Friday, November 7, 2014


This week's challenge over at The Outlawz Coloring Challenges is "Leaves". This can mean actual leaves or leave-taking.

You should definitely enter this challenge. All you need to do is color an open line image with any colorant you choose! You should also visit my Outlawz Coloring Challenge Teamies' blogs for inspiration! Carla, Dawn, Penny, and Laine  are seriously talented!

We still have lots of colorful leaves on the trees in the Northeast because it's been a relatively warm Autumn. From my craftroom window I can see yellow, orange, and red leaves on the maple trees. So I decided to rummage through my stamp collection for a nice maple leaf stamp to use and came up with one from PSX.

Here's my card.

I stamped the Maple Leaf three times onto Neenah cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then fussy cut them. I wanted to try something different with the leaves rather than straight up coloring. I first added some Colorless Blender to an Inkssential Mini Mister by Ranger. The next step was to give each leaf a base of YR23. Each leaf was then sprayed with the Colorless Blender until the paper was saturated. Various colors were then added to the base color of each leaf until I was happy with the color of the leaves.

Rust cardstock was run through a Xyron machine to add adhesive to one side. Burlap, from a roll, was pressed into the adhesive, then die-cut with a die from the A2 Card Creator Nestabilities die set by Spellbinders. Wild Honey Distress ink was sponged over the Rays Layering Stencil onto the burlap.

The leaves were adhered to the burlap, then the image panel was matted multiple times with plain cardstock. I didn't add a sentiment because as usual, I don't know who will get the card and for what occasion.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Scrapbooker PhD Challenge #16: Fall with a Stamp and a Die-cut 
Try It On Tuesdays: Autumn Colors 
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: Anything Goes with Fall Colors


  1. This is fabulous Kathi. The leaves are so detailed and I love the background. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Kathi, this is really beautiful! Those leaves are absolutely perfect! Look like they just fell from the tree! Love the burlap bg and overall color palette, too! :^)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs, Penny

  3. A gorgeous representation of Fall, Kathi!

  4. A beautiful autumn card, super background textures. Thank you for joining us at tioT's this time.

  5. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for the Cheerful Stamp Pad challenge 98, Hazel, DT - hope to see you again soon x

  6. Such beautiful leaves!! Love the effect you've achieved - so very realistic :) Glad to hear the autumn has been mild in NJ - I miss the lovely colours (and the diners!!)

  7. Very beautiful - lovely colors especially on the leaves. Great choice of canvas. Thank you for joining ScrapbookerPhD's monthly challenge.

  8. I love the use of burlap on this card, really adding to the rustic feel. Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday. Nikki