Give Thanks with Painted Harvest

I wanted to sponge another background for today’s project and had a partial design running around inside my head which included the branch thinlit from the Seasonal Layers dies and leaves.

I have always worked out my designs in real life, using the products I plan on using for the finished project.  Some people sketch out their designs on a piece of paper, while some work up a mock card using retired products.  How do you come up with your projects?  Do you just wing it like I do or do you sketch it up or do a test run?

Admittedly not all of my projects come out as I had imagined them in my mind.  Just keep in mind that it’s just paper and there are two sides so if you make a mistake on one side, just flip it over and try again.  Fortunately today’s project turned out better than I imagined.

In addition to sponging my background, I dry embossed the background with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I cut the branch out three times from Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and attached them to the front using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.  Note that I started in the bottom left corner and stacked them to make it appear that they are attached to a tree trunk just off the edge out of view.  I used the Leaf Punch and Copper Foil Sheets to create the leaves which I cut off from the stems and added veins using my scoring tool and the silicon mat.  The leaves are attached to the branches with mini glue dots.  The upper right corner was empty space and I felt it needed something for balance so I made a leaf wreath using a 1/2″ circle of cardstock as my form.  The sentiment is tucked under the leaves and has one dimensional at the top and the bottom to hold in place.  I made the ribbon and bow by cutting the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon in half.  I added a few extra leaves at the bottom of the sentiment oval just above the bow.

Here are the Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used in the design of the card, all of which can quickly be added to your shopping cart by clicking on the thumbnails below:

If you have any questions about the card design outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you leave here inspired to put stamps to ink to paper.  Until next time, stamp on my friends.

Linda

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