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Fall Leaves Stamp Coloring

Fall Leaves

Hi All!

You don’t have to own fancy watercolors to get a watercolor look. Any water-based marker will produce this same effect. I used distress markers because those tend to blend a little easier with water. I colored the stamp, spritzed it, then blended it with an aqua painter. Here is a close-up:

Fall Leaves

One important note about watercoloring… you need watercolor paper. You just can’t get the same blend on regular cardstock. Watercolor papers I use:

  • Strathmore 90lb – great for layering because it’s not too thick.
  • Strathmore 140lb – thicker, so I tend to use it less than the 90lb.
  • Ranger watercolor paper – similar weight to the 140lb Strathmore. What I like about this paper is that it’s BRIGHT white. So, I tend to use it when matting onto a white card base. What I don’t like about this paper is that is tends to pill up quickly. If you’re a beginner, I would not start with this paper.
  • Canson XL – Also bright white, but it’s very thin. If you’re working on a flat panel that you can load with adhesive to flatten the inevitable warping, it’s a good choice.

These are just the ones I use – there are lots of others out there, and everyone has their favorites.

One more thing. I discovered a new way to use the MISTI… to fix the mistake I make on pretty much every card. I use it in the video as a panel alignment tool. I’m sure I’m not the first to figure this out, but man, it’s a life saver!

Enjoy the video!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Distress markers used: Wild Honey, Forest Moss, and Fired Brick

Leaves & Scribbles
Leaves & Scribbles
Summber Greetings
Summer Greetings
Tim Holtz Bricked Embossing Folder
Distress Markers
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Up! Early Espresso Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Linen Thread
Linen Thread
1/8in Hole Punch
1/8in Hole Punch
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Big Shot
Magnetic Platform
Magnetic Platform
Stampin' Up! Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 10:15 am


    Very beautiful! It’s still hot down here in the South, but your card gives me hope that fall is coming! 🙂 Loved your color combo. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 11:19 am


    Pretty fall card! I live in Canada and my back yard is bursting with reds and oranges and yellows, just gorgeous, I love it! Great idea with the misti! I can use all the help I can get with aligning my layers! I also think it’s funny for a change that we can see the ink on the stamps but you can’t in real life! Usually it’s the other way around. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 11:39 am


    Lovely card, Darlene! Love how evenly you space you thread – I tend to be a little obsessive when it comes to things like that…. 🙂
    Warm wishes

  4. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 11:55 am


    love the effect on those leaves, Darlene!

  5. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 12:57 pm


    Gorgeous fall card! Thank you.

  6. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Sharon Farrah

    Beautiful way to color fall leaves. Thanks!

  7. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 1:25 pm


    Darlene, this is so gorgeous, I love the vivid color of each leaf, they look like colors of my trees here in my back yard. Up here in NW Indiana, Autumn is in full swing and it’s simply beautiful.
    Now, what a great tip on how to use the MISTI for aligning your panels, I’m so happy I invested in this tool.
    I have a tip of my own for using it with cling stamps to make sure you will stamp your image correctly.
    Since cling stamps are not clear, I use the acrylic sheet that comes with the Stamp-a-majig and place it on top of my paper that I want to stamp, then I accommodate the stamp on it, ink it up, close the lid and stamp it on the plastic then, I can see if I need to straighten it up, move it up or down or sideways, etc. It saves a lot of aggravation and paper.
    Thank you for sharing this gorgeous Autumn card and video.

    • wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 11:33 pm


      Very clever combination of stamp-a-majig and misti. Thanks for the tip!

  8. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 1:41 pm


    YOU ARE THE QUEEN OF CLEVER!!!! Seriously, lining up your mats in the MISIT is BRILLIANT!!! I always seem to have a hard time getting stuff lined up and I’m a bit of a perfectionist like you are but I have a harder time pulling things apart after placing them down so I like to get it right the first time and the MISTI is going to solve that problem once and for all!!! Whoo hoo!!!

