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I was given the Sassy Thankful stamp set from CZ Design to play with. How did they know that I love sass? This set is such a fun departure from the typical Thanksgiving sentiments. And while there is a lot of sass, there are also a couple large sentiments that can be used on traditional (non-sassy) cards.
Card 1 Supplies
Making the First Card
The turkey image in this stamp set is just so cute! I knew I wanted to use the “gobble ’til you wobble” sentiment, so this was the first card I made. I stamped the turkey multiple times with Copic-friendly ink and then I colored them with my Copic markers. I used the same autumn-inspired colors on all of my turkeys. There is a matching die set that includes a die to cut out the turkey, but I don’t have it, so I fussy cut my turkeys. I added some white gel pen highlights to the turkey feathers and a dot of black glaze pen to the eyes.
Next, I used the Repeating Circles Die to cut a panel of heavy weight white card stock. I used another piece of white card stock to adhere some pieces of autumn colored card stock that would peek through the circles that I had just created. For the red piece in the lower right corner, I first heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I used my Repeating Circles panel to make sure that the colored card stock was lined up appropriately. Once I finished that, I then played around with the orientation of each turkey until I was ready to adhere them down with glue. I put some foam tape on the back of my top panel and then adhered that to my back panel before adhering the whole thing to a white A2 card base.
Card 2 Supplies
Making the Second Card
For my second card, I wanted to use the leaf image and play with similar colors that I had used for the first card. I again stamped my image multiple times with Copic-friendly ink and colored them with my Copic markers. This time, I fussy cut the images right up to the outline.
I cut a piece of teal card stock with one of the postage stamp dies, which helped determine the size of my top white panel. I stamped my sentiments with Distress Oxide Inks. I like using Distress Oxides when I want to have a colored heat embossed sentiment. You just stamp with the Oxide and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. The main sentiment is Vintage Photo and the secondary sentiment is Fossilized Amber (I did not heat emboss that one). I just LOVE this sentiment about elastic waistbands. And sadly, I can relate!!
To finish the card, I popped each of the leaves up on a foam square and added a few small jewels in complementary colors. I don’t usually do such clean and simple designs, but when you get a Cathy Zielske stamp set to play with, the clean and simple mindset takes over!
Card 3 Supplies
Making the Third Card
There are too many funny sentiments in this stamp set, and I just had to use the “nobody puts gravy in the corner” one. I first die cut a white piece of card stock using the square postage stamp die. To make it into a frame, I used the square die from the Joyful Frame set. It is the perfect size to cut the center out of the postage stamp piece and leave a decent sized frame. I did this three times so that I could stack the frames for dimension. I then cut a bunch of paper strips with my paper trimmer and adhered them to a white A2 card base. I positioned my card base in my MISTI and then positioned my frame where I wanted my main sentiment to be. I then placed the stamp in position and stamped it with embossing ink several times. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I repeated this a couple times to try to make the image more solid. TIP – if you are going to stamp on top of paper strips, make sure you cut the paper strips with a paper trimmer. The strips will lay right up against each other in an even layer, as opposed to using strips that are cut from dies.
Once I was finished with the main sentiment, I adhered the frame on top. I forgot to mention the secondary sentiment, which I had stamped in brown ink under the paper strips. If you’re wondering how I got this sentiment to be on one line, I used scissors to cut the stamp into two pieces. I love the flexibility a pair of scissors gives you in playing with sentiments!
Card 4 Supplies
Making the Fourth Card
Time for a non-sassy card! This one is definitely not clean and simple. I started by ink blending Distress Oxide inks onto a piece of white card stock. I used Unchartered Mariner, Speckled Egg, Wild Honey, Aged Mahogany, and Ground Espresso. Once I was happy with the blend, I put my panel into my MISTI. I inked up the Thank You Text Background stamp with the same inks, using just one color at a time and trying to line it up with the colors on the panel. I also used a blending brush to fade out the ink on the stamp so that I could avoid harsh lines. Once I was finished with that, I set my panel aside to completely dry.
Once dry, I white heat embossed the “grateful” sentiment onto the panel. I then took the Leaves Stencil and pressed embossing ink through the stencil onto my panel. I heat embossed the design with clear embossing powder. I used the Deckled Frames die to cut my panel. I also cut a deckled frame out of plain white card stock and stacked that behind my inked panel for dimension. After adhering it to a white A2 card base, I then heat embossed my secondary sentiment onto brown card stock. I trimmed the sentiment with one of the dies from the Nested Banners die set. To finish the card, I added several clear drops around the leaves.
Phew – that’s it for my cards! I hope they put a smile on your face. Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.
Wishing you all a crafty day,
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