I made something. A card. With my own hands! This is big news for me this week. I’ve been dreading cleaning my office in order to get to my craft table for about two months now, but I knew it was time to crack down and get to business. Five hours later, I was sitting at my desk playing with all the things I finally found a place for. Cleaning is one of my biggest inspirations. I find things I forgot I loved or discover things I forgot I bought.
When I saw the Stitched Leaves die set from Lawn Fawn, I knew I couldn’t put it away without making something but didn’t want to make a fall card. So I went as far away from fall colors as I could and went straight for spring: bright, fresh green leaves with touches of yellow, blue and white accents.
See below for a step-by-step explanation of how to go from white cardstock to these very pretty leaves using Distress Ink. Oh Distress Ink, my love! It’s so amazing what you can do with three colors and a blending tool. I decorated the wreath with the Into the Woods Mixed Sequins from Lawn Fawn (adhered with my fave adhesive for sequins, Multi Matte Medium) along with some adhesive pearls and gems from Hero Arts.
The sentiment had to stand up to the blinged-out rest of the card without taking focus away from the focal point of the card, so I went with clean and simple black ink on a white banner. The alpha is Milo’s ABCs from Lawn Fawn. This set is the absolute best for making sentiments that are longer without going onto two lines.
Steps to bring the leaves to life:
- Cover a piece of thick, white cardstock (I use Neenah Solar White) with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink using a blending tool.
- Die cut a bunch of leaves out of the now-colored paper – I did 10 passes to create 10 of each of the large and small smooth leaves. (Use a Craft Pick to pop the leaves out of the die if they’re being stubborn.)
- Separate the leaves into two piles (5 large, 5 small in each pile). One pile is for darker or “base layer” leaves and the other is for lighter or “top layer” leaves.
- Use a blending tool to apply Peeled Paint to all the leaves, focusing on the edges and adding more ink to the base layer leaves than the top layer leaves.
- Repeat step 4 with Mowed Lawn ink, focusing on the edges.
- Adhere the leaves to the card, starting with large base layer leaves, then small base layer leaves, then large top layer leaves and finishing with small top layer leaves. Work constantly to create a circle with each added layer of leaves. Apply leaves with glue dots, thin foam adhesive and thick foam adhesive to extra depth and dimension
- Embellish with sequins, rhinestones and pearls to add color and texture.
Supplies used on this project: Click below to see where you can buy the products used on this project. Click on “Simon” for the product at Simon Says Stamp and “Ellen” for the product at Ellen Hutson. I only link to products and shops that I know and love. Thank you for your support!
On a personal note, this past week has been tough. I’m transitioning into my transitional life style of working (very) part time, making to do lists, crossing things off those lists and bringing together my portfolio. My focus is not only on my career path but also my health. Health is a little more of a random series of events for me. I’ve had a really hard time getting my anxiety under control since switching one of my medications around last November, and it’s causing everything to be so much more stressful than it could be.
That being said, I’m still planning on two CHA blog posts: stamping and embellishments/tools. I have the draft posts already in the works and hope to have them up sometime this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. It feels good to feel creative again, and I plan on letting this creativity take me wherever it wants to go. :)