silhouette leaf cards

I love the new The Wild Life collection from Echo Park Paper, and I fell in love with the Leaf Silhouette Cut File from this collection and wanted to make it the focal point of a card, which I did! Check out how they turned out, and learn a few tips and tricks for working with paper pieced cut files.

I wanted to mix and match some of the nice earthy patterns and colors in The Wild Life collection, so I cut the same size leaf shape with my Cameo four times on different papers. Once I started putting the different color pieces of the leaf together I realized I could easily make a set of cards with the leftovers.

I used the Watercolor Flowers 4×6 Designer Stamp Set to add some all occasion sentiments to my cards. Using dark brown ink on the light paper helps them to stand out. Stamping tip: Whenever I’m stamping directly onto a card surface I use washi tape to hold it steady so the card doesn’t move while I’m stamping.

Since I really wanted the leaf to be the focus of the cards, I kept the rest of the design simple so that the beautiful leaf stands out.
Since there are so many little pieces to this cut file I used an easy trick to place them just right on my cards. After I cut out the leaves with my Cameo, I used my scissors to cut out the negative space leftover from the leaf and used it as a guide for placing all my pieces. I adhered the leaf template to my card surface with repositionable adhesive to keep it in place, and then it was easy to remove once I finished placing all the pieces inside the leaf template on my card.

For a full supply list read the original post on the Echo Park Paper blog HERE. Be sure to check out the darling The Wild Life collection, and try one of these tips for stamping and working with cut files on your next project. Creative cheers!

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