Today's cards are the last of the Thanksgiving Minis (for now at least - they're SO much fun to make)! Though these look complicated, they were very easy FOR ME because I used what started out as a 12" border I had received in a swap (thanks KarenLiz!). It's really hard for me to use things I've gotten in a swap - especially when I cut it up like I did with this one. It feels like I'm desecrating someone's work or something - but since she had sent 3 borders that were all basically the same, I figured I could save two of them & just use this one. :)
Anyway, I can't tell you exactly what tools she used, but can tell you in general how the border was made. She started with a strip of brown patterned paper - 2" to 2 1/2" wide and used a border punch along one edge. She then took a much narrower strip of light colored paper (maybe 3/4" to 1" wide) and used the same punch along one edge. She shaded this one a bit - not sure if she used chalks or ink - then layered the two on top of each other. Next she added some die cut leaves in different colors - some of which she had shaded once again. Then she added a few little orange dots of something - not sure what they are but they are about the thickness of foam tape.
As you can see, I cut pieces of this border for the two cards on this page and then finished them up with outline sticker greetings that I colored to coordinate with the card. The one on the first card is a Dazzles sticker from a sheet of black Tiny Words and Phrases. I'm not sure where the ones I used on this next card came from.
Now I just need to make 21 envelopes for all these Mini Thanksgiving cards!