Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Another Great Retreat Technique

Hi everyone.  I'm sharing one of my cards made at the retreat using this awesome technique of making prints from plants from the garden.  Led by Christine (It's a Card Day's Night), we all had wonderful success with this fun and easy technique.

This is how it's done ...
Pick flowers, leaves, stems from your garden that are fairly flat and interesting in look or colour.  Place between two pieces of mixed media paper and run through your Big Shot with full sandwich to press the flowers.  If the plants are "juicy" you will end up with a bit of liquid squirting out, so have paper towels handy.  Sandwiching the plants between two pieces of mixed media paper gives you two prints each time.  Let them dry completely and brush off any plant matter that has stuck to the card.

I used a leaf sprig that Christine picked for me that was burgundy in colour.  When pressed, mostly purple and gray were transferred.  SO COOL!!!  Thank you Christine!!

I cut a window in my card front and then smooshed it with Wilted Violet and Pumice Stone distress inks.  The colours work really well with the leaf print.

Here's a close-up ...

Also sharing a photo taken by Dolly (Darnell), of us stopping to smile for the camera during one of our sessions.  Wasn't until the last day that we remembered we had a tripod and camera with timer, which we could have used so Dolly was in the picture too. Oops!
  left to right: (Linda, Bonnie, Colleen, Susan, Christine, me, Trina, Nancy) ... Dolly taking photo.

Entering the card into Craft Stamper Magazine's June Take It Make It Challenge.

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Just returned home after spending four days with my sister and BIL, who live in the B.C. Interior.  We had a great visit with them and also got to spend a lot of time hanging out with their two Springer Setters, Lexie and Tucker.  So fun! :)  Couple of pics ...

 
Lexie                                                             Tucker

  
Me, Lexie, Tucker                        Hubby and Lexie






Stamps:  No image stamps --- used leaves from the garden; sentiment Hello (Happy Messages) Stampendous
Paper:  Mixed Media paper (Strathmore 140 lb.)
Ink:  Distress Inks:  Wilted Violet, Pumice Stone - smooshed on card front; Black (Memento)
Accessories & Tools:  Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), water mister, Big Shot for pressing leaves,

Challenges:
Craft Stamper Magazine - Take It Make It June Challenge


21 comments:

Maura said...

Wow, that is so pretty, Loll! And your inky frame is so perfect with your leaves! Another technique to try..... Thanks for inspiring as always!

nancy littrell said...

Thank you, Loll for the reminder to pick some flowers at home to try the technique again. There were some real artsy beauties at our retreat:-) Loved how you finished your beautiful leaves with a matching smooshed framae:-) TFS Dolly's photo too...we had so much creative fun:-)

TFS your cute photos of you, Gord and cute setters too. Definitely lap dogs and you and Gord looked so relaxed:-)

gcalex62@gmail.com said...

I love the frame you created for your beautiful flower press Loll.

And OMG those dogs are so cute, reminds me of my lap dog who doesn't realize she's a bit big :)

Nstiz said...

What a cool technique and sure a lot easier than eco printing. Look at those colors! Just gorgeous. I love how you matched the prints with your card. Just gorgeous!

Susan said...

That's one of the nicest plant prints I've seen, Loll! It turned out so well. Great photo of our group too. And of course I love the dog photos - Lexie and Tucker are such beautiful dogs!

Bonnie said...

Your leaf prints turned out beautifully, Loll! The smooshed frame is the perfect way to present them! Love this card! What great pictures of you, Gord, Lexie and Tucker! Beautiful dogs! Glad you had a good visit.

Nancy said...

Thanks so much. I'm going to give this a try! You're so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of women who share your love of getting inky!
Nancy

Quillish said...

Wow.. that's so cool! Amazing idea :D and am so jealous 😬

Robyn Oliver said...

Stamping with nature, what a cool idea and fabulous results, now I'll be looking at my garden with different eyes... great card Loll. Nice to see you're home and had a lovely break, gorgeous 'lap' dogs too.

Julie B said...

What a great technique, the result looks fab.
Those two doggies look cute too! :)

kiwimeskreations said...

Loving the leaf prints Loll - the colours are exquisite, and the mounting really complements them
Blessings
Maxine

Linda said...

You've got some great leaf prints there, love the inky frame too. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge.
Great photos of your time away, you all look so relaxed xx

Daffodil Cards said...

What a wonderful result, a beautiful colour too. Love your retreat again, happy times, love Springers, such lovely temperaments.
Faith

Karen Dunbrook said...

love your results on this wonderful card Loll....looks like you had a great time with your family too.
xx Karen

Maria said...

Oh, wow! What a fab technique with great results, so pretty!! Looks like a great time at the craft retreat, how fun! And, love those dog photos, super cute!

Viv said...

Wonderful card Loll. And I love the colour combo - peaceful I think. Glad you had a good time with family. x

Happy Dance said...

That's about the coolest technique ever in the whole world! I can't believe how absolutely amazing these pressed leaves turned out! I am totally blown away! Your large smooshed panel works perfectly with these gorgeous leave. Might have to give this one a shot! Fabulous card, Loll. Great photos too! xo Bev

Jo said...

So cool, wonder if this could work with my purple basil :D
I love how this card came out. Such a lovely colour combination. Truly unique xx

Papercraft Boutique said...

Wow, this is so cool, Loll! Love your leaf prints! The colors are transferred beautifully and all the details show so clearly! You made a perfect window panel for the prints. The ink smooshed effect and the colors look wonderful with the leaf images.
Thank you for sharing the pictures! Everyone (including Lexie and Tucker) looks so happy and relaxed!
Hideko xx

BożenA said...

I love the effects of the technique of pressing live plants. It is a pity that then there is so much clutter around Big Shot. Great design, Loll.
Hugs,
BożenA

Barb Ghig said...

WOW! This is so artistic, Loll! I love the results you achieved...the details are beautiful and I love how you added the frame! I'm also amazed at how the purple and gray transferred to your mixed media paper...A really stunning work of art!
Thanks for sharing those great pics with us...all smiles around the craft table and your sisters' pups are so CUTE! Barb xx