Vintage Leaves Glisten with Gold

On my blog I talk a lot about comfort zones. I don’t think that comfort zones are necessarily bad, though they have a very bad reputation! If you think about it, almost everything we do well is within our comfort zone, because we’ve learned and practiced the skills. For example, I’m really good at creating cards that use soft, subtle colors since those are the colors that appeal to me. I think the reason why comfort zones get a bad reputation is because we do sometimes need to leave our comfort zones so we can learn and grow. The Vintage Leaves stamp set has helped me grow since it’s a stamp set that can be used for so many different techniques.

Using Vintage Leaves for Watercoloring

I decided to use Vintage Leaves for watercoloring this card. I’ve done a lot of watercoloring this year, but it’s a skill that I’m still learning to use in different aspects of card making. I’ve been experimenting with using it for backgrounds (my favorite!), coloring images, even watercoloring using an acrylic block!

Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!


For this card, I used a technique that combines embossing with watercoloring I love to emboss when I watercolor because the image stays crisp. The embossing also gives nicely defined lines that make using a paintbrush easier since the color doesn’t get everywhere.

For this card, I did another fun technique by combining ink colors. I love love love the effect of combining different colors to create a totally unique color for a card.

The gold embossing makes the leaves stand out and looks so gorgeous in real life. I had a difficult time getting a picture of the sparkle, but in the close up below, you can see how bright and stunning the leaves look.

Vintage Leaves stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I had wanted to do a card for a while that was surrounded in white, with just a pop of color in the border. I’d seen a card with this sketch on pinterest. The colors among the white made the design elements stand out.

Tips for Making this card:

  • I used Shimmery White for the watercolored images. If you haven’t watercolored on this paper, you should give it a try. It is lovely to work with and has a pretty shimmer.
  • Before embossing, always use an Embossing buddy so that you have less static on your paper. Less static means that the embossing powder doesn’t go all over your paper, just where you want it.
  • The large leaves at the bottom are cut out using the matching framelits
  • Here are some color combinations I used for the leaves:
    • Pumpkin Pie and Real Red
    • Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler
    • Per Pizzazz and So Saffron

Making this card was so much fun! I hope you join me by sometimes dipping a toe outside of your comfort zone and trying new color combos or a new technique.

If you love new techniques, join my Creative Challenge, where I introduce a new technique every month and we make cards using the Technique and share them on a private Facebook site to inspire each other. Click here to join.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Endless Birthday Wishes
Paper: Shimmery White, Whisper White, and Watermelon Wonder
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron
Other: AquaPainter, Leaflits Framelits, Gold Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy

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