My take is to use a leaf I picked up (I gathered leaves in Vermont on vacation and brought them home and then gathered piles of them from here at home - some yet-to-be-determined project in the making.....), dried and pressed, then scanned.
I duplicated the leaf, added a shadow and put them over a fall tree photo in the background that I blurred out. Next I added a gradient level (at 49%) using one of the golden tan colors picked from the leaves.
Finally I added Kim's texture Pourvous at 100% Hard Light for a simple finish. Not as many layers as some of my other creations, but a strong finish I think.