The idea for this came from Sherry at The Charm of Home. Sherry just did a great post called "A Hint of Spring" where she featured a REAL pressed four-leaf clover that she framed. I thought it was such a cute idea but of course, I don't just happen to have any four-leaf clovers laying around the house so I decided to make one.
I used fake ivy leaves because they had the nice "vein" patterns on them. I peeled off the plastic "vein" from the back of the leaf first. Using a little template, I traced the shapes onto the back of the leaf, centering them over the light lines and cut them out.
To achieve that white 'squiggle' on each leaf, I used a fine point, paint pen. The trick here is to immediately blot and rub the white lines before they dry so it doesn't look too fake. The leaf below on the left was rubbed off, the one on the right was not so you can see the difference it makes.
Once I had the leaves cut, I attached them to book pages that I distressed with some rubber stamps/images. For the stem, I took a thin piece of green card stock and crumpled it, twisted it and then attached it to the picture.
I made a few of these to place around the house for St. Patrick's Day but you could certainly leave them up all spring and summer.
Thanks Sherry for the inspiration!
Linking to these parties this week . . .
The DIY Showoff http://diyshowoff.com/
Knick of Time Tuesday http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/
Marvelous Mondays http://www.jamscorner.com/
Uncommonly Yours http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/
Cedar Hill Ranch http://cedarhillranch.blogspot.com/
Savvy Southern Style http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/
Ivy and Elephants http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/
From My Front Porch to Yours http://frommyfrontporchtoyours.blogspot.com/
The Brambleberry Cottage http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/
French Country Cottage http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
The Charm of Home http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/
While He Was Napping http://whilehewasnapping.blogspot.com/
Funky Junk Interiors http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/
Under the Table and Dreaming http://www.bystephanielynn.com/