Making a Leaf Print Birthday Card

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June 14, 2014

finished card with photo corners, yellow paint detailUse ordinary household objects such as leaves, buttons, and a screw, to do printing on paper. Add some details and make a card with a floral arrangement to wish a special friend a happy birthday.


rose leaf prints
adding large button flowers
additional smaller flowers and details

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: one card


  • 8.6 x 8.2 in dark pink marbled cardstock
  • 7.4 x 4 in dark pink sugar paper
  • 7 x 3.7 in white sugar paper
  • 2 suitable buttons, one that must be flower-shaped
  • fresh leaves cut from a miniature rose tree
  • 0.4 in wide Phillips oval head screw
  • acrylic paint in the following colors: plum, sweet memories, flesh and gray
  • Acrilex Acrilpen fabric markers in the following colors: 513 Verde Musgo (dark green); 537 Rosa (pink) and 505 Amarelo Ouro (bright yellow)
  • Pilot silver marker pen
  • 4 black-and-silver photo corners (Cute Tee
  • paintbrush
  • craft roller
  • glue
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • standard scissors
  • one sheet of ordinary printer paper


  1. Score the dark pink marbled cardstock lengthwise to create a card sized 8.2" x 4.3".
  2. With the fold at the left, position and glue the dark pink sugar paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
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  4. Use the paint brush and the plum paint. Paint the back of the leaves and gently place them on the white sugar paper. Cover the leaves with the sheet of ordinary printer paper and roll over the leaves with the roller. The plum paint will now transfer to the sugar paper, leaving an imprint of the leaves on the paper.
  5. Lift the sheet of ordinary printer paper and gently remove the leaves.
  6. Repeat steps 3-4 with the rest of the leaves.
  7. Use the flower-shaped button and the sweet memories paint to add some flowers to the arrangement. Add paint with the paintbrush, place the button onto the white sugar paper and lightly apply pressure to leave a flower imprint onto the paper.
  8. Use the grey paint and the second button to add fan-like shapes to the arrangement.
  9. Lastly, add smaller flowers with the flesh paint and the head of the screw.
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  11. Use the Acrilex fabric markers and the Pilot silver marker pen to add detail to the arrangement.
  12. Use the Pilot silver marker pen to add a border pattern all around the white sugar paper.
  13. Position and glue the white sugar paper to the front of the card, carefully ensuring that it is an equal distance from the edges.
  14. Lastly, add the four photo corners to the white sugar paper.
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