Gratitude Card by Darlene MacDonald
Gratitude Card by Darlene MacDonald
January 3, 2023
The New Year has always been one of my favourite times of the year. It is a time for reflection, renewed hope and gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon me. I am blessed to be able to share my love of paper crafting with you.
This is my first post on the Crafty Capers Inspiration Blog. I am sharing a card that can easily be adapted to your own style using supplies that you have. The card is a side-folding A2 card. I prefer to use cardstock that is at least 110 lbs.
The supplies I used are Spellbinders
Sealed Blossoms S3-457, Sealed Leaf
Sprigs S3-458, Lawn Fawn Stitched
Borders, Hero Arts SA 195
Cobblestone Stencil, Ranger Texture
Paste Transparent Gloss, palette
knife, Tombow markers 076, 126, 603,
673 and 991. The sentiment is from
Pinkfresh Spark of Goodness Floral
Frame and was embossed with Wow gold embossing powder.
For an A2 size card, I cut the white cardstock to
measure 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches. To get a side-folding card, place the cardstock long side across your scoring board and score at 4 1/4 inches. Burnish the score line with a bone folder for a more finished look.
I cut another piece of white cardstock to measure 4 1/4 inches x 3 1/2 inches. I also cut a piece of coloured cardstock to measure 4 1/4 x 2 inches. I used Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die to finish one side of each cardstock (the side that would end up flush with the other card stock). I like to ensure that these pieces of card stock fit exactly (or close to it) on the card. Once adhered on the card it could be challenging to trim any excess cardstock later on due to dried texture paste.
The next step is to apply some Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss. This dries clear and glossy. I wanted a more subtle look for this particular card. The Ranger Texture Paste Opaque is another option. Position the stencil over the cardstock. You can use yellow or purple tape to secure the stencil in place. I applied a very small amount of texture paste over the stencil and onto each cut cardstock - just apply randomly and try not to make it perfect unless that is the look you are going for. You do not need to apply texture paste to the area where your sentiment will be adhered. Texture Paste takes about 30 minutes to an hour to dry depending on the application , thickness and room temperature. Set these cardstocks aside and allow the texture paste to dry.
I then die cut the Spellbinders Sealed Blossoms and Leaf Sprigs. I
used Spellbinders Rainforest (green) cardstock for the leaf sprigs
and Neenah Solar White 110-lb cardstock for the blossoms. I
highlighted the leaf sprigs with Tombow markers. The photo
shows leaf sprigs in white as an option for those of you who prefer
to colour everything. I coloured the die-cut white blossoms with
Tomboy markers as well.
Once the texture paste is dry, I adhered the white and coloured
card stock pieces on the A2 card front. I arranged the die cut leaf
sprigs and blossoms on the card front. A tip for arranging elements
on your card is to determine the placement prior to applying glue
on the back of your elements. Arrange the elements and take a
photo so it is easier to remember the placement. I used liquid glue
to adhere the leaf sprigs and blossoms. I cut one of the blossoms
to shorten its length so I could balance the floral heights of the
bouquet. I cut a 3 1/2-inch piece of white string and simply tied a
knot in the middle. I applied a small amount of liquid glue on the
backside of the string knot and adhered it to the stems. I die cut a
hole reinforcer using a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and
coloured it with Tombow marker 603. I then glued the hole
reinforcer in place making sure that the knot was centered in the