Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Nature's Miracles Wall Hanging

 Hi there!  So glad you could stop by today.  I have a wall hanging to share that I made for week to of the Autumn Colors challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.  Sue Carrington is our hostess and she has a simple and lovely challenge - share a project with fall colors.  For my piece, I wanted to stencil some fall leaves, but didn't have a leaf stencil.  So again, I took the packaging from a Bigz die and using my Mini Tattered Leaves Movers and Shapers dies, I cut several leaves out of the acrylic packaging sheet.  I had to run it through a couple of times because there are just two mini leaf dies.  Once cut, I laid the homemade stencil on a sheet of manila card stock and using Tim Holtz's texture paste, I stenciled the leaves.  When dry, I spritzed on a bit of Evergreen Bough distress stain spray.  When that was dry, I sprayed it again with Spiced Marmalade and Tarnished Brass distress stains.  When dry, I laid my stencil over it, fitting it so that it lined up with the leaves and then stamped a couple of Wendy Vecchi stamps on the leaves with Potting Soil archival ink.  Next, a bit of Brushed Corduroy was sponged per the leaves to define the edges.

Once the background was done, I cut three layers of chipboard with the Postage Stamp die.  After gluing them together, I painted them black with an acrylic paint dabber.  I love the way Wendy Vecchi has been using her new embossing powders over black.  (She used Clearly for Art black film.  I tried to order some of the boutique, but its out of stock at Ranger and now is back ordered. )   After drying the acrylic paint with my heat tool, I used embossing ink on the front of the frame and then sprinkled on Tree Branch embossing powder.  I knocked off the loose excess and then lightly went around the outside/inside with my finger to knock off some EP in random patterns.  Once heated on, it just gives such a cool warn look to the piece! Once the frame was finished, the manila CS was trimmed to fit and adhered to the back side of the frame.
 Once the frame was finished, it was time to create my focal piece.  Using the new Labels thinlits dies from Tim Holtz, I cut two sizes from manila CS and stamped the sentiment and a leaf from the Wendy Vecchi Nature's Art set with Potting Soil and Orange Blossom archival inks.  The labels were shaded with Potting Soil and Orange Blossom too.  Next I cut all the tiny leaves and other objects with the Autumn Gatherings die from kraft CS and colored them by sponging with various colors of distress inks.  Then they were edged with Brushed Corduroy and glazed with either Glossy Accents or Crackle Accents (I meant to do them all with Crackle Accents, but had both on my desk and somehow mixed them up so about half of them got Glossy instead of Crackle - LOL!)  When dry, I arranged them to fit, glued them with Multi Medium Matte and layered the labels over them using the new Ranger foam tape to separate the layers so the leaves could be tucked under.


The following products were used to make this project and are available at The Funkie Junkie Boutique where Ranger/Tim Holtz/Wendy Vecchi and most other name brand products are always 20% below MSRP.

7 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh my goodness so many ideas to try from this incredibly beautiful piece Linda! I love how the embossing powders look on that black painted surface and the mix of crackle and glossy leaves works really well. And then there's that fabulous stencilled background - so clever and effective! A work of art. Jenny x

Aspiring crafter said...

I love everything about this piece, colours , stencilling and the whole autumnal feel.
The leaves are great!
XxxRuth

Maryanne said...

Wow, Linda! I love this piece!! The colors are fantastic and I love the enameled look you used. Just a wonderful Fall project!

Anita Houston said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE all the embossing! Just fabulous! And what a gorgeous Autumn look!

Coco said...

This is very gorgeous, an exquisite fall creation!!! Crafty hugs, Coco x

Candy C said...

Linda...this piece is stunning! There are so many cool techniques and ways to use different products here! I love the colors you have used. The EP in the black background is amazing! I love how you created and used your own homemade stencil. That background is gorgeous! Your work always blows me away. <3 Candy

Redanne said...

I think it has all been said.... but you have made fantastic use of Wendy's new EPs, this project is stunning! Hugs, Anne x

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