Monday 18 October 2021

Leaf Printing

 Morning. Yesterday I had a spare couple of hours after taking the pooch out for a walk and decided to try a little leaf printing. There isn't much in the way of autumn colour around here, the temps have been in double digits, so no frosts so far but the Japanese Maples by the house have started to turn from subtle golden red to a more vibrant colour. They are still hanging onto their leaves though as I had to give the leaves a fair old tug to get them off the branches.

My attempt at printing was influenced by the challenge at CAS Mix Up and as I haven't entered their challenge for awhile I thought I'd have a play. Less is More's challenge is OL Autumn so with that in mind also, I went ahead. Here is the result.

I started by creating a mask for the square on an A6 white card, then inked through with a selection of DIs, Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple and Seedless Preserve. I chose those colours as they most closely represented the fiery maple leaf colours. When dry, I dusted it liberally with anti-static powder. 

Using one of the Japanese Maple leaves, I added Versamark to the reverse side and placed it carefully over the inked panel. I laid a piece of copy paper over and then trying not to move the leaf, brayered over the top. After carefully removing the paper and leaf, I heat embossed with gold EP. As I had used Versamark to stamp, the print wasn't visible until the EP was set, no second chances there! I rather like the way the leaf disintegrates towards the tips, totally not intentional! My sentiment from Uniko was stamped with Altenew's Grapevine to match the colour in the panel at that point, then heat embossed with clear EP.

I enjoyed the process and the challenge of a OLC hope you like it too.

Joining in over at:-


Using- Masking, Ink Blending and Heat Embossing

Autumn or Halloween, I choose autumn


  1. Glorious colours and a fab image


  2. Beautiful leaf print card Jules! LOVE the gorgeous blended colours in the background with your beautiful gold embossed maple leaf on top. So elegant! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

  3. WOW! A gorgeous background for this elegant leaf, Julie! An amazing OLC! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  4. Same here, pretty much everything is still green so it's lovely to see the gorgeous autumn hues on this card and the leaf print looks fabulous x

  5. Gorgeous card and I love how your leaf print turned out! Thanks for joining us at Less is More.


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