Ever since watching the introductory video for the Lawn Fawn Stitched leaves dies, I wanted them. Badly. To my immense joy, Stempelküche got them delivered last week and my order arrived at my doorstep on Friday. Needless to say, Saturday was devoted entirely to my new die set.
The first card took me forever to assemble. First, I cut the leaves out of different card stocks, both colored and white. I wanted to see how the leaves would look if they were made out of thinner paper and stronger card stock. In the end, I liked the 300gms (about 100lbs) card stock best.
|The different looks of the leaves cut from different paper|
Then I used my beloved Distress Ink pads to add some color to them and that was so much fun. Seeing as the leaves are turning red and yellow outside, drawing inspiration wasn’t too difficult. But I ended up re-arranging the leaves I had for about 1 hour until I was finally satisfied with what I’d gotten. I also bend the leaves about along the score lines to give them more dimension.
|Detailed view of the leaves, colored and bend to shape|
I actually didn’t want to put any bling on the front of the card; I though the leaves where absolutely gorgeous and didn’t need anything else. Unfortunately, yours truly managed to blotch the stamped sentiment – I used white pigment ink which wasn’t dry when my fat thumb landed smack in the middle of it and smeared it across the card. I managed to salvage most of it, but the worst part of the smear I just had to cover up. Next time: heat setting.
To finish the card off properly, I took a simple white note card, trimmed it down to size and used my distress inks to give it some bright autumn colors. Some additional leaves and the inside of the card was finished, too.
|Inside of the Kraft card – a white piece of paper distressed and some more leaves to finish it off|
Of course, I couldn’t stop there and went for a cute little square card that I kept simple. I thought that the color of the leaves was a nice contrast to the white base of the card and that it didn’t need much more.
|Inside of the square card – just something tiny to finish it off|
And last, but not least, I wanted to go for elegant, really elegant. And to me, that’s white on white. Again, this took me forever to arrange and to make sure there was some color in there to give it contrast, but not too much to take away from the elegance I wanted to achieve.
And here are all my three beauties side by side. Thank you Lawn Fawn for this gorgous die set and thank you Stempelküche for stocking it!
PS: And because not all people realize these cards are made by hand…