Apr 18, 2014

A textured Autumn leaf.

Hello Everyone,

This leaf has been sitting on my desk for weeks, so I proceeded to play with my paints and alter the look. Autumn is the season in New Zealand now so it is an appropriate  image.

The leaf is a mix of Distress paints/Inks and stains applied liberally until I was happy, then I added crackle..... this product is my nemesis, and I cannot fathom why it works beautifully one minute and tragic the next, this occasion was tragic!
To rectify I stamped a crackle effect with Archival ink .

The striped Bg is made with the gelli plate using Acrylic paints, dry embossed then ripped.


Had fun playing with this one, I did not embellish as is my norm as the card is for a friend who would prefer simplicity. 
Alas to me it looks naked.

Hope you all have a great Easter weekend.
Smiles:)
Sue

17 comments:

Lisa M said...

Unbelievable the extent you went to create the desired crackle!!! Good grief. I have the same love/hate relationship with that product too. I find for me it is operator error..HA!
Your NOT simplistic card at all, is OUTSTANDING Onion. Those wonderful blues and greens behind that eye catching centerpiece is fantastic. You are keeping me in amazement with each and EVERY one of your posts!!!
I hope your friend has a wonderful birthday too.
hugs,
Quirks

Stamps and Paper said...

Wow such a gorgeous card and just love the effect and beautiful colours

Anne

Dawn Turley said...

Gorgeous Sue. As usual your textures are stunning . Happy to see you joining us at Southern Girls Challenge with your fabulous stripes.

Rosemary said...

beautiful card, sue... love the rustic look of the leaf against the ripped panels. it is a bit restrained for you, but nevertheless has many of your magical touches!

Ira Huberts said...

Love the fact that there are different seasons in other parts of the world! You have autumn, we have spring ;-) Your leaf sure does look beautiful, actually looks very real to me! Happy Easter! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

Mary J said...

It doesn't look naked to me, Sue - the string is all it needs! Really beautiful!

Hey, I got my gesso out yesterday - I haven't used for months! Be prepared to see my make using it next Friday, lol!!

Greta said...

Happy Easter, dear friend! This leaf is beautiful! Whatever was wrong you certainly rectified. The background is so artistic & unique--inspires me to try to do more for my backgrounds. Looks ready to be framed & I know your friend will love it.

Brenda Brown said...

A wonderful leaf and card Sue, there is so much beautiful texture in it and I think it is perfect just the way it is xx

Nik Wilkinson said...

Awesome card! Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls Challenges!!

Lyne Blodgett said...

I'm sure your friend will love this and appreciate all the effort you put forth. Thank you for joining us at Southern Girls Challenge.

Lori said...

So wonderful! What a gorgeous leaf - love the combination of stains and crackle!

Tammi said...

awesome creation!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at SGCB!!

Diane said...

Wonderful colors and technique.

Hugs diane

Evelyn S. said...

To me, it looks absolutely lovely! I love all styles, though. Is this a real leaf? Amazing how it held up to all the "alteration." I know what you mean about crackle, too. :-) (And you have a gelli plate? I need to look at one, I guess.)

butterfly said...

That's absolutely glorious, Sue - the bold autumn colour and texture of the leaf against the beautiful blue scraps - love, love it! Sorry to have missed so much, but life's been a little crazy lately.
Alison x

Anita Houston said...

I'm jealous you are having Autumn...my favorite season! My jaw dropped when I saw the gorgeous leaf...just a wow!

Marci said...

Beautiful background just sets off that wonderful leaf!