While I was blog hopping Hero Arts' new catalog release I found details of their current challenge and thought I'd play along - Nature Challenge
I wanted to play around with the Simple Leaf background stamp from the Basic Grey Persimmon set and had a very clear idea of how I wanted it to look. This, as ever, didn't actually work out but I likely the end result anyway!
I used an assortment of distress stains to color cardstock (at one point I had 6 different color combinations drying) and then used the Simple Leaf stamp, versamark and clear embossing powder over the top. One the embossing powder had created a mask I used a sponge applicator to shade the uncovered bits and finally ironed off the embossing powder.