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A very warm welcome to my teeny, tiny part of the huge world of blogging. This is where I share my passion for making hand made greeting cards. So - why "Always with a Heart"? Well this is for two reasons. Firstly, it is because every card I produce carries a heart on it somewhere. This can be big and bold or small and almost hidden - the fun sometimes is just trying to find it! Secondly it is because I put my heart into everything I produce. I hope that any visitors enjoy seeing what I post. If you drop by then please leave me a comment so that I know you called. It would be nice to know that you have found my heart in what I do.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Hi Everyone

Happy Wednesday.

Nice and early today - I am just so unpredictable aren't I?  LOL!!

I was asked what I had cut the leaves from that were on my card yesterday, and thought that perhaps a few other people may like to know too.

I very rarely have green card that that I am totally happy with using, so I do like to alter it a bit. Certainly doing the following strengthens those thin stems up a little. 

As I need to make another card similar to the one I posted yesterday, I thought I would take the opportunity to snap a few pictures of the process for anyone interested.

Two leaves cut from plain boring green card!

Paint the leaves very roughly with an Acrylic Paint Dabber

Press onto a VersaMark Ink Pad

Dip into the Chinese Takeaway tub of  clear embossing powder

Heat emboss - holding with tweezers so it doesn't fly away!

I repeat the embossing process several times to build up a lovely sheen.
The leaves on the right have had three coats and the ones on the left
only two at this stage.
For me it is a case of the more coats the better.

Definitely more attractive than the leaves in the first
photograph don't you think?

So there we go. That is how I do it, I hope that was useful for some of my lovely followers who are perhaps still learning and experimenting.

Then the leaves were put to good use to make the following.  Very similar to yesterday .. .. but different colours and layout.

This used:

Sentiment:  Computer Generated using font "Poor Richard"
Backing Paper:  First Edition Paper "Daydream"
MFT Dienamics Die:  Blueprint 14
Josy Rose:  Nail Heads
Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber:  Snow Cap 
Clear Embossing Powder
Metallic Thread

Time for another quick make before Mr Heart gets home and I'll hopefully catch you again tomorrow!



Crafting Queen said...

Another lovely card.

Stamps and Paper said...

Another lovely card Jules and thanks for the tutorial on your's amazing how embossing powder changes the texture


rosie said...

absolutely stunning as always Jules. love your clear descriptions of embossing the leaves.
and yes - I can see the heart LOL

cuilliesocks said...

hello Jules great tutorial, thanks for that.
lovely card making use of your beautiful leaves, pretty papers and design, hugs Kate x

Sue said...

WOW! Your leaves look stunning Jules, thank you for sharing how you made them.
Your card is gorgeous too, a really stylish design and I love the colours.
hugs Sue xx

Sarah said...

Great card Jules and thanks for sharing the secret!! xx

Kathleen said...

Fabulous idea and looks stunning on the lovely card.

Kath x

cotnob said...

This is a fabulous card Jules, I love the font you have used and your leaves are brilliant, thank you for sharing the process.

Julie C. said...

Thanks for sharing! I got to try that triple embossing sometime. The card looks great! ^_^

Doreen said...

Beautiful Jules,love your

Marie-Louise said...

Such a great idea Jules. I love this card also. Such pretty colours.

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the recipe, Jules! At first glance, I thought they were metal! I'm definitely going to try that idea--I love the look!!

Carole said...

Hi Jules thanks for tutorial very interesting never thought of layer embossing x

Sharon said...

Fabulous tutorial Jules and I love the end result.
I had a look at your post below also and both your card are gorgeous and beautifully designed. You Always use the most gorgeous papers.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Fiona said...

wow...those leaves are very effective Jules!


Brenda said...

Wow, love the card Jules, but love the technique even better! I love how it totally changes the look of the leaves, and does they ever look amazing on your beautiful card. Hugs, Brenda

Carole Z said...

Hi Jules, thanks for the fab tutorial, what a great way to alter these leaves,must try the card too, hugs Carole Z X

Unknown said...

Hi Jules, thank you for showing us your leaf process! I love it, makes them look absolutely fabulous. I'd never thought of glossing leaves before, might have to give that one a try! Gorgeous on the finished card too.
Emma x

Patricia said...

Good morning Jules,
Thank you for that Tutorial, what a fantastic way to change the look of the leaves.
Must give that a go.
Another stunning card as always
Have a good day

Patricia xx

aussie aNNie said...

Absolutely stunning, I really don't heat emboss enough but after seeing this I just want to go and try it....super result Jules, lovely
.aNNie ♥

The Journey is the Start

Wendy said...

Stunning card Jules, love your leaves...thanks for sharing your fab tutorial.
Still trying to get hold of the Blueprints 14, every time I look they are out of stock :( love both the designs you have used with them, fabulous as always.
Wendy xx

Viv said...

Love this leaf!! Great job Jules... and I finished my ironing!!! LOL

Jacee said...

Love the card Jules and your work with the leaves is so effective, looks absolutely gorgeous!
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Jules. Love the card below too.
Hope you are well. I always seem to keep missing you.

Nannieflash said...

Hi Jules, oh my thats one fabulous tutuorial and what a good idea to put the embossing powder in a large tub, its a pain to put back in the small containers they come in. A stunning card love. hugs Shirleyxxx

Dotty Jo said...

Fabulous! Jo x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

It is definitely a nifty technique and really makes your cut images pop. Thanks for sharing how you did it. Lovely card to boot!

MaryH said...

Hi Jules, You made it easy for me to spot the heart on this pretty card. Love the colors & embellies and the glistening way you've sparked up those leaves. TFS the pictorial tutorial too. Will have to try very pretty. TFS the lovely card and hugs.

mags said...

A lovely card Jules and thanks for sharing how you do the leaves. Will certainly be trying this.

Annmaree of Oz said...

Fantastic idea Jules, love it! I really love all the layers and peices on this great card, fabulous!