Leaf Thanks Cards

Leaf Thanks Cards

Hello my fellow card makers!  HAPPY FALL!  Who’s ready for some autumn inspiration?  I know it’s technically not fall yet, but for me fall starts September 1st.  So to kick off the autumn season, I’m sharing how I made these leaf thanks cards.  They feature an inked background full of mica goodness.  In the process of making this card, I realized I could get a bonus card out of it.  Gotta love a two for one deal!  So it’s your lucky day, you get inspiration for two different cards out of one post.

If you want to make the card on the left (pictured below), I will be referring to it as Card A, and if you want to make the card on the right (pictured below), I will be referring to it as Card BAnd if you want to make both cards just follow the tutorials for both Card A & B.  Also, please note that the envelope is 4BAR and is sized to only fit Card B.

Leaf Thanks Cards Flatlay

I also made a coordinating envelope for the bonus card (Card B).  It features an embossed textured look and feel.  If you want to learn how I achieved that, then check out my Leaf Embossed Envelope tutorial.  I decided to make mine thanks cards.  With it being autumn, I thought it fit perfectly with the theme and fall color pallet.  However, you could change the colors and this card would be perfect for almost any occasion.  Also, the sentiment could easily be changed to fit your specific need.  These could also be birthday, hello, sympathy, or thinking of you cards.  So if you want to learn how I made these leaf thanks cards, then just keep reading.

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Supplies Used For Cards / Substitutions:

Supplies For Leaf Thanks Cards

Extra Supplies Used For Envelope / Substitutions:

Supplies For Leaf Embossed Envelope

Click here for the step-by-step Leaf Embossed Envelope tutorial.

Leaf Thanks Card B and Embossed Envelope

Making The Card Bases

Card A – Firstly, I took an 8½” x 11″ piece of brown cardstock and cut it in half, giving me two 8½” x 5½”pieces.  Then, I folded one of them in half, which gave me a standard A-2 card size of 4¼” x 5½”. This is the base of the main leaf thanks card.  We’ll call this one card A.

Card B – I cut a 2 inch strip off the other half of the cardstock.  This strip will be used to die cut the leaf for card A.  That left me with a 5½” x 6½” piece of cardstock to make the bonus card.  Then, I folded it in half which gave me a card base of 3¼” x 5½”.  This is the base of the mini leaf thanks card.  This one we’ll call card B.

Card base measurements for the leaf thanks cards

Inking The Background

Firstly, I trimmed the watercolor paper to 3½” x 6¼”.  Next, I pressed the spiced marmalade and mustard seed distress ink pads onto my craft sheet.  Then, I lightly misted the watercolor paper with water and made a print.  After that, I dried the layer with my ranger heat tool.  You can let it air dry if you don’t have a heat tool.  Next, I pressed a little bit of fired brick and crushed olive distress ink onto the craft sheet.  Then, I misted it with water and broke up the ink with my finger tips.  This creates different size ink droplets and spreads the ink out on the craft sheet.  I made my next print and dried it with the heat tool.

After that, I wiped the ink off the craft sheet with a paper towel.  For the next layer I pressed a little bit of crackling campfire distress oxide onto the craft sheet.  Misted it with water and broke up the ink with my fingers.  Then, I made a print and dried that layer with the heat tool.  For my last layer I cleaned the craft sheet again and pressed the spiced marmalade distress ink onto it.  Then, I misted it with water, broke up the ink, made a print, and dried it.

Inked background and inks for the leaf thanks card

Lastly, I trimmed off a 1¼” x 3½” strip and set it aside for later.  This will be used to cut the sentiment for card B.

Mica Stain Substitution Colors

Full disclosure, I created these leaf thanks cards last year and never got around to finishing this blog post in time for the fall season.  And I know that the two shades of distress mica stains featured in this tutorial are not currently available.  But, Tim Holtz has said that they will be back next year in 2023.  However, if you don’t want to wait a whole year to make these cards, you could use the new shades of mica stains that were released this year.  I think burning ember would be a nice substitute for jack-o-lantern.  You could also substitute wicked elixir for holly branch.  Wicked elixir is a bit more green than holly branch, but I think it would still work quite nicely.

Now if you already have last years colors of distress mica stain.  GREAT!  You’re all set to continue with the leaf thanks cards tutorial.  Also, my advice is, if you like this years colors of the distress mica stains, get them before they sell out.  Because you won’t see this years colors again until 2024.

Adding The Mica Stain

Firstly, I took the 3½” x 5¼” inked panel and lightly misted it with water and set it in my splat box.  If you don’t have a splat box, that’s totally fine.  You can just set it in the middle of your glass media mat.  Next, I sprayed the inked background with some jack-o-lantern and holly branch distress mica stain.  Then, I tilted the paper around to get the mica to move and flow.  After that, I set it vertically up against the back of the splat box and let it dry.  I like to put a folded paper towel under it to absorb all the excess run off ink.  Plus it keeps my splat box cleaner.  You can repeat this process until you reach the desired amount of mica shimmery goodness.  For mine I did two to three layers.

Mica Stain on Inked Background

Cutting The Metallic Kraft Stock

I took the greenish gold shade from the Tim Holtz idea-ology metallic kraft stock and trimmed it to 4″ x 5½”.  Then, I took the sixth from the largest rectangle die from Hero Arts and die cut it from the center of the kraft stock.  The frame piece is for card A and the smaller solid rectangle is for card B.  This is a great tip if you ever want to add a small boarder to a card.  You get more out of your papers and no one will ever know.