    Also, I just saw the sneak peek for the Simon Says Stamp Nov. card kit and it comes with leaf stamps and now I know how I’m going to use them!! hehe Love, love, love those leaves!! They were just perfectly colored for fall!! Thank you, Darlene!! =)

    • wrote on October 19th, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Sandra, I’m seriously using the MISTI every time for adhering paper to paper. The excitement in your comment just got me revved up about it again, lol!! It’s just so simple and makes so much sense!

      • wrote on October 22nd, 2015 at 2:09 am


        Yes! You are absolutely right!!! =)

  9. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 1:41 pm


    Such a pretty card! Love the leaf stamp set you used and also the tip to use the Misti to align the card pieces–I so needed that trick. In the September challenge, I discovered that if I put my watercolor paper through the laminator, it straightens out the warping beautifully. Of course you can’t use that trick if you used embossing powder on your card initially, but it’s okay to run foil through again!

  10. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Anne H.

    Not to take away from the great technique and beautiful card, but I am so excited about your alignment tip Darlene!! I keep thinking that there must be some trick to consistently align layers and panels, it’s my worst trait!! LOL! I’m so glad I caught this post today! Thanks for your inspiring work and tips!

  11. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 2:30 pm


    thank you again for the ideas on making a beautiful fall card. And for the great tip on aligning mats etc on a card. I usually try not to make things that need to be perfect. So I will certainly be using my Misty to help me align mats and embellishments.

  12. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Sherry W.

    OOooooo! How clever of you to think of a new way to use the MISTI. I’m very anxious to give it a try. Beautiful card, too.

  13. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 2:38 pm


    Love the effect! Beautiful.

  14. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Such a lovely fall card! Now I just need to see if I have any leaf stamps. . .

  15. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 3:43 pm


    I am so excited to see you to use the MISTI to align layers! I am forever having to pull them up and reinstall them. Now it will be easy! Thank you so much!

  16. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 4:27 pm


    I love the colors in your card! Great tip for using the MISTI, too. I noticed for the Canson XL paper, you linked to the Mixed Media paper. They also make a watercolor paper, which you can find here if you want to order it online: http://www.dickblick.com/items/10173-1023/. I actually got mine at Hobby Lobby, and I think Michael’s probably sells it, too. It’s not a bright bright white, but I like it. It’s 140 lb., so I’ve found it holds up better to water. Anyway, just thought I’d throw in my two cents. 🙂 Thanks for sharing such a lovely card! ~ Andrea

  17. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 4:33 pm


    Using the MISTI to align your panels???? BRILLIANT! Beautiful card. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  18. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 5:19 pm


    Love this card, your leaves turned out just beautifully!

  19. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 5:40 pm


    So pretty! Good inspiration for making those fall cards! Julie L

  20. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Karen Byerly

    Fall colors and cards are my favorite. Thank you for this great card and the MISTI technique!

  21. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 6:12 pm


    I did enjoy it very much!! Thank you for sharing! This one I am going to make!!!

  22. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    WOW! I love this card. I am very partial to autumn and the colours it brings. I love how you did the leaves. Looking forward to getting a Misti too. I can’t wait to try this one out. Thanks for sharing.

  23. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    mary w

    Really pretty card! I just finished adding the cover to a bunch of cards and had to “trim” several due to tiny crooked placement. I W?ISH I had watched your video before I did this instead of after. But I know I won’t have these problems again. Thanks so much!!!

  24. wrote on October 14th, 2015 at 11:35 pm


    We’ve just learned something new and exciting about the misti! Thanks Darlene!!

  25. wrote on October 15th, 2015 at 8:00 am


    What a simple, yet elegant design. Love it!

  26. wrote on October 15th, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Miss Robin

    Beautiful card Darlene! Thanks for all the tips you share!!

  27. wrote on October 15th, 2015 at 4:05 pm


    Just beautiful. Can’t wait to watch the video.

  28. wrote on October 16th, 2015 at 10:39 am


    Such a pretty card! You are just a treasure of great ideas– thanks for the MISTI tip!

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