A Million Thanks Card by Cheiron Brandon

A Million Thanks Card by Cheiron Brandon

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Cards | Ranger | Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART

In this card tutorial, Cheiron Brandon uses colors from our specially curated Fall Archival Ink Bundle along with the A Million Thanks Wendy Vecchi MAKE ART Stamp, Stencil and Die Set to create a fall inspired thank you card.

Hello there crafty friends. Today I am creating a pretty Thank You card with some of the inks from the Fall Archival Ink Bundle, the Wendy Vecchi A Million Thanks Stamp Stencil and Die set and some Stickles and Liquid Pearls in a fall palette.

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 1
If you know me, I love new and interesting color combinations, so I used Plum and Chrome Yellow as the focal colors of my card.

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 3
Step 1: To begin, stamp the main flower image in Jet Black Archival Ink. Then use the Make Art Stay-tion magnets to secure the matching stencil to the STAY-tion and apply Chrome Yellow Archival Ink using Mini Ink Blending Tool with Foam to color in the large flower image.

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 4
Step 2: Use a Detail Blending Tool and the stencil to apply the Plum Archival Ink to all of the leaves. There is a stencil for each leaf, and even that tiny part between the leaves.

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 5
Step 3: These flowers would be fine on the card as is, but I wanted to give them a hint of fall shine and sparkle, so I used one of my favorite techniques that I learned from Wendy Vecchi when I took her class at Ranger. Take some of the Merlot Liquid Pearls and the Goldenrod Stickles and put them onto the Craft Sheet. Then dip the small end of a stylus into the pearls and add them to the flower leaves. Then use the Goldenrod on some of the other leaves.

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 6
Step 4: Here’s a closeup of the flowers.Don’t add Stickles onto all of the other leaves, just the ones with the roundish petals. It’s a little detail, but definitely adds something to the card. Applying the dots this way cuts down on the drying time tremendously as well!

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 7
Step 5: I wanted to create a little bit of interest for the background panel of my card, so I used Jet Black Archival Ink on some Wendy Vecchi Perfect Cardstock. I left some areas open, because I was not sure where I wanted to put my sentiment.

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 8
Step 6: Stamp, color and add dots to three flowers and stamp your sentiment onto a strip of paper. Add Adhesive Foam to the back of all the flowers and place them on the panel (cut the panel down to 3 ¾ x 5).

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Step 9
Step 7: Once the flowers are adhered, turn the panel over so you can see what hangs over the back and use scissors to trim all of the flowers flush with the panel. 

A Million Thank Archival Ink Card Closeup
Step 8: Last, adhere the panel to an A2 size panel of Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Black Matte Cardstock (I just love the velvety feel of it) and adhere it to the card.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you will try some fall color combos of your own in your cardmaking.


My name is Cheiron Brandon. I live in Bayonne, New Jersey with my husband and our two adorable rescue pups, Big Boy and Oreo. I work in the financial district by day and love to play with stamps, ink and paint at night in my studio. I teach monthly card making and mixed media classes in NYC. You can find me on my blog at www.cheironbrandon.typepad.com and posting more often @cheiron on Instagram!