Today I will show you a technique I developed to preserve fall/autumn leaves and to enhance them. I adore oak leaves. I just love their infinite variety of shapes and I find them all so unique and beautiful. I am completely drawn to them so I thought up this method to try to preserve them without drying or pressing them for ages. They are slightly stronger than dried ones but are still fragile and can break over time especially if they find themselves stored in a pile of papers or cards.
The finished leaf. Isn't it just beautiful?
So if you are interested in how to achieve this hop over to Gingersnaps where there is a tutorial showing you how!
Once made you can then use them in your creations and projects.
Here I made one into an ATC. The ATC background was tissue paper stamped, torn, layered and glued. The leaf was matted and layered onto card. cut out and gold pen run around the edges of the mat. The edges were stitched and beaded.
As you can see part of a lobe has broken off over time but I did find it bunched up in a pile of papers, which did not help.
Hope you have fun with this technique: Laura Liddell