I am so proud to join the Pals Paper Arts Design Team. Here is my first project featuring the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set by Stampin’ Up! This stamp set, featuring beautifully hand-drawn leaves and sentiments, is perfect for Fall and is available in the just-released Holiday Catalog.
If you’ve been following my blog lately you’ll know that I’ve been fascinated with two things: the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set and watercoloring. Although it is subtle, there is a little watercoloring going on here to create a ghosted image behind the leaves.
For the focal image, I inked my stamps as usual, by patting the stamps onto Old Olive and Delightful Dijon ink pads. Before I stamped, I also spritzed the image with about 5 sprays of water using a Stampin’ Spritzer then stamped onto watercolor paper. This created a light image and some of the open areas in the leaves filled with color. I then stamped the image again, full-strength and at a slight angle.
Using a brush and water I added some spots of color. The random spots are created by using a very wet brush and ink; tapping the brush with your finger. Don’t try to control it too much. It doesn’t work that way. You just have to know when to stop.
My card base of Cajun Craze was stamped using two of the smaller leaves in the set to create a background. VersaMark ink gives you a tone-on-tone look that adds texture without competing with the focal area.
I then stamped “believe” in Old Olive ink and cut the shape using the Tags & Labels Framelits dies available in the Annual Catalog. A larger frame in Cajun Craze and some Stampin’ Dimensionals helps it pop. Lastly, I attached an acorn from Into the Woods Elements. This wooden embellishment is colored easily with Stampin’ Write Markers.
I hope you enjoy this card as much I do. It tells a story about a little acorn that grew into a giant oak tree. Now it produces these beautiful leaves that change color in Autumn. It’s a sight I get to enjoy each year here in New England.
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