Pressed Leaves ~ Stampin’ UP!

Back in the late summer, early autumn I was looking for a technique for my monthly class and came across using fresh leaves – which is kind of a modern take on the old dried pressed leaves and flowers.  It was a lot of fun to do and you can make a lot of cards in a very small amount of time…… and each one will be unique.

Bougainvillea Leaves

You need to use leaves that are not to thick or ‘juicy’  because the sap will flood the card and you won’t get any clear definition. I chose some leaves from my  Bougainvillea (which was a perfect match for Old Olive) and stems with leaves from the Crape Myrtle in my front garden (a perfect match for Fresh Fig)

I experimented with Coleus leaves as they have such a lovely color variation in each leaf – that is how I learned about leaves being too ‘juicy’ ~ the sap just squelched out – although the colors were interesting there was no indication that there had been a leaf on the card!!

Card base:  11 x 4 1/4 Extra Thick Whisper White, Old Olive OR Fresh Fig Card

Layer 1: 5 1/4 x 4 Old Olive OR Fresh Fig Card

Layer 2: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 Whisper White Card ~ you will need 2 pieces

Crape Mytle

  • Place the leaves between the two pieces of Whisper White Card, take a sheet of copy paper, fold it in half and place the leaf ‘sandwich’ in between the folded copy paper.
  • Place on your Big Shot Platform (excluding the adapter) with a cutting plate above and below and run thru the Big Shot once!
  • When you open up the leaf  ‘sandwich’ you will have 2 card fronts – one being the reverse image of the other…… great deal, 2 cards each time!

I found you can only really use the leaves one time as the a second run thru the Big Shot there is not enough sap left.

I used snail adhesive to attach each piece to its coordinating layer then dimensionals to attach to the card base.  As luck would have it the 1/8 Sheer Ribbon comes in Old Olive and Fresh Fig as well!

You could use this technique and style of card for really any occasion, birthday, thank-you, thinking of you, condolences, it is very versatile.

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you like today’s technique – please let me know in a comment ~ by using that little link just under the title.

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