Thursday, November 17, 2011

Golden Leaves

When I saw the big gorgeous leaf designs on Inkadinkado's "Leaves Galore" set, I knew that I wanted to emboss them and make something really fabulous.  I had a ton of fun creating this card playing with Pearl Ex powders, embossing powders, and Distress Stains.

The Details:
  • I've been using a ton of neutrals lately and wanted to step out a bit, so I used eggplant cardstock as the base, stamped the medium leaf cluster in Versamark and used a dry paint brush to add gold, bronze, and copper Pearl Ex powders to the stamped leaves.  The edges were distressed with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
  • The label plate was raw chipboard that I colored with Distress Stains and then added a layer of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  "Happy Thanksgiving" was embossed in gold on mustard cardstock that was also colored with Distress Stains.  It's adhered to the label plate with foam tape for dimension.  The "brads" are dots of Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles.
  • Now for the fun part...the big yummy leaves!  I stamped the large oak, medium oak, and large maple leaves in Versamark onto kraft cardstock.  The large oak is embossed with gold, large maple with copper, and the medium oak is mostly gold with a little copper thrown in.
  • I then cut the leaves out using deckle scissors for a ragged, dry leafy edge, then distressed the edges a bit more with a Tim Holtz paper distresser tool.  
  • Next, I just played and layered, and played and layered...I kept adding different Distress Stains until I liked the results and got some nice autumnal leaves.  But I wasn't done yet.  Once I was satisfied with the Distress Stains, I sprayed each leaf with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist and smeared a bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Stickles to the medium oak leaf.
  • After layering up the finished leaves (the top oak leaf is raised a bit using foam tape), I added the wide organza ribbon and gold cord.
Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! ‘Elegant Eggplant’, ‘More Mustard’; Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’
Stamps: Inkadinkado ‘Leaves Galore’; Stampin’ Up! ‘All Year Cheer’
Inks: Versamark; Distress Stain ‘Pumice Stone’, ‘Brushed Corduroy’, ‘Rusty Hinge’, ‘Spiced Marmalade’, ‘Crushed Olive’, ‘Chipped Sapphire’; Perfect Pearls Mist ‘Heirloom Gold’; Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’
Embellishments: Pearl Ex powder ‘Antique Bronze’, ‘Super Copper’, ‘Antique Gold’; SU! embossing powder ‘Gold Glory’; All Night Media embossing powder ‘Copper’; Celebrate It ribbon; gold cord; Distress Stickles ‘Frayed Burlap’; chipboard label; Distress Crackle Paint ‘Rock Candy’

Tools: deckle scissors; heat tool; Xacto knife; 3M foam tape


  1. Love the eggplant and gold color combo.

  2. Fabulous card :)
    Thank you for sharing some of your favourite techniques wi us at Just for Fun
    Von x

  3. Beautiful card! Loving those big leaves... Thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper challenge this month

  4. Gorgeous leaves they look terrific with all the embossing and distressing. thank you for sharing with us at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe

  5. STUNNING CARD!! I love EVERYTHING!! Thank you fro playing w/ us @ My Sheri Crafts!!

  6. WOW ... those leaves are GORGEOUS and I just love everything about this creation!
    Thanks so much for joining our "Anything Goes" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!

    Shelly's Images DT

  7. Beautiful! The color combination is awesome.

  8. What a wonderful card Vic, with beautiful colours!

    greetings, Trix

  9. Wow, wonderful card and really love how those leaves turned out. Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters.

  10. Very pretty - and shiny! Love it!

  11. Wow this is stunning, I just love it!!Thanks for joining us at Scrap-Creations.Good Luck !

  12. Fabulous leaf background on your card :)
    Thanks for joining in at The Artistic Stamper this month
    xoxo Sioux

  13. Wonderful card and really wonder to watch how those leaves turned out. Thanks so much for playing along at The Sisterhood of Crafters. Hope you enjoyed lot.

  14. Beautiful! Love the embossed leaves. Makes them really stand out & pop. Thank you for joining the challenge at Crafting for all Seasons.

  15. Lovely golden leaves and a super word plate. Just great for all the challenges you have entered. Hugs, Neet (JFF)

  16. Oh, your card looks fantastic! Very stunning and I love the colours! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

  17. Beautiful! I'm so glad that you joined us at Shelly's Images "Show Us What You Got" Challenge and I hope we see more of your creations in the future!


  18. This is just beautiful!! I love the gorgeous colors and the leaves are wonderful! Thank you for joining My Sheri Crafts.


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