Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Pastor Appreciation Card

October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and I wanted to make a very special card for my pastor. He has been shepherding our congregation for over 30 years now, and he is such a humble, faithful, and caring pastor. My church is truly blessed by his service.

I started with a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 brown card base that is folded on the short side. I stenciled my leaf stencil using Tim Holtz distress ink in yellow and then die cut the stenciled background and adhered it to the card base. I used SU!'s Fond of Autumn stamps and dies to create the other elements on the card front. I watercolored the images I had stamped using watercolor pencils and some water. After previously watercoloring the images before die cutting them and then having the die shift and cut the colored image in the wrong places, I learned my lesson and stamped then die cut the images BEFORE watercoloring them😁. My washi tape doesn't stick to the heavy watercolor paper as well as it does to traditional card stock, so I also learned to apply more of it to keep the dies in place.

The Fond of Autumn die set has a lovely lacy die that I die cut in kraft card stock for the card front and in yellow card stock for the inside of the card. 

A look at the inside of the card: 

Close up of the front: 

A look at one of the pieces I die cut before coloring with my watercolor pencils. The top five leaves are watercolored, and you can see how adding water makes the color smoother:

Here's how it looked after all parts were watercolored:

Challenges I'm entering: 

Gem of A Craft Challenge (pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com): ATG (2/3; ends October 22)

Allsorts challenge blog: ATG with option of monochromatic (2/3; ends October 13)

Polkadoodles Cardmaking, Craft & Scrapbooking Challenge: ATG (2/2; ends October 15)

Colour Crazy Craft Challenge (colourcrazychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG with coloring of some sort (2/2; ends October 21)

Creative Fingers Challenge Blog: ATG (2/3; ends October 21)

Crafty Catz (craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com): ATG (2/3; ends October 12)

Challenge | Your Next Stamp (3/3; ends October 13)

Stamping Sensations (sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com) : Autumn (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

We Love Stamping: Fall colors (2/3; ends at the end of the month)

Festive Friday Challenge (theoutlawzchallenges-friday.blogspot.com): Fall (3/3; ends October 13)

Twisted Thursday Challenge (theoutlawzchallenges-thursday.blogspot.com)

Outlawz Challenges: Monthly linky

Word Art Wednesday: ATG (3/5 for this week; 9/10 for the challenge period; ends October 12)

Tuesday Color challenge (theoutlawzchallenges-tuesday.blogspot.com) (Yellow, green, red, brown)

Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): fall colors and entered Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge (2/4; ends 10/16)

Jan's Digi Stamps Challenges: Anything Goes October 2022 (jansdigistampschallenges.blogspot.com)

handicraft dream (bastel-traum.blogspot.com): Fall (ends October 15)

Classic Design Challenge Blog: ATG (ends at the end of the month) 

The Diva's that cut ....paper! (die-cut-divas.blogspot.com): Watercolor (1/4; ends at the end of the month)

Happy Little Stampers: Watercolour Challenge: ATG with watercolor (ends at the end of the month)

Happy Little Stampers: Stencil Challenge: ATG with stencils (ends Nov. 5)

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies (ends October 9)

fourseasons (thefourseasonschallenge.blogspot.com): Fall

Songs and Rhymes challenge (theoutlawzchallenges-sunday.blogspot.com): The browns in the card reflect the line: The month is amber, gold, and brown

Double Trouble Paper Crafting (doubletroublechallenge.blogspot.com): Leaf colors (4/4; ends October 17)

InspirationStation (inspirationstationchallenge.blogspot.com): The leaves in the photo were my inspiration

Double D Challenges (daranddiane.blogspot.com): Octoberfest (1/3; ends October 16)

https://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/: Autumn Mood Board


  1. Lovely card, so stylish and beautifully colored! Thanks so much for joining us at We Love Stamping!

  2. How lovely. Oh, thanks for the tip about die cutting before coloring on your other entry to Die Cut Divas. Good to know. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas for the October challenge. Arlene with the Die Cut Divas.

  3. Two very pretty Autumnal card for our current themes, many thanks for sharing at Stamping Sensations and We Love Stamping challenges.

    B x

  4. Beautiful card thank you for joining us at Allsorts
    lolo x

  5. This is a beautiful thank you card, I'm sure it, and your thoughtfulness, will be much appreciated. Thank you for joining in at Crafty Catz this week.

  6. This is such a lovely card, Carrie. Your watercoloring is truly soothing and skillful. Thank you so much for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

  7. Beautiful fall thank you card, Carrie! So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas!!

  8. So beautifully done with these pretty colors and so nicely finished inside too!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Four Seasons challenge!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  9. Carrie, I'm sure you pastor will really appreciate receiving your beautiful card!! Love the coloring, and thanks for sharing the tips about cutting before coloring! Especially thank you for sharing your creative talents with us here at Double Trouble!!! - Donna

  10. So pretty, inside and out. Even though we learn from mistakes sometimes the mistakes still turn out good and certainly not noticeable in your beautiful watercolored card. Thanks for sharing our card with us at Double Trouble.

  11. I had not heard of this appreciation month, but your card is a wonderful fall tribute to your pastor. Thanks for adding it to the gallery at Double D Challenge.

  12. Beautifully made card - I'm sure it will be appreciated.

    Thanks for joining us at The Inspiration Station Challenge.

    Helen x

  13. Your card is lovely, Carrie! Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble #122.

  14. I love those leaves! Your card turned out very pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble :)

  15. your stenciled background is the perfect backdrop for your beautiful card. You pastor will appreciate it.
    Thanks for joining us for the HLS stencil challenge.

    Barb Housner

  16. This is a very good idea for thanking a pastor. Thank you for sharing your card at Polkadoodles and hope to see you again soon.
    Nunzia DT

  17. Delightful colour work with those water colour pencils and lovely autumnal elements. Thank you for joining in the fun at Stamping Sensations with this pretty card. Hugs, Lesley

  18. Love how you finished the inside, very nice! Thanks for joining Colour Crazy Challenges, good luck! Dawn DT

  19. Beautiful floral details. It's so pretty! Thanks for sharing with us at Polkadoodles! Hope to see you again soon! x

  20. Lovely card thanks for joining us at colour crazy

  21. A delightful autumn card and the banner sentiment disecting it works great. Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers! xoxo

  22. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL card Carrie! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our STENCIL FUN challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often. We appreciate your support!


    PS ... thanks for also sharing in our Double D challenge ... good luck!