Friday, February 15, 2019

Hello Leaves

Hi everyone.  Time for a reminder for the CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Dimensional Die-cuts, hosted by our wonderful Hideko.


I started by die-cutting my leaf sprig three times (twice from white card stock, once from acetate to use as a stencil).  I softly sponged my leaves over the background using the stencil, changing the angle of the leaves to create a random design.  I think having the leaves in the background helps create a sense of depth.

With the two white card stock die-cuts, I sponged one completely using dark brown, light brown and rust.  The second sprig had only the leaves sponged.  I used my stylus and foam mat to add a curve to the single leaves.  Then layered them on top of the sprig, off-setting them slightly from the bottom leaves and adding a rolled glue dot at the tip of the leaf for dimension, while gluing the base of the leaf flush.

A simple white frame was popped up over the stenciled background and the layered leaf die-cut was added on top with a sentiment stamped in rust to finish.

Here's a close-up ...

... and an even closer look at the leaves ...
I hope you'll check out the challenge blog to see the amazing dimensional die-cut cards from our Designers and fabulous Guest Designer, Arlene.

Adding this to the Take It Make It Challenge - Craft Stampers magazine.  This is my second entry.







Stamps: Happy Messages (Stampendous)
Paper:  White card stock (Neenah 110 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Brushed Cordoroy, Gathered Twigs, Rusty Hinge (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  Leaf die (AliExpress), Sponges, rectangular die-cut for frame, stylus and foam mat

Challenges:
CAS Mix Up February Challenge - Dimensional Die-cuts
Take It Make It February Challenge


35 comments:

Sue said...

Your leaves are stunning, Loll, they look so real! Beautiful card x

Barb Ghig said...

Your softly sponged leaves are so lovely, Loll...I think they work perfectly with all the dimension you created with your stylus!! I also love how you mixed your colors to create such a beautiful palette for this card...truly stunning, my friend!!!

Dianne Johnson said...

Absolutely gorgeous work! Love it!

Mac Mable said...

The stencilling sure does add a layer of depth and looks wonderful. Fantastic die cut leaves, colouring and dimension Loll and one very striking card x.

Liz said...

Stunning card, Loll. The die cut leaves look so realistic and I love how you've stencilled the background. xx

Viv's Visuals said...

This is lovely Loll... no doubt this will be another one that I will have to have a go at! x

Daffodil Cards said...

Stunning and love the background.
Faith

nancy littrell said...

OMG...Loll, Stunning die cut leaves sprig over layering with a 2nd layer of shaped leaves. Beautiful dimension. I love your idea of die cutting the sprig with acetate to use as a stenciled background giving even more dimension to your beautiful die cut leaves. Wow... I need to make more stencils with my acetate, which I have plenty of...TFS and always inspiring me, my friend. Hugs...Nancy

Nancy Stislow said...

Wow, this one really caught my eye. Your forming of that sprig is so realistic and so are the gorgeous colors. This design is exquisite and I just love that die! Outstanding work both in design and execution!

Pat said...

A fabulous card Loll and I love the use of the negative of this pretty die cut leafy sprig as a stencil for the leaves in the background, and the shaping of the leaves over the top as a second dimensional layer looks so natural and absolutely beautiful. x

Bonnie said...

I am seriously envying that leaf die, my friend! The stenciling does add wonderful dimension and you have shaped and colored the leaves beautifully! A gorgeous card, my friend!

Patti said...

I just love this delicate beauty!! your design is stunning Loll and I just love the products you have used.

Catherine Kraft said...

Loll, I love your card. I've been looking for a branch like this. Is this a recent purchase? Do you happen to have a link, I've looked and at the point I haven't been able to find it. Thank you for any help!!

Loll said...

