Guess what I used to stamp those rich autumn leaves?? Well, yes, I used a stamp, actually two, but I also used Shimmerz! I know I've shown you stamping with Shimmerz before here, but that was when I used chalk ink on the stamp as well as Shimmerz; these leaves (the first layer anyway) were stamped only with Shimmerz!
I used Kitchen Sink Stamps 3-step Autumn Squirrel set. It really is a great fall/autumn set! It has the squirrel, some great acorns and beautiful leaves! To create these leaves, I only used the first and last steps of the 3-step leaf. The first step is a solid leaf. I took a paint brush, dipped it in the Shimmerz and just splotched it all around the stamp and stamped! I love that each leaf turned out different - just like in nature, some splotchy, some light, some dark. Once they dried, I stamped the last step of the leaf with Timber Stazon. Then I took my paint brush, dipped it in Shimmzers, and then flicked it with my finger, which created the splatters; I did this with each of the LE colors on each card (cleaning my paintbrush between colors!). I even did envelopes to match!
When I was making patterned leaf Shimmerz paper, I did card-front sizes, and then when I made the card, I cut them in half and had enough for two cards! I did the same for the individual leaves and cut them out. I thought the Shimmerized leaf paper gorgeous enough that the card didn't need much so I kept them very simple! All ribbon is May-Arts double-sided satin ribbon - I used two different colors and their reversed sides!
For the "sort-of" fourth color, the multi-colored leaves, I first painted the stamp with Beeswax, then I quickly added some Rustic Red around the edges of the leaf, then I stamped it! I could sit and look at these Shimmerz-Stamped leaves all day long!
Warning: When splatter painting, prepare for everything within 1-2 feet to be splattered - including your face! If you don't want it splattered then move it or cover it up or maybe just don't flick so hard! I went a little splatter crazy - I had it everywhere! It was quite funny!