Thursday, 1 September 2016

The Colours of Autumn ~ Stamps and Stencils ~ New Challenge.

Hi everybody !It's the first Thursday of a new month and that means that it's time for a new challenge over at Stamps and Stencils. Rachel is our fabulous host this month, and she has chosen 'The Colours of Autumn'. This is what Rachel has to say

 'The colours of Autumn'.... just to clarify - the theme is not autumn - just the colours - so you don't have to focus on leaves but of course you can if you want to!!! '

I think you'll agree that this is the perfect challenge for this time of year. If you hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog, you'll see Rachel's fabulous journal spread, along with some fantastic projects from the rest of the design team. I decided to go 'leafy' with my project and put together this wall hanging, using lot's of Autumnal colours. Whilst mooching in my 'off cuts' draw, I came across some rectangular pieces of mount board about the size of an extra large tag. This was to be my starting point....
I adhered pieces of book pages to the mount board using Matte Mod Podge. Once dry I coated the surface with gesso.

I then applied Dylusion sprays in shades of yellow, orange, brown and green. I also used my new Distress Crayons around the edges and blended them in. This really added depth to the colours. Love these crayons ! Once this was dry, I partially stenciled a flourish into the background, using gesso. The white colour softened as it absorbed some of the Dylusions, giving a barely there look. I then stamped some images of teasels using Archival Inks.I also did a little more stenciling with a Trellis Layering stencil.
Whilst the various layers were drying, I cut a whole bunch of flowers and leaves, in lightweight manila card, using Tim Holt's Tattered Florals  and Tattered Leaves dies. I coloured these on both sides, using a variety of Distress Stains. 
Once the flowers were dry, I used a ball tool and a soft mat to mold the flowers into shape.
To form the centres of flowers, I used a forwards and backwards motion along each petal. This gathers the petals inward. I then applied a little glue to the sides of each petal and gently brought them up together. This is a bit fiddly and you have to hold the shape together until the glue starts to dry. It's worth doingthough,  as it makes the flower look quite realistic.
I gave the flower a quick squirt of Copper coloured Mica Spray which has added a lovely sheen. The leaves were also coloured with Distress Stains. Once dry, I stamped the surface of each leaf with a crackle patterned stamp.
I also folded the leaves and ran a Mini Distress Ink Pad along the folds, I love doing this kind of 'faux realism'. I then assembled the hanging using Cosmic Shimmer glue to adhere all the different elements. To finish my floral arrangement, I added a bow made with my favourite linen thread. I typed out the quote and added it to the surface and finished the project off with a rusty wire hanger.....

 and a faux rust, name plate
and that, readers, is how I put this project together ! Now if you fancy getting to grips with some gorgeous Autmn Colours, we'd love to see your efforts. Hop over to the Stamps and Stencils blog, where you'll find plenty of inspiration, as well as all the details of how to join in. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.! x


  1. Oh, Toni, your wall hanging is fantastic! Your leaves are fabulous and I love your amazing flowers! The colors are simply magical! I absolutely love this! Big hugs! Branka xx

  2. A gorgeous hanging Toni - and your flowers and leaves are stunning. Sorry Ive not been a great visitor through the summer, but hopefully back to normal now and with a bit of luck I might even get a chance to play along! Jennie x

  3. Oh that foliage!!! GORGEOUS tones, and they look so real! Awesome make...bring on the fall!

  4. stunning make Toni - beautiful use of the colours and thankyou so much for your kind words! Hugs rachel x

  5. Beautiful project Toni! You've captured the essence of Autumn for sure ! Sue C x

  6. Absolutely beautiful Toni!! xx

  7. Oh, Toni, this is just stunning. Your background is beautiful with the stencilling and those gorgeous teazels. Your florals and leaves are simply brilliant as always!
    Alison x

  8. This is such a stunning tag, the leaves and flowers are so beautifully made and shaded and the oak leaves look real, superb work Toni! Ruth x