Wednesday, November 4, 2015


The new Cards in Envy challenge is "Gratitude" and I just today completed forty cards of that specific theme.  A friend ordered them as invitations for an Open House for all the friends who helped her through two hip replacements and recovery.

After random stamping on four large sheets of watercolor paper, I clear embossed the leaf image (a cherished wood stamp that may have been one of the first I bought more than 15 years ago). Then used Ranger Distress inks ( Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany) to watercolor the inside of each leaf.  I painted between the leaves with a wash made from water and black re-inker, then splattered with Chocolate (Close to My Heart) re-inker at full strength.  These pieces were cut and layered on Terra Cotta card stock that had been random stamped with Champagne ink using the same leaf image. The card base is Kraft.

The sentiment is a digital from Stamplorations.  Finished off with a some Barn Red card stock, a wrap of super thin twine, and some sequins.

I LOVED doing the watercolor!  But I must be honest and say that after assembling 40 of anything a crafter is grateful to be finished!!


  1. Wow! You've been busy! I love the design of your gratitude card and the embossed leaves are wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  2. Dena,

    These are beautiful, and your friend will be thrilled! And, I totally get your 40-card reference. I recently made 35 baby shower invitations for a friend's daughter. :)

    Thanks so much for joining us at Cards in Envy.

  3. OH My gosh - look at you go!! These are wonderful and inspiring to be so thankful. I'm sure these cards are going to be a joy to many recipients. Thank you so much for sharing your Gratitude with us at Cards in Envy this week.

  4. stunning cards!! LOV your image!! thanks for playing along with CArd in Envy!!!!