Monday 3 October 2016

Muse #186 - Neutral Leaves

Hi there

I'm thrilled that it's my turn to be your designer for this week at Muse.

The idea at Muse is to use the designer's card as your inspiration, and then create a project using one or more of the elements, e.g. layout, colours, technique, etc.  I always love seeing how you interpret our cards each week.

I had the rough idea of this card in my head and I have to say, I love how this one turned out.  I love neutrals and monochrome designs so I'm really pleased with this one.

I started with a panel of white cardstock slightly smaller than my card base and die cut a leaf from it.  After trawling through my paper pads I chose the brown/tan striped paper to use as my background.  I adhered the panel to the striped paper which I cut slightly larger, and then adhered these flat to the card base.  I then added a little gold gilding wax to the die cut leaf to give it some metallic shimmer and also cut another leaf from some clear vellum.  I arranged these around the negative leaf image and adhered the cardstock leaf.  I then heat embossed a sentiment in copper onto a strip of white cardstock, popped this up on 3D foam and used this to hold the vellum leaf in place.

Materials used:

  • Die: Memory Box - Pointed Leaf
  • Patterned Paper: Lawn Fawn - Let's Polka Mon Amie
  • Stamp: Uniko - Fontiments Birthday
  • Ink: VersaMark
  • Embossing Powder: Wow! - Metallic Copper
  • Gilding Wax: Creative Expressions - Enchanted Gold
  • Vellum from stash

Challenge entries:

Just Us Girls - Challenge #363 - Leaves
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Male Room - Challenge #45 - Leaves and/or Trees
Seize the Birthday - Soft and Simple

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

That's all from me today.  Hopefully my card will inspire you to play along at Muse this week.  It's a great challenge and the winners are chosen by votes from your fellow participants :)

Bye for now


  1. Not surprised you are pleased with this it is fab. Lovely simple, but elegant card. Like the embossed sentiment. Zx

  2. Love the leaf die cut three ways!

  3. Stunning card! I love the way you've used the die cut leaves to show the patterned paper, and then added the other die cut leaves. Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week! Deborah, DT

    Think I'll be playing along at MUSE this week :)

  4. Very pretty and elegant card. I love the leaf die and the striped paper. Thanks for playing along with us at Just Us Girls!

  5. Love it! So elegant & CAS. Thanks for playing at TMR

  6. This is very pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

  7. This is such a delicate and elegant design! I love the pp peeking out from under your leaf die cut! Brilliant : )

  8. The design is simple and yet ultra impressive. I love the look you've created here...

  9. Hi Anita,

    Your card was a true inspiration for me to take this challenge. I have never heard of gilding wax before - how cool! I'll have to do some research on it.

  10. Beautiful Autumn card, Anita :)


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