25 October 2016

Autumn Memory

Handcoloured vellum leaves decorate this sympathy card in a simple design.


Less Is More: Vellum or Acetate
Addicted to Stamps and More: Make Your Mark
Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Autumn
Try It On Tuesday: Handmade By You
Creative With Stamps: Sentiment


Putting It Together

When I saw this week's challenge for Less Is More was vellum, it started the gears turning in my head. It lead, though, to two projects which were neither cards nor simple *laugh*: Autumn Masque and Pumpkin Light. Working on those reminded me how much I love vellum and how lovely it is with Distress Ink, how the translucence of the vellum and the ink play well together, and how shape-able it is for leaves.

I stared with a small panel of vellum suitable for the dies I would be using. I tapped on various browns, oranges, yellows, and reds of Distress Ink abstractly: Barn Door, Aged Mahogany, Ripe Persimmon,  Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Marmalade Spice, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, and Rusty Hing.

I spritzed the panel with water to make the ink movable...

...then used a brush to blend the ink. Vellum loves to curl up when it's wet.

I used a heat tool to dry the vellum. The vellum flattens nicely as it dries, but still with a bit of crinkliness.

I added in a bit more colour, tapping the mini pads on the coloured vellum and blending it in with a wet brush: adding Carved Pumpkin, Wild Honey, and Pine Needles.

I die cut the vellum into 2 leaves fresh in their fallness.

For more depth, I added smudges of Ground Esspresso, to the edges. I also added some copper Perfect Pearls for a bit of shine (doesn't show as much in the pictures but does in person).

I used a bone folder and a scrap of fun foam to score veining from the back of the leaf.

I used the ball of a clay shaper to curl the edges of the leaves.

And, finished vellum leaves.

When I started making the card, I hadn't intended to make a sympathy card, but this was the sentiment that sang to me when the leaves were done. I stamped the sentiment in Mememto Potters Clay to play off the colours in the leaves.

I attached the leaves with two Glue Dots on each so they could retain their own dimension.


  1. Very beautiful

    hand made leaves thank you for sharing them at Try it on Tuesday

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Amazing! Your leaves are gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday!

  3. This looks stunning, Rijacki! The leaves are beautifully made and the most gorgeously rich autumn colours. I'm impressed at how clean and simple you've kept the card despite the amount of visual interest - well done! Thanks for playing along with us at Less is More :)

  4. Your leaves look so lifelike with the rich colours, embossing and texture you have added! The subtle touch of perfect pearls does show up on the photo and I love the sentiment too. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More this week :)

  5. many thanks for sharing how you made your leaves
    it looks like a real one wooooww
    I adore it and it is a winner for the challenge with leaves
    I love your sentiment too
    this is an elegant card
    many thanks for joining with us at Creative with Stamps this month

  6. Wonderful card, the leaves look so very real, love it. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  7. What a fabulous card and those leaves are amazing ~ they look so realistic! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Team... :)

  8. Blown away by how realistic your leaves are; stunning! So thrilled that you shared your creativity in the ATSM gallery!

  9. Wow your card is beautiful. I love the tutorial on the leafs. Awesome. Thanks for sharing over at Creative with stamps. (I don't see our challenge banner on your blog ;(
    Billie A
    Creative with Stamps
    Inspiration Destination
    Catch the bug
    Aud Sentiments

  10. Love the leaves and thanks for doing a step by step tutorial. The sentiment is wonderful too. I'm so glad you shared your lovely card with us at ATSM.

  11. Gorgeous card and leaves! Love your design! Thank you for joining us at CWS Challenge. Hope to see you again!
    Hugs, Maryv (DT member)


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