Thursday, October 14, 2010

Leaves are Falling!

**THIS IS MY SECOND POST TODAY AND IS A DUPICATE OF WHAT I POSTED ON SHE'S A SASSY LADY BLOG TODAY!! PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE SKETCHES IN THYME CHALLENGE!!**

Good morning! I'm Barb and I am back again and happy to be guest designing on Sassy's blog!! With the change of seasons,  I thought it would be fun to use up some supplies that have been laying around and play with some new techniques!! Here is a sneak peek at what we are going to be making today....

Do you see the leaves with all the fall colors?! I'm going to show you how I made them! I started with some cheap photo paper I had laying around my office. I never liked how the photos looked when I printed them on this paper, yet I didn't feel like I could throw it out.... so why not use it?!

I pulled out some of my alcohol inks that I hardly ever use.. but that might change after doing this project because it was so much fun!! lol!! For my project I used butterscotch, cranberry, lettuce and  a little alcohol blending solution.

I started with my lightest color and worked my way to the darkest. I put a few drops of "butterscotch" on the pad of my Tim Holtz tool and started rubbing it across the paper. There is no right or wrong way to do this and you don't want it to look perfect. (On my first attempt I put the ink directly onto the photo paper but once I started rubbing it in, I was still left with little dots where I had originally put it on. I decided that putting it on the applicator pad was a much better way of doing it!!)

Next I added green (lettuce) to the same applicator and spread it over the yellow. After that I added in the cranberry. Note to self.... when using darker colors, you can use less ink!! A little goes a long way!! (In this photo you can see the cardboard box I used to protect my table top... be sure to put something under your paper when working with these inks!!!)

I wasn't happy with how the red looked on the paper... a little too bold and not blended enough. To solve this problem, I added a little Alcohol Blending Solution directly to the pad I had used for the other 3 colors and rubbed it over the top. It really did blend the inks together nicely!!

I made a second sheet using less reds and more greens... this way I would have some variety when I was ready to start cutting!

I cut the paper into smaller pieces and loaded it onto a cricut mat along with the brown that I was using for the background layer of the leaves.

I used my Gypsy to plan out where I was going to place everything. If you don't have a gypsy, design studio works just as well!!

Once the leaves were cut, I wanted to get rid of the white lines that were on the outside of the leaves from the paper. This was an easy problem to fix... ink!! I inked the edges of the leaves as well as the centers and I inked the brown background paper. In this photo you can see the difference between the one that was inked and the one that wasn't!

The last step was to glue the leaves onto their background layer and then use them in a layout! This is a layout I did of my daughter and her friend while raking leaves for a neighbor. I added in a few other premade embellishments and my layout was complete!

Thank you for taking the time to visit She's a Sassy Lady AND for reading this very long post!! Have a wonderful weekend!!
Barb  :)

19 comments:

Tanya R said...

This is amazing. Love the embellishments, and the fab photo. The framed one is fantastic.
Hugs
Tanya

Denise said...

Barb I LOVE your leaves!!! They look amazing!!! Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to give this a try :))

Brenda said...

Absolutely amazing tutorial! I will be using this idea very soon - I am so glad you shared! You are one talented chickie!!

mforquer said...

Barb - I just LOVE this layout - such great colors and your technique for your leaves is fabulous!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful idea!!
Melissa

Pat said...

Great tutorial!!! Love that LO!

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Love this layout and I can tell you are from up north with these wonderful fall colors! Wonderful detail and I thank you for joining us today at ShesASassyLady!

LINDA said...

Such a beautiful fall layout.. Love the way you made the leaves.. Thanks for sharing.. Very lovely work.. Hugs, Linda

Maureen Reiss said...

Awesome LO!!! Love those amazing leaves!!

Audrey Frelx said...

What a wonderful layout! Love all the vibrant fall colors!!!

Debbie said...

First off Barb- fabulous layout! Love fall colors! What a wonderful technique for making leaves! Very clever!

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

Hello Crafty girl again. Lovely project! Love those Fall colors.

Brenda Benoit said...

love this technique...thanks for sharing the how to....turned out great...

Diana said...

WOW!!!! These is GORGEOUS. I LOVE the leaves, great tutorial, I'm going to give it a try.

Fern said...

OMGoodness Barb, the leaves are gorgeous and so is your layout!!! What a wonderful thing Lauren and her friend did for your neighbor!! Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!!

li-bee-ti said...

Awesome layout, Barb! And great tutorial!
I love the blue dp you added to the lo,it give such a great touch!

And I also love the new look of your blog :).

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This came out so great! The colors are wonderful!

Caro said...

Love those leaves!

The Cropping Canuck said...

What a fabulous idea! I might have to try this!

Ayana Posadas said...

Wow, great tutorial, Barb! The results look amazing!

 
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