Leaf Prints for Cards

Don't you just love love love when distress inks work in your favor? When you use distress ink you can get some really neat looks like this crazy easy card that looks so stunning!

Supplies used
Tim Holtz Leaf Prints stamp
Penny Black Heartfelt Thanks stamp
MISTI stamp positioner
Watercolor paper cut to 4x5.25
Embossing ink
Clear embossing powder (Ranger Thick clear embossing powder)
Potting soil Archival ink
Potting soil embossing powder
Heat tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Fired Brick Red, Orange Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain.
Spray bottle
Distress ink blending tool
Bo Bunny back to basics brown
Light brown paper (scrap from craft room)

Instructions: blend the ink on the watercolor panel, I did sections, of the different colors watching for what colors blend well with others, so picking a warm color family works well for this technique you don't want any mud, and bright and vibrant colors at this point is the goal.

This is the time that if you want to add some texture do it! Get out your spray bottle and spray with water to get water droplets. let it dry organically.

Then with your card panel on the MISTI start arranging your leaf stamps. (I liked the size of Tim Holtz stamps but any leaf pattern stamp will work well for this. I inked the stamps with clear embossing powder, then heat set it.

once the card cooled down I took my blending tool and went in with the walnut stain ink and some green distress ink and started inking the background, the bright orange and reds that are stuck under the embossing powder stay, the embossing powder preserves the color! so add as much dark color as you want, the darker you go the more vibrant the leaves become!

I wanted the sentiment to pop so I added that to a strip of scrap brownish yellow paper I had and stamped the sentiment and adhered that with pop dots!. Easy as that!

What fun ways do you like to use leave stamps for?

My design tip: I've said this all the time, but say what if? and then say this may not work, but if it does It's going to be awesome! TRY NEW WAYS TO USE A STAMP! I will spend a whole day playing with stamps to find the perfect way to utilize the stamp. Sometimes it's not what I expect! Give yourself time to just play around and say this may not work.... That's usually when the magic happens!

I love having card panels done ahead of time for unexpected events. Just another way to use what you have!

I am entering this card at
Fusion Card Challenge
Freshly Made Sketches
Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Happy Creating!


  1. Wow! This is so full of light and gorgeousness! It's the epitome of Autumn all wrapped up on one little sheet of cardstock. So pretty!

    1. Thank you! I was inspired by the dark trail with leaves on the trail when I walked my dog! how crazy right? it turned out better than I expected!

  2. Great technique and lovely card!

  3. Wow, this is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing how you made it. I love how you got your inspiration!

    1. Thank you for the kind words, this is a fun card to make with any good background stamp. It's fun using inspiration in art!

  4. Oh my your leaves are gorgeous! Beautiful technique! Glad you shared this at Fusion!!

    1. I enjoy posting my work on Fusion! Thank you for the kind words, the leaves were fun to make!

  5. Amazing combination with the beautiful leaves and I love the autumn colors.
    Hugs Anja

  6. Wow! You did an amazing blending and stamping job ! The colors look fabulous ! Thanks so much for playing with us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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