock using Nocturne ink.
  • Tuck the sentiment strip under the foliage and attach to the card base with a strip of mounting tape.

Watercoloring die cuts cut from watercolor paper like the flowers and foliage on this project is a fun technique for adding beautiful color to the images.

Do you like watercoloring die cuts for your cards?  I was so happy with how my colors turned out on both the flower and foliage.  The Color Fuse inks created such vivid colors on my images and I love how the colors pop off the embossed white background.  Check out my Paper Flower Shaping post to see another technique using Color Fuse inks to color my flowers. You can find tons of inspiration for watercoloring die cuts on Pinterest. Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.

Here are the Rubbernecker products used on this project.

 
5301-05D Organic Shapable Daisy Die
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5175-05D Flower #5 Die Cut
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5217-03D Wreath Set Die
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Tiny Flower Buds Die Cut 5147-10D
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3308 Kittie Says Phrases #1
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Color Fuse Set #5
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Here are the tools and supplies used.

 
Hot Press Watercolor Paper Pad 9×12,…
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Neenah Cardstock, Neenah Heavyweight,…
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Long Large, ZIG Watercolor BrusH20
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Ranger Mini Mister, Individual
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Susan’s Garden Tool Kit, Elizabeth…
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Amazon.com: McGill Paper Blossoms…
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VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne
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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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ATG Double-Sided Refill Tape, 2 pk, 1/4″
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Embossing Gun (Wagner), Hero Arts
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Tonic Maxi 12 Inch Guillotine Paper…
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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New Rubbernecker Color Fuse Inks and Layered Stamping

Rubbernecker is thrilled to announce Color Fuse, a brand new progressive line of ink with graduated color groupings designed to work together. Rubbernecker is releasing the first four of the twelve color sets in the line – Yellow, Pink, Blue and Green. These inks works well for all your water-based art projects and was created especially for layered stamping, utilizing a progressive color value in each hue.  Rubbernecker has created a new line of floral layered stamp sets that work perfectly with the new inks and I know you will want to check them out.

 
Color Fuse Set #1
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Color Fuse Set #8
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #5
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3309 It's Spring time

For my project today I used the new It’s Spring Time layered stamp set.

Check out how I made this lovely floral project made using the newRubbernecker Color Fuse inks.

The Layered Flowers and Foliage

  • Secure a piece of white cardstock in the MISTI.
  • Place the first layering stamp in place, apply the lightest color ink to the stamp and stamp it on the cardstock.
  • Continue layering the flower by using the next three stamps and graduated ink colors. Note:  I found this to be an easy process using the directions that are provided in the stamp set packing.

3309 It's Spring time

  • I stamped the flowers three times, two large and one small.
  • I fussy cut two of the flowers and foliage so I could layer them on the card base to add dimension.

The Frame Layer

  • Use the Nested Scallop Rectangle set to cut the bright pink layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the flower layer using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the flower layer and attach it to the scalloped layer.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the scalloped layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply pieces of mounting tape to the back of the fussy cut flowers and attach them to the card base.
  • Tuck the foliage pieces under the flowers and attach with glossy accents.

Check out how I made this beautiful floral project made using the newRubbernecker Color Fuse inks.

Boy did I have fun playing with the new Color Fuse inks and layering stamps.  I hope you will hop over to check the whole release.  Thank you for coming by today and I hope you are having a good week. 

 
3309 It’s Spring time
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Nested Rectangle Scallop Die Cut 5028D
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Color Fuse Set #5
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Color Fuse Set #11
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Color Fuse Set #8
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Color Fuse Set #1
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Here are the tools and supplies that I used.

 
Solar White Heavyweight 110 lb – 25…
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MISTI Laser Etched Stamping Tool…
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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Fiskars 01-005452 Recycled Bypass…
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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