Hello, today I have an Autumn themed project to share with you. When thinking of Autumn, it's all about the colours and the sounds of leaves crunching underfoot. I am lucky enough to live not only by the sea but also by a park which has some beautiful trees. From my crafting space, I can look out over the park and watch as they change with the seasons, and whilst we are not quite at Autumn yet, it is just around the corner and is the inspiration for this weeks make.
(as always materials list, links and any challenges entered are at the end of the post).
Papermill Direct have some fabulous autumnal shades in their colour collection. rich and beautiful in their own right, I wanted to see what I could do to create some textured leaves for my very first attempt at an Autumn Wreath. And right now is the perfect time to stock up as there is currently 15% off a mixed box of 5 different Autumn colours. A small box is just £5-73 and the midi box just £17-00 (link here)
I started out by creating a base by drawing around a couple of plates and cutting out. I covered the base with white card and inked it over with Distress Ink in 'Tea Dye' when this was dry I over stamped it randomly with a small acorn design stamp and some brown ink.
Next came the fun part!! I cut leaves in various designs from papermill cardstock in Mocha Brown, Forest Green, Orange, Buff and Maroon papermill card. Then I had a play with different embossing folders and inking. For my Mocha Brown leaves I embossed with a script folder, swiped versamark over the raised impression and brushed over with 'Orange' pan pastel. The Maroon leaves were embossed with a dotty folder and had gold gilding wax rubbed over the raised dots, (I always find it easier to apply gilding wax with a babywipe rather than just my fingertips). Orange leaves have been embossed with 2 different folders, one had swirls and the other a nice stylised pattern upon which I used distress ink. As for the Forest Green leaves I found an embossing folder with a snakeskin type effect and used it with the de-bossed side uppermost as I preferred that look and a plain versamark inkpad was used to bring out the design a little and also distress ink around the edges.
The wreath needed something else, but what? I thought berries, hmm maybe?, then I thought Acorns!! Yes I had used acorns on the base and I had a little image on a cricut cartridge of an Acorn, so I cut it in 2 pieces from Buff card and then dabbed versamark ink through a stencil mask to add some pattern to the body of the acorn. The top piece was coloured with distress ink in 'tea dye'.
Assembling the wreath was fun, I shaped the leaves first by gently bending them into shape, and used some paper twine and button twines amongst the leaves, most of it was glued with cosmic shimmer glue and I also used some 3D foam pads to add height to some of the pieces. Natural seam binding was dyed (along with my fingers) with 'spiced marmalade' and 'Tea Dye' distress inks, spritzing with water to blend the colours, letting it dry before adding more inks until I was happy it would co-ordinate with the rest of the design.
Hanging holes are in the top, used a 'pokey tool' to gently make those and a length of button twine provides the strings to hang it up.
Overall a very fun project, took more time than I thought it would at the outset, but then I did decide to use a few different embossing folders and ink techniques. This is one of those projects that just seemed to create itself as I went along. My favourite way of making, and yes I managed to get the distress ink off my hands in time for the photos :D
Why not take advantage of the Autumn Colours offer at Papermill Direct, you'll find it in the Special Offers section 'here', and see what designs you are inspired to make? As always I love to read your comments and answer any questions you may have.
Mocha Brown, Forest Green, Orange and Buff card - Autumn colours sale box - papermill direct
Maroon card - colours range - papermill direct
Tea Dye and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks
Rich Cocoa memento ink
Enchanted Gold Gilding wax,
Orange pan pastels,
Natural Seam binding, button twine, paper twine, embossing folders, acorn stamp. cricut to cut leaves & acorns
Why not pop over and see what my fabulous papermill teamies have got up to this week?: