Golden leaves

This week’s challenge at Less is More is to use something metallic.   I am reluctant to admit it but there are golden leaves falling in my back yard already.

I decided to use gold embossing powder and ink to add a metallic touch to my card. First I masked then stamped the leaf twice in gold ink.  Then I got distracted by something on the computer as you do. I don’t know how long I was away from the card but when I came back to it the gold ink had dried to really hold much embossing powder. I heated it anyway then brayered over the leaves with summer sun and old olive.  There wasn’t enough rich colour with just the green and yellow so I switched to sponging and added some pumpkin pie. To finish I removed the masks and stamped two more leaves and embossed them immediately.

I hope you weekend is delightful.


Stamps: With Gratitude (SU)
Inks: Encore gold, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Flourishes Classic Ivory
Also: Gold Glory e.p.

35 Comments on “Golden leaves”

  1. sue says:

    Wow, this card really pops! For not doing it exactly as you’d initially planned, I can’t think that it could have come out better any other way. I like the first leaves being a little muted, so that the embossed ones really jump out at you. The brayering and sponging colors are beautiful fall colors, just made for your golden leaves. You were so right to do this on ivory CS, too; white would have been too glaring for this subtly gorgeous fall card. Beautiful!

  2. Hey GF – Way to go with the medium of metallic! I am so in the box I never would of thought of ink — sheesh. Love this card ~

  3. Chrissie says:

    Your ‘distraction’ resulted in a super effect Heather, the gentler touch of leaves within the masking against the bolder embossing of the others.
    A beautiful card, I love those combined colours!
    Thanks so much
    “Less is More”

  4. Ang C says:

    A beautiful effect – such an autumnul feel

  5. Beryl K says:

    Stunning card, I love the colours
    Beryl x

  6. Jan says:

    I love the effects on your beautiful card xx Jan

  7. Fiona K says:

    Absoulutely beautiful card – the colours are stunning.
    Fiona x

  8. Jenni's Jems says:

    Wow this is stunning ! x

  9. Suze Bain says:

    This is gorgeous. Love the colours and the embossed leaves. xx

  10. This is awesome, I love the distressed embossing you’ve achieved through serenipity, lovely!

  11. Linby says:

    A work of art – beautiful.

  12. Gail says:

    Talk about a happy accident! This card couldn’t have turned our more beautiful. I love this!

  13. Debbie G says:

    Absolutely Beautiful card !!! I love how the ebossing turned out

  14. Kim S says:

    This is gorgeous…I really like the look that came from your distraction! That little bit of gold on those background leaves is a very nice look.

  15. mandi says:

    Absolutely beautiful card, love the colours
    Thank you
    “Less is More”

  16. Lynne says:

    Love this. Love the autumnal colours and the embossing is beautiful.
    Lynne xxx

  17. mustavcoffee says:

    HI Heather, This is glorious, I love the colours and the embossing intentional or not it’s turned out brilliantly, Gay xxx

  18. Sasha says:

    Beautiful gold embossing, Heather! You have created such a beautiful autumnal background with your inks!

  19. Andrea E says:

    Absolutely stunning card, Heather. We’ll soon have the leaves falling here, too. Sometimes, the best cards are the ones that don’t go exactly according to plan.

  20. Lindsey says:

    Distracted by the computer? Whatever could you be talking about? ROFL
    It doesn’t seem to matter, because this card turned out beautifully regardless. The brayered/sponged colours are the perfect setting for these (sigh) gold autumnal leaves.

  21. Jenny M says:

    The distraction worked a treat…I just love the effect of the gold leaves and the embossed leaves with the inked panel 🙂
    Jenny x

  22. Diane J says:

    You’ve made a really gorgeous card. Diane x

  23. gibmiss says:

    Hi Heather
    Fabulous card ….love the Leaves ….gorgeous

  24. Vicky says:

    I love your golden leaves against that stunning inky background. It won’t be long before we’re all using the Distracted Embossing technique Heather! Vx

  25. Aileen says:

    Some gorgeous colours coming through in your card and I love the extra embossed leaves over the top. x

  26. Penny says:

    I LOVE this, so well balanced and autumny.

  27. Ellie Knol says:

    I just LOVE this card! It’s just perfect the way it is!

  28. Joan V says:

    Beautiful card. I love your “got distracted” technique. LOL. I think the subdued gold leaves look great. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

  29. Margaret says:

    Absolutely gorgeous Heather
    Margaret x

  30. Perfect! I love it. And I know just what you mean about being distracted by the PC 🙂

  31. Sylvia-Anne says:

    Fabulous Autumnal colours Heather – absolutely love this card. The gold leaves are so beautiful, and the distraction obviously didn’t cause any crafting problems!
    Sylvia x

  32. Vikki says:

    Nice card!! I love the colours and how the leaf is so fine…really nice!!

  33. Karolyn says:

    Hello Heather, This is a lovely Fall card. Think I’ll try it & maybe I’ll
    even do the “distracted” step ;-). Thanks for showing & giving good directions, appreciate that!

  34. Absolutely beautiful. I love your style. x

  35. Judy says:

    Just beautiful, stunning, breathtaking

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