CTD 395: Thankful

Today I decided to participate in the Color Throw Down Challenge #395 and I just couldn’t get things right.  I started with some Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper and stamped Simon Says Stamp Leaves Background in Hero Hues Green Hills and Soft Olive.  I then stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Special Wishes in Hero Hues Black.  It looked good to begin with and I was off to the rest of the card.


I die cut some Gina K. Designs 140# Ivory with Winnie & Walter’s Audrey Essentials scalloped panel.  I wanted to make it a frame and so I used the third largest Spellbinders Card Creators A die to remove the center of the panel.  I then die cut the leafy background with second largest Spellbinders Card Creator A die and adhered the scalloped frame using 3M 1/2″ foam tape for a little dimension.

I took some heavy weight cream vellum from my personal store and die cut My Favorite Things Fancy Flourish.  I wanted to add a little more interest, so I die cut it again with Grafix 30# Leaf Green Vellum and using a little Multi Medium Matte I adhered them both to the upper left corner of the frame.  Using the same cream vellum I die cut three sets of My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio and glued them together with Multi Medium Matte, adding green Traveni Craft Adhesive Pearls to the center of the flowers and grouped them in the upper left corner, popping up the last flower with a round foam dot I’ve had in my stash forever.

It was at this point that I noticed the sentiment was not crisp and clean. The ink had bled on the watercolor paper, but I decided to complete the card anyway and glued the finished panel to a craft colored card base, cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″ and the card was done.

I wasn’t happy with the way the sentiment looked so I decided to make another card with a similar design.  I took the center of the Gina K. Design 120# Cardstock leftover from cutting out the center of the previous frame. I cut two My Favorite Things Fancy Florish dies from the Grafix 30# Leaf Green Vellum and adhered them to the upper left corner as before.  This time I used My Favorite Things Prima Donna Petals to create a flower embellishment.  I adhered the layers together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue and added a lime green rhinestone to the center.

I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings in Hero Hues Green Hills ink using my MISTI. I cut a scallop frame in green cardstock with the Winnie & Walter’s Audrey Essentials large scallop panel, running it through the Big Shot twice to make it a little smaller.  I glued the two together with Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

I made a top folding card from Simon Says Stamp Craft cardstock, cutting it to 4 1/2″ x 11″ and scoring it at 5 1/2″.  I added 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape to the back of the scalloped frame and placed it in the center of the cardbase and it was done.


Neither of these cards are my favorites, but I have participated in my first card challenge and that was a success.

Products Used:

  • Gina K. Designs 120# Ivory Cardstock
  • Canson 140# Cold Press Watercolor paper
  • Simon Says Stamp Craft Cardstock
  • Grafix 30# Leaf Green Vellum
  • WorldWin Papers Vellum
  • Simon Says Stamp Leaves Background Stamp
  • Penny Black Special Wishes Stamp
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings Stamp
  • Hero Hues Ink: Green Hills, Soft Olive, Black
  • Winnie & Walter’s Audrey Essentials Die
  • Spellbinders Card Creators A Die
  • My Favorite Things Flower and Leaf Trio Die
  • My Favorite Things Prima Donna Petals Die
  • 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Sizzix Big Shot

Author: Karen

I am a very blessed wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. I firmly believe in the quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf which states "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart." Every day I try to create something that lifts the heart for myself and others.

4 thoughts on “CTD 395: Thankful”

  1. Karen, I think both of your cards are beautiful! The little dissatisfactions we have with our work certainly can lead to perfection! I’d love receiving either card! 🙂

    1. I’ve been on vacation and just returned home. Thanks for your comment. It’s true that trying to improve on past projects helps us to learn and become better. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. I think they’re both beautiful! I love the look of the floral accents on both cards. Thanks for joining us at The Color Throwdown! Hope you’ll join us again!

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