Tuesday, November 2, 2010

TIPsy Tuesday - 4 Steps to great leaves



For today's color challenge at Splitcoaststampers, Mary asked us to use Cajun Craze, Peach Parfait, and Early Espresso - all new to the Stampin' Up! palette.  As new colors, I still don't have all the inks and papers.  I don't have anything in Cajun Craze so I had to use Dusty Durango but I darkened it with watercolor and embossing powder so I hope it will pass :-)  These colors go beautifully together for fall.  I threw in just a touch of kraft (now Crumb Cake) for my neutral to balance the chipboard.

To create the leaves:
  1. Cut leaves with a paper cutting system.  I used the Cricut.  You could also trim some out by hand.
  2. Score the main veins.  I used my bone folder and a ruler.  This makes the most difference in making them look real.
  3. Add some color depth in the vein lines with watercolor crayons in slightly darker shades and a blender pen.
  4. Coat each leaf with Versamark, dip in clear embossing powder and heat.  Be sure to use your tweezors!  I edged the lighter Peach Parfait one with a little Early Espresso marker.  You could distress the edges too with some Ranger ink.

Hope you have had a happy day!  I'm so thankful to have card making as a hobby.  I think this may have been the only constructive thing I got done today besides voting.  The repairman came but my stove still needs more parts. We are now on day 15 of no stove... and counting.  I'm to pick up the latest part tomorrow.   We'll see...

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Woodgrain by Hero Arts; Define Your Life by Stampin' Up!
Cardstock:  Early Espresso, Dusty Durango, Peach Parfait
Ink:  Versamark, Early Espresso marker; various watercolor crayons
Embroidery Floss:  DMC

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