Stretching My Leaf Stamps for Fall

Can you believe it? It’s the final days of September! We are well into fall where I live in Ontario, and so my prompt today for this month’s Random Acts of Cardness Challenge is LEAVES. Of course they don’t have to be autumn leaves, but to me, it seemed appropriate. Normally I would grab a maple leaf stamp or die, but I decided to challenge myself a bit and use leaves that are perhaps not designed to be used on their own:

For this card, I am using two leaf stamps from a Concord & 9th set called Filled In Florals. Using the rock ‘n roll technique, I randomly stamped my leaves down the left side of the panel, using yellow and orange Memento inks. I don’t have a deckle trimmer (psst, Santa!), so I carefully used a deckle frame die to add interest to the right edge of my panel. The sentiment is embossed with glitter embossing powder, and I added a trio of enamel dots from my stash to finish everything off.

For my second card, I decided to experiment with some alcohol lift ink!

Okay, I was actually planning to play with alcohol inks, but I’m still a total beginner with them, so my inked panel was… not pretty. I grabbed the larger of my two leaf stamps, tapped it on the alcohol lift pad, stamped it on my inked panel, and finally stamped it onto regular cardstock. My garish panel made for subtly coloured images! I like how it gives a completely different look to the leaves. Again, being a relative newbie, I now know that the process will stain your clear stamps. Word to the wise if you like to keep your stamps pristine. 😉 I kept the rest of my card simple, with a few scored lines and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Thanks a Latte.

If you decide to make a card with leaves on it, I hope you’ll add it to the Scrap ‘n Stamp challenge page on Facebook! Thanks for checking in today.

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