Grateful & Always Thankful - Part 1

Always Thankful stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I created two versions of the same card (basically) using Always Thankful, a gorgeous new Autumn-themed stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog. Today's card is the distressed-look version and tomorrow I'll show you a simpler version.

I pulled out my Distressing Essentials Kit and used the Tea Stain ink spot on several elements of the card, including the Naturals White card base. The Cajun Craze layer took a spin through the Big Shot in the Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and also received a few "tea stains" around the edges.

Watercoloring sample technique Always Grateful

The torn layer of Old Olive was crumpled, tea stained, and in a few areas the layers were pulled apart slightly. The focal image was stamped on Watercolor Paper using Jet Black StazOn ink, then water-colored using markers, classic ink pads, and an Aqua Painter. A little tea stain around the edges and one distressed corner tie into the look.

Heat Embossed Greeting - Always Grateful by Stampin' Up!

The brads in opposite corners are Vintage Trinkets. I created the "ribbon" by tea staining Twill Tape - I love how that brought out the texture! For the greeting, I stamped using VersaMark on Naturals White, heat embossed using clear embossing powder, sponged on Old Olive ink, then cropped it with the oval punch.

HIP TIP: Add depth to water-colored images using "layers" of color. Using two or three colors, start with the lightest color first and allow to dry. Add a darker layer in spot areas.

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Coming Tomorrow: Version Two of Grateful & Always Thankful - with cleaner lines and simpler techniques.

Start each and every day
with a new attitude
and plenty of gratitude.

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Stained Twill Ribbon Technique
STAMPS: Always Thankful (Wood-123787 – Clear-123789)
INK: Jet Black StazOn (101406), Cajun Craze (119671), Soft Suede (115657), Basic Black (101179), Bravo Burgundy (105214), Old Olive (102277), More Mustard (103162), Pumpkin Pie (105216)
CARD STOCK/PAPER: Naturals White (102316), Old Olive (100702), Cajun Craze (119684), Watercolor Paper (122959)
TOOLS: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Square Lattice Embossing Folder (119976), Large Oval Punch (119855), Blender Pens (102845), Aqua Painter (103954), Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Distressing Essentials (118762)
ACCESSORIES: 3/8” Twill Tape (119970), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)