When I first saw Lighthearted Leaves in the Holiday Mini Catalog, I was not impressed. (How many times have I said that?!!) But when I started seeing the beautiful cards that were made with this set, my mind was changed. I think I told you that in this post using Lighthearted Leaves.
For the following cards, I tried a new technique using the Woodland embossing folder. Emboss a piece of Watercolor paper with the Woodlands Embossing Folder. Next rub the Embossing Buddy over it. Using a VersaMark pen (or squeeze some VersaMark Reinker out and use a paintbrush), go over the trees with the Versamark ink. Pour white embossing powder over it and heat set the trees. Next wet your paper and watercolor by using your Aqua Pen and the ink squeezed into the lid of the stamp pad.. The colors I used were: Pool Party, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Soft Suede and Pear Pizazz but use your imagination. As you can see, they all come out differently. Go over the trees with Early Espresso and get some dark ink on them a little bit. When you are pleased with it, let it dry. (I am impatient and used my heat gun on front and back to dry.) After it is dry, rub the Embossing Buddy over it again and use VersaMark ink and stamp a few leaves from Sheltering Tree and emboss them. I embossed one of the cards below with Copper embossing powder (retired from SU) and the other two with Gold powder.
Next stamp a few leaves onto Vanilla card stock from the Lighthearted Leaves set with VeraMark ink. Emboss with gold (or copper). Color them and mount them in the corner of your card. I just loved coloring these leaves with my markers. Here are the close-ups of the leaves: