Create unique greeting
cards using watercolors
painted directly on real
leaves. Start by using a
leaf as a stencil, dabble
paint with a dry brush or a
sponge to leave an outline
of the leaf to create a
textured background.  
Then, to use the leaf as a stamp, paint moistened but not drippy paint directly on the leaf itself.
The underside of the leaf usually has better raised veins for printing.
                                       Watercolor Greeting Cards
made by using real leaves to stamp and stencil
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The underside of the leaf usually has better
raised veins for printing. Place the leaf paint
side down on your card and apply gentle
pressure to transfer the paint to the card.
Repeat this process until you have a
composition you like. Allow to printed leaf
patterns to dry. Next, fill in the stamped leaf
pattern with warm autumn colors.  Your
cards will look like you spent hours painting in
the details!  Some leaves receive paint better
than others, so experiment with different
leaves.
        
     Have fun!                      Susie