Tuesday 26 March 2019

Oak leaves

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a favourite at the Retro Rubber Challenge a while back and so I'm joining them as a guest designer on the current challenge which has just gone live here.

The idea at RR is to show some love to stamps that are at least a year old so it's a great chance to look back over your stash for toys you might have ignored for a while!

It's a tic-tac-toe challenge this time, see the end of this post or visit the Retro Rubber blog for the grid if you'd like to play along! I chose the middle column of the grid: sparkle-leaves-heat embossing.

I embossed the sentiment with a detail white powder and then smooshed on some ink using a piece of acetate. The oak branch stamp has acorns on it which means it always seems to be an autumnal kind of image but I thought that if I coloured the leaves green and only used part of the image it would be more suited to spring and summer. The sparkle comes courtesy of my "go to" embellishment when I want just a touch of glitz: nail art gems.

Oak Branch (Beeswax Stamps - I've had mine since 2012)
Say It All (Hero Arts, retired)

Bristol board

Brilliance by Tsukineko (Pearlescent Chocolate)
Versamark by Tsukineko
Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Tumbled Glass)

Detail white embossing powder
Copic markers
White paint pen by Posca
Fine frames die by Altenew
Nail art gems
Pinflair glue gel
Corner Chomper

Here's the tic-tac-toe grid, why not head over and play?!

Thanks for stopping by!


Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Joanne: Thank you for being our Guest Designer over at RETRO RUBBER for our Tic Tac Toe challenge.
Your card is stunning and perfectly CAS, those leaves look so real that one might think you went outside to pluck them from a real tree.
Love the blue watercolor wash and the way you framed your sentiment.
Thank you again for being our Guest Designer and I hope you continue to share your beautiful cards with us.
Maria Rodriguez.DT

Claire Grantham said...

Hey Joanne, thanks for your comment on my card, the weather in London is treating me pretty well. It's sunny, but still a touch cold. I love your card, the frame is perfect and I love the angled ink smooshing. Great to have you as our guest designer, hope to see you in the Retro Rubber gallery again soon. Claire DT

Jan Clothier said...

So pleased to have you along as guest designer, Joanne. I love the contrast between the blue and green, and the loose watercolour background against the realistic looking leaves. They are stunning on their own!

Wavejumper said...

Hey! Congrats on being a guest designer!
I agree. I did think you had used real leaves at first glance.
I need to investigate this nail art idea. It seems a great way to have tiny bling....
Hugs across the pond, Margot

LeAnne said...

This is just beautiful! Those leaves look so REAL, love the watercoloring, the whole card just has a wonderful organic feel to it! SO happy to have you as a Guest Designer this week too!

Kathy said...

This is lovely - those leaves are beautiful, and I love the 'frame' for the sentiment

Neva Cole said...

Amazing job with the Tic Tac Toe, and thanks for being our GDT for this challenge at Retro Rubber. Your leaves look so real, and the simplicity of the card really sets them off nicely!