Skeleton Leaf Ornaments

I am still in full-blown Christmas mode—making cards and decorations. Still need to start the baking!! I love the ethereal look of Arnold Grummer's skeleton leaves, and wanted to use them in some way as a Christmas decoration.

Some of the leaves I left natural. Some I painted with USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Acrylic paints. I worked on a craft mat to paint the leaves. I used a fairly wet brush, and this thinned the paint just enough for good coverage without clogging the delicate structures of the leaves. I only used two drops of paint for five leaves!!
Painted leaves drying on my work table
To form the flower I exposed one side of a Zots Singles 3-D glue dot and arranged the leaves as petals on top and pressed them firmly into the glue dot. Next, I turned the flower over and exposed the second side of the glue dot. Working in a tidy tray, I liberally covered the glue dot with prills, and pressed them firmly into the glue dot. Any prills that didn't adhere to the glue dot were returned to the jar to be used another day. (Prills are a natural, small, round, pearl-like accent.)
Prills ready to be pressed into the glue dot
Easy, peasy!! And a beautiful, handmade decoration. I'm thinking these would make outstanding package toppers or a card embellishment.
Natural skeleton leaves with Heart of Gold prills
Skeleton leaves painted with Tomato Pearl Perfect Pigment and Heart of Gold prills
Skeleton leaves painted with Metallic Silver Perfect Pigment and Midnight at the Oasis prills
I have my favorite. Which one is yours? You can see more of my projects on the Create & Craft blog.



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