Next, I worked on my focal elements. First I dyed another piece of paper with a small amount of Infusions in Rusty Car. Over this background I stamped the leaves from PaperArtsy Eclectica stamp set 29 by Lin Brown (ELB29). I used my stamp platform and repeatedly stamped the leaves in Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I spritzed with water lightly where needed to allow the colors to bleed naturally.I carefully fussy cut my leaves, curling the maple leaves with my bone folder.
Finally, I really wanted to incorporate a natural element, so I foraged for some moss covered sticks and adhered them over another piece of torn teabag. I had stamped the cardboard texture in Walnut Stain just below to give it a grounding element. I stapled some sisal fibers onto each tag and mounted my leaves over the staples. I always mount my tags onto chipboard, which covers the staples.