Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves stamps create beautiful fall images.  I often get asked what rubber stamping is (I know hard to believe, right?) and why I enjoy doing it.  My answer is always some form of the following: “I've always loved being crafty, but I'm not much of an artist.  With rubber stamping much of the artwork is done for you in the rubber and  you just ink, stamp and voila!”  And, between you and me, I love how my math-mind works so well with this craft.  My clean and simple style is all about balance and symetry which my mind can easily wrap around.  How about you?  What's your style?  Let me know what your last Thank You card looked like!

Ok, let's talk about today's card.  For this card I drew inspiration from the Global Design Project's weekly sketch.  If you've followed me for awhile you know I'm a big fan of starting with a sketch.


Love this sketch!  Clean and simple, but I twisted it a bit.  You'll notice I put the greeting at the bottom.  I felt like if I added a greeting over the watercolored leaf you wouldn't see all the beautiful colors.  A sketch is a great way to start – but then you make the project your own.


How did I get the leaf to look like that?  Watercolor paper, lots of reinkers and my aqua painter.  Here are the steps I took:

  1.  Water wash a whole sheet of Watercolor Paper
  2. Mix water and a few drops of each reinker color in the well of my inkpads
  3. Add a few small swishes of each color and keep filling in until all the paper is covered
  4. Allow to air dry
  5. Stamp with Vintage Leaves in Cajun Craze Ink
  6. Cut out with Leaflet die and the Big Shot

QUICK NOTE: I ran the watercolor paper through the Big Shot a few times before I started stamping and cutting to flatten it. Then I stamped and cut out the leaves.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll go check out the other artwork this week at Global Design Project. Leave me a comment about the last thank you card you sent.  See you tomorrow – Linda