Surprise! I don't normally post on the weekend, but made an exception today because I couldn't wait to share the success I had with leaf pressing for the
I was having a phone-chat about this challenge from Bonnie with my friend Bobby when I remembered my gorgeous Coleus plants on my front porch! How could they not be the perfect choice for trying out this leaf-printing technique? I have two varieties - today I chose the bright chartreuse with purple veining... of course one loses lots of the color when pressing, so here is a few shots of my plants PRE-pressing!
I have THREE of these pots - my coleus were SO huge this year!
Here is a little perspective:
Okay enough - you came for the card[s] right?
I had so much fun I had to make three... it's amazing what you get from just putting leaves between two pieces of water color card, and running them through your die-cutting machine! But beware! It can be a little messy!
A very simple card - I thought just ONE of the leaves would be gorgeous
for a custom postage stamp!
Waffle Flower Crafts Nesting Postage dies are such a perfect set to reach for.
You'll see a few bits of the actual leaves but I don't mind it! As a side note: I recently purchased my first ink from Pigment Craft Co.: Sage is the most beautiful grey-green I've found on the market - and it stamps like a dream!
Sugared Lavender from Catherine Pooler accentuated the purple of the veins quite nicely!
My first time stamping this gorgeous set from The Greetery with all the best postmarks, and messages.
My next pressings took on more of the veining as I left it overnight...
There's that lavender again, used with a fun die cut word from Pigment Craft Co. set called Dashing Sentiments stamps and dies.
I couldn't help but think this would make a beautiful gift set of cards... three is a good number for a set... this is a sweet little thank you
that measures 4.5 x 3.5 inches!
disturbing my pressing one bit! Look! You can still see the veining beautifully.
A sweet little vellum die cut postage stamp was a good place for the sentiment.
Now comes the hard part - which one to share with the ladies at CAS Mix Up?
You'll have to go over to their gallery to see! And while there, how's about playing along, too? You'll find plenty of links for instruction at their blog!
Pigment Craft Co. ink, and sentiment dies
Waffle Flower Craft Co. Nesting Postage dies
Catherine Pooler ink: Sugared Lavender
The Stamp Market: Blush dye ink
Stampin' Up Subtle Texture embossing folder
The Greetery: Pretty Postmarks [with a very old 5 cents stamp from Wplus9]
Dessert Storm card stock
Fabriano Hot Press 25% Cotton watercolor paper