Monday, 16 October 2017

Leaf Prints- CAS Watercolour Challenge

Hello and Welcome.
This month we are celebrating our 1st Birthday at the 





Great prizes and great Fall theme:




For my card, I decided to go for the real thing.  I went out to the front of my house and picked a small maple leaf off the tree.  I tried to chose one that wasn't too large and not too dried out so it would ink up nicely and fit onto my card front.
I rubbed Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide ink onto my non-stick craft sheet, sprayed a bit of water onto the ink then carefully pressed the leaf into the ink using the backside or the side that has the veins of the leaf more protruded.  I lifted it up making sure the whole leaf was covered with the watered down ink, then laid it onto my cardstock.  I took a piece of scrap paper, placed it over the top and rubbed to transfer all the ink.  Don't worry if the leaf doesn't totally print because you can ink your leaf again and carefully place it over the first impression.  
I cleaned off the leaf then repeated the process using Fired Brick then Peeled Paint DOX.
When that was dry, I diluted some some Brushed Corduroy and filled in the background a bit with a wet paintbrush to look like puddles the leaves were laying in.
I stamped the sentiment using my Misti and clear heat embossed it, then pop dotted the panel onto a plain white card.


It was fun to use something directly from Mother Nature to create my card.
Thanks so much for the visit and I hope you will come and play along with us.

Also adding my card to these challenges:

 CAS on Friday- FALL/HALLOWEEN
Craft Stamper Magazine- ANYTHING GOES STAMPING
Brown Sugar- COLOUR CHALLENGE


Supplies
Stamp- Nature Art (Technique Junkies)
Ink- Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide (TH)/ 
Brushed Corduroy Distress (TH)/ Tuxedo Black Memento
 Paper- heavy white (local store)
Accessories and Tools- real maple leaf/ clear eb powder/ heat tool/ non-stick craft sheet (Ranger)
Misti/ paintbrush

26 comments:

KarinsArtScrap said...

colourful and lovely card Karen
Gr Karin

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Karen, beautifully designed and coloured Kate x

shirley-bee said...

Wow, Karen, this is gorgeous! I bet your littlies would enjoy doing a version of this. Thanks for adding it to the Craft Stamper gallery mf :)

Nora N. said...

WOW!! This is stunning!! I always adore your backgrounds and this is exceptional. A real leaf? I might have to try this!!

Christine Alexander said...

Love the use of the maple leaves, such a gorgeous natural effect and the colours are out of this world :)

Loll said...

So creative Karen. LOVE your nature card using maple leaves from your garden. The colours and the design you've created are gorgeous. xx

papierelle said...

Wow, a autumn dream realized with a simple technique.

Brawny said...

Stunning card x

Daffodil Cards said...

Stunning!
Faith
x

Mac Mable said...

So unique, so creative and the most fabulous effect....love it x

Pat said...

This is a great idea to use real leaves to make a pattern on to your card Karen, and the details in the leaf have come out beautifully, and I love the colours. A beautiful card! x

Bonnie said...

Karen, this is GORGEOUS! I couldn't wait to see how you made it and actually copied it all down to take to my friends for some stamping. I'm hoping she'll have some leaves in her yard. You always come up with the most creative ideas! And the sentiment is another winner!

Darnell said...

This is my new favorite fall card in all of Bloguniverse, Karen! The fact that you used a real leaf makes it even more special!! Hugs, Darnell

Katrins kreative ART said...

This is GORGEOUS!
Hugs, Katrin

Marcia HIll said...

What an incredibly BEAUTIFUL card Karen! LOVE that you used an actual leaf to create this beauty and think I need to take a trip outside and grab a leaf or two of my own to try this! Your colors are so bright and vibrant and absolutely LOVE your sentiment too! Lovely, lovely card!! :0)

I Card Everyone said...

SO brilliant!!! Leaves are among my 'favorite' things - I have dozens pressed in books that have been forgotten!
You've inspired another 'first' for me, Karen! what a gorgeous inspiration!
=]

nancy littrell said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous results with your real maple leaf, Karen. I have tried this technique before, but never with your beautiful results. Must try again using your tips. Love your colors, added watercolouring between the leaves and beautiful bold sentiment. TFS my friend. Hugs...

Loose Stitches said...

Gorgeous creations Karen, I love to use real leaves to work with!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Susan said...

Terrific card. Thanks for sharing at CAS on Friday!

Maxine D said...

Beautiful card Karen - (I can't CASE it yet, our maples are just coming into leaf) and I love that sentiment!
Blessings
Maxine

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning, love this Karen, I used gelato's on mine but next time will try the Distressed Inks. I don't have any dry leaves so used fresh green ones...turned out ok but not perfect.xx[aNNie]🎄

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, this card is fabulous and it was made using a real maple leaf! It's amazing to see even the leaf veins. Beautiful results! Hideko

colleen said...

I really like this card great life like colours. Take care from another canadian.

Anita in France said...

So cool and creative, Karen ... what a brilliant idea to use a real leaf ... the colours are so gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

Linda said...

I love this! Those leaves look amazing. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

Ellie Knol said...

Happy you joined in with TIMI again.. gorgeous.. but psssst .. you entered more than 3 entries, sadly. Hugs.... Ellie