Monday, November 8, 2010

Thanksgiving Place Card Tutorial

Hi everybody! I've been thinking mostly Christmas this last week, but forcing myself not to forget Thanksgiving! I've come up with a few cute treats for Turkey Day and today I'm going to show you how to make this super cute 3D Pumpkin Place Card. And, at the end, I'll show you how to use this concept for Christmas!

Circle Punch
Oval Punch
Tag Die
Score Pal
Bone Folder
Hole Punch
1 sheet Pumpkin Pie Card Stock
Small pice of green DSP
1 piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock, 5" X 1 1/2"
Green Ribbon
Sticky Tape
Pop Dots
Alphabet Stamps (I used Sweet Shoppe)
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Marker (any will work)

1. Punch out 8 Pumpkin Pie Circles. I used Stampin' Up's largest circle punch (2 1/2") because I wanted my pumpkin about the size of a baseball.

2. Emboss your circles using your favorite method. I used the Big Shot and the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder.

This is what you should have at this point! 8 pretty orange circles!

3. Score a line down the middle of 7 of the circles. If you have embossed them, you have to becareful because sometimes if you push too hard it will tear a hole in the embossed paper.

4. Using Pumpkin Pie ink and a sponge, rub ink all over the raised edges as well as the round edges.

5. Make a tic mark exactly in the middle of each of the folded circles. Do this on the backside so it won't be seen.

6. Using a ruler, measure abour 3/4 of the way up and make another tic mark. I made mine exactly 1" up. With your scissors, snip from the bottom tic mark to the top tic mark.
Do this on all 7 folded circles.

7. Take the folded circles and place them on the remaining flat circle as show above.

At first, it will look funny. Thats Ok, we'll straighten it out next! :-) Just get them all on there before you try to make it pretty.

8. Start spreading them out so that they touch each other. this takes a little time and lots of manipulation to get them even. It doesn't have to be perfect, just get it "even enough!"

9. Take your Cholcolate Chip CS and wrap it tightly around a marker. Slide it off (you may have to take the cap off to get it all the way off) holding it tightly rolled.

10. Take your red Sticky Tape and wrap it around the bottom. I also put a strip above this one for extra stregth. (Who ever this hand model is needs to go visit the nail salon! ;-)
11. Place the stem down in the middle of your pumpkin. Make sure the embossed side of the circle in the middle is facing up. Otherwise, it will be upside down!

12. Pinch the folded pumpkins until they are all stuck to the stem.

14. Make your tag. Add your guests' names or initials. I used the Sizzlet Die Lots of Tags and Autumn Spice DSP. I punched a Very Vanilla Oval using the Medium Oval.

15. Add the oval to the tag with pop dots or Stampin' Dimensionals. Tie the tag around the stem with twine. Tie a bow with your green ribbon and voila! A super cute place card!

I had so much fun making this, I wondered what else I could do with this same design. I came up with a cute Christmas Ornament.
Or, how about a beach ball for a pool party? Mayb a disco ball with some glitter paper? An apple for the teacher? The posibilities are endless!
Now, get to work! And, come back and share what you make in the comments!


Anita Hovey said...

Ok...the pumpkin is cute & all...and I plan to try it...but the best part of this was the little tabby thing on your sponge! INGENIOUS! I hate having to wash them all the time...I'm soooo going to do that for my most used colors.

Chris said...

they look fabulous and your tutorial is easy to follow.
BTW, based on how my nails look I always wonder how any crafty person has pretty nails. I get mine done and within 24 hours they are wrecked.

LORi said...

WOW Erica!! This is happy you shared with us!! I have to agree with Anita...great tab idea!!!

Big Hugs and Blessings - LORi

Angela said...

Fabulous idea Erica! love it!

TeenaBugg38 said...

Erica this is precious!!! Are you gonna do a winter or Christmas themed one? I think snowmen or trees would be adorable!! Love it!!!!

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