Today we are featuring the Thankful Leaves bundle. This bundle features the latest in the ingenious Turnabout series. This turnabout stamp is super forgiving – the more overlap the better, really. I had so much fun with this bundle! So let’s get started!
The first card I’m sharing with you is also my favorite. I really love how it turned out (which was way different than what I started with). I trimmed down some watercolor paper and applied a water wash to a large portion of the center. Then I sprinkled (very sparingly – a little goes a looooong way) three colors of Color Burst color pigment powders and used a #10 round brush to move the pigments around a bit. I dried it with a heat tool, chasing the water drips around the paper. I wanted some hard lines along with the soft watercolor wash.
Originally I planned to just die cut the maple leaf in the middle and maybe pop it up with some foam tape. But in the end, I decided to die cut it three times along the edges so that they were partial leaves. Then I carefully lifted those partial leaves so that the detail pieces didn’t fall out. I applied adhesive to the back of each leaf and adhered them to my card base. I was careful not to adhere the leaf edges, and instead curled them up so that they looked more like dried leaves. I stamped the sentiment and then used the water droplet stamp with some blue green ink to mimic rain drops. Because fall in Indiana is R-A-I-N-Y.
For my next card, I grabbed an alcohol ink panel I made a few months ago (don’t throw those away! you never know when you’ll need them!). Then I inked up the turnabout stamp with Alcohol Lift-Ink and went to town. I really love the ghosting effect. It kind of reminds me of how wet leaves can leave impressions behind on concrete or a wood deck.
Since I had previously added gold gilding flakes to my background, I decided to use gold embossing powder on the maple leaf I die cut (just using the outer leaf die) from soft white cardstock. I inked up the edges with a Ranger embossing pen and dipped the leaf in gold powder. I also stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed the whole thing. I didn’t bother brushing off the stray powder, because I was wanting a very imperfect look to go along with the uneven gilding flakes.
My last card shows maybe a more “traditional” way to use the turnabout stamp, but with a twist. I wanted to capture a sort of “pile of leaves” look, so I focused all my stamping on just the bottom half of the card base. I used peachy and red inks, along with copper embossing powder to create this fall scene. In addition to using the turnabout stamp a few times, I also used the single leaf stamps included in the set to fill in space.
To finish this one-layer card, I stamped “so very thankful for you” so that the phrases looked like they were falling onto the pile of leaves. I let them stamp just a little unevenly for an extra rustic touch. I used the water droplet stamp to add more black to tie it all together.
That wraps up my cards for this week. I hope you have as much fun with this bundle as I did. Please be sure to visit the blogs and Instagrams of the rest of the team for more inspiration! And you can shop the entire release by clicking on the banner below (affiliate link used – thanks for your support!). Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope to see you next Friday!