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Fall Thinking of You Cards by Bobbi Smith

Fall Thinking of You Cards by Bobbi Smith

By: Ranger |

Cards | Tim Holtz® Distress

In this tutorial, Bobbi Smith combines Distress Ink and Oxide Sprays to create beautiful fall inspired backgrounds. Follow along as she transforms the backgrounds into stunning handmade Thinking of You Cards.

Instructions

Hi everyone, Bobbi here! I’m really happy to be with you on the Ranger Projects Page today. I’m sharing these rustic fall Thinking of You cards with a tutorial! Hope you’ll join me.

Distress Thinking of You Card

Step 1: Working on the Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet or Glass Media Mat, we’re going to start adding color to several sheets of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 Distress Watercolor Cardstock to create the base color of our leaves. Ink up a Blending Tool with Foam using, Distress Ink (I chose several fall colors in my palette). Swirl inked Blending Tool in circular motion onto cardstock continually building color, until happy with blends. If there are any hard lines, just keep swirling color and it should blend and soften.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 2

Step 2: Shake the Distress Oxide Spray vigorously to mix color well before each use. Then lightly spritz color onto colorized Distress Watercolor Cardstock, squeezing trigger very gently so it only releases large droplets. If you're unsure about spray coverage, unscrew lid and flick Distress Oxide Spray droplets onto cardstock. Then dry with the Heat Tool.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 3

Step 3: Repeat step 2, building various colors of Distress Oxide Spray droplets onto Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Dry with heat tool between each new color. The colors I chose were Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 4

Step 4: To add a little more distress, squeeze large droplets of water onto colorized cardstock using a Distress Sprayer. Then dry with Heat Tool.

 Distress Thinking of You Card Step 5

Step 5: Die cut leaves from Sizzix Skeleton Leaves dies, using colorized cardstock.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 6

Step 6: Apply 1 drop of Antique Linen Distress Paint to Glass Media Mat. Then roll Small Brayer thru the paint till coated. Now roll wet brayer over raised portions of wood panel. Dry panel with Heat Tool. This is going to act as a resist when applying additional inks, to really highlight the woodgrain.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 7

Step 7: Ink up a blending tool with foam using Distress Ink (I chose Gathered Twigs and Frayed Burlap). Swirl inked blending tool in circular motion onto cardstock continually building color, until happy with blends. If there are any hard lines, just keep swirling color and it should blend and soften. Wipe off any excess ink from woodgrain to expose highlight with clean towel.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 8

Step 8: Adhere some Sticky-Back Canvas to two 4 x 5 1/2 sheets of kraft cardstock. Then die cut two large deckle rectangles using Sizzix Stacked Deckle dies and shade with Distress Ink.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 9

Step 9: Apply a little Distress Paint to a couple of hardware heads. The colors I used were Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge and Frayed Burlap.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 10

Step 10: Cut two 7/16 x 4 inch strip of Black Cardstock. Swipe the Ranger Anti-Static Pouch over the entire surface. This helps prepare for a static free heat embossing. Ink the “Thinking of You” Stamp using the Letter It Clear Embossing Ink Pad. Then stamp phrase onto cardstock strips.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 11

Step 11: Place stamped images on a scrap piece of paper. Generously sprinkle Ranger White Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder over the stamped images. Shake off excess Embossing Powder and return to jar. Heat stamped images with Heat Tool to melt embossing powder.

Distress Thinking of You Card Step 12

Step 12: Assemble card components on to an A2 Kraft/Black card base using Distress Collage Medium and Letter It Black Foam Tape.

 I love this time of year and all the fall colors are always so inspiring! I hope you give these fun fall cards a try!

 


  • Suzette Rothlisberger on

    Thank you. I just ordered Skeleton Leaves and I’ll be trying your process. Your work is beautiful.

  • Fred Kornegay on

    Love your inspiration and work.Im starting biblical journals and also use gel plates.Would you please help me with this application : And I use Distressed Oxide inks too.

  • Sally Campbell on

    The Skeleton Leaves dies make very pretty, delicate leaves. I like the colors you used for the leaves. Very pretty cards. Where did you get the wood panel?

  • Susan Thibaud on

    This is such a fun project with great results. Thank you so much for sharing, Susan.


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