Thankful Card and Tutorial

Thankful Card and Tutorial

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Blog Hop October 2015

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous blog hop with the Heartfelt Creations Alumni Team.  You should be coming here from the beautiful blog that belongs to Sarah Miller.  If so, you are right on track.  To start at the beginning of this hop (and why wouldn’t you….this alumni team is awesome!) go to Vicki Dutcher’s fabulous blog.  Be sure to visit each blog on the hop, and leave some sweet comments behind, because one lucky person will be chosen from one of the stops along the way and they will receive a $25 gift card to Heartfelt Creations.  The winner will be announced on our blogs on Saturday, October 31st at noon, just in time for Trick or Treat!

Kathy by Design/Thankful Card and Tutorial for Heartfelt CreationsWe are enjoying the most gorgeous fall weather here in North Carolina.  The sky is crystal blue, the weather is just cool enough to be invigorating and the fall colors put a song of praise on my lips.  I was inspired by the season to create this Thankful Card and Tutorial using the Classic Editions Paper Collection and the Delicate Asters Stamps and Dies.  These are “oldies but goodies” in my Heartfelt Creations Stash.  I used quite a few techniques in this card, and I’ll share them with you in the tutorial below.  But I wanted to show you a close up of those amazing pumpkins and asters first.

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop October 2015 03I love doing these asters in rich fall colors.  Filling the center with Czech beads adds an extra layer of glitz and glam.

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop October 2015 04The inside of the card is decorated with papers from the Classic Editions collection.  I confess a weakness for pumpkins. I love driving by a field of lazy pumpkins, snoozing away with their bellies baking in the sunshine.  It just makes me happy!

Heartfelt Creations Alumni Hop October 2015 05This is part of a beautiful poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I just hand wrote it onto one of the journaling tags from the collection.  Here’s a link to the complete poem, just in case you’d like to read it.  It’s my favorite Thanksgiving poem.

I’ve posted my Thankful Card tutorial below for your convenience.  And now you will need to hop on over to visit the always amazing  artwork of Amy Doria. I know she will have something special to inspire your creativity today.

If you would like to purchase this card, it is available in my ETSY shop.

Thanks for hopping by!



Thankful Card and Tutorial


  1. Cut a 6.75″ x 4.75″ rectangle of the harvest stripe paper.  Stitch around the edges and along the lines as seen on the card, if desired.
  2. Fussy cut both sets of pumpkins from the paper collection.
  3. Use the Colorbox Chalk Inks and a sponge dauber to add more color to the surface of the pumpkins, blending as you go.
  4. Spray the pumpkins lightly with water and gently round out the edges with the largest nib from the flower shaping kit.
  5. Spritz lightly with Gold Glimmer Mist.  Set aside to dry.
  6. Use Versamark to stamp three sets of Delicate Asters and 2 sets of leaves.  Heat Emboss with Gold embossing powder.
  7. Sponge chalk inks onto the stamped flowers, blending as you go. Die cut, shape, stack and fill with Topaz Copper Lined Czech beads.  Spritz with Gold mist.  Set aside to dry.
  8. Place one set of the fussy cut pumpkins behind the other, staggering them as seen in the photo.  Glue one set onto the striped paper.
  9. Create added dimension in the other set of pumpkins by crumpling up a small ball of tissue paper and gluing it to the back of the pumpkin.  Apply Art Institute Glue to the edges of the pumpkin and glue just the edges onto the striped paper.
  10. Use a hot glue gun to place the leaves and flowrs.
  11. Glue the letters onto the card.
  12. Create a multi loop bow from Brown Micro Gingham.  Place a glob of hot glue under the aster leaf and use the point of a scissor or dowel to push the center of the ribbon into the glue.   Use the same technique to create a loopy bow from burlap string.
  13. Tuck autumn colored buttons in amongst the pumpkins and leaves.
  14. Mix a few drops of Ripe Persimmon Distress Stain in with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and use this to paint the flower petals and leaves.  Brush onto the surface of the pumpkins as well.  I brushed a little onto the letters, too. Set aside to dry.
  15. Finish the inside of the card as shown.



37 thoughts on “Thankful Card and Tutorial

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Darcy! Fall is my favorite season, and pumpkins just make me happy! So glad you enjoyed the hop! Stop by again soon!

  1. Darlene Pavlick

    WOW! Just amazing (no surprise there! lol)! Love the look of the pumpkin and the dimension you’ve achieved with your ribbon/flowers … FANTASTIC! Happy Day to you my friend! HUGS from OHIO!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Katarayna! I’m deeply touched by your kind words! I’ve just visited your lovely blog, and your card is gorgeous! I’m so glad we connected!

  2. Pattie Jns

    Hi Kathy, a gorgeous Thanksgiving card. especially love the poem. I had to bookmark it. I too love the pumpkin. so many wonderful things to make from it. like breads, cookies, pies, soup, and cheesecake. and they look so good in the field with their shape an colors. Fall is here when you see them. …gorgeous creation.

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much Verna! I love the colors of fall, and just couldn’t resist making these pretty asters up in fall colors. I’m so glad you hopped by!

  3. LuvtoKraft

    Lovely, fall colors and so many pretty embellishments, I can almost smell a pumpkin pie baking in the oven! Beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial, Kathy, and a beautiful card to start my day!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Awww…thanks, Becca! You totally made my day with this sweet comment! I had so much fun adding all the texture to these pretty papers…and the asters have always been one of my favorite flowers. I’m so glad you hopped by! Hugs!

  4. Janet Saieva

    Kathy, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! I love all of your work. Thank you so much for the awesome detailed tutorial.

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