Sunday, 27 March 2016

Trees and Autumn Leaves.

Good evening, 

Hope you are all well and enjoying the Easter Holidays.    Apart from one day of beautiful sunshine, we have had rain and wind for the last two days!  where oh where has the sunshine gone lol!   please come back.

Tonight I have a card to share with you that I made in October last tear.   By accident, I found a new way to use my fabulous  Imagination Craft's  Starlight paints.  They can be used to make your own gilding flakes !  although they do not turn out as light and flat as the flakes you can buy, they can still be used to cover die cuts as I have done on this card, you do need a little patience to get the look just right but it does look quite good I think, what do you think?  please feel free to leave me a comment. I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Using a 7"x7" cream base card,  wrap some cream organza ribbon across the bottom of a piece of brown paper, securing on the back and  matt  this onto the base card, leaving a half inch border of the cream card showing.   

Colour a piece of cream card using the white gold and orange oxidation Starlight paints and when dry, punch each corner using the Martha Stewart corner punch.   Glue this to the top half of the brown paper.

Die-cut a large brown oval and glue to the painted card.   Die-cut a smaller oval with slits in it, using the Nellie Snellen oval die set, from cream card.   Paint some of the  Starlight paints onto your non stick work matt and leave to dry.   When dry, scrape up small pieces of the paint, using the edge of your metal spatula, (in a similar way you would when making chocolate curls to decorate your chocolate cake lol !!)    making your own gilding flakes.

Take some black card and cover with gilding glue, then press your flakes onto it smoothing them out, then brush away the excess and leave to dry for a while.   From this card, punch out enough leaves to fit into all the slits on the cream oval.   Glue them in position on the reverse of the oval, then glue this oval onto the brown oval.

Die-cut a smaller oval from cream card and using a brown ink pad, stamp the trees onto it.   Using a paintbrush and a little water, draw some of the ink from the outline into the main image.   Add some white gold Starlight paint, then, when dry,  glue to a slightly larger brown oval, then glue this to the main oval.  

Using Imagination Craft's Autumn Leaves decoupage stamp set, stamp the Autumn leaves twice onto cream card, using a Versamark pad and heat emboss with copper embossing powder.   Paint the leaves with watered down Starlight paints.    Cut out the large leaves from the images and  3D the them, using silicone glue and glue in position.

Glue the leaves to the base card and add a cream organza ribbon bow below the leaves.   Well that's it folks,  enjoy the rest of the Easter period and I will be back again soon.   Hope you have enjoyed your visit, many thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog, I really do appreciate it.    Happy Easter  to you all.

                                                               Love and rainbows,

                                                                 Hugs   Jennifer xx.


  1. Hi Jennifer I love all the details on this card. It's really interesting to look at. If I was the recipient I would be dissecting it to see what you'd done (I do that with handmade cards lol). I'm sorry I seem to have missed your last few posts. Have you been hiding them? They are all fabulous creations. I'm off to add you to my blog list so I don't miss in future. Take care x

    1. Hi Lea, thank you so much for your lovely comment, I do appreciate your input. Pleased to hear you are adding me to your blog list. Thanks for that.
      Love and hugs Jennifer xx.

  2. Fabulous! I do love nature especially trees and leaves. The layout and colours are my favourite autumnal colours too.
    Linda xxx

    1. Thanks a lot Linda for your lovely comment, so glad you like it.
      Love and hugs Jennifer xx.