With the beautiful palette of autumn all around us, how could we not be inspired to bring these colors into our card making?
Last year, I made my own autumn leaf embellishments for this "Quilted Lovely Leaves" card using re-inkers and vellum. This year, after having been introduced to the wonders of UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel), I changed things up a bit.
Amazing how using watercolor paper, UTEE, and a bit of beading wire completely changed the look of the leaves! I was so happy with the way this one came out that I decided to go with clean & simple in order to avoid detracting from it. Hard to believe it was once a mere piece of paper.
-stamped the leaf
-cut out the leaf
-submerged leaf in water and crinkled into a ball
-un-crinkled leaf & applied re-inkers to super wet backside as I didn't want the stamped border to show
-dried with heat gun and drew faint veins with pencil
-pressed leaf onto Versamark pad
-applied clear UTEE and heated in a coffee filter
-quickly applied second coat of UTEE and reheated
-went around the outside with a goldleaf pen
-wrapped beading wire and formed stem
As always, I'm bemoaning the fact that I'm not a better photographer. I will one day invest in buying or making a photo tent.
My small-but-growing GALLERY where viewer comments are welcomed & always appreciated!
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Sat, Oct 06, 2012 @ 4:07 AM
What a fabulous effect you've achieved here. Your leaf looks like a piece of fused glass jewellry. When you said you heated it in a coffee filter...did you use a heat gun? I'm wondering if I could get a similar effect using UTEE in the melting pot. Thanks for sharing!
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Sat, Oct 06, 2012 @ 6:47 AM
Thanks for the nice comments, ladies!
When you said you heated it in a coffee filter...did you use a heat gun? I'm wondering if I could get a similar effect using UTEE in the melting pot. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, Marie, I used a heat gun. I absolutely think you could achieve a similar effect with the pot. In fact, I've been thinking I need to get one and give it a try. ;) I also want to try this technique using distress ink as I think the colors might feather out nicely.