Friday, November 18, 2016

Give Thanks

Next Thursday we will celebrate Thanksgiving here in the United States. Some of the things for which I (Lauren) am particularly grateful for this year are good health, a happy family, and being part of a wonderful creative team here on the Eyelet Outlet blog! So here's a seasonal card I had a lot of fun making, inspired by these gorgeous Eyelet Outlet Leaf Brads:

To create the background, I used my newest favorite technique, in which you apply drops of water to your paper, add a tiny bit of color to each one, (I've used my favorite watercolor pigment powders, but regular watercolor paint or ink would also work) then *SMOOSH* the dots of color and let them appear as random splotches on your paper. For best results, you'll definitely want to use colors that look well if they blend together a bit; and using a clear sandwich bag or some deli paper is helpful if you'd like to see the shapes you're making as you smoosh the droplets. For a less blended effect, apply the colors one by one, letting them dry in between.

I chose my shades of pigment based on the gorgeous autumn shades of those fabulous Leaf Brads. I also painted a few small leaves diecut from vintage text paper and sheet music. To add even more texture to my card, I only applied adhesive to the centers of my diecut leaves, and I curled the loose edges so they'd look more like real leaves.

Since wet media often warps one's paper a bit, my favorite way to attach a watercolor panel is with my sewing machine. Finally I added my sentiment using a combination of stamps and diecut chipboard letters.

Something else for which I am thankful is the amazing community of artists I've met online! I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, and hope you will spend the day surrounded by your friends and family! ♥

Lauren Bergold blogs at 
and would love for you to visit her there!


  1. Love the card! Needed the close up to see the brad accents, but I like the overall effect.

    PS You sew a very nice straight seam; you could be a quilter too!