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Believe in Lighthearted Leaves for Pals Paper Arts PPA266

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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  • Reply Michelle Quinno

    Welcome to the DT, Shaun! It’s great to have a fellow New Englander on the team. Love the subtle water coloring on your beautiful card!

    September 3, 2015 at 11:38 pm
  • Reply donnamk47

    Another great “leaf” card, Shawn! Beautiful placement.

    September 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Lynn Hoyt

    Beautiful card for your first week of PPA!

    September 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm
  • Reply Dawn Tidd

    Welcome aboard, Shawn! This is gorgeous card. Love the spatters and the tone-on-tone background.

    September 3, 2015 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply Katy McGloin

    I am so happy you have joined us on the DT, Shawn. This card is an example of why… lovely main image with LOTS of sweet details to give it so much dimension. Great job, Pal…

    September 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Patti MacLeith

    Beautiful leaves, Shawn and I love that little acorn!

    September 3, 2015 at 10:19 am
  • Reply westsidepaper

    Absolutely Beautiful! Congrats! on being apart of the Pal’s Paper Arts team. They are lucky to have you with all your talent and brilliant way of stamping.

    September 3, 2015 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Brian

    Shawn – Congratulations on being a member of the PPA Design Team. Woo hoo! Your card is beautiful! Every detail is perfectly executed here – and the little acorn is adorable.

    September 3, 2015 at 8:46 am
  • Reply Robbye

    This card reminds me of the Canadian flag, with a twist. I hadn’t planned to get this stamp set, well not right away, but I’m changing my mind. Great job

    September 3, 2015 at 8:35 am
  • Reply linda callahan

    I love the little details you add to your cards! Like those watercolor spatters and the sweet acorn! Gorgeous fall card! Wonderful opening act – welcome!

    September 3, 2015 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Stampin' Pretty

    Love how you used the stamp set for both the background and “main event!” Pretty painterly effects!

    September 3, 2015 at 7:21 am
  • Reply JustB

    I believe – you make some fantastic cards!

    September 3, 2015 at 6:35 am
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