Thursday, September 24, 2020

Thanksgiving Blessings

Hello! Alison here. Today's card was not made by me....not the kids either. If you guessed it was another one of Gene's cards, you're correct! The 4 of us have been having a monthly card-making time so that we all get to play with the latest Sparkle Blends together, and this is what he made during our last one.

Look! He's even got his own watermark now. ;) Gene was really drawn to the Autumn Harvest Sparkle Blend by Doodles Paper Playground. Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday, so he knew right away that he wanted to make something with a cornucopia. Thankfully, I had a gorgeous cornucopia stencil in my stash from Dreamweaver. He was pretty nervous about doing all of this intricate ink blending through the stencil, but I taught him a few techniques, and when he removed the stencil to reveal his finished cornucopia, the surprise and pride in his voice was amazing.

You can see here not only how intricate the stencil is, but how nicely he placed the Autumn Harvest Sparkle Blends all over the card. I should mention that he lightly stenciled some leaves (also from Dreamweaver) on the card base, for a little more interest. He really loved the clay leaves in this Blend, so he focused on using those, plus some of the square sequins. He opted to omit the fruits and veggies that are also in this Blend.

Gene carefully fussy cut the stenciled cornucopia, and then added foam tape from Pear Blossom Press to the back to give it dimension. He also added the perfect sentiment, which is from Gina K Designs' Autumn Wreath Builder stamp set. The Autumn Harvest Sparkle Blend adds a lot to this card, even though he didn't apply a ton. It adds just the right hint of falling leaves, with magical sparkle.

This is Gene's favorite card that he's ever made, and it's easy to see why. He did such an awesome job with his stenciling, fussy cutting, and application of the Sparkle Blends. I think it's just beautiful, and that we'll need to frame it. Please be sure to visit not only the Doodles Paper Playground Blog, but also the Sparkle Blends Shop on Etsy, to check out all of the available Blends. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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