Good morning! Yesterday, I shared on Instagram a photo of Thanksgiving place settings I made as a gift. Many people asked if I had a video showing them, so here it is! I think you might like the double die cutting technique…
So a teacher at my son’s school asked me for ideas for making place settings for her Thanksgiving dinner of 40. Me – being who I am – I decided to make them for her as a gift. I think teachers do SO much and get too little recognition. So if this makes her feel appreciated, then the time spent making them was well worth it!
I used the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Grand Maple Die to cut 80 total leaves from Gina K Fresh Asparagus, Honey Mustard, and Cranberry Tart cardstocks… and wood paper. I then double die cut half of the leaves to make them smaller/shorter… simply by shifting the die slightly and cutting again. This is a great technique for getting the most out of your die cuts.
I then gold-glitter heat embossed a mix of sentiments on the smaller leaves. (I used sentiments from the Winnie and Walter Happiest of Holidays, Reverse Confetti Walk by Faith, Lil Inker Designs Leafy Greetings, and Hero Arts Joyful Thanksgiving sets.) The MISTI stamping tool is very helpful when doing this! Finally, I used an Ink Blending Tool to quickly add a bit of matching Distress Ink to the edges.
I also used the MISTI and it’s magnets to hold the leaves while I added a twine and ribbon bow. Worked like a charm!
We are still in Week 2 of the Share Handmade Kindness Challenge… focused on giving to those who serve or work in our community. There is still time to participate! This set of place settings is a great gift to a teacher. And to all you teachers out there – THANK YOU. I admire each and every one of you! I hope you all get spoiled by appreciative parents.
Guess what? I have a MISTI Stamping Tool for one lucky winner!
For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 11/17/15 telling me if you ever hand-make decorations for the holidays. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too. Thank you for donating, My Sweet Petunia!)
Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.