- Step 1: Select cardstock and paint colors
Select colored cardstock for your card blank and a contrasting
color of cardstock or heavy paper for the leaf silhouette. Natural
colors will work best—green, yellow, orange, red and brown. A
medium tone green card blank and bright yellow cardstock are
used in the sample card.
For sponging, choose paint colors that coordinate with both
cardstock colors. For the card blank, choose a darker or lighter
shade of the card's color along with a light, neutral color. The
sample card uses dark green and pale yellow. For the leaf silhouette,
select two coordinating colors, a dark and a light, that will
enhance the leaf. In the sample card, a dark burgundy red and pale
yellow are used.
Tip: For color combining ideas refer to the
color wheel concepts
in #6: Paper Weaving Card.
Step 2: Cut cardstock
For the card blank, cut a full sheet of letter size cardstock in half to make two 8½″ by 5½″ card blanks.
Fold the card blank in half to make a 4¼″ by 5½″ card.
For the leaf silhouette, cut a 3½" by 5" rectangle from colored
cardstock or heavy paper.
Step 3: Cut leaf silhouette
Fold the small rectangle in half and cut half a leaf design
along the folded edge. Drawing the leaf shape with a pencil
as a guide for cutting may be helpful or cut and trace a
template from this
printable page of leaf shapes.
Unfold the silhouette cut out and the silhouette's rectangle,
now with a leaf shape opening. In artistic terms, the leaf
cut out is called a positive space and the rectangle is said to
have a negative space leaf. A good design will balance the
negative and positive space.
Step 4: Sponge card
Sponge the card front using the two colors of paint selected.
Lightly sponge the card with an almost dry sponge applying the
darker color then the lighter color. Follow the instructions in
#4: Stenciled Cards for sponging paint.
Step 5: Sponge leaf silhouette
Lightly sponge the leaf cut out and rectangle with the two colors
of paint you selected. A mottled look can be achieved by dabbing gently with an
almost dry sponge.
Step 6: Cut silhouettes in half
Cut the leaf silhouette and the leaf rectangle in half on the
fold line. This creates two positive leaf-shapes and two negative
leaf-shapes. One of each is used on the card front to create a
balanced and elegant design.
Step 7: Glue
Center a positive leaf-shape and a negative leaf-shape,
side-by-side, on the card front and glue. The leftover shapes may be
used to create another card.
Add a message to the inside of the card using black and colored
markers or glue a printed verse that is matted in a coordinating color of