Friday, December 5, 2014

Giving Thanks Cards II

©Michele Emerson-Roberts 2014

The Grummer company and family have always promoted using “stuff” you have on hand that otherwise might just go into the trash; whether it’s using onion skins to make gorgeous paper, using those dried needles from your Christmas tree as inclusions, or just not wasting your resources. I am a firm believer in “waste not want not” and re-purpose whenever I can. Join me in this adventure - I would love to see what you come up with.

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • A sunny window
  • Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
  • Personal paper cutter, scissors
  • Scor-Pal™
  • Beacon QuickGrip™ and ZipDry Adhesives, double sided foam tape or foam dots
  • Scraps of golden toned papers (think junk mail, etc.)
  • Dies:  Spellbinders™  - pumpkin, gourds and cornucopia, small frame
          CheeryLynn™ - “Happy Thanksgiving” 
                       Die- Versions™ - Indian Corn    
  • Various Autumn themed embossing folders
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Scrap of autumn toned junk mail or scraps of autumn toned cereal boxes
  • Scraps of tan chip board (back side of cereal boxes)
  • Kaleidacolor™ Creole Spice and Cappuccino  ink pads
  • ColorBox™ Stylus handle and soft tip
  • “Happy Thanksgiving” stamp to fit the tag die
  • Fall leaf stamp
  • A2 envelopes (or make matching envelopes using the AG envelope template)
  • Autumn toned scrap ribbon
  • Bow-Easy™


  1. Follow the directions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create several sheets of golden toned heavy weight paper (think card stock weight.)  
  2. When the sheets of paper are dry, cut the sheets in half (8 ½” x 5 ½”).
  3. Score at 4 ¼” and fold in half to create the card bases.
    (Save one half sheet of the golden toned paper for the stamped saying and small frame.)
  4. Use autumn themed embossing folders to emboss the fronts of all the cards, or randomly stamp leaves onto the fronts of some of the cards with Creole Spice ink.
  5. Stamp “Happy Thanksgiving” onto scrap of golden tones handmade paper (this will be placed inside the die cut frame) with Cappuccino ink.
  6. Die cut and emboss the frame from the golden paper. (Always save your scraps for other projects.)
  7. Die cut and emboss the chip board cornucopia, gourds and pumpkin. Leave these three items in the dies for now.
  8. Die cut the words “Happy Thanksgiving” from the chipboard (back side of the cereal box).
  9. Die cut the Indian corn from autumn toned junk mail or cereal boxes.
  10. While the cornucopia, pumpkin, and gourds are still in the die, use the Stylus™ tip to apply Kaleidacolor ™ Creole Spice ink through the stencil portion of the dies.
  11. Apply bits of color to the frame.
  12. Apply the Creole Spice ink randomly to the die cut words.
  13. Use the BowEasy™ to tie tiny bows with the scrap ribbon.
  14. Attach the bows to the Indian corn with QuickGrip™ adhesive.

Assemble the cards:

Cornucopia” card:

  1. Attach the inked “Happy Thanksgiving” die cut words to the top of the card with ZipDry™ Adhesive.
  2. Attach the cornucopia, pumpkin, and gourds across the bottom of the card with double sided foam tape or dots.

 “Blessings” card:

Attach the die cut Indian corn to the left side of the embossed card.

Frame” card:

1.      Attach to stamped words to the back of the frame with ZipDry™ adhesive.
2.      Attach the frame to the front of the card with small pieces of double sided foam tape.
3.      Attach the Indian corn with double sided foam tape to the left of the frame.

Refer to photos. These completed the 50 Thanksgiving cards I need for next year, since I did several of each design - and ALL were made from “stuff” that someone else would have tossed! Silly people. Smile.

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