November 8, 2011

Autumn leaf Tutorial

Well ladies.. Its only Tuesday but as I sit here and create a little something something for my Thanksgiving table. I've had a few ladies ask me how I make my leaves so,  I thought to share with you how I make my Autumn Leaves so realistic.. I'm sure we all have our ways of doing things, but this just another way and how I do it.. and yes, my finger tips get very inked in the process..LOL

Were going to make this:

into this:

For supplies you will need:

White cardstock
Ranger distress inks (or any other ink you use)
Leaf die cut ( I used my Cricut Imagine and A Childs Year cartridge)

These are the ink colors I used:
Mustard Seed, Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Shappy Shutters and Peeled Paint.

first you want to start with the lightest color:
Rub the yellow (Mustard Seed) all over the white leaf as shown above.

Dried Marigold next for an Orange shade leaf..
now, you can stop here if you wish to keep the leaf yellowish .
but when you make the leaf an orange shade then you need to do the following:
do the first two steps plus rub Rusty Hinge on the edges of the leaf, leaving the center of the leaf yellow 
and at this point, you will also want to rub the cut seems, 
by bending the leaf a bit so you can get to them easier..
Stop here if you want to leave the leaf orange...

now, were going for the red.. do the above three steps and then
 rub the Fired Brick ink only on the very edges of the leaf..  
 I apologize for the fuzzy photo..
 I took these with my iphone since my camera batteries are dead :(

Now you have mastered yellow, orange and red fall leaves...LOL

Then lets do some Green Leaves shall we:
Grab you shabby shutters (since its a lighter shade of green) and 
rub it all over the white leaf with your sponge.

Then rub some of the Peeled paint on the edges of the leaf.. 
you can see here in the photo, that I have left the center of the leaf lighter.. 
if you wish to keep the leaf green, then stop here!!
but for fall colors, add a little Rusty hinge to the very edges 
of the green leaves to add a little Autumn look to them.. 

and don't be afraid to experiment with different colors..

and when you do all of these steps your leaves will look great.. 
and don't forget to bend them a bit cause as you know, real leaves aren't flat..

then you can have realistic looking leaves just like these 
and all out of white cardstock:

I hope this quick little tutorial was helpful and you get good use out of it..
if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me.. 
My email address can be found in my profile :)
Hope everyone has a wonderfully creative week..


  1. soooo awesome Nanne...thanks for sharing!

  2. Nanne, Your leaves are gorgeous! I just love them thanks for showing all the steps in how you created them:)

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [09 Nov 02:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. these are I have to see if one of my cartidges has leaves LOL

  5. Love them. Will have to check out my carts for leaves!!

  6. These are beautiful!! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. Gorgeous! They look so realistic! Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Hi Nanne! Your projects are so beautiful, I really love your style! I am so excited to be on the WD DT with you!
    Sabrina :)