Lighthearted Leaves

I can’t believe that I hesitated for a minute over buying this set – I think it’s the one that I’ve used the most from this year’s annual catalogue so far. I was inspired by this week’s challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches where there’s an interesting trio of colours – and some amazing inspirational cards from the Design Team. I was also inspired by the challenge at the Paper Players where they are doing Clean and Simple with leaves. Stampin' Up! Lighthearted Leaves and Painted Petals

Here are the banners which inspired my card:

I removed some of my photopolymer stamp from their backings and stuck them to the insides of the stamp set box using the printed window sheet for positioning. This left me with a number of sheets of the plastic spare and I made a few templates with them. I punched out some squares to make a rectangle template which I used for this sponging. I started with the pumpkin pie, then tangerine tango finishing off with the real red. I then used the archival black to stamp the image from the Lighthearted Leaves set but I didn’t get a great stamp. So I inked it up again – and remembered to use my pierce mat this time – and stamped again. I wasn’t spot on but I continued with the card so that I could get it completely designed. It took quite a while to find the right sentiment for the feeling of the card and the space available – it’s from Painted Petals, a much loved set from the now retired Occasions catalogue. I interrupted the cooking going on and showed the idea to my father and brother; they liked it and looked at me as if I had 47 heads when I said I needed to redo it because the stamping wasn’t perfect. I looked again and decided that they were right and the imperfections were actually a good thing. I then mounted the piece of whisper white onto a base of the thick whisper white. I’d considered a coloured mat but it detracted from the clean lines. I added an envelope liner in a retired real red backgrounds DSP.

See you tomorrow,




  1. That is a fabulous leaf stamp and I can see why it’s been used so much. Loving your ombre effect background panel. Thanks for playing at CC&S.

  2. What a beautifully sponged panel Liz – the perfect clean and simple background for your Lighthearted Leaf – this set is a favourite of mine too! Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  3. I sort of glossed over this set in the catalog too….and have seen fabulous creations with it! I LOVE this ombre-shaded beauty! The colors are so vibrant and jewel-like! So happy that you shared this with us at the Players this week!

    1. Thanks Patricia. I think it’s the first time I managed to do two challenges at a time. My ombre rectangle was inspired by your card – thanks for that.

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