October 11, 2013

Nature's Gift

I have always been enthralled with the beauty of fall leaves.  No two are alike and the color combinations are nothing short of spectacular.

Nature's Gift

As a child, I used to collect leaves, layer them between wax paper and newsprint, and then iron them to give them a waxy finish. This card is reminiscent of those times. 

Close Up

A maple leaf from Penny Black's Fancy Foliage was stamped in black pigment ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  Alternate layers of Dr. Ph Martin's watercolors and matte gel medium were applied to mimic a waxy finish. Additional highlighting was added with Faber-Castell PITT Artist Big Brush Pens.  

Gold Stitching

A small area was masked off on the front of the card and a soft background was created with Wheat VersaMagic ink and stamped with Letter Background.  For an added accent, metallic gold thread was stitched along the side.

Enjoy the colors of autumn,

Penny Black Stamps: Fancy Foliage 30-138 , Letter Background 1999L
Penny Black Mix & Match Cardstock: Storm 01-001
3M Scotch Dimensional Foam Tape
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Watercolors
Faber-Castell: PITT Artist Big Brush Pens
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko:  Onyx Black VersaFine, Wheat VersaMagic, Clear Embossing Powder
Liquitex Matte Gel