After I finished the die cutting for the oak leaf featured in the card below several weeks ago, I was left with a beautiful oak leaf stencil. Reluctant to throw it away (!), I set it to the side. Like I so often do.
The other day I came across this beautiful stencil, and decided to actually put it to good use. The photo below shows how it looked once I was finished with my project.
Isn't it beautiful? Wouldn't you have saved it too?
Putting it to use as an actual stencil and always with the stem facing upwards, I made a backdrop of fall oak leaves. I started at the top of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock, using Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry as my fall-colored inks.
I just kept overlapping as I worked my way down the cardstock, being extra careful that I always sponged towards the center of the leaf in order to preserve the precious delicate tips of my stencil. I wanted it to last through the whole project. And, truth be told, it still looks pretty healthy, all ready to do some more work!
The sentiment I decided to use for the card is sort of a strange one, and I'm not sure what type of occasion it is actually meant for. I plan on putting "Happy Birthday" inside the card.
The die cut I used for the sentiment label is from the Ornate Frames Dies that can be found on page 53 of the Holiday Catalog. I was smitten with these adorable frames the moment I discovered them in the catalog, and, of course, the set had to become mine. I think I am going to get lots and lots of use out of these little darlings.
You will notice that I took a small portion of the leaf stencil and sponged it onto the sentiment piece in Crushed Curry..
Stencil and resulting creation
I am quite pleased with myself that, even if I originally had good intentions for using this "stencil" when I set it aside, that I actually ended up using it! Yay me!
Are you getting tired of fall colors and leafy creations?
That is stunning! I love the colors you've picked too. Pinned.ReplyDelete
Thank you! You are so sweet!Delete
I love fall, and you nailed it with the colors! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you'll be sharing next week. Pinning!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Robin! I couldn't have asked for a nicer comment.Delete
This is so perfect for fall!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!
Thanks so much, Teresa!Delete
I'm digging the leaf stencil and the card you made with it. I happen to have my Cricut out so I think I'll be cutting some leaves today. Thx for the inspiration. Would love for you to post at Funtastic Friday Thursday Nights at 9pm EstReplyDelete
I am so glad that I was able to inspire you! That is the whole purpose of my blog. Have fun with the leaves!Delete
Wow you really created a very dimensional look with the stencil, amazing! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!ReplyDelete
Thank you. I was pretty pleased with the end result. Thanks for letting me share!Delete
Linda, I just love your cards! Thanks for inspiring us to dig out our stencils andReplyDelete
CONGRATS on being one of our Featured Guests at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)
Aw, thanks so much!Delete
Such a wonderful effect! And a beautiful card!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Michelle!Delete