Fall Leaf Tablescape

Metal Fall Leaf Tablescape

Why is it that I can never get enough of fall leaves? The real ones last such a short time so I love to try to reproduce them by any craft means possible. Today I’ve done a larger version of a maple leaf out of metal.

I found a cut out shape that I liked on the internet and printed it out. Increasing the size to 150% worked well for the leaf I selected. You can just print a few draft copies until you like the size based on the plate you will be using.

Craft Metal comes in sheets or rolls of varying thickness and can be found in most craft stores. For this technique you don’t want a metal that is too stiff as the pointy ends you are cutting could become too sharp.I used copper color but gold works well also.

I cut the leaf out using scissors from a Creative Metals Beginner Kit made by Walnut Hollow I don’t see the kit on their website but hopefully can be found elsewhere, it’s a very good kit. 10 Seconds Studio also has some great products,Crafting with metal can become addicting! (I’m just telling ya)

Using Alcohol Inks I covered the leaf completely in Sunshine Yellow, using the applicator and felt that are sold with them. Then I dabbed some Sunset Orange on the pad, and tapped it around the leaf, followed by some Lettuce green. It dries quickly so you can go ahead and start adding some veins. Flip the leaf to the back and place on a piece of fun foam

Using a cuticle stick or ball point pen, draw vein lines. You can always use an actual leaf or picture on the internet for reference. Flip over to the colored side and add some brown color to the tips and the embossed vein lines using Coffee brown Archival Ink

You can just rub the leaf onto the surface of the pad. I have a re-inker so I just added a drop or two to the edges and dabbed off the excess.. Heat set using an embossing gun and spray with clear gloss sealer.

You can give the leaf some shape by gently folding in half, curling up the edges, and shaping the stem.

These don’t take much time at all to produce and you can add smaller leaves as part of a candle centerpiece as I did here

I for one am grateful for the cherished family and friends I will be spending Thanksgiving with. Hope your holiday is a blessed one.

All the best,

Diane Long

 

Fall Leaves in Rustic Metal

Metal Fall Leaf Candle

Although it’s always sad to see Summer go, it’s not so hard to replace it with a season as beautiful as Autumn. Here is a project to keep the look of fall leaves around just a little bit longer. Using a Leaf Punch, and some Alcohol Inks, this can be done in no time.
We are gearing up for the busy Holiday Season but please remember to slow down long enough to enjoy the simple things all around us.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

To My Valentine…Rough or Soft

Valentine collage

Traditionally, Valentines are always on the softer side. I thought I’d mixed things up this year and do a multi-textured Valentine. Rough rusted metal (achieved with Distress inks and embossing powder) mixed with feathers, pearls, canvas, faux keys and velvet (my favorite!).
Harmonious colors bring it all together. Trust your eye, move things around until it “clicks”
Lastly, don’t forget some chocolate to celebrate the Holiday! (another favorite!)
Diane

Metal Madness

Projects made with Craft Metal

I just love working with metal!! Tried the new metal tools from Walnut Hollow and they are just fantastic! You can draw freehand, use textured stencils or put through your die cut machine. The kit also comes with great metal scissors. 
Enjoy your day.
Diane

Time

august collage

Time seems to be getting the best of all of us. As the summer winds down and we look ahead. We all wonder where the time has gone. We need to remember to not waste a
moment of time. Time is precious and it’s something we can never retrieve once it’s gone. Take time to make a difference in someone’s day, A hug, a smile, a word of praise or appreciation. “teach us to count our days, make our days count”

the Photograph is actually a stamp as well as the faux wallpaper panel.
* for step by step instructions of this stamped collage, visit the Yahoo Group for Ranger Inks
Diane

For a written tutorial in PDF, click here

For the Graduates

two bus cards together

I can hardly believe, my twin nieces are graduating from college. They were born the same year I was married. They are beautiful, talented, creative girls (just like their mom) I covered these business card holders in polymer clay as a gift for them. If you look closely, you can see the flecks of gold leafing on the green one and silver leafing on the pink one. I used the Mokume Gane technique. Love Lisa’s video. Clay is so inexpensive and fun to work with. Tons of colors to choose from and just heat in your toaster oven.
Diane