Thankful for Friends…

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Growing up, Thanksgiving started at the crack of dawn in the kitchen with my mother (a wonderful cook). While preparing the dinner for our large family, we had plenty of time to reflect on all of the things we were thankful for. Today, I still use this time to reflect – especially now that the holidays are quickly approaching.

No matter where we have lived in the US, friends have always been important to me. And so, it was with friendship in mind that I created a card to honor them today. We tend to rush by Thanksgiving to prepare for Christmas, but I encourage you to take time and count your blessings. Let friends know you are thinking of them.

Let’s get started…

Step 1:

Cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) in white, 100lb card stock, a 6”x 4 1/4” rectangle in Bazzill’s Antique Music Sheet (you could also stamp music on plain paper), a rectangle 2 1/4” x 6” in black, 80lb card stock, and a rectangle 2” x 5 3/4” in white, 85lb Soft Finish cardstock. Emboss the white rectangle with Elizabeth Craft Designs – Spring Leaves (E118) embossing folder.


Die cut the following:

  1. 2 Susan’s Garden – Woodland Leaves (smaller size) in 85lb Soft Finish Cardstock
  2. Els van de Burgt Studio – Ribbons & Jewels in 85lb Soft Finish Cardstock
  3. Suzanne Cannon’s, A Way With Words – Friends (1052) in 80lb glossy black cardstock – backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape

Click here for a helpful video on how to die cut.

Add black ribbon around the embossed rectangle.

Assemble the card.


Step 2:


Color the leaves with Copic Markers:

On the wrong side of the leaves – color in YG95

Maple leaves – color with YR15, R14, YG95, and R29


Hawthorne Leaves – color with YG95, YR15, E99, E19


Oak Leaves – color with E19, E99, E15, R59


Sweet Gum Leaves – color with YG95, Y38, YR15


Step 3:

Allow the leaves to dry, which takes about 5 minutes. Then apply VersaMark to the colored side and apply Ranger’s Super Fine/Clear embossing powder. Set with a craft dryer.



Step 4:

Place leaves right-side-down, on the Leaf Pad. Add a stem line using the Leaf Tool. Turn the leaf over and add vein lines. Bend the leaf with the right-side-up and apply PanPastels/Bright Yellow Green down the stem line to accentuate it. Pinch the stem end and bend down the tip end.

Click here for a helpful video on Susan’s Garden Club – Tools Set & Techniques

Adhere leaves on either side of the ribbon.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Susan’s Garden Club – Susan’s Garden – Woodland Leaves (1092)

Susan’s Garden Club – Tool Kit

Susan’s Garden Club – Leaf Pad (811)

Suzanne Cannon, A Way With Words – Friends (1052)

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Ribbons & Jewels (1070)

Soft Finish Card stock 85lb (PSF101)

PanPastels Kit 1 (30115)

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Embossing Folder – Spring Leaves (E118)

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Peel Off Stickers (1016/Black)


Copic Markers

Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder/Clear

Tsukineko VersaMark

Bazzill Basics Paper/Antique Sheet Music and CardShoppe card stock

Helpful Videos:

Click here for a helpful video on how to die cut

Click here for a helpful video on Susan’s Garden Club – Tools & Techniques

13 thoughts on “Thankful for Friends…

  1. I just love that your voice comes through on your blog posting. I am grateful, feel blessed, to have found this site! Thank you for your wisdom (and the tutorials, too!).

  2. Susan, I love this card. I just found you and now follow your blog. It always inspires me. I own your Panpastels Kit 1 and the Tools Set. What a difference those two products have made in my floral creations. Thank you so much for sharing your incredible talent.

  3. BEAUTIFUL card Susan!!!
    WOW – your leaves are STUNNING!!! … going to have a look around to find out more about the leaf pad & tools now, I have a lot to learn about adding texture & dimension.
    THANK YOU for sharing 🙂

    • Tracy, You really should check out the YouTube videos that Susan refers to. I did and cannot tell you how much you will learn. A little practice and your projects will also be stunning. Susan’s tool kit really makes the difference especially for adding dimension and texture. Well worth the price! I believe you just cannot get the same look without her tools.

  4. Beautiful card! The leaves look so real. I love the card stock you used to make them. The texture is perfect. The matted embossed panel against the Sheet Music paper is perfect for this card. I love it.

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