I have the Vintage Leaves set from Stampin' Up and have cut hundreds of them in the last couple of years. I stamp, sponge and die cut, then sponge the edges. Then I generously streak Glossy Accents all over the leaves with the random streaks loosely following the veins of the leaves. This has been a great set to use on my fall cards, particularly with the Hardwood stamp background (from SU) or the Woodgrain embossing folder.
THIS set by Tim Holtz just rounds out the versatility of the SU set! I followed the same procedure (except the initial stamping). I traced a rough line around the dies on a page of white cardstock, sponged those shapes appropriately and loosely, then placed the dies and cut them. They are much smaller than I had expected but they work great with my Stampin' Up Vintage Leaves. Great addition.
Card making & Travelling are my hobbies of choice - I purchased this collection to make a specific thank you card for a trip using the Maple Leaves, and it did not disappoint ... The whole collection has a variety of type & sizes which allow choices and the die cuts come out crisp and clean and with the slight emboss of the veins is perfect.
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