Distress Fall Leaves by Cheiron Brandon

Celebrate the season with this autumn themed card by Cheiron Brandon. In this tutorial, Cheiron uses vibrant colors from Tim Holtz Distress® Spray Stains and coordinating Embossing Glazes to create a leave themed card perfect for this time of year.


Hi there, crafty friends, it’s Cheiron Brandon here with a card to celebrate fall. I love fall colors and have been following along the demos over on Tim Holtz Facebook page each Saturday. I have been experimenting with some variations on a traditional fall palette, (especially with adding a bit of blue) to create a fun layered fall card.

Today, we will create a fun fall card with an inky background and a cluster of shiny fall leaves.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 1

Step 1: The first thing we will do is create the leaves using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Skeleton Leaves Dies and Distress Embossing Glazes in Broken China, Fossilized Amber, Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 2

Step 2: I like to give them a first layer of ink before applying the Distress Embossing Glaze. Take small sheets of Distress Watercolor cardstock and cut them to fit the leaves. Then spray them with Distress Spray Stains in a Splat Box in the same colors of Distress Embossing Glaze used in Step 1. (Broken China, Fossilized Amber, Crackling Campfire, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo)

Distress Fall Leaves Step 3

Step 3: Once all five of your pieces are sprayed with Distress Spray Stain, you can use a Distress Sprayer filled with water to move the color around a bit before drying with a Ranger Heat Tool. Dry the pieces until they are thoroughly dry.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 4 

Step 4: Take the dry pieces and cut out the leaves with the Skeleton Leaves dies.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 5

Step 5: Press the embossing ink pad onto each leaf and emboss each one with the corresponding color of Distress Embossing Glaze.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 6

Step 6: Set aside the leaves you create, we will use these as the embellishment on our card later.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 7

Step 7: Now to create the inky panel for the background of our card, use a combination of Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. I used Distress Inks in Broken China, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo and Distress Oxides in Crackling Campfire and Peeled Paint.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 8

Step 8: Press the inks down into the palette area of the glass mat and spray them with water using a Distress Sprayer. Swipe and dip the paper panel into the inks, creating layers, drying between each layer. I did about 4 layers, but you can do more (or fewer!).

Distress Fall Leaves Step 9

Step 9: Using Vintage Photo Distress Archival Ink, ink up the Tiny Text stamp. To achieve the look I ended up with, lay the stamp down and ink it up while flat, leaving little spots here and there uninked to get a fun background where all the words are not showing. Press the watercolor panel onto the stamp and lift instead of bringing the stamp to the panel. 

Distress Fall Leaves Step 10

Step 10: Take a paintbrush and use it to pick up some of the leftover watery ink from your mat and spatter it onto your stamped panel. This should not affect the stamped words, as we stamped them in Archival Ink.

Distress Fall Leaves Step 11

Step 11: Now it’s time for the assembly of the card. Add a brown mat to the word panel, and adhere it to the colorful ink panel. Add a cluster of leaves, and in the end I decided to only use 3, but will use the others on another card or in my art journal. To finish the card, I added a Tim Holtz Quote Chip.

Distress Fall Leaves

I hope you enjoyed this card and hope you will try to make some of these fun glossy leaves on your own. I think they would be great for other seasonal projects too!





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