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Monday, 21 October 2019

Further investigations with Miss Maple

Hello crafting pals!

I was just tidying away from the leafy number I posted yesterday, when I had another idea and so tidy-up time had to wait! Come and see:


I wondered what would happen if I were to ink up a leaf with a brush and then 'stamp' it. I brushed on Old Olive, Soft Suede and a little Pumpkin Pie ink and then pressed the leaf onto a scrap of card stock. I was excited to see that it looked all speckled, very different from the dragging technique I tried yesterday.


I fussy cut the leaf and then drew around it so that I could cut out a second plain leaf. The plain one was watercoloured with Cajun Craze ink and allowed to dry.


I mounted both leaves on a background stamped with the dotty stamp from Uniko's Background Builders Classics and finished off with a Concorde and 9th sentiment.

I really enjoyed making cards with a leaf but there is no denying that stamps and dies were invented to make crafters' lives a lot easier! I think I'll be investing in some leafy ones before next autumn!

Today's card was inspired again by CAS Watercolour Challenge, with its Maple Leaf theme; I'll also be linking up with The Fusion Card Challenge where you can use the sketch for inspiration, or the photo, or both! I'm just working with the gorgeous sketch this time, and I've flipped it upside down.


AND IN OTHER NEWS
When I'm out in the countryside with my charming assistant, Eva the floofy golden retriever, I enjoy watching nature putting on her displays. Has anyone else noticed what an amazing year it is for mushrooms this year? I have seen such an abundance of them and such a diversity - tiny mustard coloured ones, saucer shaped flat-topped ones, tall dome-shaped ones, classic fairytale red capped ones with white spots and many, many more!

Have you noticed mushrooms in your area? Or is nature surprising you with something else this year? Do let me know won't you!

Hugs,

20 comments:

  1. Well, you have certainly made an autumnal beauty of a card here Vicky. Totally love it. Great idea to draw around the original and create another too! Genius.

    YES! I agree . . . lots of fungi around this year. 2 different varieties in my garden alone, plus some on the kerbside where they are not normally!
    xxx

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    1. Thanks Sarn and thanks again for giving me the idea for all this fun!

      The fungi are astonishing aren't they. If aliens wanted to invade the earth, coming as fungi would be quite a good plan I think. That could be a Day of the Triffids style novel!
      xxx

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  2. Two great techniques using real maple leaves Vicky! Love the soft and subtle colours of the top leaf on your card. So pretty with the darker watercoloured leaf in the background. The dotty border is just perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

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    1. Thanks Loll. It was so interesting to see how differently the leaves came out with the different techniques!

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  3. Your leaves are absolutely GORGEOUS, Vicky! I love your autumn color palette and how you added texture to the white leaf (May I ask...which stamp did you use?)...I also love the triple polka dot border! Such a stunning take on the sketch and theme! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Fusion!

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    1. I didn't use a stamp to add texture Barb, this texture is how the leaf came out when I brushed it with ink as opposed to dragging the leaf through the ink. I suppose it was because the ink stayed wetter with the dragging technique. I absolutely love that dotty border stamp from Uniko too!

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  4. Another beautiful maple leaf, Vicky! I'd say you don't need to purchase stamps and dies when you use the real thing this beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing with us again at CAS Watercolour!

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    1. To be honest, I can't believe I haven't already purchased leafy stamps and dies Bonnie! I have a passion for leaf stamps!

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  5. Love the card. And there are no mushrooms to be seen where I live. But it has been very dry for 2 months. So now that we have had some rain they might start appearing.

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    1. I've never seen so many mushrooms and so many different types as this year! The conditions must be perfect for them - damp but not too cold. Enjoy your dry weather Eveline!

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  6. lovely card.
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at the CAS Watercolour Challenge.
    :) Karen

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  7. Wonderful! I love how you incorporated nature into you project.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! As I say though, I will definitely have leafy stamps and dies by next autumn!

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  8. Awesome CAS card, love how you've used your Uniko stamps and a delight to see you enjoying your purchase. Hugs Bev x

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    1. I knew when I bought the Background Builders Classics set that I might as well leave it out on my desk, it's SO useful!

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  9. Congratulations, Vicky, on winning the random draw at CAS Watercolour! Please email me at bonklass(at)gmail(dot)com so I'll have your correct email address to send your gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp.

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    1. That's amazing! Thank you so much! *leaps up and down with excitement*

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