3 Leaf Fragments

 I do love fall but last winter was so bad here, piles and piles of snow which damaged my roof and leaked into my kitchen. So we just finished having it all repaired and repainted, so the thought of summer ending is a bit sad. 

What makes me happy are the Tim Holtz/ Ranger Distress Mica Sprays. They are spray stains that have mica in it, shake it up and spray and you verbally say, "Ohhhhhhh." The shimmer is so pretty in real life but I can't seem to get a good photo of it. Sadly they are only available for a limited time, but happy there will be a new set of colors next month.

I sprayed 3 sheets of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock, one in shades of orange, one in shades of yellow and one in shades of green. Oh I wish I didn't get lost in the spraying but I just grabbed a bunch of bottles and did what I felt it needed. Here's my best guess:

Orange sheet: Jack O Lantern and Flickering Candle Mica Sprays, Rusty HInge Spray Stain.

Yellow sheet: Mustard Seed Distress Oxide and Flickering Candle Mica Spray.

Green sheet: Bubbling Cauldron Mica Spray, Rustic Wilderness Distress and Oxide, Crushed Olive Distress Stain.

I then die cut the sheets with the "Leaf Fragments" by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.

I felt like the needed a bit of something, remembered in one Tim Holtz demo he showed using a leaf stamp to put veining on a die. So I used "Pressed Foliage" by Stamper Anonymous and inked up the veins but tried to avoid the outline of the leaves and randomly placed it on the diecuts. I added a bit of "age spots" to the leaves with some Gathered Twigs Distress ink for more dimension.

I wanted the leaves to standout so I just used white cardstock for the card panel embossed with Sizzix/Tim Holtz Foliage 3D embossing folder. The sentiment is from Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text stamps. I just ink up the entire stamp with white pigment ink and poured white embossing powder (clear would work too) and heated. I then cut off what I need. I used some pop dots to lift my leaves off the panel.

Artists always say odd numbers look better on a card, and they are right, it looks more random for some reason and is more pleasing to the eye. I usually use group of 3, my favorite look.

This week the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog has a challenge called, "Triple the Heat" where you need to use 3 of a kind. Here I used 3 leaves in my card. Happy to say I won their last challenge and will be guest designing for them soon. Here is the link for the current challenge: 


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