Sunday, July 20, 2014

Leafs and More Leafs


Bummer, just missed out on an entry for die cuts at Virgina's View Challenge Blog.  I made the card before the due date but hubby was home so I did not get a chance to photograph my card and enter.  But I will surf the net and see if there are other challenges using die cuts, leaves, nature etc.

I do not own many die cuts. I have circles, squares, scalloped circles and leafs.  I wish I had more, so many beautiful die cuts out there, especially from Tim Holtz that have matching stamps and stamps that have matching embossing folders, wow, awesome.  I wish I was rich !.

Anyways here is my card.
Click photo for details.

I found inspiration for the inlaid die cut, on Virgina's post Demystifying Die Cuts.  I am also still liking the two combination colors of distress inks broken china and spiced marmalade which I maintained throughout my card.

I used broken china and spiced marmalade on the craft sheet, spritzed with water to create background on watercolor paper, die cut the leaves and pasted onto black textured paper.  I die cut more leafs and stuck them together to create dimension and lift and sponged around them with broken china and stuck them back into the background (inlaid die cuts).  I created another panel with designer paper for added look and background

The sentiment I stamped using the rolling technique with broken china and spiced marmalade.

At the end I used copper/gold glitter paint (by Mont Marte) to highlight the edges of the leafs and black borders.

Angled to show the glitter.  Click photo to view details.

On the inside I used the cut out part of the leafs (stencil) and sponged with broken china and spiced marmalade with another sentiment from the same set of rubber stamps. (I made a boo boo on the top left corner with stamping, tried to fix it but made it blah, but I like the rest of it.  I am human after all and am allowed some botch ups.  I will keep this one for myself!!!).

Gosh, just loving those distress inks and how they react with water.  Must try with distress paints, I have broken china and wild honey.  I wonder if they with create the same combo.  Must try for my next project.

Inks Used : Ranger Distress Inks - broken china,spiced marmalade
Stamps Used : Fiskars - Road Trip

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges :-

Addicted to Stamps and More! - challenge #104 CAS

A Girl Who Crafts - July Anything Goes

The Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog - Touch of Nature

Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

Creative Moments - Anything Goes

STAMPlorations Blog - July challenge : Stamps & Glitter

Crafting by Designs - Use a Sentiment Challenge

Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Cheers and Thank You for all your thoughts and for Stopping By


  1. Shame you missed the deadline at Virginia's View, but thanks for sharing at ATSM this week. Those colours are almost autumnal but reflect the colours of the countryside around here before the deluge yesterday. :)

  2. Gorgeous card Monika! Love the watercoloring using distress inks and water - beautiful. And love how you've added extra layers of the die-cuts so they are raised on the card front - looks amazing. The glitter on the edges adds lots of sparkle. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge and ATS&M.

  3. You did such a BEAUTIFUL job on this card, Monika! I love how blended your inks to get this ethereal effect, and the colors are so yummy! Love that you carried your theme to the inside, too! Hang in there with collecting die cuts...a few here and there, and before you know it, you will have an amazing collection :-)
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week! I really enjoyed seeing what you've created!

  4. Beautiful earthy tones, Monika. And you've created some really lovely effects. I know how you feel about lack of dies, my wishlist is so long! Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week, I hope to see you playing along again soon, Anita x

  5. Thanks for sharing your great card at Penny's this week.
    Cheers Nicole

  6. Great card - thanks for joining us at Penny's.

    Helen x

  7. Beautiful card - thanks for joining us at Creative Moments - good luck x

  8. Love the colors of your card and a nice way to use the die cuts. Thanks for joining us at Creative Moments.

  9. No kidding Distress Inks are so much fun to play with! Love your color choice and your beautiful treatment of the inside of the card too. Thanks for joining our first MMCC.

  10. really cool!!! and love the colours too! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC :)

  11. Beautiful card, Thank you for joining in over at a girl who crafts,


  12. Gorgeous card, and I love how you carried the theme through to the inside! Distress Inks are so much fun :) Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations and MMCC!