Sunday 10 April 2022

Ares Quilted Leaves


     This was made with two new die sets from John Next Door, Vintage Leaves and Ares background die. Die's can be used for embossing as well as cutting as long as you use a silicone mat and the right sandwich of plates for your machine.
     I cut a rectangle of off white card to the required size, then using various Autumn colours I cut the leaves. The leaves were stuck down on the card with a good strong PVA glue and left to dry.
     Once dry I put the background die on top of the card and ran it through the embossing machine. My machine is a little worn so the rollers are slack, for my own machine (Bigshot)I used the following sandwich, from top to bottom.....Cutting plate, die, card, silicone mat, cutting plate, one cereal packet card, base plate (no tab sheets). You will need to try this on scrap to find the ideal sandwich for your machine before you try it on your project.
     Once you have mastered your own machine you can use many different dies to 'quilt' with. This can be very effective if used under the same die cut background as the raised areas fill the gaps and give a perfect 'quilted' look.
     To mat and layer this I used some of the same card used for the leaves, not wanting to use too much of this precious card I gutted the layers, cutting out the middle part that will never be seen and isn't required for support.
     A layer of double sided foam tape around the top card before going onto the bottom layer gave it a little height.
     For the greeting I wanted something raised but this one was too thin for foam tape. The answer was to cut it once in the gold and three more times in white card, then stick them all together with the gold on top, making the greeting stand tall and solid.
     This makes a nice card for a man, still colourful but no flowers, it could be made in shades of blue or green and still be effective.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Gem Of A Challenge - #8 Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - April Anything Goes with Dies
Craft Rocket - #91 For The Boys/Men
The Male Room - #161 Dry Embossing
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #179 Anything Goes
Allsorts - #671/2 Masculine
Crafty Catz - #590 Anything Goes


  1. I just got those leaf dies - aren't they wonderful and you've used them to such great effect on your card. The embossing is a great finishing touch too. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.

  2. Hi Rocky this is a gorgeous card. I love it. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. Beautiful card! Thanks for playing with us at
    The Male Room challange. Goga

  4. A great masculine card and perfect for our Allsorts challenge this week, thanks so much for joining in.

    B x

  5. GOrgeous dies! Fab colours and design.
    Thank you so much for joining us this week at Crafty Catz.
    GDT Chrissyxx

  6. Great autumn colours on your elaves, and love the embossing technique you have used - thanks so much for sharing with us at Allsorts for this week's "Masculine" challenge.
    Pauline xx

  7. You did a great masculine card! Perfect use of dry embossing technique. I love the autumn colors and leaves. Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us at The Male Room.
    Maja, DT

  8. Beautiful card! You incorporated dry embossing very nicely. Thanks for playing at The Male Room challange.

  9. What a beautiful card you made :-)) I like your embossing!
    Thanks for playing with us at TheMaleRoom 🧡

  10. Rocky, love the quilted look! Great description of the technique, too! I have used this technique in the past, but your lovely card has inspired me to use it more often!!! -Donna


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