How to create a beautiful leafy background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I do love a good leaf, and when you have a matching die set to go with them then creating a beautiful leafy background is a cinch! This blog post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the new Celebrate release from Simon Says Stamp. Please scroll down for more information.

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how to create a beautiful leafy background

How to create a beautiful leafy background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I used a few Distress Ink mini cubes and the Celestial Wishes stamp and die set for this project.

How to create a beautiful leafy background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I applied the mini ink cubes randomly over the two leaf images from the Celestial Wishes set, spritzed them with water and stamped them onto Arches Hot Pressed watercolour card. I left the inks to blend and merge into one another as they dried. I then liberally splattered them with white gouache.

How to create a beautiful leafy background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I used the matching dies to cut out the leaves and then arranged them on a piece of card using foam tape to keep them in place. The aim is to have some leaves go off the edges of the panel and use the leftovers to come in from the sides and fill in the gaps.

How to create a beautiful leafy background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

For the sentiment, I used the Just A Note 2 dies, cutting the lettering from the watercolour card to match the leaves and the background from the vellum so that the maximum amount of the panel was still visible. I attached the greeting over the panel using tiny pieces of foam tape hidden behind the lettering.

How to create a beautiful leafy background. Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

I added the panel to a Fog card base and used sequins and pearls to embellish it.

more inspiration

How to max out magical starry texture! Handmade card by Debby Hughes.

Here’s another card I made with products from the new Celebrate release. This card also uses the Celestial Wishes set along with the Shimmering Starfall embossing folder and Appreciate You dies. You can find the original post for this card here.

blog hop

As mentioned above, this post is part of a blog hop to celebrate the Celebrate release from Simon Says Stamp.  Hopefully, you’ve arrived here from Amy’s blog, but if not, Simon’s blog is an excellent place to start.

  • Simon is giving away a $25 coupon from comments left on each hop stop. Winners will be announced on the Simon blog on Wednesday, 24th April.
  • Free Groovy Happy Birthday die set with purchase. Search sssd112665, add one to your card and then enter code GHBD at checkout. This offer is valid until 21 April at 11:59 ET.

Now, it is time to hop on over to Lisa’s blog. Here’s the complete hop list to keep you on track.

Simon Says Stamp Blog  

Nina-Marie Trapani

Caly Person

Suzy Plantamura

Amy Rysavy

Debby Hughes

Lisa Addesa

Alberto Gava

Kulbir Kirkland

Barb Engler

Kath Stewart

Kim Hamilton

Allison Frazier

Natasha Vacca

supplies

You can find links to the supplies I’ve used below; click on the picture or shop icon to get taken directly to the product. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! A store or the manufacturer provides items marked with an asterisk (*). You can read my affiliate and product disclosure here. I genuinely appreciate your support.

* SSS Celestial Wishes Set
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* SSS Celestial Wishes
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* SSS Celestial Wishes Wafer Dies
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* CZ Design Just a Note 2 Wafer Dies
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad ICED...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad...
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* SSS Fog Card
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Arches HOT PRESSED WATERCOLOR PAD
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* SSS Vellum
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* SSS Sequins
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misti at Simon Says STAMP!
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Tim Holtz Tonic GLASS MEDIA MAT
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 9x12 Mat
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Tim Holtz Tonic GUILLOTINE
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METAL EDGE ACRYLIC RULER
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Crafter's Companion CRAFT KNIFE
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T SQUARE RULER
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Scor-Pal Mini Scoring Board
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SSS SMALL TEFLON BONE FOLDER
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* SSS FINE DETAIL SCISSORS
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TWEEZERS
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3M DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE
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Gina K Designs CONNECT GLUE
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Crafter's Companion GEMINI JUNIOR...
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