One of the things my family looks forward to every year is a Thanksgiving card. I started sending them years ago, when it was very difficult to find them in card boxes in the stores. But I liked sending a card when it wouldn’t get lost in the deluge of holiday cards. One year I didn’t send them, and everyone missed them. Now that I stamp my own, it is much easier. I have so many ideas, everyone will get a unique card. Beginning with the card stock, I pulled some pretty colors.
I wanted to give you some ideas for autumn inspired cards, some Thanksgiving, but any could be changed to a birthday or friendship card just by changing the sentiment. I had so many elements to play with, pretty papers, leaf stickers, ribbons, lots of stuff!
I got out my embosser, and embossed rust card stock with the closest thing I had to a leaf design. I like the addition of some texture to the cards.
I stamped a pumpkin scene on ecru stock, and colored it with pencils. It was mounted on dark brown card stock for a frame, then on the gold color card base with the embossed paper on the upper left. A nice small sentiment is stamped in the lower left corner space with a pine cone accent.
It looked like it needed just a bit more, so I added some leaf die cuts, like they were falling. The envelope got a leaf and some acorns.
Inside, a sentiment of Thanksgiving stamped in brown with more leaves stamped in rust.
Of course, all the backs got my personal stamp, some with a pumpkin too.
On the next card, I did one of my favorite things, stamping lots of leaves in different colors of ink.
I put the leaf ribbon across the middle, adding a framed sentiment on top. While mine says Happy Thanksgiving, it could just as easily say Happy Birthday for a November birthday.
I really like this ribbon, so used it on the next card with some pine cone design paper.
Over the top, I added another embossed rectangle, with an accent of dark brown to set off the leaf stamped on gold. The sentiment again is Thanksgiving themed, but also could be something else.
While looking at the papers, I found this leaf one and wanted to use it too. Starting with a rectangle on the side, I had room to stamp another Thanksgiving themed sentiment.
Using the same idea from the previous card, I added a brown accent, then topped it with a stamped turkey framed with an embossed rust paper. On the left, the card uses the same leaf paper across the bottom with the brown accent above. A sweet stamp of a harvest scene is framed with embossed rust paper, and the sentiment Happy Thanksgiving is stamped above.
So there you have it, five cards all variations on a theme with stamped envelopes ready to sign and mail.
One more card, I needed to send with a gift, and I wanted a Friendship theme. The leaves are the piece left over from die cutting leaves out of a piece of card stock. I backed them with some of the patterned paper and glued them to the bottom front. Friendship was stamped at the top, and then thin ribbons were added on the left and across the top edge of the plum card stock.
So there are all the cards. Just to let you all know, if you are a stamper, I have a number of new listings in my Etsy store of stamp sets, and my pin cushions make nice gifts too. I have nice quality fabrics and vintage items as well. Check out my listings Craftnuts Studio on Etsy. Today, I’ll give away two Stamp sets to one lucky reader! The one on the left is a build-a-flower set with friendship and birthday messages, and the one on the right is suitable for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Do you enjoy stamping for holidays?