Joy and the wonderful gang over at Inspiration Emporium are hosting a spectacularly fun challenge for the month of November! The theme is "Thankful," and the suggested project is a place setting or treat for each guest at your holiday table. How sweet is that?
Never one to skip the opportunity to make my family shake their heads, I decided to make a cartoon/photo place card for each of us...
As you might have guessed, Thanksgiving dinner is not exactly a somber, formal occasion at my house.
Wanna make your dinner guests smile (or laugh... or cringe)? Here's how to whip up a cartoon photo place card for each of them:
- Start by choosing some fun photos of your guests. Size them so the heads are all about the same size, then print them onto photo paper. Cut out the heads.
- Sketch cartoon bodies for your people. Don't worry about making them look professional (I sure didn't!). Just have fun, and personalize them to each guest (you'll note that Scott brought the beer to our party, and I have the Tofurky).
- Color the cartoon bodies with Distress Markers. Cut them out.
- Mount the cartoon bodies and photo heads onto scraps of the "recipe pattern" paper from the Seasonal Paper Stash using Multi Medium Matte.
- Using the large folder from the "Thankful" set, emboss 4 x 6" pieces of Kraft-Core paper in assorted colors. Lightly sand the embossed surface using a Sanding Grip.
- Use the Cabinet Card die to cut the background from the embossed and sanded Kraft-Core paper. Ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.
- Use the Autumn Gatherings Strip Die to cut various colors of Kraft-Core paper. Lightly sand the little leaves and branches, then ink the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and an Ink Blending Tool.
- Use the Easel Die to cut a matching- or contrasting-colored stand for each place card.
- Use letters from the Ransom Alphabet set to spell out your guests' names or nicknames. Paint them with the Bottle green Paint Dabber.
- Have some chocolate.
- Now it's time to assemble your place cards! Use Multi Medium to attach the cartoon figure (already on their background recipe scraps) to the Cabinet Cards. Next, glue various leaves and branches from the Autumn Gatherings to each card. Cut small pieces of burlap or muslin and use them as backgrounds for the Ransom Letters.
- Finally, use Multi Medium to attach the matching easel to each place card:
Here's a closer look:
Mom with the turkey...
Dad with the pie...
Scott with the brewski...
Have a beautiful holiday, everyone. I hope you find yourself with more than ever to be thankful for.