Clean and Simple Autumn Leaves

Good Friday morning.  I have a clean and simple fall project to share with you today made using the Impression Obsession Leaves set and Fancy Cutout Border.  I love fall leaves and they are so much fun to make for a card front.  I wanted the leaves to be the main focus but added the decorative die cut border with the orange peeking through for another touch of color.

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 8 center

I cut the leaves using watercolor paper.  I actually had a happy mistake when I first started.  I noticed a dot of black on one of the leaves and tried to lightly wipe it off with a clean baby wipe.  The baby wipe didn’t remove the dot but it did add just a light layer of moisture which allowed my inks to sponge on so smoothly.  I had actually intended to mist the leaves before starting to apply ink but I wouldn’t not have gotten such a delicate layer of moisture and I think would have had a totally different outcome. Baby wipes….who knew??? 

KC Impression Obsession Leaves 8 left

I used rusty hinge, peeled paint, fired brick, wild honey and spiced marmalade distress inks.  The Sofft mini applicator  is such a wonderful tool for sponging small areas.  This is a tool I would never want to be without.

PanPastel Sofft Mini Applicators, 12 pk

When I was finished apply and blending the ink on the leaves I applied versa and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The embossed shine brought out the rich colors of the leaves but made it very difficult to get a good photograph. I formed the leaves lightly with my stylus and molding pad.

I popped the die cut layer over the orange with mounting tape and then applied to the card base with ATG.  I attached the leaves in place with a healthy dose of glossy accents.

KC IMpression Obsession Leaves 8 right

Check out my  Leaves with Alcohol Ink and Leaves with Pan Pastel tutorials to see other leaf coloring techniques.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend. 

Card size:  5.50” x 4.25”

17 thoughts on “Clean and Simple Autumn Leaves”

  1. I took one look at your card and said…. Oh WOW!!!!! This is just beautiful Kittie…. I absolutely love the leaves . I love the entire card…lol…and I’m off to check out your tutorial… thank you for sharing your creativity

  2. So pretty….I love the glossy finish on the leaves. I have this leaf die set and will give it a go….we don’t see such pretty colors here in north FL…very few trees around where we live go through such a transformation…must be lovely in areas where they have real “Fall”…TFS your talent. Always lovely.

  3. Beautiful Fall Leaves Kittie, love the embossing which really brings them to life. Love the border you added for interest looks gorgeous.

  4. Gorgeous card and appreciate the observation of difference in baby wipe and spritzing on watercolor paper. I do like the results of the less-wet method.


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