Vintage Leaves for a Giving Thanks Card

If you love making fall cards for giving thanks, you’ll love the Vintage Leaves stamp set.  All the cardmakers and paper crafters I know LOVE saving money on tools and supplies. If that describes you, then you’ll be happy to know that Vintage Leaves comes bundled with the Leaflets Framelits.  That means cutting out the leaf images is a breeze, no scissors needed!  Plus you’ll save 15%!

Handmade fall/Thanksgiving card from Stamping Madly, made with Vintage Leaves stamp set and Leaflets Framelits from Stampin' Up!

What do you think of that background?  It’s a piece of rice paper I’ve had in a box for years.  (See the story below if you want to know more.)  It set off the leaves in a great vintage style.  The Gold Cording and the thinner Metallic Thread repeat the motif of the threads in the rice paper.  They all make the design a little wild and imperfect, sort of like autumn itself.  I love how the sentiment ink ran along some of the threads in the paper.

Detail of handmade fall/Thanksgiving card from Stamping Madly with Gold Cording and Metallic Thread from Stampin' Up!

In addition to fall and Thanksgiving cards, you’ll love how this bundle will help you create great masculine cards for any season!  You can see samples in these posts:  Handmade Father’s Day and Corner Fold Birthday Card, (the sample is in the video on that post).   Order your Vintage Leaves bundle today, using the link below!

Vintage Leaves stamp set & Leaflets Framelits at 15% off from Stampin' Up!

Vintage Leaves stamp set and Leaflets Framelits Bundle (Photopolymer only, 140235)

Here’s a little story to go with this card, if you care to read it.

My mom was an artist, and passed on a great appreciation of art to me.  She must have also passed on some of her genes which helped develop my sense of design and color, and has been a great foundation for the art of cardmaking.

Vada Helen Kimble, artist

Mom developed Alzheimers sometime in her 70’s.  One of the things that saddened me the most was to see her stop painting.  She would get out her watercolor paper and paints, lay down a wash, and let it dry.  Next time she saw it she couldn’t remember what she had planned to paint, so she’d put it in a drawer.  It wasn’t long before she stopped trying altogether.

Mom died 12 years ago this month.  I spent much of the next year sorting through her artwork, framing pieces, giving many away to caregivers, family, and friends.  Her stash of painting supplies was enormous, and most was sold at a garage sale to local artists who were thrilled with the quality and reasonable prices.  She would have appreciated seeing her tools go out to those who would put them to good use.

The one thing I hung onto is a lot of rice papers.  She used them in her abstract work that she developed late in her career.  Here’s an example of how she painted the rice paper into a painting, creating lovely texture and patterns:

Ice Palace

When I created the card in this post, I was looking for an interesting background.  I remembered Mom’s stash of rice paper, and as I looked through the different pieces, I was amazed at the beauty of these papers.  This is the first time in 12 years that I’ve actually used some of this amazing paper.  Then I realized that this is the month she passed, so I offer this card to you in memory of my mom, Vada Helen Kimble.

I am truly grateful, as tears run down my cheeks.

Ok, back to cardmaking!  Rice paper (actually some of it is made from mulberry, bamboo, and other plants)  is a very broad category, and I think what Mom collected is tissue paper.  It’s very thin, malleable, and much of it has strings and flecks and even leaves in it.  If you have a quality paper or art supply store in your area, you might be able to find some there.  Or you can try to find a source online, although it’s hard to tell if it has the texture you might want.

Meanwhile, if you want to give thanks in style this fall, make sure you have the Vintage Leaves Bundle from Stampin’ Up!

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7 Responses to Vintage Leaves for a Giving Thanks Card

  1. Mary Sue October 16, 2015 at 7:52 am #

    Thanks for sharing. I am sure your mother would be proud to know you are using some of her beloved supplies. Years ago SU had some speciality papers. I loved the mulberry paper.

  2. Julia October 16, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Oh Sage, your story brought tears to my eyes too. What a lovely and loving tribute to your mama! I love the look of the rice paper and I really loved seeing that beautiful blue sample you shared of how she had colored it. I once had some paper that looked very much like yours, but it was stiff and I had to crumple it all up in my hands to soften it up. I would love to find some that was already soft. It looks like soft feathers . Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Gentle hugs—-
    Julia

    • Sage October 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      Thanks, Julia.

  3. Sandy October 16, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Beautiful share. I enjoyed reading it very much.

    • Sage October 17, 2015 at 12:50 pm #

      Thank you, Sandy.

  4. Bernice Thompson October 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    Sage, I’m sorry for the loss of your mother to Alzheimer. This horrible illness not only takes our loved ones but also takes a part of us. Time never lessens the hurt of the loss. I’m glad you got her genes. As you teach us so many ways to use colors and different techniques, you must be very proud to know that a part of your mother lives on. The card is lovely. I like the rice paper, it adds a special touch. thank you for sharing.

  5. Janelle October 20, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Just lovely Sage and the story made me cry. I share your feelings of loss.

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