Artsy Leaves + Magicals = Pretty Fall Card Project

My second favorite season is fall and my favorite type of art is abstract. These cool little leaf dies by Sizzix live up to both and they practically jumped into my cart at Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t wait to get home and create a card project with them. So I grabbed some Lindy’s Magical powders and here’s what I came up with…

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And, in case you’re wondering, my first favorite season is late spring. ☀️🌸⛈


STEP BY STEP

Use Lindy’s Magicals Powders to Ink Up the Background Panels

SUPPLIES

STEPS

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.
  2. Tape down your watercolor card stock to your work surface to keep it from warping when water is applied.
  3. Squirt the paper with a generous amount of water.
  4. Dip the DRY paintbrush into one of the magical powders, (I started with the lightest color and moved up to the darkest).
  5. Continue with each color.
  6. Apply additional squirts of water as you add the powder to create the “starburst” effect with the powders and to help them move around the paper.
  7. Set aside to dry naturally.

Die Cutting the Leaves Background

SUPPLIES

STEPS

  1. Trim your background panel, from the Kraft cardstock, to 4 ¼” x 5 ½”.
  2. Place your choice of leaf thinlit dies onto the background and hold in place with a low tack tape.
  3. Run through your die cutting machine.
  4. You can use the Spellbinders tool to easily remove all the little bits of cut out paper. This is completely optional however.
  5. Cover the back of the die cut, Kraft cardstock with the distress collage medium and adhere to the colored background panel. Place something heavy on top of it and let dry.

Sentiment & Assembly

SUPPLIES

STEPS

  1. Using the acrylic stamp mount and the VersaFine ink, stamp your sentiment onto the scrap piece of white cardstock.
  2. Cut down to size by hand or with the SSS Sentiment Labels die set.
  3. If desired, snip a little flag on both sides of the sentiment strip. Again, you can either do this by hand, like I did, or use the flag die piece included with the set.
  4. Using the mini score board, 110# cardstock, and the bone folder, create your 4 ¼” x 5 ½”, side fold card base.
    • Create this size by cutting an 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of Neenah in half at the 5 ½” mark. Then score one piece at the 4 ¼” mark for an A2 size, side fold card.
  5. Place Scor-tape on the back of the leaf background panel.
    • The panel is probably a little heavy so using this strong adhesive ensures it will stay put.
  6. Mount to the card base.
  7. Use a piece of foam tape on the back of the sentiment strip to pop it up from the background.
  8. Place sequins or other embellishments as desired using the Distress Collage Medium and the jewel picker.

Another easy & beautiful project!

This set of die cut leaves has so much potential! I can’t wait to play with it some more. You’ll most likely see it again, in some fashion, in future projects. I’m thinking more Autumn and maybe even Thanksgiving… we’ll see. 😃

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Thanks for spending time with me!

Blessings & Hugs,
Michelle

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