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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Leaves of Fall

Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week is all about Leaves. I was inspired to create a branch full of fall leaves.  I love the cool breezes of fall how beautiful the leaves look

I wanted my background to look like an old picket fence with a white wash effect. I started with white cardstock. 


 I pulled the brown dye ink over the white cardstock. I repeated multiple times until the surface was covered. I then smeared white acrylic paint over the brown dye ink in strokes. following the grain. :) 
I used a ruler and a black pen to draw the gaps between the wood planks.  If it is uneven it even looks more realistic.

I added the Autumn words by stamping them using brown ink over the wood grain.

The bottom leaves are die cut from colored paper and embossed using the embossing folder.  I then standed off a little of the embossing.  I sponged the edges of the leaves using versamark and heat embossed with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. 

The top layer of the leaves is a combination of a white cardstock leaf sponged around the edges and a tissue paper leaf taped over the white cardstock.

The tissue paper leaf starts with the image stamped on white tissue paper using black ink:
I placed the die cut over the section I wanted cut out:

I sprayed the leaf using yellow glimmer mist.  While it was wet I added touches of red and orange glimmer mist to the leaf.

I then sponged the edges using brown dye ink.
To finish the leaves I inked up the tissue leaf using versamark and heated it with clear embossing enamel. I embossed both sides of the leaf to increase the transparency.

The finished card:

Products: Artistic Outpost (Think & Wonder, Kudzu Kafe, Memory Box Leafy Branch, Memory Box Maple Leaf, Stampendous Autumn Words, Sizzix Patchwork Quilt Embossing Folder, Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (red, yellow, orange), Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber, Ranger Distress Inks - Vintage Photo

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  1. Sheer genius! Love this Sue! Hope all is well. Yvonne

  2. Interesting idea and beautiful colours!!Greetings!

  3. another stunning project for Simon Says, Suzz. you really can produce something special!

  4. Another gorgeous card Sue! Love the background, it turned out so well. And all the leaves are wonderful.

  5. Cool idea- the layout of your card is really clever. Love it Suzanne.

  6. Suzz...I love your project! I love these techniques you have shared with all of us. The idea of the tree branch is such a good one and the stamped images on the leaves...pure genius! Thanks for sharing how you did's amazing! <3 Candy

  7. Fabulous Suzz, love the techniques for your background , very effective and I love that text stamp. Love the images appearing on each leaf, lovely idea. wonderful card with great details. Tracy x

  8. OMG just delicious, great techniques and those leaves with images are so beautiful. Elaine x

  9. Great techniques on this! I need to start getting a little inkier (paint) as I love the effect of it over the ink.

  10. What a cool rustic piece, Suzz! I love the way you created the background and die-cutted the stamped images from the leaves!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  11. This looks totally awesome. I just love how you did this. Very cool my friend..

  12. Absolutely fabulous techniques on this beautiful design Sue. Thanks so much for sharing all the photos.

    Lesley Xx

  13. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing your techniques with us!

  14. Gorgeous! Great job making the "fence."

  15. This project is totally fabulous and stunning. I appreciated your mini tutorial, too!

  16. absolutely beautiful, creative, and amazing.

  17. Beautiful fall themed creations - just love how you added the stamped images to the leaves!

  18. This is a little different from you, and I absolutely am IN LOVE with this card! The faces on the leaves are brilliant, and the background is wonderful with all the writing...gorgeous colors! SWOON!!!

  19. ohhh this is gorgeous! What a great technique! Love those faces on the leaves too! beautiful! hugs, Sandra

  20. I'm totally excited, what a great collage, love all elements and stamps!
    Magnificent art work!
    Hugs Anja
    I'm a follower now.

  21. WOZERS SUzz!!! AMAZING project!! LOVE all the fine details and thanks for the awesome photo tutorial!

  22. So atmospheric and haunting... this is just amazing work Suzz! Thanks so much for the inspiration... though having just got the Think and Wonder set, I'm now a bit worried - I'll never create anything this astonishing!
    Alison x

  23. So very fallish and awesome technique!

  24. Great idea. I think it would work to create a faux birch tree effect as well, just with darker ink. Love it!


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