Friday, 29 November 2013

Making Fall Leaves From Paper As Promised

Hi Y'all!

As promised the other day, I am back with some step-by-step fall leaves made from paper. I have used the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves die which I just love to bits! It is amazingly versatile and by changing the colors used in the ink choices, it can be re-jigged for any time of the year - although  winter might be pushing it a bit!

Have a look at the finished article....

Now there is another leaf shape in there too. It is the Maple leaf from Marianne Designs which is great too and even puts in its own veins as you cut.

Anyway, you will need to gather these supplies:
a piece of neutral colored paper os medium-heavy weight. I used a yellowy green
medium stylus
Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Ranger) in the following colours:
Crushed Olive (CO)
Peeled Paint (PP)
Wild Honey (WH)
Ripe Persimmon (RP)
Rusty Hinge (RH)
Walnut Stain (WS)
Ink blending tool (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Die Tattered Florals (Sizzix)
Marianne Designs Maple Leaf die
Sizzix Big Shot die cutter

Begin by choosing your leaves. work out how many you want and then cut them with the appropriate die cutter. Use the stylus to create a centre vein plus several side veins. Fold the leaf in half to deepen the centre vein.

Now load the blender tool with CO ink and sparingly ink the leaves, softly and at random. Work from the outside inwards.

Go back in with the PP ink and strengthen the green part.

As you can see, you can bail out at any time, depending on which effect that you want to achieve. I want a really red Fall effect so I have continued on with oranges and reds. The first russet color is WH.

Now RP really brings the red out.

Continue on with RH....

Finally, and most sparingly, use some WS on the very edges to show where the leaves are starting to die off.

And here is one that I made earlier.....

That's all there is to it! Really easy and of course, gets better the more you practice. Put these in a box to keep on hand for Father's Day and Fall inspired scrapbooking and cards. They look fabulous in a bowl with some collected woodland objects too. This is without Halloween and Thanksgiving too.

Enjoy! And thanks for dropping by.