Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I wanted to get started on some DIY projects for Thanksgiving Dinner. We are hosting again this year and seem to have more people attending as each year passes. I think this year we will probably have 15 adults and 2 babes. I put together these Monogrammed Thanksgiving Silverware Pockets (or as we say “cutlery” pockets) to place on the table at Thanksgiving Dinner. Each family member will have their own pocket with their first initial.
The first step in making these was to put together the bags using Stampin’ Up!’s Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper and Mini Treat Bag thinlit dies. After they were assembled I used the two largest ovals from the Stitched shape framelit dies to cut out the center pieces. The largest oval is very vanilla cardstock and the smaller oval is the wood textures designer series paper.
I used the Large Letters framelits and the coordinating Letters for You stamp set to stamp and die cut the monograms. The letters are stamped with versamark and heat embossed with copper embossing powder.
It is difficult to see in the picture but there is copper metallic thread in addtion to the burlap ribbon behind the ovals.
The leaves are my favourite part of these monogrammed Thanksgiving silverware pockets. I finally played around with the baby wipe technique. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this technique, you sprinkle around several drops of various colours of reinker on a baby wipe (or wet nap) and then use that as your ink pad to ink your stamp. Re-inking your stamp in different spots on the baby wipe each time. No two stamped images are exactly alike and the colours blend wonderfully! If your wipe is folded or creased this will show up in your inked image. This may or may not be beneficial depending on the look you are going for. Here is a picture of some of the leaves after stamping. I used the large solid leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons bundle and stamped on very vanilla cardstock.
For this project I opted to use both stamps in the 2 step stamping set and stamp the “veins” of the leaves in Early Espresso. I stamped off once first to make the veins a little lighter.
I used the large leaf framelit to cut the leaves out and then used the large detailed leaf framelit to cut a leaf out of copper metallic foil. Each pocket got two stamped leaves and one copper leaf. Here is the finished Monogrammed Thanksgiving Silverware Pocket:
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