Saturday, September 29, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Tim Holtz Nature's Wonder Leaves

It is Cec here and today I am presenting the Saturday Showcase.

I saw the most recent leaf stamps from Tim Holtz called Nature's Wonder and immediately knew I needed the set because it offered so much versatility.  My mind was racing as I thought about what I would make to show you because I had so many ideas.  Then I settled it down and thought I would make something that can be difficult for many of us but are always needed - sympathy cards.  These leaves are perfect for this type of card.

I have gone from super simple up to a little more elaborate.  Here is how to create these cards:

1.  Use a blending foam and Fern Green Archival Ink, randomly ink a piece of card stock to create a background panel.  Distress and ink the edges.
2.  Using Orange Blossom, Red Geranium, Thistle, Fern Green and Dandelion Archival Inks randomly stamp a variety of leaves over the background panel.
3.  Adhere the panel to a kraft card blank.
4.  Print the sentiment on vellum or mylar and add to card.

1.  Pat Fern Green and Tree Branch Archival Ink onto a kraft mat, spritz with rubbing alcohol and drag a piece of card stock through the puddles to create a background panel.

2.  Use Tree Branch Archival Ink to stamp 2 copies of each of two leaf stamps onto small squares of card stock.

3.  Highlight areas on the leaves using an embossing pen and then heat emboss with gold embossing powder being careful not to overheat to get smooth embossing.
4.  Mat the leaf prints onto squares of gold card stock.

5.  Adhere the background panel to a kraft card blank.
6.  Print the sentiment on vellum or mylar and add to card.
7.  Adhere the leaf prints to the card.

1.  Cut a background panel of patterned paper from the Fairie Dust paper pad (Graphic 45), distress the edges and ink with Tree Branch Archival Ink.  Add to cream card blank.
2.  Cut two complimentary strips of patterned paper from the Fairie Dust paper pad, distress the edges, ink and add to the background.
3.  Cut a couple of branches from the Fall Foliage die, ink with Tree Branch Archival Ink and add to the vertical paper strip.

4.  Using Thistle, Red Geranium, Dandelion and Orange Blossom Archival Ink stamp a variety of leaves.
5.  Fussy cut the leaves, shape, ink with Tree Branch Archival Ink and add the card using dimensional foam to pop some up.
6.  Add some real acorns to the leaf pile.
7.  Create a loopy bow and tuck under the leaf pile and top with a computer generated sentiment.
8.  Curl some paper covered floral wire and add a couple of strips to complete the card.

1.  Cut a background panel of patterned paper from Vintage Emporium paper pad (Prima), distress edges and add to a cream card blank.
2.  Add another strip of patterned paper that has been distressed across the background.
3.  Adhere a strip of lace across the horizontal strip.
4.  Stamp a leaf onto painted paper using Versamark and heat emboss with Copper embossing powder before adding to the card.

5.  Create a loopy bow from burlap string and add with a computer generated sentiment that has been topped with a tiny button.

I hope I have provided some ideas for making Sympathy cards but these leaves would be fabulous on thank you cards, cards for men or any and all occasion cards.  So many techniques can be used with these stamps and they would work so well in mixed media. This is going to be a go-to stamp set.

The following products used to create these cards came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  In a few cases products I used are no longer available but I have linked some substitutes I would recommend.


  1. one of my favorite stamp sets from the fall release. thanks as always for sharing.

  2. GORGEOUS creations with these Tim Holtz leaves! I especially love the card with the 4 gold leaf squares!

  3. Oh Cec these are beautiful! Such a variety of styles and I love how you've used such lovely colours with the leaves. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful ideas xx

  4. Cec, you have chosen my favorite fall stamp release to showcase. And you have given us a beautiful variety of samples using them; my favorites are the gold embossed, but all of your designs are gorgeous! Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration! Hugs!

  5. Cec: The leaves stamps always speak to me and you have shown so many beautiful ways to use them! Lovely art and inspiration!

  6. Fabulous work with the new stamps - showing off their versatility so well.
    Alison x