In keeping with our theme of gratitude this month, today we have some absolutely GORGEOUS Fall thank you cards from Lisa using Color Burst in two ways. Can’t you just almost smell that crisp Fall air looking at these? Let’s get all the inside scoop!
First Lisa is sharing some great tips on how she gets a perfectly evenly stamped background every time. Our background stamps are detailed right down the very last corner of the design so even pressure all over is the key to getting that detail to show up for you. Lisa uses a stamp positioner and cuts her paper larger than what she will need to leave room for the magnets to hold that paper solidly still so all the details pop. PRO TIP: Don’t forget that anti-static tool! I really does prevent any errant flecks of embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it making your image perfectly stamped every time!
Here’s Lisa’s setup where you can see those magnets at work:
Lisa wanted to be sure that she had very thorough ink coverage because she knew she was embossing so those magnets were important because she was able to reink and restamp a couple of times without worrying about smudging or “shadowing”.
She then covered this inked panel with gold embossing powder, tapped off all the extra with NO “lost” spots thanks to that anti-static bag, and heat set it. When you look at the image below you can see what fantastic coverage she got!
Then she sprinkled Fuchsia and Tangerine Color Burst Powders over the whole surface and generously spritzed water over that. Can you SEE the glorious colors “bursting”? Isn’t that SO FUN?
Lisa said “My favorite part of Color Burst is watching the colors mingle together!” Because she wanted every part of her image to be filled with color, she used a water brush to “nudge” the color into the nooks and crannies, being careful not to mix the colors too much.
Then – and this is GENIUS! – she took another piece of watercolor paper and laid it over the very wet background and picked up some of the color. PRO TIP: gently place and press – don’t wiggle or reposition – the paper to keep those variations of color vivid.
If there are any open spaces on the second piece you can “doctor” it up with a little sprinkle or two and a spritz.
Now, as impatient as you will be, because these pieces are going to be SO delicious, set everything aside to dry thoroughly!
Lisa cut the DRY stamped background with a Stitched Rectangle Die and cut the DRY bonus panel with the Maple Leaves Die. To echo the gold embossing in the background and to make them look like she picked them off her lawn, Lisa splattered some gold Color Shine over the leaves and gently dabbed with a paper towel. (Seriously, don’t they look SO real?)
Lisa pumped up the gold by adding is as a whisper thin panel between her background and a black panel before adding it to her white card base. She reversed that for the banner for her leaves. Lisa added the leaves to her banner panel using foam tape and placed them at different angles to create that movement that makes a card pop.
She then stamped all her sentiment pieces onto white with black ink. She fussy cut (WOW!) the Thanks and Kindness and trimmed the For You into a small rectangle and then attached them all with some dimensional adhesive like the leaves. And then to keep the movement and bling going, she added some tiny sequins here and there.
Here are the things you will want to add to your cart or pull from your stash to make these stunning Fall thank you cards: