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Thanks Card with Twigs and Leaves Stencil

Hi, Tami here on the blog today with a project and a technique to share with you.

 Thanksgiving is the perfect time to make and send Thank You cards to the special people in your lives or people that have touched your life in special ways.

A handmade card adds a little something extra to the thoughts you include inside. This card is simple to make and can be made assembly line style...


I wanted the "THANKS" to stand out, but still have the stenciled pattern on it, so I used Izink with the Capital ABC's Stencil to add it to the center of my card fronts...


You need to work one letter at a time, and let it dry before moving on to the next one. The Izink dries quickly, but this would be a good time to work assembly line style if you need multiples, just add each letter to each card front. You can see where to put the next letter as it's easy to line up through the see-thru stencil...

Once the letters have all been added, it's time to stencil. Use a bit of removable adhesive to adhere the card front to your work surface, then tape down the Twigs and Leaves Stencil. Start with the red pigment ink, and apply it diagonally, starting at the left of the card...


Do the same with the orange and olive inks, overlapping the previous color to blend them a bit...


Remove the stencil and let the inks dry, or speed up dry time with a heat tool. I had saved the "frame" that comes around the Clear Scraps Chipboard Embellishments from the Maple Branches I used on my post for November 7. I Inked it with the same colors I stenciled with...


I glued the frame around my card front...


I decided the letters needed a little more definition, so I outlined them with a brown pen and added stitching around the edges of the frame...


A waxed twine bow was the finishing touch (and it covers up the staple mark on the chipboard frame)...



Clear Scraps: Twigs and Leaves Stencil, Capital ABC's Stencil and "trash" frame from around a chipboard embellishment

Other: Izink: Jasmine, Clear Snap: ColorBox Pigment Ink: Taos Petal Point and Stylus & Tips, Kraft Cardstock, Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Glue, Brown Fine Point Sharpie and Vintage Waxed Twine

Tools: Trimmer, Scissors, Removable Adhesive and Painters Tape


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