Suede texture with thanks Send your appreciation

This was one of the projects at our October stamp club gathering. It's definitely time to be thinking about getting those Thanksgiving cards out, if you do that.  Thanksgiving is happening on the earliest possible date this year, and even though I've known it for a while, I still keep shaking my head in disbelief that it is next week!

This card brings together many different challenges: the faux suede technique, a color challenge from my favorite site, and a sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. I love it when I can incorporate so many elements in one project.  The color challenge definitely seems like it is more Halloween colors, but I do like the combination for my fall/Thanksgiving card.

I used the following materials to make this card:

  • Stamps: Day of Gratitude
  • Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Autumn Accents Bigz die, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Argyle embossing folder, Summer Smooches DSP

Here is how you do the Faux Suede technique:

  1. You have to use heavy duty cardstock that has a solid core (not a white core type cardstock)
  2. Cut or die cut the cardstock that you want to texturize
  3. Scrunch up the piece with your hands and open gently
  4. Keep scrunching and opening the piece in different directions until you see on the edges that it is starting to separate
  5. Grab the two layers that have separated on an edge, and pull apart gently to avoid tearing.
  6. You now have two mirrored pieces that have a soft suede-like texture on the side that was on the inside of the cardstock.