Catherine. I don't have your email to respond directly to you. Here's the link to the die you're interested in:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/CH-Leaves-Stencil-Metal-Cutting-Dies-For-Scrapbooking-Practice-Hands-on-DIY-Album-Decor-Card-Craft/32866761186.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.15.3ee94934egtYLf&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_10_10065_10130_10068_10547_319_317_10548_10696_453_10084_454_10083_10618_10139_10307_537_536_10902_10059_10884_10887_321_322_10103,searchweb201603_55,ppcSwitch_0&algo_expid=25b2b5f9-c96b-4a2e-b9ac-b7c497553441-2&algo_pvid=25b2b5f9-c96b-4a2e-b9ac-b7c497553441&transAbTest=ae803_5

Loll :)

Cath Wilson said...

Oh the joys of Ali Express, lol - this is absolutely gorgeous, Loll. Love those leaves and you're so right - the background stencilling does add depth and makes it look almost like a view from a window. Lovely.
Cath x

Jeanne said...

Another beauty! The shape, the depth, the colors are all beautiful and work together to create a gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing! :)

HilaryJane said...

This is just stunning, some more techniques to try xx

Maria said...

Lovely card! Very pretty leaves and wonderful dimension!

Bobby said...

Dimension indeed, Loll. I wanted to pick a leaf right off that branch it looks so true-to-life.

Jo Manna said...

A walk in the woods, this card is total harmony and incredible dimension. Stencilling the background with die cut brings perfect cohesion to this delicate beauty. So much detail and colour nuances. Love this card, xxx

Happy Dance said...

"Stunning" seems to be the word that fits this card best, Loll. And it is. This card deserves to be placed in a frame and hung on a wall in a prominent place. It's so very cool. The soft stenciling, the layers of leaves, and the simplicity of the white have all combined into a stunning card. Love it. Bev

Linda said...

This is beautiful ... those leaves look so real. I like the stenciling in the background too. Your attention to detail always amazes me xx

Christine Alexander said...

gorgeous Loll, I love the colour and the beautiful way you layered the die. :)

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, this card looks like a beautiful display in a show window! Fantastic dimension, colors, and shadow (stencil) effect! I love it! The sponged layered leaf sprig looks real with your styling and coloring/sponging the leaves, and adding rolled glue dots. Using the same die to make your own stencil and adding depth is so clever. Thank you so much for sharing this inspiring card and giving me all the support for this challenge!
Hideko x

Susan said...

Love the way you popped up the top layer of leaves with a rolled glue dot - such a simple technique but so effective! Beautiful stenciled background and framing.

Arlene said...

Incredibly detailed and soft and feminine all at the same time.

Ros Crawford said...

I'm in love with this card... Those leaves on the branches look amazing!

Kara Lynne said...

I love the curved dimension in your leaves, and those colors are gorgeous! Such a perfect stenciled background. This is such a "WOW" card!

Trina P. said...

What a way to end my visit to your blog today, Loll! Your stencilling / inking is incredible. It created serious dimension. Love the colours. xx

Brenda said...

Wow, love this card Loll! Love that die! Yes, the stenciled background really gives this card depth with the other die cuts on top. I love how you did your leaves and of course the stem. Those curls up leaves really give the sense of movement as well. I just adore this card! Hugs, Brenda

Anita in France said...

Delicate, dimensional, beautifully detailed and oh so lovely, Loll ... really a stunner! Hugs, Anita :)

Darnell said...

First of all, I'm sorry I've been so neglectful of your blog, Lolly! I kept going back and back and back and couldn't believe how many amazing posts I've missed! Darn that speeding time! This one turns out to be my most favorite because you made your own stencil and used it to add so much interest to the back of your shadow-boxish aperture and I love how you offset the dual leaves at the tips. Genius!! I think I speak on behalf of all of Blogland that we are glad you run these challenges because if you were a participant you.would.win.every.time!! Hugs, Dolly

Susan Joyce said...

Totally deliughtful Loll, love every design element. Just stunning!

BożenA said...

Stunning! It perfectly combined the elements cut out with those created by the template. You are a genius of form and colors.
Hugs,
BożenA

Marlena M. said...

gosh this dimension is INCREDIBLE! Love this~