Die cutting the metallic kraft stock

Embossing The Metallic Kraft Stock

Card A – Firstly, I misted the back of the metallic kraft stock frame with water.  Next, I placed it face down in the Sizzix leaf veins 3D embossing folder and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot.  Then, I set it aside to dry.  Next, I flattened the frame in the big shot.  I did this by placing the frame between the big shot platform and the thin die adapter with two cutting plates on top.  Then, I ran it through the big shot.  After doing this the frame might be a little skewed.  It’s fine because we can trim and square it off after gluing it to the background later.

Embossed border for leaf thanks card A

Card B – For the small rectangle metallic kraft stock I did the same thing.  I misted the back of it with water and placed it face down, centering it in the Sizzix leaf veins 3D embossing folder.  Then, I ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot.  After that, I put my clear flat cutting pad on top of it and left it to dry.  This keeps it from curling up and ensures that it dries flat.

Die Cutting The Sentiment

Card A – The sentiment for card A is cut from the center of Card B.  I used the Spellbinders thanks die from a set called Phrase Set One.  However, I believe it’s discontinued.  But you can use any thanks die or any other sentiment die you like.  Then, I cut another thanks from watercolor paper and inked it with crushed olive distress ink.

Die cutting the thanks sentiment

Card B – For this card I cut the thanks from the orange strip of watercolor paper that was inked earlier.

Applying The Crayon

Card A – No crayon used on this card.

Card B – Firstly, I took the metallic embossed thanks panel and added distress crayon in the shade walnut stain on to it.  Next, I scribbled some crayon onto a small area of the panel and rubbed it into the debossed veins in the paper.  You’ll want to work in small sections because the crayon starts to dry, and then it’s harder to rub it in.  Also be gentle when rubbing it into the paper, you don’t want it to rip.  After the whole panel was covered with crayon I took a wet (wring out most of the water) paper towel and gently rubbed it over the panel.  This is to remove the crayon from all the high points of the paper.  If you end up rubbing off too much crayon, no big deal.  Just add more crayon to that area and repeat the process.

Adding crayon to leaf thanks card B

Adding The Panel To The Card Base

Card A – Next, I took the metallic kraft stock frame and glued it behind the inked mica background panel.  For this, my glue of choice is distress collage medium.  Then, I trimmed and squared it off with the Tim Holtz Tonic guillotine.  Next, I glued the panel to the front of the card base.

Card B – Firstly, I glued the debossed metallic panel to the front of the card base with collage medium.  Keep in mind the leaf is going to slide in behind the bottom portion of the thanks cut out.  So plan where you want the leaf to sit and don’t put glue in that area.  This creates a sort of mini pocket for the leaf to slide into.  I positioned the panel to have an eighth inch boarder around three sides of the card.  Then, I trimmed off the extra eighth inch of the card base with my paper trimmer.

Die Cutting The Leaves

Card A –  Next, I die cut the top middle leaf (pictured below) from the 2 inch strip of brown cardstock left over from cutting the card bases earlier.

Leaf Fragments Sizzix Thinlits

Card B – Then, I die cut the bottom right leaf (pictured above) from a new sheet of the same brown cardstock used to make the card base.

Putting It All Together

Card A – Firstly, I applied some small adhesive squares to the back of the leaf and stuck it to the front center of the card.  Next, I took the two thanks sentiments and glued them together with collage medium.  I placed the metallic thanks die cut on top and the crushed olive inked thanks die cut on the bottom.  While the glue was still slippery, I slid the bottom thanks die cut down and to the right.  This gives the sentiment a drop shadow effect and a little more dimension.  Then, I put something heavy (big shot platform) on the thanks die cut and let it dry.

Thanks die cut closeup for card A

When it was dry, I applied collage to the back of the thanks sentiment and glued it to the card.  I centered it on the card towards the bottom portion of the leaf.  Next, I placed something small and heavy on the “T” and the “S” of the thanks die cut to hold them down while it dried.  I usually use spray stain bottles or luster wax jars.

Finished Leaf Thanks Card A

Card B – Firstly, I placed a small adhesive square to the back upper part of the leaf.  Then, I put some collage medium on the back of the bottom of the leaf and slid it into the pocket we created earlier.  After that, I glued down any parts of the metallic kraft stock around the thanks cut out that weren’t secured down.  Lastly, I took the orange inked thanks sentiment and applied collage medium to the back of it.  I placed it into the thanks cut out and set something heavy (big shot platform) on it until it was dry.

Finished Leaf Thanks Card B

Leaf Thanks Cards Complete!

Congratulations your leaf thanks cards are now complete!  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have as much fun making it as I did.  If you do make these cards use the #grovecrafted on Instagram.  I’d love to see it!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some new inspiration to create.

Leaf thanks cards flatlay with leaves

Leaf thanks card B with embossed envelope

Leaf Thanks Card A

Leaf thanks card B with embossed envelope

If your interested in making the matching envelope, you might want to check out my Leaf Embossed Envelope tutorial.  It coordinates perfectly with card B that you just made.

Leaf Embossed Envelope

If you enjoyed making these leaf thanks cards, you might want to check out my Elegant & Simple Card tutorial.

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