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Aqua Flow Watercolor Fall Card

Fall is my favorite time of year – yes I am that predictable.  I am one of those that adores a PSL, boots with warm socks, a walk in the leaves, and a fire in the fireplace.  I absolutely look forward to the color change, the crispness in the air, and Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday.  There’s no pressure to buy gifts, the right gifts, for people.  It is truly just about family and friends and being grateful for everything in our lives.  It is a day that I truly enjoy and I look forward to each year.  That means that creating fall projects is another favorite thing for me to do.  Decorating for the fall is so much fun!

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This card was a blast to make – it mixes my love of fall, my deep love of painting and art, plus cardmaking – it is a perfect project for someone like me!

Supplies:

How to put it together:

Trim your base card cardstock to 12″x6″

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Trim another coordinating piece to 5″x5″

Then die cut a square that fits into that 5″x5″

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Die cut leaves, acorn, and pine cone out of watercolor paper.

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Here is the link to the video on how I painted these in case you’re interested:  ***video***

Drop a few small drops of the aqua flow colors onto your craft mat.

Use your water brush and add water to your leaf.

Carefully pick up some orange and add that all over.

Next add a little bit of red to the veins.

Spritz with water to meld colors a bit and dab with a paper towel.

Add brown to the edges and splatters across the leaf itself.

Then cover in glitter gloss.

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Paint acorn and pine cone with varying shades of brown.  Use water to dilute color to change variations.

Add glitter gloss.

Allow it all to dry.

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Fold card to a 6″x6″ card.

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Adhere cardstock and die cut patterned paper piece.

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Run dried pieces through sticker maker and add to the front of the card.

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Add sentiment to the card front.

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Hopefully you’ll be inspired to watercolor more fall bits!!!

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Mixed Media Give thanks page

A colorful mixed media page for the upcoming thankful season! This one was so much fun to create and I will show you all the steps below!16

Supplies used:

I started by adding a thin layer of the Nuvo embellishment Mousse using the Blender brush to add a thin layer of color, texture and shimmer. 11

Next, I free hand cut a few leaf shapes from some yellow cardstock. I then created a branch using some green Nuvo crystal drops.

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I love using the Nuvo crystal drops to add details such as this. It adds just the right amount of dimension and comes in such great colors!13

I then added diecuts, scrap paper bits and layered all of them. I moved them around that page till I was happy with the arrangement. Have fun with this and mix and match patterns and shapes. 14

I love to add words and poems to my pages, so I quickly added a few lines in my hand writing. The black lines of the words add a nice contrast. I brought those black lines onto the leaves as well to tie all the elements together. 15

I finished the page off with some Nuvo crystal drop details all around the page and a title “thankful”

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Creating a mixed media page is almost like journaling into your dairy with paints and color. I love how this reflects my current mood of – family, leaves and thankfulness.17

I hope this tutorial inspires you to create something thankful of your own.  Happy crafting!

Smitha

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Thankful Banner

Celebrate the thankful season with a simple banner to decorate your mantle with! 48.jpg

Supplies used:

First step, die cut a bunch of bunting shapes using the Tangerine machine and the Beautiful Bunting Grand Gala die set. Cut as many bunting shapes as you need to accommodate your word.

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Next, lets decorate each bunting shape with some stamping. I used the Tim Holtz Stamping platform to make quick work of the stamping. Once you mount your stamp correctly, you can easily stamp the same image on each of the buntings.

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I used the Henna Tag stamp and the Acorn brown colored ink to stamp the pretty design onto the bunting shape.

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I love how detailed this stamp is! And since we are using the stamping platform, if the image does not stamp perfectly the first time, we can easily restamp the image.

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Stamping a bunch of of images gets done super fast, thanks to the stamping platform action.

45To assemble the banner, add a letter to each bunting shape and attach all of them using some twine and a stapler.

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That’s it~ How pretty does this thankful banner look along with the fall leaf banner, a previous project of mine I shared here.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial today and getting ready for the holiday season with some crafting of your own. Happy crafting!

Smitha

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Thanksgiving Crackers

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, are you planning your table decorations yet? Today I have a fun fall twist on the Christmas Cracker dies to add an extra special touch to your Thanksgiving place settings. These are so easy to customize to perfectly match your color scheme. Let’s get started!

Supply List:

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You’ll want at least two colors of cardstock for each cracker, so start by choosing one color for the body and one color for the accent panels. Decide how many you will need to make and start running your plates through the tangerine. There are two dies that make up the main body, but you will need to run your accent panels through several times until you have enough pieces.

