You see, it was my first fall here in Georgia. I grew up in Michigan where there are seasons and the trees know how to be trees. In Austin, not so much. But I didn't realize just how much I missed fall color until I spent fall here, and saw the leaves. Oh the glorious leaves!! I was in a constant state of awe for weeks. It was so wonderful!! I got it in my head that I had to use some of those leaves on a card! And then I saw Amy share an idea on Twitter to use Mod Podge to preserve leaves (although I can't find the blog post, darn it!)! What fun!
The main problem is that I had this idea. Then days and days went by and finally I collected some leaves, no longer quite at their peek. Then for weeks (!) I left those leaves sitting on my desk, waiting for me to use them! Ack. Finally, Thanksgiving weekend, I attempted to Mod Podge the fairly brittle leaves into submission, as I called it. I stamped a background using Distress inks and some of my favorite Hero Arts stamps - La Lettre and Three Winter Trees. And I got out the Mod Podge. It worked! It looked fab!! Another week or two passed and FINALLY I got around to adding the panel onto a card. And when I rolled my mono adhesive along the back of the cardstock - HEARTBREAK - it created bubbles in my gorgeous leaves. Sigh. Ah well, I love the card regardless. :-)
And now I have to share just a few of the many many MANY photos I took this fall with my phone. I couldn't help it, I was mesmerized by those leaves, in my very own neighborhood, so I had to keep capturing them. Sigh. These photos don't even truly capture the color since they are just crappy phone photos.
And my babies enjoyed the fabulous fall leaves, too!
- Stamps: K5344 La Lettre, K5255 Three Winter Trees, ST509 Hooray (message) from Hero Arts
- Paper: Orange, kraft, white cardstock
- Ink: Distress Inks (Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Gathered Twigs, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo)
- Other: Mod Podge, Leaves, Twine, Spellbinders die