The weather is cooling off and the leaves are falling. YAY! My favorite time of the year. And, this week we are getting Leaf-Tastic over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Blog. Use a real leaf as a mask or to stamp with, dry out a leaf and attach it to your project, use die cuts, fabric leaves, or a patterned paper with a leaf print. There are a lot of ways to make something for this challenge, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with. After all, there is a $50 gift card to simonsaysstamp.com up for grabs! Head on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show for all the details.
As for me, I couldn't resist the opportunity to make a little leafy garland home decor mantle piece. Let's see how that all came together.
The first thing I did was head out to my garden to grab some leaves for tracing. I chose a variety of sizes for this. I could bore you with the names of the plants these all came from, but since this is a craft blog and not a gardening blog, I shall refrain :) If you don't have access to leaves, or you don't feel like heading out to the garden... you could certainly free hand this or even use a die cut machine.
But, I do love to garden and get out in the yard, so after grabbing my foliage...
After I have traced lots of leaves, I get ready to decorate! I don't really have a plan here. I know I want fun bright colors and a bit of resist, but that's about it. Let's just have some fun playing! First up, stamping with some white paint:
And playing with some watercolors:
And a bit of black stamping:
And then, all of that gorgeous foliage gets cut out:
Seems as though I have a lovely selection of Basic Grey papers that will coordinate nicely:
All set to punch:
There we have it! Lots of fun little shapes to embellish my leaves with:
But first, we need to get these leaves assembled into a banner. That requires some sort of rope or twine. Perhaps a few scraps of an old Ikea curtain will work?
Yep! All tied into knots and I think it will do nicely:
Next up, twine!
After punching a hole in each leaf, I thread the twine through to string it all together:
Now, with tiny attacher in hand, let's staple the leaves into place on the white rope:
Yay! I like it!
With the basic shape and construction sorted out, now we get to embellish. All of those fun punched shapes are tucked around:
And of course there must be some doodling and pen work:
Once all of the little bits and pieces are placed around and a title is drawn...
That certainly is Leaf-Tastic, if I do say so myself :)
That was so fun to make and is even more fun to look at on our mantle!
A wonderful way to begin this season of giving thanks.
So, what will you craft with leaves this week? We can't wait to see! Be sure to link up over at Simon Says Stamp and Show. And, if you would like to create a leaf garland of your own, a complete supply list is below: (affiliate links used)