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Your main pieces will come out scored for easy folding. It’s best to fold these parts before you start to assemble the pieces.

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After folding all your lines, start to sort your accent panels. I’m using four different pieces for this project.

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Once you have them sorted, you can begin gluing them in place.

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After I had all my panels in place, I decided to add some Nuvo glitter drops for extra dimension and sparkle. Be sure to give your Nuvo drops plenty of time to dry before moving on to the next step!

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You’ll notice that both body pieces have two tabs on the side for gluing. I decided to use 1/4″ double sided tape for these panels, but you could also use the glue pen. After gluing, use your twine to cinch the diamond sections of both of the main pieces.

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I wanted to add another decorative finish to the outside by creating a little banner tag and Fall leaf. This is another great opportunity to customize. You could write each guests name on the tag and use the crackers as a unique place card. I chose to use my “thankful” stamp. First, I covered the vellum tag with my powder tool to prevent extra embossing powder from sticking.

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Next I used my Versamark pad to stamp my clear watermark stamp on the tag, then covered with gold embossing powder.

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I chose my favorite leaf from the Fallen Leaves die set. Cut one with veins and one without in contrasting colors, then glue together. Then use your tape of glue pen to attach to the cracker.

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I made another variation with different colors to mix things up a little.

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Don’t forget to fill with a fun treat! Use a tiny glue dot of double sided tape to lightly hold the two pieces together so your treats don’t escape before dinner!

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Happy Crafting!

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Paper leaf garland

Bring the outdoors inside with this paper leaves garland! You can customize this to match any color scheme you want! I’ll show you how in this tutorial today.

Supplies used:

This is such a fun technique you guys! You can paint, color, use markers or anything you have to create color and texture onto your cardstock. I started by adding a some acrylic paint randomly on my paper and then a thin layer of embellishment mousse to bring a bit of shimmer.

Next, to add some pops of pattern and more color, I added some black paint onto a stencil in af few areas.

These papers turned out so pretty really and it was so much fun to paint. I added some swirls of the Nuvo in orange to tie everything together. Then let it all dry. 

Once our handmade patterned papers have dried, die cut as many leaves as you can from each paper.

To add a pop of color I hand cut a few yellow paper leaves as well and then added them all to the string to form a garland.

This is a simple technique but the texture we added gives it a rustic touch and feel.

It kinda feels like bringing the outdoor woodsy feel indoor. I love how it turned out!

Happy Crafting!

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No Carve Pumpkin Decorating with Nuvo Drops

Hello friends! I am a big No Carve pumpkin gal- but I love to decorate them to be all colorful and fancy. Today I used my Nuvo Drops to quickly decorate these pumpkins and I love how they turned out!

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I started by painting my pumpkins all over with an acrylic paint. I chose pretty pastel colors today and then added two to three coats of paint. Once dried, I added concentric rows of color all around using the Nuvo drops!

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The Nuvo drops add so much dimension and they come in so many pretty colors that it was tough for me to choose just two for this pumpkin.

This blue pumpkin turned out to be my favorite! Something about those colors!

This is the easiest way to decorate pumpkins, but my biggest tip to you is to keep your nuvo drops the same size by applying even pressure to the bottle while you squeeze. 

And thats it! The pumpkins are decorated and done! How easy was that? I really want to make another one that is rainbow colored now!

Happy Crafting!

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Paper Pumpkin Decorations

October is here and it’s the season of pumpkins! Here’s a simple tutorial to make your own paper pumpkins to decorate your house.

Supplies you will need:

I started by cutting out a rough circle shape from my 12 by 12 inch cardstock using the Tim Holtz Shears 9.5 inch. This does not have to be perfect we just a wonky circle like shape.

Next, draw a smaller circle in the center and cut pizza slice like shapes from the outer edge. See the two photos below, they explain it much better than my pizza analogy 🙂

Now fold the outer edges in, overlapping them slightly to start forming the pumpkin shape.

Using a stapler, staple all the overlapping paper strips close. Adhere the last strip into place.

To decorate the pumpkin, cut out a stalk shape from kraft cardstock, a leaf shape from green cardstock and then cut a thinner green stalk and twist to look like a vine.

Add some detailing to the leaf with a stencil and embellishment mouse. The aquamarine blue color of the mousse looks so pretty on the green!

Finally adhere the stalk, leaf and vine onto the pumpkin shape! And the paper pumpkin is ready!

Make a bunch of these to decorate your mantle, table or anywhere in your house!

Happy Crafting!