Posts Tagged ‘Leaves’

Watercolour Leaf Print Card

Saturday, October 16th, 2021

Hi There!

Thanks for popping by to check out my Watercolour Leaf Print Card.

This card is so simple yet elegant and I love the technique of printing with things from nature.

You will need to venture outside to find some leaves of varying shapes and sizes.  If you can find leaves that have not yet gone crispy, I found they worked best for this technique.

I am using Canson XL Mix Media 98lb paper, however, you can use regular watercolour if you like.  I am using the mixed media paper as I was unsure if I wanted to stamp a sentiment on the front.  I find that sometimes watercolour can be a bit “toothy” and stamping does not always come out clear.

The next item you are going to need is some watercolours.  The brand does not so much matter, as long as you like using them, that is the important thing.  I am using Grumbacher watercolours.  They start out in the tube and I squeezed out a small amount into a pallet, which I then let the paints dry and I can reactivate them with a couple spritzes of water.

I am using a flat watercolour brush, two small rounds and a 1/4 inch angle shader brush, but you can use whatever brushes you like to work with.  I first use the flat brush to apply some of the watercolour onto the back of the leaf.  Using the back takes advantage of all the vein details and will transfer better onto the paper.  The consistency of the paint is really up to you and what look you are going for, however, I found that a thicker consistency of paint seemed to work best to transfer a more detailed image onto the paper.

Once I had enough paint on the leaf I then turned it over and laid it onto the paper applying even pressure to transfer the image.  You can do this as many times as you like, with which ever leaf and colour that you think looks best.

Let these stamped images dry completely before moving onto the next step.  You can use a heat tool to speed the process up if you like.

Now we will use our round brushes to wet the areas between the stamped images.  Drop in whatever background colours you like to help make the images pop.  I stuck with a very simple pallet and used some left over mixed paint that I already had.  Basically what I am trying to achieve is some shadowing behind the leaves to help them stand out.

I suggest that you do this process slowly and build many layers of paint, drying in between.  I find that if I take my time and build many layers as opposed to trying to get a thick layer of paint right away, I am much happier with the outcome.   Be patient and enjoy the process of layering the paint and take note of how the pigments flow.  Don’t forget to have fun!  Play around and experiment!  You can see my layering process by clicking HERE to watch the video.

When I was happy with the background I achieved I then dried the project and removed the light tack tape that I used to adhere the paper to my board.  I like creating a white border around my watercolours.

I shifted gears for the sentiment on the front, instead of stamping I decided to go with a simple “Thanks” die cut and adhered three layers together with Art Glitter Glue to create some dimension.  I secured the panel onto an A2 120lb white cardstock base and then secured the “Thanks” sentiment down on the lower right hand corner and added some Glossy Accents for shine.

The inside sentiment was stamped in VersaClaire Nocturne ink with a sentiment from the Kind Thanks stamp set from My Favorite Things.

 I hope you enjoyed today’s card technique and I would love if you posted what you create over at the Facebook Challenge page!

Have a crafty day!

~Chala

Harvest of Blessings

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

Happy Saturday Crafters!  Chala here today and I am happy to share a super easy and fun card to send you all a Harvest of Blessings!

I suffer from “new release desire”.  I want all the new products!  So while I was sitting there deciding what I wanted to do for today’s card I looked around my craft room at ALL the supplies I have and am really so thankful to have a bountiful collection!  I realized there are so many stamps that I have not used in a while or I have not used yet at all!  This is a perfect time to revisit and appreciate what I already have!

I pulled out an older My Favorite Things stamp set called Harvest Mouse.  I remember seeing this set for the first time and I fell in love with the sweet images.  But it was one sentiment in particular that made me want to purchase this set.  It was the sentiment “Bushel and a Peck”. My Grandma always used to say “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.  This brought back so many warm and fuzzy feelings.  She has only been gone now for about 4 years….and lived to an amazing age of 108!  I am so blessed that she lived so long and got to see all my kids be born!  But…I digress!  I am not using that particular sentiment today, but the “Wishing you a Harvest of Blessings” as it ties in nicely with our Facebook Challenge word for today – Harvest!

Growing up in Saskatchewan harvest time was busy!  Farmers spending hours upon hours i the fields trying to get crops off.  Women in the gardens bringing in the fruits/vegetables of their long summer labour.  Now that I live in a big city I fear I have lost the appreciation from where our food comes from…until this year when my husband decided to take over the task of the garden.  It was a job his dad enjoyed and since he passed we wanted to ensure the garden was still a place full of growth and his memories.  My husband started the seeds in our bonus room front window (yay…) and then transplanted the little plants into the garden once they had grown enough and he was sure frost wouldn’t kill his little babies that he nurtured for 3 months…in my bonus room.   Now, we anxiously await when he will let us harvest the two little pumpkins that he managed to grow!  lol!  So, when I saw the little mouse with the pumpkin it reminded me of my sweet husband’s efforts.

I stamped the little mouse, leaves and pumpkins in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and did some quick Copic colouring.  I then fussy cut out the little images with my EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors.

I scavenged my Die collection and found and inside out scalloped die that I thought would work well to create a focal point for my card.  I also pulled out a beautiful plaid pattern paper and thought that would look great behind the die cut circle as a background.

I used my favourite Fiskars Sure Cut Trimmer to trim the circle scalloped panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″ layered it onto of the patterned paper trimmed down to standard A2 size panel.

I adhered all the little images (except the mouse) down with Gina K Connect glue.  For the mouse I wanted him to stand out a bit and used some Foam Squares which gave him the perfect amount of dimension.

The sentiment was stamped with….can you guess?….my favourite ink for sentiments Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.  To ensure I got my sentiment straight and stamped legibly I used my Hampton Arts Stamp Perfect.

All that was left to do was to adhere the panel onto an A2 side folding card with an adhesive tape runner.

I really love how simple but cute this card came out!  I challenge you to look at your craft supplies and be thankful for every item you have.  Pull out some old forgotten sets to remember why you wanted them in the first place and then USE THEM!  lol!

Thank you so very much for spending this time with me today.

I wish you and yours a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving weekend!

~Chala