October Linky Party – A Thanksgiving Wish and Leaf Tutorial

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Crafty Secrets October Linky Party: A Thanksgiving Wish and Leaf Tutorial

Happy Monday, everyone!  Today is the first Monday of a wonderful, busy month, and that means it’s time for the Linky Party at Crafty Secrets!  This month’s design team theme is Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving, so I made this card using stamps and paper from the Thanksgiving Digital Collection .  This collection comes with so many images and patterns perfect for Fall and Thanksgiving cards, scrapbooking layouts, and even table decorations for your Thanksgiving Feast, so be sure to check it out.  Here’s the card I came up with:

Thanksgiving Wish 1I started by sizing the paper, turkey, and sentiment digitally in Word.  To give the sentiment the chalkboard look, I changed the color of the image and layered it onto a black oval.  After printing (and letting the printer ink dry!), I rubbed some white chalk ink onto the image for a chalkboard-that’s-been-erased feel.  I created a frame for my chalkboard with my Silhouette machine, some glimmer mist, and gold embossing powder.  The turkey comes as a black and white digital stamp, so I spent a while coloring him in with my colored pencils, then finished him off with just a little bit of gold glitter glue.  I’m very proud of that little turkey 🙂  Once I had all my digital elements printed and colored, I cut corresponding papers to size, created the leaves, and started layering.  Later in this post, I’ve got a tutorial for you on making those oak leaves!

I made another chalkboard sentiment and hand-colored turkey for the inside of the card, which I always like to make in the same style as the outside.  Take a look:

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Instead of the burlap and ribbon, I added a strip of kraft paper in an effort to provide some space for a little note…you could fit a little “love you” note in there, right? 😛 Ah, well, the best intentions…

Now it’s your turn!  Create a new project using Crafty Secrets materials, then upload it to the blog by Midnight PST on Sunday, October 19th.  Everyone who enters automatically gets a free Digital Download gift!  If you don’t have any Craft Secrets stuff, head over to the blog and check out the sidebar for some free downloads.  Remember, you don’t have to follow this month’s theme if you don’t feel like it – any new CS project will do! Be sure to link to the Crafty Secrets Blog in your post, and let us know what Crafty Secrets product you are using in your project.  Be sure to visit all our Design Team Members (links below) for inspiration!  We all look forward to seeing what you create!

Kathy Clement, DT Leader * Darlene Pavlick, Dar’s Crafty Creations * Diane Hover, Nellie’s Nest * Elizabeth Lincoln, Paper Passtimes  * Gloria Stengel, Scraps of Life * Melody Clement, Paper Melody’s (you are here!) * Michele Kovack, Thoughts of a Cardmaking Scrapbooker * Shantaie Fowler, Inking Pink * Sheila Rumney, Sheila Rumney Design and Photography * Guest Designer Lee Ann Barrett,  Greyt Paper Crafts *

Oak Leaf Tutorial

Alright, the long-awaited tutorial 😛  Here’s a close-up of the leaves:

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I’ll start out by telling you that I have a leaf die, but you could also print out the oak leaf included in the Thanksgiving Collection and fussy cut it if you don’t have a die.

Leaf Tutorial 1

Start by choosing your paper and crumpling it several times to create the appearance of veins, as well as a nice texture.

Then, hit it with some ink – I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Just rub the ink lightly across the paper so it gets picked up on the folds.

Leaf Tutorial 2

After you have die cut or fussy cut your leaves from the crumpled and inked paper, tap the edges lightly onto a VersaMark pad.  Any pigment ink pad should do if you don’t have VersaMark, just as long as it will stay wet long enough to hold the embossing powder.

Leaf Tutorial 3

Dump your embossing powder – I chose gold – all over the leaf, pour off the excess, then give the leaf a couple good flicks to create a slightly more speckled appearance

Leaf Tutorial 4

Heat set your embossing powder

Leaf Tutorial 5

I also like to add some glitter glue for a little sparkle if I don’t feel like messing with embossing powder

Leaf Tutorial 6

And there you have it!  Let me know if you have any questions or suggestions, and please send me a link if you create a project using any of these tips – I’d love to see it!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed today’s post and feel inspired to create your own Crafty Secrets creation for this month’s Linky Party.  Have a lovely day!

8 thoughts on “October Linky Party – A Thanksgiving Wish and Leaf Tutorial

  1. Elizabeth Lincoln says:

    I have been waiting all week for your tutorial on the leaves and it was worth the wait. From the first time I saw your project those leaves grabbed my attention. This is truly a work of art Melody, both inside and out!

  2. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Melody, those leaves are fabulous! Great tutorial, too! I love your beautiful turkeys, and the gorgeous papers you chose as well. The corners look smashing! Stitching, burlap, chalkboard sentiment? Wow…there’s a lot to be thankful for in this pretty card! Thanks for being on our design team!

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