All-Oc­ca­sion Cards

Clas­sic leaf shapes die-cut from lux­u­ri­ous card­stock or dusted with gold em­bel­lish these cards to make and share in the har­vest sea­son.

CardMaker - - Contents - De­sign by Mar­i­lynne Oskamp for Ec­stasy Craf ts

Clas­sic leaf shapes, die-cut from lux­u­ri­ous card­stock or dusted with gold, em­bel­lish these cards to make and share in the har­vest sea­son.

Card­stock: Michaels (gold metal­lic); ivory Wa­ter­color pa­per Star­form Deco gold stick­ers: Leaves, Thin Lines Cre­ative Ex­pres­sions Sen­ti­ment Stamp Set 1 IMAG­INE Crafts/Tsukineko Ver­saMark water­mark ink pad Cos­mic Shim­mer white em­boss­ing pow­der Cos­mic Shim­mer car­ni­val brights iri­des­cent wa­ter­colour paints Cre­ative Ex­pres­sions metal­lic gild­ing wax: vin­tage holly, golden light, an­tique bronze Sheer green rib­bon Sue Wil­son Pierced Flags dies (#CED4304) Em­boss­ing fold­ers: Leane Creatief Bor­der Au­tumn (#359944); Tat­tered Lace Ditsy Dots (#TTLEF004) Die-cut­ting ma­chine Em­boss­ing heat tool Craft mat Pa­per towel Wa­ter­color paint­brush Spray bot­tle with water Al­li­ga­tor clip Small pom­poms Ad­he­sive foam squares Dou­ble-sided tape Ad­he­sive dots

*All ma­te­ri­als from Ec­stasy Crafts un­less oth­er­wise noted.

1. Form a 7 x 5-inch card from ivory card­stock.

2. Cut a 11/2 x 5-inch strip from ivory card­stock. Cut a 13/4 x 5-inch strip from gold metal­lic card­stock.

3. Em­boss front of card with Ditsy Dots folder. Em­boss ivory strip with Au­tumn folder.

4. At­tach leaf stick­ers to wa­ter­color pa­per; rub edges down to se­cure. Fussy-cut leaves.

5. Place leaves on craft mat; wet leaves, in­clud­ing sticker out­lines, with wa­ter­color brush and water. If pa­per be­comes too wet, dry with pa­per towel. Use wa­ter­col­ors di­rectly from pots or mix on paint pal­ette; spray wa­ter­col­ors with water to ac­ti­vate.

6. Add a drop of color onto wet leaves; let color spread. Clean brush in cup of water be­tween col­ors; ab­sorb ex­cess water with pa­per towel. Work with one color at a time.

7. Con­tinue adding drops of color to dif­fer­ent leaf sec­tions, let­ting col­ors blend to­gether. Let dry.

8. Re­peat steps 4–7 to cre­ate painted acorns.

9. Color leaves and acorns with gild­ing wax us­ing pom­poms held by al­li­ga­tor clips. Be­gin by shad­ing leaves and acorns with yel­low wax; add bronze to cen­ters of leaves and acorns. Add green to cen­ters of leaves.

10. Ad­here ivory strip to gold metal­lic strip. At­tach line stick­ers as shown. Ad­here to card with dou­ble-sided tape.

11. Ad­here leaves and acorns to card with foam squares. Cut a small branch from gold card­stock; ad­here near top of leaf spray. Tie rib­bon bow. Ad­here to branch.

12. Dec­o­rate inside of card as de­sired. •

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