It seems I never have enough time to get around to working with all the fun Digital elements in the Studio Calico shop. I'm always so busy working on my kit projects and just getting in the time to print and cut is rare. But for this month the designs were too fun not to try and play with just a little! For instance these little leaves with words are just so adorable and I can think of all sorts of ways to use them. I printed a few and then cut a few using my silhouette and I'm sure I will be cutting a few more sets of them.
I created two projects to share with you where I used these fun little elements. A layout and a collage of pretty layered leaves.
If you don't like using a lot of paint and mixed media on your pages using some of the digi elements to add sparingly makes a huge impact. One of my all time favorite techniques is using one element and splashing it across the page! Butterflies, heart, birds...and now leaves which are my favorite for this season of course.
1. My first thought was to just print the leaves using my printer and if you don't have a cameo this works just fine as well. Once you have them saved to you computer you can just click to open and you it should open into a web page. From there you can just print a page or two. I started with one page of them, painted them in different shades of green and hand cut them out using my craft knife. Simple enough right! Once I cut those out I decided I wanted more so I cut a few using my cameo.
2. I painted them using some pretty shades of green, light green and a pretty peachy color. You can blend them together as long as you clean your brush in between dips on the paint. I got the lighter green edges with the peachy colors doing it this way. Leaves aren't all one color so I really wanted to give them a faded and multicolored look.
You can find the cut file here.
3. Once I had them all painted and colored I used my little glue gun to adhere them down kind of haphazardly on the page using just a simple soft toned grey paper to add a little weight to the bottom of the page.
I love how the leaves add just a splash of color to the page along with the black and white photo!
4. When you have adhered everything done you can use one or some of the same paints you've used for your project and add just a tiny bit of water. Flick your brush across the page wherever you might want paint splatters and you're done!
For this page I used and older cut file from one of the studio calico classes for the title.
For my other project I used what leaves I had left to make a pretty layered collage for autumn.
I had a few canvases around and I thought why not make a fun little collage. I simply adhered a few strips of old book pages to my canvas using mod podge and and let dry for a bit. Once they were dry I shuffled my leaves around until I got them just how I wanted them. I saved some of the darker leaves for this project because I felt they made more of a impact against the book page painted canvas.
The gold leaves are from the martha stewart line and I think I've had them for 2-3 seasons now! They may still have them at Michael's!
You can stack as much or as little as you like on your canvas. You can even make it a simpler page by such hot gluing 3 leaves on it.
These where such fun and easy projects and I am always happy to pull out my paints and see what interesting color combinations I can come up with. I really hope to make more of these, they would make such fun gifts to give too!
Stay tuned because I have a few other fun projects up my sleeve and a giveaway coming soon!