Hello!  Happy Thanksgiving!  On this day of thanks and giving, I thought I’ll share a beautiful Fall leaves Thank You card done in alcohol inks tutorial with you.  It’s always nice to have plenty of Thank You cards around as you never know when the occasion calls for one.  I mail out a lot of Thank You cards each month and this card design is quick to mass-produce.  I used the Fall Leaves Squares die set from Penny Black, paired with this beautiful heartfelt sentiment from Stampin Up! Thankful Thoughts rubber stamp. I absolutely love this Thankful Thought set as the sentiment is so perfect to says “Thank You!” to anyone for any occasion.   Unfortunately, this stamp set is nowhere to be found over at Stampin Up! website.  But you may be in luck over at eBay.  The leaves were painted with Ranger alcohol inks in ValenciaCitrusPoppyfield, and Dandelion.

Tutorial | Fall Leaves Thank You Card In Alcohol Ink

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  1. Create an A2 size (4-1/4″x5-1/2″) side folded card base using Tangerine cardstock.
  2.  Place the card base inside the MISTI.
  3. Position the four sentiments from the Thankful Thoughts set on the card front, right-hand side.
  4. Press the lid cover down to cling the stamps to the lid.  Ink the sentiments and press down the lid again to transfer the inked sentiments to the card front.
  5. Cut out a three-window frame and leaves on white cardstock, the easy way, by placing the entire Fall Leaves Squares die set on the cardstock.  Do NOT separate the pieces yet.  This will give you the perfect window frame and cut out the leaves at the same time.
  6.  Using a metal snipper, now separate the square leaves pieces from the rectangle frame.
  7. With the rectangle frame, cut out a backing in Lime Green for the window frame.   Adhere to the back of the window frame.  Then, adhere the assembled frame at an angle to the card front, left of the sentiment.
  8. Color the leaves with alcohol inks in ValenciaCitrusPoppyfield, and Dandelion using fine-tip paint brushes.  Allow the leaves to dry before mounting inside the windows frame with foam tape for added dimension.

Thankful Parting Thoughts

During this season of thanks and giving, I would like to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude and deepest appreciation to the following people:

Sending THANKS to my fellow crafty friends, new and old, for your incredible support of my card drive and for allowing me, my family, and the heart center staff the privilege of sharing your precious gift of handmade cards and of your heart with so many heart patients.

A big THANK YOU to those that were able to take part in this year’s winter-theme & holiday cards collection. Because of YOU, this holiday season, we will be bringing smiles and cheers with our cards to heart patients at not two, but THREE hospitals! YES! Your cards will be delivered smiles and cheer to heart patients at… Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and…new this year, Boston Children’s Hospital!

Sending THANKS to my friendly post office staff at the Shawan Falls Drive, Dublin location for working tirelessly every day to ensure our mails are delivered on time, for making my day with their big, happy “Why hello, Christina!” greetings, and for keeping the packages at eyes level P.O. Box for me so that short, little me don’t have to tip-toe to get to all those packages. LOL.

Sending THANKS to Taylor and her amazing team at Taylored Expressions for sharing a blog post about our winter-theme & holiday collection back in October. Through their post, we have some new friends taking part in the collection this year. Thank You So Much!

Finally, sending THANKS to all of you, fellow blog readers, for your continuing support of my blog and for giving me the most wonderful gift of all…the gift of knowing you!

I will be back with another post sometimes in December.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Christina Hor

Christina is a mother of three, a card maker and a self-taught artist who loves to spread joy and kindness to others through handmade cards and arts. In 2015, Christina joined a group of Heart Center nurses at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) to bring comfort to bereaved parents with personalized, handmade sympathy cards and discovered the deep impact a handmade card can have on the babies’ families, helping them to grieve in a healthy way. Wanting to spread smiles and hope to other heart patients and their families at NCH, on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016, with the assistance of several fellow crafters, Christina launched the first winter-themed holiday card drive on her hobby blog Christina Hor Designs and Cards for Little Hearts (formerly known as Hug a Heart) was founded. Christina resides in Ohio with her husband Kan (Pediatric Cardiologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), two daughters and son.

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