I stamped my leaf in Potting Soil Archival ink on watercolor paper and clear embossed. Next, I colored with Spectrum Noir markers (GB6, CG2, GB3, and OR1).
I detail-cut my leaf, so I could bend the paper to provide some movement (or perhaps I detail-cut my leaf because I had some stray embossing powder and colored outside the lines a bit ... whichever story works for you). I attached the leaf to ivory cardstock and bent the edges for dimension using this week's Cas(E) this Sketch.
I die cut my Celebrate sentiment from a scrap of green designer paper, but it didn't give enough contrast with the leaf. Next I tried dark brown cardstock, which still seemed to fade into the background. I die cut the sentiment two more times from the brown cardstock and stacked them all together, which gave me the stronger sentiment I needed.
I'm also joining the September Elemental Inspiration Challenge at Daring Cardmakers.