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Unread 10-07-2012, 06:29 AM   #1
Debbie Do
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Default Debbie Do's Autumn Leaf Embellishments

I've been having so much fun making my own autumn leaf embellishments with a stamped image, watercolor paper, re-inkers, clear UTEE, and a bit of beading wire that I thought I'd share my method with y'all. It's actually just a twist on the cracked glass technique--the glass minus the crack, if you will.

HERE is a link.

I listed the steps on my upload, but here they are:

1 stamp the leaf image
2 cut out the leaf
3 submerge the leaf in water and crinkle into a ball
4 un-crinkle the leaf & apply re-inkers to super wet paper (I used the backside as I didn't want the stamped border to show.)
5 dry thoroughly in a coffee filter with a heat gun
6 draw faint vein lines with a pencil
7 press leaf onto Versamark pad
8 apply clear UTEE to leaf and heat in a coffee filter
9 quickly apply second coat of UTEE and reheat
10 once cool, go around the outside edge with a goldleaf pen
11 wrap beading wire around leaf and form stem with the ends (I used 24 gauge gold)

That's all there is to it. Hope you have as much fun with it as I did! Let me know what you think.

For steps to a similar technique using vellum, re-inkers with water, & salt see THIS card that I made last year.

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