I've had in my head a while to make an Acorn card and finally got around to making it for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Color Challenge this week. The colors for the challenge are Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango and Very Vanilla. Perfect colors for fall and an acorn, don't you think? Make sure to check out what the rest of the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Team did this week! Then create your own card using the challenge colors and upload it to InLinkz over on our site! We love to see your creations!
I started by "drawing" a large oval on my computer…it is almost 8" long. Yes, the Acorn opens up as a card and does fit in a large envelope. I scored and folded it in half, then ran the front thru the Big Shot with my Perfect Polka Dots Impressions Folder (isn't that the BEST folder???) I added some color around the edges with the Crumb Cake Classic Ink, and then went around again with Early Espresso to darker just the edges.
For the top of the acorn, I used Early Espresso and my Circle Scissors Tool I added about 1" to the diameter of the oval, so I could figure out the size of the circle. I cut the circle, then cut it again in a wide arc so that I could get the oval shape on the bottom of the acorn top. (Whew….does that make sense?) I ran the top thru the Big Shot with the Texturz Perfect Details plate, then sponged on Early Espresso Classic Ink. The top of the stem, I cut free hand and adhered to the back. The leaf was cut from the Leaves #2 Bigz die from Tangerine Tango cardstock. I used the Lattice Square Impressions folder and then inked around the edges with Tangerine Tango Classic Ink.
Finally, I used some 1/8 Very Vanilla Taffeta ribbon and tied a bow. I added the Decoratative Label tag of Very Vanilla that I stamped with the words from Day of Gratitude in Tangerine Tango Ink, and sponged around the edges. I also stamped a leaf from Day of Gratitude in the background on the tag with stamped-off Crumb Cake ink. I used the Crop-a-Dile to punch a hole and attach the tag to the ribbon. Finally, I added a Neutrals Designer Button that I filled with Linen Thread to the right side of the acorn top and added some White Gel Pen "stitching" along the edge. You know…it came out like I pictured it in my head! Woohoo!!!
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