The background was a reject from an earlier challenge to use actual leaves as stamps. I wasn't pleased with it, but never throw anything away, since I believe you can fix just about anything with gesso! I gave it a light coat of watered down white gesso and let it dry. I inked the IO text bg stamp with Khaki and pressed the paper onto it in random fashion, then heat set the ink. Next came a coat of watered down gesso that had just a tad of Rusty Hinge Distress Paint mixed in for a warmer tone. When it dried, I randomly (and lightly) sponged a little Distress Pumice Stone ink through a stencil.
I cut a piece of wide Sookwang tape (Scor-tape or Be Creative tape) and backed with a piece of liner paper saved from another project. I die cut the leaves, removed one side of the liner paper and stuck them to the background, pressing them down well and gently using my bone folder to be sure they were adhered. The top liner was removed and the leaves "leafed". It seems a little strange to be making a fall card now, but I only have fall colors of leafing foil... I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position the sentiment and added a copper foil paper mat before attaching to the card base with foam tape.
It's been gloomy here, so the picture isn't the greatest, but I am really pleased with the card and I hope Nancy is, too.
As always, thanks for looking!
Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 GMT Views: 1228
Registered: January 20, 2010 Location: Brampton, Ontario Posts: 13662
Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 8:04 AM
This is a stunner! Believe me, meant in a totally Good way, if there was any doubt about that. :-) The foil looks amazing and the details on how you rescued your previous leaf card greatly appreciated. I bought my first bottle of gesso months ago and haven't had the courage to use it yet. I love the look you have achieved and it may just be the inspiration I need. TFS
Registered: March 31, 2008 Location: Eastlake, OH Posts: 20571
Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 4:24 PM
WOW! I have no clue what release film is but I think it is a must have! What vibrant leaves! Your background description had me mesmerized! Jody, your techniques yield such amazing results! What an honor to have you case my card! Thank you!!!
Registered: November 9, 2004 Location: Hampton Roads, VA Posts: 9258
Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 4:57 PM
I'm not sure how to use some of the items you've described, but I am sure that what you've created is absolutely STUNNING!!! And I too love when a rejected project can be re-used. This is so beautiful, and a great CASE!! Hugs
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Registered: June 19, 2010 Location: Daniel Island, S.C. Posts: 5255
Mon, Jun 09, 2014 @ 8:21 PM
Oh I'm right there with you. So, glad you didn't throw this piece out, because it's a stunner. You did a wonderful job "re-creating" The Gesso gave you a soft and lovely canvas to work with while still staying true to your original design. As Martha Stewart would say, "that's a good thing!"
Registered: February 9, 2010 Location: Mentone, California Posts: 7380
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 @ 4:47 PM
WOWIE ZOWIE! JUST BEAUTIFUL! IT was fun to read your details and I am in awe of all the steps you took to make this amazing card. LOVE your sentiment and the dreamy background. Nancy will be over-tht-moon about this one! Faved and pinned and pinned some more!