Saturday, 18 September 2010

Leaves et Lumiere!

One of the things I did when I was decluttering was to go through the 10+ years' worth of magazines which were taking up so much space, taking out the pages I wanted to keep (putting them in ring binders) and giving away the rest. It took quite some time! Many of the magazines were Stampington publications: Somerset Studio, Take Ten, Stampers' Sampler, etc. In the September/October 2000 issue of Somerset Studio I had marked a project that I really liked the look of, intending one day to use it for inspiration. Well, I finally got round to it!

It was a beautiful framed picture by Leslie Altman. She had painted a gingko leaf with Lumiere paints and photocopied it against black paper. She had then overstamped the copy, matted it with various papers and mounted it into an ornate frame. I liked the way she had enhanced the leaf whilst still allowing its simple beauty to shine through.

No gingko trees in our garden, but I collected a few leaves and painted them with the Lumiere paints. When they were dry I tried scanning them against the black paper, but my scanner didn't pick up the colours very well, so I photographed them instead, with much better results. I printed out the pictures on to a matt photo quality inkjet paper, and then stamped over them with a text stamp (Stampin' Up) using Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink.

The first leaf, an ivy, was painted with turquoise and purple Lumiere paints (although the turquoise has come out more green in the photo) so I used some purple patterned paper to pick up the tones in the leaf, along with some black paper stamped with a Stampington flourish in gold Brilliance ink. However, when it was finished I decided I didn't like it. The background papers seemed to be competing with the leaf for attention. (Leslie's didn't! Maybe I just used the wrong papers. I'd love to put a copy of Leslie's original here, but I don't think copyright will allow it.) Anyway, I kept the next ones clean and simple.

In these three cards the leaves are clearly the focal point, with just a little subtle stamping to complement them, and I think they are much better. The leaf stamps are all by Starving Artistamps, except for the oak leaf, which is from an old foam mounted set for which I long ago lost the labels, unfortunately. The little "Autumn" stamp is by Hero Arts, and the sentiments are Personal Impressions. Here's a closer look at each of them. Click on the photos to get the big picture and see the detail better!


Wild rose.

Herb Robert.

So, thanks for looking. What do you think? Are the simple ones better? My favourite is the wild rose. When I had got the photo on the computer I played around with it a bit, changing the colours. I'll post the pics of those when I've made the cards!


chris said...

Hi Lynne, these are so very striking, I love them all so much but that wild rose is just truly perfect with the writing, it has a real romantic feel to it. back soon love chris xx

Debbie Dolphin said...

wow!!lynn so stunning.
I get alot of inspriration from the old mags!! what goes around comes around!!lol dont throw them!! hee hee
love these cards though
love debbie xxx

Lisa Jane said...

Hi Lynn - we must all be as bad - i have loads of old mags too.
I love them all - but my favourite is the Oak ... i love the shape of the leaves
Lisa ;)

Netty said...

They are all beautiful cards, and love the way you have enhanced the leaves. Annette x

Sally H said...

You have been busy! I love all of them and can't choose! I think you are right about the simple ones being better though. Beautiful!

Lesley said...

Hi Lynne, these are all beautiful! Lovely colours on the top one! Would you like to come and sort out all my magazines for me now you have done yours lol! xx

Godelieve said...

Such gorgeous cards! I love the wild rose too!