thanksgiving placecards…

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

many of us are always looking for clever ways to adorn our holiday table each year.  media team mou saha shares a creative way to let your holiday guests know how special they are with these colorful place card holders.  with a couple of sizzix dies, stamps, and some ink, you’ll be able to create a set for your own special guests this holiday season…t!m


Hi everyone, Mou Saha ( here today with an idea for place cards for your guests this Thanksgiving or really any occasion for that matter using Tim Holtz dies, stamps, Distress Spray Stains, and some Idea-ology embellishments.


  • Surfaces:Ranger Kraft Cardstock, Sticky-Back Canvas- Natural
  • Dies: In the Bag, Tattered Leaves, Regal Crest, Ticket Strip
  • Stamps: Words for Thoughts, Worn Text
  • Embellishments: Tissue Tape Journeyman, Gem Clips, Gumdrops
  • Distress Ink: Barn Door, Vintage Photo
  • Archival Ink: Jet Black
  • Distress Markers: Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade
  • Distress Paint: Black Soot
  • Distress Spray Stains: Brushed Pewter, Peacock Feathers, Tarnished Brass, Tattered Rose, Wild Honey
  • Mediums: Dina Wakley Media Gel Medium
  • Adhesive: Ranger Adhesive Strips
  • Tools: Waterbrush, Kushgrip Snip Scissors, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Mister, Non-stick Craft Sheet, Vagabond
  • Other: pencil, ruler

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Die cut paper bags out of  kraft cardstock using In The Bag die and Sizzix die cutting system.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Assemble bags and secure with adhesive strips.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Measure 2.75″ x 3.75″ with ruler and mark with pencil on natural sticky-back canvas. Cut out with Kushgrip Snip Scissors.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

On the sticky-back canvas pieces, spray Peacock Feathers, Tattered Rose, and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stains in varying proportions.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Mist with water to lighten the colors in some parts. Let dry.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Attach pieces of Journeyman tissue tape near the bottom of each canvas piece. Stamp a sentiment using Archival Jet Black and Words for Thoughts stamp set.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Die cut more kraft cardstock using Regal Crest die and Sizzix die cutting system. Color the leaves using Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stains.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Attach the leaves to the bags using Gel Medium.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Die cut some ticket shapes using Ticket Strip Decorative Strip die and Sizzix die cutting system. Tear gently to separate the tickets. Spray Wild Honey Distress Spray Stain on non-stick craft sheet and dilute with water. Wipe the tickets across the surface to get color on. Let dry.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Distress the edges of the tickets by brushing on Vintage Photo Distress Ink with mini ink blending tool.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Stamp names on the tickets using Worn Text alphabet stamp set and Barn Door Distress Ink.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Spray Gumdrops with Peacock Feathers and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stains and let dry thoroughly. You could also use Alcohol Inks for this. When dry, attach to the bags as shown with Gel Medium.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Attach the tickets to the bags using Gem clips.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Spray tags with Tattered Rose and Wild Honey Distress Spray Stains and mist lightly with water to let the colors mix and flow. Let dry. Die cut leaves using Tattered Leaves die and Sizzix Die cutting system. Spray leaves with Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.

Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

Splatter some diluted Black Soot Distress Paint to the tags. Add some veins and outlines to the leaves with Dried Marigold, Ripe Persimmon, and  Spiced Marmalade Distress Markers. Attach leaves to tags. Write messages on the tags and tuck them inside the bags. Place the bags on plates to use as place cards.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. And have fun with Tim’s Alterations dies and Distress Spray Stains!


