Earlier this year, in response to this prompt from the Whimsical Musings blog, I made some feathers using washi tape and thin wire and thought I could use the same technique to make the leaves. Here's how I made them (I'm pretty sure I used a tutorial from Pinterest but I can no longer find it).
I started with a very large roll of wide washi that came from a Studio Calico kit I purchased on sale last year - I think I could cover a wall with the amount of tape on this roll:
I cut a length of tape about 4 inches long, added a thin piece of wire (like a florist wire) about the same length, and then covered both with another strip of washi so that the wire was sandwiched in between.I cut a leaf shape:
cut fringe on one side of the wire:and then the other:
I really like using the thin wire - it makes the leaf very easy to bend.
I made several of these - I can't decide whether to call them feathers or leaves but either way, I will definitely be using these on a layout.
Then I remembered that I had a small leaf punch and decided to give that a try with the washi tape.
I just folded pieces of washi in half and punched out the shapes.
Let's move on to forgery #2, the circles. I grabbed the vellum sheets from my kit and two circle punches and ended up with these:
Here's a little tip that I discovered: the punches worked better when I stacked two pieces of vellum together before punching. I don't know if my punches weren't sharp enough but when I tried punching single vellum sheets the edges were a little ragged (even after I punched some aluminum foil to sharpen my punch).
At this point, I realized that the circles in the Pop Art kit were actually transparencies and not vellum. I had a few old 4x6 transparencies from My Mind's Eye that I thought I could experiment with:
And I also found this shaped semi-transparent sheet in my supplies:
It's definitely old - I think it might be from KI Memories. I tried punching circles out of all of these but with much less success than with the vellum. The punches kept getting stuck and I was afraid that I'd break them so all I have to show for this little experiment is this:
I do like the way they look though. I think I still have an old Creative Memories circle cutter and if I can manage to unearth it, I'll give it a try on the transparencies.
Now that I've got some more embellishments to add to my kit, it's time to get to work on making layouts!