Monday, March 21, 2011

Fallen Leaves

I watched several videos on Stamp TV's website yesterday and had to try a technique called "Distressed Embossed Pattern paper".  I used it on the background paper for today's card and also used the "Watercolor Spritz" technique from the same website for the main image of my card.  Had so much fun trying these new techniques and I LOVE working with watercolor paper ... it has such great texture!

Pat Smethers has posted several cards on Splitcoaststampers and I love her use of the Nestabilities Label Ten die-cut in tandem with the MS branch punch.  I CASE'd that part of the card from her - it finishes off everything so nicely.  Hope you like.
"Fallen Leaves"

Stamps:  Leafless Limb Large (Stampscapes)
Paper:  Soft Suede, River Rock Designer Series paper - polka-dot (SU!); watercolor paper
Ink:  Soft Suede, River Rock, Cajun Craze, Old Olive (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Bird & Leaves embossing folder, Nestabilities Label Ten & oval die-cuts (Spellbinders), MS "vine trim" border punch, six bronze half-pearls, Colorbox Stylus, sponges, sticky strips, adhesives & dimensionals.

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I followed the video instructions for Distressed Embossed Patterned paper (as per link above) on the River Rock Polka-dot Designer Series paper with the Birds & Leaves embossing folder.  I then used my Colorbox Stylus to sponge the embossed surface with Soft Suede ink.  I added some random sponging of Old Olive and Cajun Craze to the background paper and finished it by sponging the edges with more Soft Suede ink.

I inked my stamp with Soft Suede and used a mister to lightly spray with water before stamping onto watercolor paper.  I cut out the image with the oval die cut and then used the Colorbox Stylus again to add Old Olive, River Rock and Cajun Craze to the main image.  I mounted it behind the Label Ten die-cut of Soft Suede (which I had also sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink).

I punched out vines with Soft Suede and River Rock cardstock and used the same color inks to sponge the edges to add depth.  I arranged the vines near the bottom of my background panel and topped with the framed main image, popping it up with dimensionals.  I added the bronze half pearls to finish.

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