Leaf Printing

Leaf Printing

I recently watched this video where Linda uses leaves that have fallen from trees with her die cut machine to get beautiful leaf images that can be used on cards. She shows samples with more of an embossed look, but I kept trying different leaves, looking for ones that gave a lot more color.

I “printed” each leaf on water color paper, added a sentiment, layered the panels, and the card was complete.

Here are a few more samples…

The “so blessed…” sentiment is from the “Elegant Autumn Swirl Leaves” stamp set from Heartfelt Creations and the “thinking of you” sentiment is from the “Sketched Flowers” stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I also used Gina K Designs Chocolate Truffle Amalgam Ink and Dark Chocolate and Honey Mustard or Faded Brick card stock. I chose to keep these cards simple and let the leaves do all the work!

I made a TON of panels. As I mentioned above, every leaf left a different impression with varying amounts of color. But they all looked cool in their own way! I found it interesting that the brightest leaves did not always leave the brightest images And the colors of the leaves did not always match the color of the images. You just didn’t know what to expect which is what made it so fun!! As Linda said, the technique works best if the leaves still have lots of moisture in them, and I also had the most success with maple leaves, although I got some great impressions with other types as well.

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Blooming Branch Birthday Card and the HDSA fundraiser from Simon Says Stamp

Blooming Branch Birthday Card and the HDSA fundraiser from Simon Says Stamp

This card features the “Blooming Branch” stencil set and stamp from Pink Fresh Studio. The greeting die cuts and stamp are from the “Happy Thoughts Stamp and Die Set” from Gemini/Crafter’s Companion which came from the craft box I received from Simon Says Stamp with my donation to HDSA (*see below).

Gina K Designs inks (Tomato Soup, Coral Reef, Faded Brick, Honey Mustard, and Dark Sage) and card stock (Warm Glow, Faded Brick, and White) were used as well as Memento Tuxedo Black ink. After the image was stamped and stenciled, the panel was embossed with the “Subtle” embossing folder from Stampin’ Up.


Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a fundraiser to raise money for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. The following is from Simon Says Stamp:

We are working to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the devastating illness, Huntington’s Disease.

Make a $50 donation through this purchase and the net proceeds will be donated to HDSA Central Ohio.  You will receive a box of craft supplies donated by our generous vendors to support this campaign [while supplies last]. The retail value of this box is at least $100 and includes random, exciting supplies… There is also a $150 box available.

100% of the net sales from the Donation Boxes will be going to help those in need.  For more information or to donate directly to HDSA Central Ohio, please visit: https://centralohio.hdsa.org/simonsays.

(Thanks, Diana, for making me aware of this very worthy cause.)

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Camera Note Card

Camera Note Card

I needed a thank you note for a photographer friend who sent me some photos he had taken, and this is the card I made.

I used the “Vintage Photo” cut file I purchased from the Silhouette store. It came with the two panels to create the (silver and black textured) panels on the front, and I used those to create the shaped card base, an additional (black) panel so I could leave some areas untextured, and a plain white panel for a handwritten note on the inside.

Besides the black card base, there are 3 black layers to add depth to the center behind the acetate lens. I used the “Subtle” embossing folder from Stampin” Up for the texture. The Metallic Silver card stock is from Gina K Designs. I used curling ribbon for the strap.

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Arbor Scene – Birthday Challenge #2

Arbor Scene – Birthday Challenge #2


You may recall that my birthday gift this year from my children was the gift of inspiration where they “assigned me” 12 card challenges based on some childhood memory or other significant connection we’ve shared.  Kelly came up with challenge #2.

While the COVID-19 pandemic had forced us to “stay at home” this past spring, taking walks outside was permitted, and we walked around our neighborhood (while keeping our distance from our neighbors) every day.  Kelly and I often admired and talked about all the beautiful flowers and trees that were starting to bloom or house and car colors that we saw and liked, etc.  Kelly’s challenge was inspired by these walks.  Her challenge was a two-parter; she challenged me to create an outdoor scene and to include a few of the colors that we saw on our walks around the neighborhood.

I decided to do water color stamping to create my scene.  (Can you tell I’m loving this new-to-me technique!?)

My color choices (purple, pink, green, white, blue, orange, and browns) can be seen in these photos we took while walking:

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I have to admit that I cheated a bit with the color part of the challenge in that I took photos of every color imaginable and then selected the photos that matched my finished project.  (So many pretty flowers!!)  However, as you will see below, just adding color at all was the challenge for me – lol!


I did this (earlier) version with no flowers because I actually forgot to leave space for them as I was stamping the leaves and vines on the arbor!  I liked the way the greenery looked so I decided to do the whole card that way.  It didn’t work for the color part of the challenge though, so I came up with the additional sample at the top of this post.

I was excited when I found the Art Impression arbor stamp (retired?) to use for my scene since there was actually an arbor (with purple blooms) in our neighborhood.


Besides the arbor stamp (and the vines and leaves that came with it), I used stamps from several other Art Impressions sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), WC Mini Flower Set (#5009), and a floral image from the Watering Can (#4761) set.

The sign stamp on the first card was from the “Day at the Beach” set by Kittie Kits/Rubbernecker (retired?).

I used water color paper, Spectrum Aqua markers (from various sets) along with Gina K Designs Sandy Beach and Stormy Sky ink as my paint , a no. 4 paint brush, and water.

This image proved to be more challenging to work with than I imagined!  I trashed quite a few of my early attempts while trying to figuring out how to add the foliage and blooms without it looking like an unruly mess; it’s easy to get carried away once you start stamping!  I discovered that less is definitely better with this image.  (The upper right portion is meant to be fuller as there is a big gap on the arbor design.)

stamp set

I also starting masking portions of the arbor while I added the vines, leaves, and flowers which really helped.

I’m still getting used to how much water to use with the ink, and getting the backgrounds to look like they did in my head was much harder than I expected as well!  I did enjoy the process though and will keep practicing!

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Watering Can with Greenery – Water Colored Note Card

Watering Can with Greenery – Water Colored Note Card


Still playing with the Art Impressions water color stamp sets I recently purchased…

I used Spectrum Aqua markers and water along with the following stamp sets:  Watercolor Starter Bundle (which includes the WC Decorative Jar Set – 5123, Foliage Set – 4051, and Flower Set – 4052), WC Foliage Set 4 (#5126), and Watering Can (#4761).  (While I love the little scene building stamps in these sets, any stamps and water based markers will work for this technique.)

The water colored panel was mounted on Gina K Designs Dusty Sage card stock (retired?) and a Recollections Ivory base.  The finished card is 4 1/4″ square.

Here’s one more sample using a pot from the WC Containers (#4111) set.


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