I had already tried perfectly positioning the leaves and then hoping for the best as I CAREFULLY lowered my inked stamps. That worked about 30% of the time!
I then thought that I'd cut out a bunch of leaves, perfectly positioning the paper, then stamp THROUGH the stencil I made onto a 2nd sheet, and once again, perfectly position the 2nd sheet of c/s to run it through the Big Shot, and voil`a ... the leaves would magically be in the right place!! Well.... it still didn't work so great! So... I had to come up with another method.
Method number 3 was the keeper for me! I LOVE my stamp-a-ma-jig! Here's what I did:
Step Number 1: Cut out your leaves using the Big Shot and your chosen cardstock (c/s) color. I used Very Vanilla since I'll be stamping my images on the leaves after.
Step Number 2: Stamp your leaf image onto the Stamp-a-ma-jig plastic sheet. (As you can see, my SAMJ gets lots of use. There are certain wood stamps that I use all the time so these are stamped with Black Staz-On on the absolutely clear side of the sheet -- the other sheet that has a bit of "texture" to it is the side that I use with my classic inks that I remove in between uses). Anyway, I've stamped the image on the sheet and then I place my cut-out leaf BACK INTO the stencil. This way, the leaf isn't going to move and I have the inked stamp heading right where I want it too!
Step Number 3: Here you see that I just finished perfectly stamping the leaf. By keeping it in the stencil but cutting it out first, it doesn't slide around so it sees the ink EXACTLY where I want it too!
Here's my finished card. It's heading out in the mail this morning since I participated in a swap. This particular swap was to use the colors More Mustard (my card base and one of the leaves), Tangerine Tango or Pumpkin Pie (I chose Pumpkin Pie -- for my large oak leaf), and Chocolate Chip or Early Espresso (I chose Early Espresso for my Core'dinations Card Stock mat, as well as for my maple leaf -- the acorn was stamped using a combination of Early Espresso and Chocolate Chip so I used markers to color the stamp). I used the Tiny Tags stamp set for my little sentiment hanging on the Baker's Twine, and the Bronze Button was the perfect ending accent!
Here's a closeup of the card:
Thanks for joining me today! Laura, you should see your card in about 3 days!
Stamps: Wonderfall (128084 wood or 128087 clearmount), Tiny Tags (118091 wood or 118952 clear)
Paper: Very Vanilla c/s, Early Espresso Core'dinations c/s (127848)
Embellishments: Early Espresso Baker's Twine (123124); Brushed Bronze Button (127833)
Tools: Big Shot (113439) and Autumn Accents Bigz die (127812), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821); Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049); Jewelry Tag punch ( 117190)