Fall is here! So today I’m sharing an easy technique for creating beautiful autumn leaves with your Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks. I’m using this fantastic stamp set from Technique Junkies, which is a nice corner stamp and comes complete with two sentiments.
Smoosh some ink onto a craft mat or other slick surface. Use Nuvo Aqua Flow Water Brush Pens (or other water pens) to “paint” the color onto the leaves. For best results, start with the lightest ink color first, and only color small parts of each leaf.
Continue this technique, adding increasingly darker inks as you go.
Fussy cut the stamped image after you finish coloring.
Use a craft knife to cut out teeny-tiny details INSIDE the leaf corner.
Find bold patterned paper that contrasts the ink colors in the leaves.
If you look at the leaf colors as a whole, they have a muted orange-y-green-y feel (overall). To make this “pop”, I wanted a bold patterned paper in a true blue or a navy blue. Don’t limit yourself to looking through only your “fall” papers; I found the PERFECT sheet of paper in the “Age of Technology” paper collection by Craft O’Clock (a relatively “masculine” paper set).
Use Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive or other liquid glue to adhere the frame and the leaf corners to the card panel.
Adhere the completed card panel with the leaf frame on top of the embossed sentiment.
Before adhering the card panel to the card base itself, you could opt to drag a little acrylic paint around the edges of the card base. I really like this look, a lot. To me, it really “finishes” the card.
Get ready for Christmas! The October 2021 stamp release is full of exciting and inspiring designs to get your creative juices flowing! I will be posting more detailed blog posts throughout the month, so make sure to follow the Sandpaper Road blog and the Technique Junkies blog to stay updated!