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Maple leaves in progress


I'm back to making leaves, and a tree, for the Creatin' Contest build this year. 

I picked up some Marcy Jaffe Easy Leaves kits to make a spring/summer maple tree.  I painted the tops in Americana Plantation Pine mixed with Americana Staining Medium to make the color more varied.  I applied the paint with a stencil brush.

The backs are painted Clover Green by Folk Art.  I colored the stems with a brown Sharpie before cutting them from the frames and shaping them.  If I don't have enough of the prepped Easy Leaves in the end, I do have a small paper punch so making more won't be an issue.  These sheets just save a lot of time.

For shaping and adding veins, I used my Bonnie Lavish leaf veiners, which I think are the bee's knees!  I have used a stylus alone in the past, but these make life so much easier.


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Wow.  Wherever do you find Easy Leaves sheets and Bonnie Lavish leaf veiners?  Haven't done any greenery as yet, but would love to give it a try. Looks so good.

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Thanks!  :D

Bonnie Lavish has retired, so it might be difficult to find the veiners.  I bought the Easy Leaves on eBay, and again, I think this might be new old stock.

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Believe it or not, I found the Bonnie Lavish veiners at minikitz.com.  They also had her flower kits, I went a bit hog wild.  they also had leaf sheets.

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Good luck! I spent weeks punching out Fall maple leaves and applying them, but it was worth the effort. 

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I've made trees in the past but I think enough time has to pass so you forget just how much work it is. :ohyeah: 

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