Make It Meaningful: Thanksgiving Placecards Tutorial

In today's tutorial I wanted to create some Thanksgiving place cards with the charming "A Perfect Autumn" collection from Carta Bella Paper.

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The paper in this collection is printed on heavy-weight, textured paper, making every project a bit more sophisticated.

Step 1: Cut each of the patterned papers you wish to use into 3 1/2" x 5" rectangles and then fold in half. Because the paper is double-sided, you can use which every you side you like or use both by creating two rectangles from the same paper.

Step 2: Using the "Designer Tag Set 1" Designer Die from Echo Park Paper and a manual die cutting machine, cut several tags from kraft cardstock.

Step 3: Rub the edges of each of the die cut tags with brown stamping ink.

Step 4: Type up each person's name that will set at your Thanksgiving table onto cream cardstock. I used a font called "Vintage Typewriter" at 14 pts and printed it out on my computer in brown ink. Use scissors to cut out each individual letter from each person's name.

Step 5: Rub the edges of each of the letters with the brown stamping ink pad. Then mount each person's name on one of the kraft die cut tags.

Step 6: Mount each of the brown name tags on the right side of each folded place card. (NOTE: longer names may require a smaller font to fit on the die cut tag shape.)

Step 7: Add one of the stickers from this paper collection to the place card, tucking it behind the die cut tag.

Step 8: Thread twine through a button and mount on the tag. To keep the twine from coming undone, add a tiny bit of clear glue to the knot of the bow. Once dry the bow will hold its shape.

Here's the completed place cards again. You can use any themed paper collection to create place cards for a special event or a party. Look for tools that will help the process go quickly such as premade stickers or designer papers. Manual and digital die cut shapes can also make quick work of any project like this.

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  1. Anonymous1:11 PM

    So sweet!

  2. These are just gorgeous Jen!

  3. Super cute!! That little tag die is adorable. :) Love your stamped letters, too.


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