Falling for Leaves

Falling for Leaves

Hello stampers!  Today's project is one I shared with my downline a couple days ago.  This is one of those projects where I wasn't sure if I went just a little bit too far with adding details but in the end I liked it, so I went with it.  Would you have stopped a little sooner, or do you think there's just enough detail?

I honestly was not a big fan of the Falling for Leaves stamp set but as I've played with it, it's growing on me.  I've decided I really like this main leaf image colored in...there's so much detail in it, it all gets highlighted when colored!  I stamped it onto a piece of watercolor paper and used an aqua painter and ink from the lids of Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie ink pads to watercolor it.  Once it was dry, I used the coordinating die from the Detailed Leaves thinlits to cut it out.  I didn't like the white edge around it, so I used a sponge and some Crumb Cake ink to sponge the edge, which also gave it a bit of an aged look, which I liked!

This is where I *might* have gone a little crazy....to the back of the leaf, I attached a bit of braided linen, some gold metallic thread and a few sprigs of Early Espresso cardstock punched from the sprig punch.  Behind that is a bit of Crumb Cake cardstock...I tore the edges and ran it through the Big Shot in the Corrugated embossing folder, then added some sponging with Crumb Cake ink.

The card base is Cajun Craze, with a layer of Soft Suede cardstock which was run through the Big Shot in the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  Once all pieces were adhered together, I gave it a spritz with a Stampin' Spritzer filled with a mixture of rubbing alcohol and a couple drops of gold shimmer paint.

To finish it up, I stamped "thankful" onto a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock, tore the ends and added a bit of sponging around it, then attached it to the front of the leaf.

So, tell me what you think?  Too much....or just enough?


Thank you for stopping by today....I'll be back tomorrow with another project to share!

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