Gather Together

and give Thanks


9/6/20233 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

One of the things I really enjoy about stencils is the versatility: there are so many different things you can do with them. In this instance I inked up the Lots of Pumpkins stencil and chose three of the nine to cut out for this design. I still have the other 6 to play with.

Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Card Face: 5.25 x 4

Small Scrap of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I prepped the card face with my embossing buddy, and then using Versamark ink and copper embossing powder, I added the swirls. (I am careful to use the embossing buddy when ever I'm heat embossing to prevent stray powder on my project. If I don't, I usually end up remembering why pretty quickly.)

  • I put the card face through my Big Shot with an embossing folder.

  • I ran a copper metallic ink pad very lightly over the embossed surface.

  • I used an embossing pen and copper embossing powder to create an irregular border around the card face.


  • I secured the stencil to a piece of card stock with Mint Tape, grabbed green, brown and two orange inks with the appropriate brushes and set to work.

  • I mixed the oranges and the green pretty randomly on the pumpkins, leaving an uninked spot on each one to create a highlight. I added the brown ink to the stem of each pumpkin.

  • I selected the three pumpkins I wanted to use and fussy cut them.

  • I added tiny dots to each one, using a metallic copper pen.

  • I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and added copper embossing powder. I used my heat tool to set the powder.

  • I used an oblong die to cut this out.

  • I added a very fine line of copper embossing powder to the edges of the sentiment and set it with my heat tool.


  • I glued the card face to the card base, centering on all four sides.

  • I played around with the arrangement of the pumpkins and then glued two of them to the cardface.

  • I put a bit of foam tape on the back of the third and placed it , allowing it to overlap with the others.

  • I put foam tape on the back of the sentiment and placed it as shown in the picture.

Final thoughts:

This is one of those cards that kept inventing itself as I went along. It kept whispering "what if ..... ?" to me through the whole process.

I had no intention of dry embossing and distressing the surface .... but I like the end result. I guess it's a good thing that I listened!

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil:Lots of Pumpkins, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps:Stylish Christmas and Painted Harvest, Stampin' Up! (both retired)

Embossing Folder: Timeworn Type, Stampin' Up!

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Delicata Copper Metallic Ink: Simon Says Stamp


Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Foam Tape: Dollarama

Versamark: Simon Says Stamp

Copper Embossing Powder: Stampin' Up!

Metallic Pen: Kaisercraft, Amazon

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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