Oh Wow that is just fantastic, such great work on stamping and inking to get a wonderful leaf texture and color. Your background is also awesome, love how you did the extra leaf in the background, so cool and great instructions too :)
Project - Mixed Media Leaves Card (Day 2)
posted 09/04/11 at 03:47 PM
Galleries: Stamping, Cardmaking
To make the leaves, I started by creating a collage background on 140# cold-pressed watercolor paper. I placed the watercolor paper on top of a non-stick craft sheet. Then I used a blending tool and foam to apply Scattered Straw Distress Ink over the entire surface. And then I stamped Hero Arts G3316 Harlequin Pattern Block over the entire background using Tea Dye Distress Ink.
Next, I used a mini-mister to spritz the background with water droplets and immediately dried them with my Heat It Craft Tool. Then, I mixed water and copper Perfect Pearls together on my non-stick craft sheet, and used a paintbrush to flick the mixture onto the background, and then dried the Perfect Pearls using my heat tool.
Next, I stamped Hero Arts S1832 Italian Poetry Background over top using Fired Brick Distress Ink. I stamped it repeatedly, in multiple directions. This finished my collage background, as shown in the third photo.
I stamped a maple leaf from Hero Arts CL457 Real Leaves on my collage background, repeatedly, and then cut them out. I was able to get 6 leaves from my collage background. I distressed the leaves further using Wild Honey Distress Ink applied with a sponge dauber (Hero Arts MI002). The second photo shows a close-up of a leaf.
Next, I took a piece of glossy cardstock and applied Citrus, Lemonade, and Peach Bellini alcohol inks using a blending tool and felt. Then I applied masks made from Eclipse tape in the shape of the maple leaf, and applied Meadow, Pesto, and Pool alcohol inks over top. This was to repeat the shape of the maple leaf in the green background.
The card base is made from Bazzill kraft cardstock. A faux stitched border was added using a brown Sharpie marker. The leaves are added with foam tape for dimension.
Part of my inspiration for this card was the Day 2 prompt in my friend Christy's (Gulfsprite's) 30 Days of Art Journaling class: http://www.gulfsprite.com/ [gulfsprite.com]
Thanks for looking! :-)
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