Embossed Enamel Leaf

by Deb Mills

Learn how to create a leaf embellishment.

Supplies

  • Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Water-based Ink Pads
  • Leaf and assorted background stamps
  • Scissors
  • Misting Bottle
  • Waterbrush
  • Assorted water-based dye re-inkers
  • Heat Tool
  • Embossing Ink Pad
  • Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)
  • Gold Leafing Pen
  • 14” of gold beading wire (24 gauge was used here)
  • wire cutters

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Stamp and cut out leaf image, snipping off the stem. The image for this tutorial was stamped on the backside of the watercolor paper to eliminate thick outlines on the finished product.

  2. Step 2

    Mist front of leaf until paper is quite wet. Curling is normal and desirable. Additional shaping of the leaf can be done at this stage.

    Hint:
    For a more rustic look, submerge leaf in water and crinkle / un-crinkle.

  3. Step 3

    Apply re-inker, building color gradually -- a little color goes a long way.

  4. Step 4

    After the paper has dried completely (a heat tool was used here to speed up drying time and help curl the paper into a more leaf-like shape), assorted background stamps can be used to add interest and depth. Leaf veins could also be penciled in.

    Hint:
    For a more polished look, skip using background stamps.

    Drying Tip: For more curl, dry from the painted side only. For less curl, dry from backside also.

  5. Step 5

    Press painted side of leaf onto the surface of an embossing ink pad, taking care to achieve full coverage, and sprinkle with a generous amount of clear UTEE. Be sure to work over something that will collect excess UTEE so it can put back into the container.

  6. Step 6

    On a heat-resistant surface, completely melt the enamel with a heat tool until it becomes liquefied and shiny. Be cautious as the enamel and paper can become scorched. (So can fingers!) Immediately apply another coat of UTEE and heat again.

  7. Step 7

    Once leaf has cooled completely, draw around the edge with a gold leafing pen and wrap with gold beading wire. Be sure to leave about 1.5 inches of wire at the bottom for the stem. After wrapping the leaf three or four times, bring the two wire pieces together at the bottom and twist to fashion a stem.

  8. Step 8

    Use the finished leaf on your project.

Video!

Variations

  1. Use dies instead of stamping and hand cutting your image and try other shapes then leaves.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Embossed Enamel Leaf. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

cool Debbie
Lucy  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 1:54 AM
This absolutely brilliant. I would love to be able to pin it to my Pinterest board but can not find the pin it button.
Thank you
Caroline
Caroline Collett  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 2:25 AM
Hi Caroline - the Pinterest button is at the top of this page, just to the right of the title of the tutorial.
lydia  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 2:55 AM
I have a similar project on my blog today, how funny! I used leaf dies, several layers of watercolor paper, and Crystal Lacquer to seal everything in.
Dina K  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 3:16 AM
Many thanks Lydia
It is now pinned to my board to try later.
Keep up the good work,Thanks
Caroline
Caroline Collett  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 3:23 AM
Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous-both the leaf, and the finished card. I love them both! I've never tried UTEE, and now I must! Thanks for all your great ideas and tutorials!
Stacy  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 4:48 AM
Really beautiful and you made it seems so easy. Am anxious to try this. Thank you for sharing your talent. Twila
Twila  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 5:25 AM
I love the glossy leaf! I'm going to try it with the supplies that I have on hand and use it at my stamp class next week. Thanks for the wonderful idea.
Robyn Rasset  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM
Loved this tutorial...question...I am like the "embossing queen of the northeast"...who makes that embossing dabber liquid-in the lil' white bottle? I have never seen that before!

Great job Beate!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 6:26 AM
Stampendous makes one called "Clear Embossing Ink Boss Gloss".
Deb Mills  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Can't wait to try this out myself, what a great idea! Will need to find the paper, can you tell me the weight? It must be heavy to hold up to this without falling apart.
Sigrid Warren  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM
Sure thing, Sigrid -- I used 140 lb. Hope you have as much fun with it as I always do! I might make another myself this afternoon. grin
Deb Mills  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM
Just beautiful! I would love to try this but I don't have most of the supplies ie inks, enamal embossing, gold leaf pen. Are these items easy to find?
Thanks for sharing
Jimba
gina kolodnicki  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM
Gina,

Depending on where you live, assorted variations of these supplies can typically be found at the "the big three" crafting stores (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Jo-Anne Fabrics).

What you can't find there, you can certainly find online. For SU! supplies, you can search their site (stampinup.com) for a demonstrator in your area.

Hope that helps!
Deb Mills  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 1:40 PM
Thank you! I do have both Michaels and Joanns. Looks like I'm going shopping! Thanks again!
Gina
gina kolodnicki  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 1:56 PM
You are most welcome, Gina! Don't forget to take those 40% off coupons (found in their mail flyers and online).

Hope you have fun with it! grin
Deb Mills  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Yes! What would we do without the coupons.. thanks for caring & sharing Deb!
Gina
gina kolodnicki  |  Wed Sep 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM
Love your tutorial, Deb! Although I've embossed stamped leaves, etc. previously, your idea to use watercolor paper and follow up with a gold edge is a wonderful enhancement! Your leaf is gorgeous indeed!

~Bev
Bev Gerard  |  Thu Sep 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Debbie...I used a stardust transparent embossing powder and the leaves had the most beautiful shimmery effect.....loved your idea....and now need to come up with some ideas for using these leaves....maybe a wreath or a candle ring???
Sue Spicer  |  Thu Sep 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM
I am so appreciative of the kind words and y'all taking the time to comment on my tutorial! It was my pleasure to share this fun technique with you.
Deb Mills  |  Thu Sep 5, 2013 at 6:23 PM

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