october swap cardAnd now for something completely different….how about a card idea?! I realize the last few posts have been a lot of information about the great deals you could grab, but it’s always nice to review creative efforts, isn’t it?!

I realize that this card got “missed” during the autumn season – so thought I’d share it now – we can always use Thank You cards, can’t we? It’s a nice effort to make to show someone that they are appreciated. I need to send more of these! This is a card I created for the demonstrator swap I participate in. If you’ve been visiting my blog here, you know that I don’t do too much “over the top” super layered and embellished stuff and this is holding to form. I used a fun technique to create a mottled effect on the Brushed Gold cardstock, then stamped the leaves (the leaf is from the Stampin’ Up! set For All Things) over top (you can just make them out in this image), and added texture with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder on the background piece. The technique used for the Brushed Gold cardstock is called “Polished Stone” and you basically wet a cotton ball or pad with Rubbing Alcohol, then drop on some reinkers of various shades, and dab it onto the cardstock. It’s one of those techniques that during the process you kind of wonder if it’s really going to turn out well initially…but as you continue to dab and once it dries, you know your fears were ungrounded! It’s a bit of a stinky technique but effective.

A reminder that my end of year “Thank You” to email subscribers continues this week. We are into the final weeks of the Twelve Weeks of Christmas! Look for it in your inbox on Wednesday.

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