Thursday, September 20, 2012

Inky Falling Leaves

So far, I have been "Getting Inky" this September with alcohol inks.  This week, just like the weather here in Michigan, I am in the mood for a change.  I am going with a simple embossing and inking strategy.  Here is how this simple card is made:
Manual Die Cut Machine with mats (I used the Cuttlebug)
Brown Core'dinations Color Core Paper
Ivory Cardstock
Ivory Parchment Cardstock
Fall Colored Yarn
Mini Mister filled with rubbing alcohol
Distress Ink in Mustard Seed
Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade
Distress Ink in Barn Red
Distress Ink in Peeled Paint
Distress Ink in Pine Needles
Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Distress Ink in Walnut Stain
Blending Tool
Craft Sheet
Paper Towel
Sanding Block
1)  Spritz the back of the Core'dinations paper with rubbing alcohol and run through the embossing machine with Leaf Texture Stencil and Stamping Details Mat.  For the Cuttlebug, the sandwich is A Plate, stencil face down, Core'dinations paper face down, Details Mat, and two B Plates.  You will have to run this piece in two passes, because the stencil is smaller than the area needed.  Just move the stencil down and run it again.
2)  Follow step one again with parchment colored cardstock and the Falling Leaves Stencil.
3)  With the stencil still in place on the Falling Leaves part, you will be coloring with Distress Inks.  To start, use a Gold Handled Brush and pick up some of the Mustard Seed Color.  Brush a little off onto the paper towel and rub in circles over the areas you would like yellow.  Cover a little more area than you would like on all sides.  You will blend new colors into the yellow.
4)  Switch to a different Gold Handled Brush.  Follow the same procedure as step 3, but with Spiced Marmalade.  Brush out excess color when done.
5)  Use the same brush with Barn Door.
6)  Switch to a different Gold Handled Brush.  Following the same procedure, use Peeled Paint and then Pine Needles.
7)  Sand the top of the leaves on the brown cardstock and wipe with paper towel.
8)  Rip edges of brown cardstock and then brush them with the Walnut Stain.
9)  Put colored leaves on craft sheet.  Use foam and the blending tool to edge the parchment cardstock with Tea Dye ink.
10)  Assemble card.
I love how the Distress Inks worked on this card.  They were very vivid and blended extremely well.
If you want to give the Inky Challenge a try, you have until the end of the month to take a picture of your creation and either email it to or upload it and link it to Mr. Linky at the .  Give it a try and you have the chance to win the stencil of your choice!  That's right, any stencil at all.  What do you have to loose?  Get inky with us!


  1. Beautiful card Laura, I love your colors! Fall is my favorite time of year and this card is the perfect picture of it!

  2. Beautifully colored (inked LOL) leaves!

  3. Lovely, the whole card is excellent

  4. Beautiful border piece! I'm curious ... why spritz the cardstock with rubbing alcohol?

  5. Beautiful colors and textures on this card.