*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…

(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Kraft Cardstock (SSS|IE)
Natural Sticky Back Canvas (IE|SSS)
In the Bag (IE|SSS)
Tattered Leaves (SSS|IE)
Regal Crest (IE|SSS)
Ticket Strip (IE|SSS)
CMS132 Words for Thought (IE|SSS)
CMS156 Worn Text (SSS|IE)
Journeyman Tissue Tape (IE|SSS)
Gumdrops (IE|SSS)
Gem Clips (IE|SSS)
Barn Door Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Vintage Photo Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Jet Black Archival Pad (IE|SSS)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Marker (SSS|IE)
Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker (IE|SSS)
Dried Marigold Distress Marker (IE|SSS)
Black Soot Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Tattered Rose Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Wild Honey Distress Spray (IE|SSS)
Peacock Feathers Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Brushed Pewter Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Tarnished Brass Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Dina Wakley Gel Medium (IE|SSS)
Ranger Adhesive Strips (SSS|IE)
Water Brush Detailer (IE|SSS)
Mister Bottle (IE|SSS)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (SSS|IE)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Tonic Scissors (SSS|IE)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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Thanksgiving Placecards by Mou Saha |

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30 Comments to “thanksgiving placecards…”

  1. Carmen Lucero says:

    Love the idea!! Thanks for the inspiration, Mou Saha!

  2. Lisa Leavitt says:

    place cards and a gift all in one …. just fantastic

  3. rupa says:

    Lovely projects. However, I hope I won’t offend anyone by saying that I miss Tim’s original art and ideas. I hope we will see him show us a few projects other than the monthly tags. I guess he is a super busy man, that’s why he has a media team to post projects now. Thanks anyway for all the inspirational products/ideas you provide Tim!

  4. Michelle Douglas says:

    Loved this card, Mou. Although I live in Australia, I can see this used at Christmas and other times ( can change dies ) can also give this as a card tour new Minister from South Dakota.

  5. ruby t says:

    This is a great idea for any holiday…love the decorated canvas attached to the bags.

  6. Patricia Armbrust says:

    I get it and the media team are making wonderful examples but I was attracted to your blog because of you, Tim, yourself. It just isn’t the same and I am not as consistent as I was. Miss you. You bring something special to even your blogs.

  7. Elisa Wellman says:

    Just love this idea & I am so doing this tomorrow! Love.Thanks for the inspiration

  8. Violet says:

    These are wonderful place cards. Our Canadian thanksgiving is in October so I’ll have to remember this for next year.

  9. Cathy Osborne says:

    So very cool. You could put a little homemade treat inside for a surprise.

  10. Mary Pendergrass says:

    Oh, yes, I really like this. What a good idea.

  11. Rosann says:

    A fun idea… love the canvas !

  12. Kirsten Alicia says:

    So nice & a great idea.

  13. Sharon Young says:

    Oh these are fun! Like that you can easily personalize each one. Spray stains on gumdrops? Good to know! Thanks much.

  14. Gigi says:

    That’s a wonder project. You could even fill the bags with treats for your guest to take home. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Redanne says:

    Your guests will be thrilled to see these at the table, they are wonderful!

  16. Shirley Smith says:

    Wonderful project, here in NS Canada our Thanksgiving is over but a great idea for next year. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

  17. Angele says:

    We don’t have Thanksgiving over here but already have a lot of other ideas for these wonderful bag tags!
    What a lovely idea!

  18. Maureen Chandler says:

    What a great idea – thanks so much!

  19. Libby from Pleasanton says:

    Great idea!

  20. Tona says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Roxanne says:

    wonderful project…and wow…I even have some of these dies and supplies…thanks for sharing…going to try this out! 🙂

  22. Jennifer S. says:

    What a great idea! And they would look fabulous all set out on the holiday tab;e!

  23. SusanK says:

    I’m not hosting until Christmas but may just have to make these for Thanksgiving anyway! Great idea!

  24. Judi Bond says:

    What great ideas. More uses for my Tim Holtz supplies.

  25. Cindy Flynn says:

    Love the look and festive color choices

  26. Sue W. says:

    What a clever idea, Mou! The guests can then take their own “bag” home after the feast.

  27. What a clever project! These would be awesome for Christmas too.

  28. So fun and so cool! I can imagine everyone’s faces at the table to see these!

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