Thursday, October 5, 2017

Autumn Leaves Mixed Media Canvas For A Vintage Journey

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by.  The month of October is upon us with it's crisp cool days and changing leaves here in the Northern Hemisphere and with that in mind our October challenge at A Vintage Journey is Crazy For Autumn ColoursJennie is our host this month and here is her brief:

Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!

Calico Craft Parts is our generous sponsor this month and they have an Autumnal bundle of Calico Craft Parts wood and MDF products for our randomly chosen challenge winner, thank you Calico Craft Parts!

For our October challenge, I made a fall canvas with a multitude of autumn leaves in the colours of fall.  I wanted to include the touches of frost and ice that we often experience on cool October mornings here in Canada so added metallic foils, embossing powders and mica sprays to represent that icy component.

I have some step by step photos to share with you on how I made my Autumn Leaves mixed media canvas, so grab a cup of hot cocoa and read on!

I started with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock cut to about 6" x 9" and die cut it with Tim Holtz's Mosaic Bigz die.  Inking came next with saturated colours of yellow, orange and rust Distress Stains and Inks so that the colour would seep up into the Opaque Crackle texture paste that was applied through Tim's Autumn layering stencil.  After the texture paste had dried, the panel was sealed with Distress Matte Collage Medium and the crackles were accentuated with Vintage Photo Distress Crayon.

Another piece of white cardstock was inked up with multiple colours of Distress Stains and Inks in green, yellow, orange, rust and red.  Some sprinkles of Color Bloom spray in Lime Wedge and Gilded were added here and there as well.

The coloured cardstock was then die cut with a variety of leaf dies and punches (Small Tattered Florals, Tiny Tattered Florals and Garden Greens dies and Recollections Oak Leaf and Maple Leaf punches).

A piece of burlap fabric from my stash was adhered onto another piece of white cardstock cut to about 1/2" larger on all sides than the die cut panel and then the die cut panel was centered on top of the burlap.

Several lengths of Ranger Metal Foil Tape Sheets were embossed with Tim Holtz's Floral Texture Fades embossing folder and then coloured with Ground Espresso Distress Paint.  After the paint had dried slightly, the paint was burnished off of the raised embossed areas with a dry cloth.

The lengths of embossed tape were then wrapped around all edges of the burlap panel (the tape has an adhesive backing so easy-peasy to apply!).

Tim's Leaf Blueprint was stamped twice onto Heavystock coloured with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Fired Brick Distress Inks and then sprayed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist.  The stamped leaf was die cut with the coordinating Leaf Blueprint dies and the die cut pieces layered with some black fun foam in between.

The phrase 'autumn leaves' was die cut with the Broadway Alphabet die from Deco Foil PeelnStick Toner Sheet that was covered with Rebekah Meier Designs New Penny Mixed Media Transfer Foil.  The letters were lightly sanded to distress them slightly.

More leaves were die cut and punched from Deco Foil Toner Sheet covered with Rebekah Meier Designs Transfer Foils in Old Gold and New Penny and Gina K. Designs Sweet Mango Fancy Foil.  The leaves were sanded lightly and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

Did you know that the Mosaic die cut outs are sized exactly for Tim's Idea-ology Fragments Findings?  I layered up three of the foiled die cut leaves, adhered them under a Fragment that had been inked around the edges with Mushroom alcohol ink and then adhered the Fragment piece into the coordinating die cut opening with Glossy Accents glue.

A few of the die cut and punched leaves were embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Fractured Ice embossing powder.  I love this embossing powder as it takes on the colours of whatever is underneath it, it's magical!

And finally, one of Emerald Creek's Filigree Leaf charms was embossed on one side with their Charred Gold embossing powder and on the other side with Moss Stone Green embossing powder.

The leafs and embellishments were then adhered onto the burlap mounted panel, adding the inked, embossed and foiled leaves both inside the die cut openings and scattering them around the outside edges as well.  The embossed leaf charm was added to the top right corner of the panel.

The Blueprint Leaf was added to the bottom left corner and the foiled letters adhered across the bottom of the panel.  Some of the letters were bumped up on die cut fun foam so they would be at the same height as the letters adhered over top of the Blueprint Leaf.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Autumn Leaves mixed media canvas came together and the you will enter our Crazy For Autumn Colours challenge at A Vintage Journey.

 Make sure that you pop over for a peek at what the other Creative Guides made to inspire you, wonderful creations one and all as usual!  Thanks again for stopping by today and as always, happy creating!

Deb xo


  1. Such a fabulous burst of color. Love all the leaves and thanks for sharing your great tips with us. Hugs, S@ndy

  2. Deb! This canvas decor is gorgeous! The colors are magnificent and I just love your design layout. Love the background and the icy details too. Fantastic Fall decor!

  3. Glorious colours Deb and I just love your wonderful design! I never knew that about the fragments, how clever! Love this so much... Hugs, Anne xx

  4. Fabulous. You captured the essence of fall perfectly. The colors are perfect and those leaves are so lifelike

  5. Just magical, Deb. Your leaves look fantastic against the burlap windows - such a clever idea, and so effective, to open up the squares in that gloriously crackled panel to reveal the hessian weave behind. And the metallic embossed frame is simply amazing.
    Alison x

  6. What absolutely fabulous colour and texture you have created with this stunning project Deb. The design layout is fabulous and then all those falling gorgeously colourful leaves. A perfect project for our colourful challenge this month! Have a great weekend Jennie x

  7. Wow Deb, what an amazing canvas you have created! It spells Autumn from the very top to the very bottom with all those gorgeous coloured and altered leaves! Brilliantly put together, - this will make for such a gorgeous Fall decorative piece that anyone would be happy to display! Wonderful work!

  8. Hi Deb xx Fantastic make for Jennie's amazing challenge xx Love the metallic look framing your wonderfully coloured mosaic die cut. The burlap looks fabulous this layout and design so much xx

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  9. Beautiful canvas Deb ! Love the metal foil frame and the backdrop of bulap is fabulous ! Sue C x

  10. A wonderful project Deb with a real autumnal feel. Those bright , rich colours and the touch of sparkle are really uplifting and give the season a real sense of cheer .

  11. Deb, what a SPECTACULAR display of fall color! My favorite bit is that stenciled panel that inspired it all, but every detail expresses your creativity, and is indeed stunning! Thank you so much for taking us through your steps in making this...I've learned plenty and am inspired! I haven't played with my EC powders in such a long time...perhaps it's time to get them out. Sending hugs!

  12. Wow, what an amazing autumnal mixed media canvas! I loved reading along to see how you created it. The panels and leaves look stunning against the burlap and there is so many beautiful details. I would have never of thought to the emboss the leaf charm - perfect! Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

  13. There is so much to love! The embossed metal is fantastic and it's always a treat to see that mosaic die in action especially with autumn splendor! Lovely color palette and those alphas are the best! Hugs, Autumn

  14. Hi Deb! I am so sorry for being so late to comment on your beautiful autumn project - it seems I missed all of the DT's projects - a true brain blip for October - This panel is SO wonderfully autumn with your glorious leaves, the lovely embossed metal pieces and the glossy leaves and stems! Julia xx


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