This months challenge at the Inspiration Journal is to celebrate gratitude by making a little something for each Thanksgiving guest. I had thought to make treat boxes with some Close to my Heart pre-scored boxes that I have had in my stash forever. Got them all inked up with Distress but once I folded and put them together they looked like little pyramids. Not exactly the shape I had in mind.
Back to the drawing board. I decided on a place card for each seat. I knew that I wanted to include some leaves and those little pumpkins that turned out so cute but I needed a base and some way to stand it up. The Alterations Hanging Sign was a perfect solution! I cut two signs per place card out of old manila file folders. One sign is for the place card and the second is for the stand. The pumpkins and the banner were also cut out of manila. I used kraft cardstock for the leaves.
I inked up the signs, pumpkins and leaves with a variety of Distress inks in fall colors. The signs were embossed with a cuttlebug embossing folder. Taking my inspiration from Tammy Tutterow's beautiful tag posted on November 6, 2012, I used Distress crackle paint in clear rock candy to give a nice aged affect and inked the edges with Walnut Stain. The pumpkins were inked with Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink. I added the color to the stem and shading with Distress Markers. A water brush was used to blend the shading and stem colors. A spritz of water gave a cool effect. These were edged with Walnut Stain Distress as well.
To make the place card I scored one of the signs (not embossed), folded in half and glued to the back of the inked and embossed sign. I attached a pumpkin, and two leaves to each place card. As the sign has holes to hang it I used the leaves to cover these. The finishing touch was a banner hand cut from manila and stamped with a Hero Arts sentiment.
Pretty place cards to celebrate the gratitude we feel for our family and friends!
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves Die
Sizzix Tim Holtz Hanging Sign Die
Sizzix Pumkin Die (38-0254)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder-Stylized Flowers
Distress Inks - Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Wild Honey, Walnut Stain
Distress Crackle Paint - Clear Rock Candy
Distress Markers - Tea Dye, Spiced Marmalade, Forest Moss
Glue N Seal
Hero Arts Clear Stamps - Celebrate Everyday
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and make comments. I am grateful!