Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Splattered Maple Leaf


Hi everyone.  A few weeks back I did some experimenting with water color paper.  I had so much fun!!!  The one consistent thing about water color paper is that it's not consistent!! :)  The results can vary so much.  I wanted to see if I could find a more consistent way to color ... and I think I have, but it may just be with these colors because I have yet to try it with others.

I die cut my maple leaf using my favorite water color paper (Arches 140 lb. cold press - Natural White).  Then I took sponge daubers and randomly sponged the dry water color paper with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red (heavier with the first two colors and less with the red).  Then I misted the leaf with water until the ink became wet and ran into each other a bit ... but not soaking wet.  I let it dry and then splattered with watered down Early Espresso ink, using a toothbrush.  LOVE how it turned out.  Will try it with other colors to see if I can get more good results.  I'll keep you posted!

Here's a close-up:


I added a strip of woodgrain embossing white card stock under the leaf and then stamped a simple sentiment.  Lots of white space so that the leaf is the star of this card.



Stamps:  Elements of Style (SU!)
Paper:  White, Watercolor
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Large Leaves #2 die (Cheery Lynn), Woodgrain embossing folder (Sizzix), sponge daubers, water mister, toothbrush, sticky strips, adhesives and dimensionals



I'm entering this card into the Paper Players #172 - CAS Leaves challenge.


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Here's a picture of Evan at our family birthday dinner on Sunday.  He wanted a Black Forest Cake for his birthday cake - yum!!  Sorry it's so dark, but my dining room is dark orange, so all pictures seem dark ... and the one with the flash wasn't as nice ...





23 comments:

Kylie said...

LOVE that leaf, Loll. What a beauty!!! Yummo, the cake looks amazing too!! xx

Cathy said...

Hi Loll, beautiful CAS card, the colours look lovely and rich. The cake looks lovely & rich too! yummo, Cathy x

Kristie Goulet said...

Loll, that leaf is beautiful! CAS perfection!

Bonnie said...

I saw the other leaves in the Fan Club Gallery and I've got to say that this technique is awesome! The brown spots make the leaves look so realistic! The simple background is perfect for showing the leaf off and the bit of embossing adds texture and extra interest!

Barb Ghig said...

I love the results you achieved with your inks...your leaf turned out beautifully! Great idea to add a small strip of woodgrain cardstock, too! It gives your card a lovely CAS feel!
Thanks for sharing the photo with us...I hope Evan had a great birthday!

Donna Przybylowski said...

Great coloring technique, love how it comes out. I have to experiment some more, maybe once things settle down here, after Turkey day I hope.
Take care,
hugs
Donna

MaryH said...

More fab color against that beautiful crisp white. Love your experiment. TFS a picture of your handsome son. It's obvious he had a lovely birthday. Great card, great picture too. Hugs.

Susan said...

Your experimenting gave you great results - thanks for explaining how you did it. Beautiful card - perfect for Canada and for autumn. Your Black Forest cake looks delicious and your son looks like he can't wait to tuck in!

scrappymo! said...

Lovely inking. It makes a great card with that white woodgrain.

Karen B said...

Love the effect you have got with the watercolour paper Loll and the woodgrain embossed strip is a genius way of pulling the two elements together.

Karen x

Maxcine said...

Your cards make me smile Lol. Thank you. X

shirley-bee said...

Beautiful CAS card, Loll! The leaf is stunning and I love the rust spots on it. And the woodgrain embossed panel sets it off beautifully.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Seriously, stop. I am too old to keep falling off my dang chair, Lolly!

Happy belated Birthday to Evan. He looks so happy with that delish cake!! Hugs, Dolly

Anonymous said...

Ah ha so i need a toothbrush now for crafting, well I've used nearly everything else so why not. Fantabulous , fabulous and beautifully done lollipop. That cake is nearly as gorgeous as that hunky male happy belated birthday to him.

Marie

Darlene Gabriel said...

Wow what a beautiful CAS card. Your leaf turned out beautifully. I love the Early Espresso splatters - it really makes this look real.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE how it turned out too, Loll ... this is stunning! That BF gateau looks gorgeous too! Anita :)

Benzi said...

Such a striking color you achieved for the leaf and I really like the splattering....looks just like my leaves outside. Ooh, I want a piece of that cake. :-)

Kim M said...

This is stunning! Love that leaf and your design is fantastic! :-)

Anonymous said...

The cake sounds delicious and I love your card (as always). What is black forest cake?

Susan Joyce said...

Must try your technique Loll, beautiful card and leaf.

Sue said...

Hi Loll, your beautiful leaf looks glorious on the white background, love the spattering! The cake looks scrumptious too. xx

Nance Leedy said...

OMG, Loll this is gorgeous! What a wonderful technique and I love the bit of embossed white--so wonderfully unexpected! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

stampwithsandy said...

Gorgeous, Loll! That leaf is just beautiful and pops against the white background. Great layout, too. Thanks for joining us this week at The Paper Players!