Thursday, September 19, 2013

Leaves and Feathers

Since leaves and feathers often have very similar shapes, I saw no reason why I couldn’t put the two together . . .

Remember the skeleton leaves that were so popular a number of years ago?  They’re still out there, folks, and they’re still beautiful!  You can brayer them with inks to match your layout – they take the ink beautifully and dry quickly. 

They provide a lot of design impact and next to no bulk for mailing purposes.  As they are not accomplishing anything by languishing in my stash, my new plan is to trot these lovely leaves out on a regular basis. 

 Skeleton leaves are rather delicate in appearance and not all that sturdy, so affixing them flat to the cardstock is probably the best way to use them.  However, if you want to pop dot them for a little elevation, all is not lost:  little undergirding from a piece of cardstock with an unfussy background is in order here.  I had an un-stamped scrap left over from the background so it was pressed into support service for the skeleton leaves.   To attach, turn the leaf over and dot along the midrib with very small drops of glue.  Attach to the backing and immediately blot any excess glue that squeezes through – it will not be noticed once it dries.

 Definitely more skeleton leaf-play is in the works!

Cardstock:       Bazzill Dark Butter, Black, watercolor paper
Stamps:            Club Scrap Feather, Stampers Anonymous Skeleton Leaf
Inks:                   Distress Brushed Corduroy Stain, Stampin’ Up Always Artichoke,
                                  Archival Jet Black                                                      
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence                         
Dies/Punches:  Die-Namics Mini Tabs Quartet, Elizabeth Craft “Thanks”
Doo Dads:        Gold Mica Glitter, 1/8“ ribbon

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