Please make sure to check out all of the innovative projects posted on the hop today. You can do this by clicking on the thumbnails below or on the Fresh Vintage navigation blinkie on the sidebar. I happen to know there are a couple of fun surprises here and some great techniques too. Who knew that a leaf could be used in so many ways? Ready? Let's hop!
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For my project, I resurrected something I had written a long time ago. It seemed appropriate to use for this hop. I have been blessed by many friends in my life, including the designers on this hop and many of you who take the time to read our blogs and leave your kind comments. I used my favorite Duetica font "Mandolyn" (again!) to communicate my message.
- Layout saying using font of choice on cream cardstock. I also decided to add some special effects to my test, typing my words on curvy lines to mimic leaves falling. Print out artwork.
- Cut a 10" x 10" mat from Crescent matboard #3291.
- Stamp front of mat with four coordinating colors. Use foam blending tool to apply ink from Stephanie Barnard's new Clearsnap stamp pads. I love these pads because they are really juicy but wanted the control of the applicators so the color was not too intense. Blend the ink and sponge on ImageStamp by Lara Scott.. I like this stamp because it's 5" x 7" and covers a lot of area all at once. Stamp all over front of 10" x 10" mat.
- With Logan Mat Cutter, cut a 2" border all around stamped matboard piece.
- Add scrap foamboard strips on the back of the mat to give a shadowbox effect. Cut another piece of foamboard 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" for backing.
- Cut a bunch of leaves out of heavy duty paper. On a thick piece of fun foam, draw lines on the back of the leaf with a stylus, pressing into the paper to create veins.
- Drag leaf across stamp pads randomly to show veins. Ink edges
- Adhere leaves to mat edges with ATG gun, overlapping to cover beveled edge. Intersperse pearl bling among leaves.
- I accidentally got ink on my printed piece. Decided to ink the whole thing. Happy accident- now the paper blends in better with the mat! Hah!
- Center text under mat. Adhere to backing board. Add sawtooth hanger to foamboard for hanging or insert into 10" x 10" frame. You will have to add spacers though to accommodate the dimension from the leaves. Or just take the glass out of the frame.