‘Tis the season of gratitude and giving thanks. Jill here today to share a couple of cards full of autumn goodness!

My first card uses a different kind of color, not typically associated with autumn. However, blue is orange’s complimentary color, so I think it works swimmingly!


These Lawn Fawn papers and dies make this card come to life in a sweet little jiffy! First, I blended on some Distress Ink (Carved Pumpkin), with a light hand, on Bristol paper because I knew I wanted the colors to react with water. The pumpkin ultimately covers a large portion of the water droplets, but in person, they give the overall background a little more interest. I then added some scored lines to the card panel as well.


To polish off the card, I added some stitching and assembled my patterned papers all together. I adhered the pumpkin with some foam adhesive. Foam adhesive is always my secret weapon! It makes things pop and gives depth to a card vs. feeling flat. I just so love how this sweet, non-traditional card turned out!


Supplies CARDSTOCK: Neenah, Canson; PATTERNED PAPER: Lawn Fawn; STAMPS & DIES: Lawn Fawn; INK: Ranger & Lawn Fawn; ADHESIVE: Therm O Web.

This next card, is a fresh and bright take on some traditional autumn colors! I usually think of deep oranges, reds and yellows, but I blended on this colors lightly instead, and loved the feeling of brightening someone’s day with these cheerful, bright autumn colors.


For this card, I first created a card panel with some blended colors. I used Distress Inks (Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Barn Door). After the panel was dry, I white heat embossed this sweet autumnal heart image. (I let the panel dry that afternoon and came back to it in the evening. When you want to emboss over inks, it’s best to either let your inks dry thoroughly with time, as I did, or be sure to give them a little help with your heat gun. Otherwise, the embossing powder will stick to your cardstock in places you don’t want it.) I then die cut the heart out with the coordinating die.


I thought it would be fun to use a stencil and create a two-toned background of stripes. I added a little additional texture with the black ink splats before die cutting the whole thing with a scalloped frame die. Once I had both the panel and heart die-cut, I peeled the heart up, added some twine and adhered it back in the same place with foam adhesive.


Supplies CARDSTOCK: Neenah; STAMPS & DIES: Honey Bee; INK: Ranger & Tsukineko; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3l. TWINE: May Arts.

I enjoy how, even though there is a lot of intricate details in the heart image, it still looks so lovely with the graphic striped background. Keeping things simple and in the same colorway goes a long way to create complimentary designs that you may have thought wouldn’t work. Try this yourself and let us know how you implemented the same design concepts!

I hope you have been inspired to create some Thanksgiving goodness too! Even though Thanksgiving in the US was yesterday, you may now have a day off to recover (aka: digest) and get started on next year’s cards?! No time like the present!

Thanks for joining me here today—

~ Jill Hawkins


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