Friday, 6 October 2017

Crazy for Autumn Colour at A Vintage Journey

This month at A Vintage Journey, the talented Jennie is our host and her choice of topic is 
Crazy for Autumn Colour!

Here is what Jennie had to say:  'Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journalling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.  Let's see those autumn colours in all their glory.'

Autumn is my favourite time of year, with all the glorious autumn colours and since we just had the Harvest moon, I chose to make a harvest inspired project.
I used an 8" x 8" canvas, my Tim Holtz large pumpkin die along with Tim's Fall Foliage Thinlits die set for the leaves.  The acorns are from Tim's Mini Acorn and Pumpkins die set.
To create the faux wood background I used a tutorial by Jenny Marples which you can find HERE.  I omitted the alcohol ink layer that Jenny used and substituted a little Distress Glaze.  I used a sheet of 12" x 12" white card as my base.
The canvas was covered with the faux wood and given a coat of Indigo Blu Slap it On which acts as a sealer.  The word thankful was cut using a Tim Holtz Thinlits set of dies.
I die cut two pumpkins. cut one down and layered it on top of the first one to give some dimension.  The pumpkin itself was coloured with Carved Pumpkin Distress Paint, given a good coat of Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy.  Once dry I rubbed over a watered down layer of Walnut Stain Distress Paint and used undiluted paint around the edges.
The acorns were die cut 8 times, the caps cut off 4 of the acorns and these were coloured with Distress Paint and overstamped.  The acorns were given a coat of Glossy Accents and when dry I layered up the extra caps to give them a little dimension.
Finally, I die cut lots of leaves and coloured them with a mix of Distress Oxide Inks and Distress Inks in lovely autumnal colours.  The pumpkin and leaves were layered up onto a rough piece of corrugated cardstock.

To finish off I added some tendrils made from paper covered wire.

Our wonderful sponsor this month is Calico Craft Parts who are providing an autumnal bundle of Wood and MDF products to one randomly chosen winner!

 I do hope you have the time to hope over to A Vintage Journey to see the beautiful creations that my Teamies have made.  It would be lovely too, if you would join in Jennie's lovely autumnal challenge.

Thanks so much for your visit, I will be back on Monday with the first Destination Inspiration Post of the month of October... hope you have a great weekend and find some crafty time!

Hugs, Anne xx


  1. Love your pumpkin Anne. How could you miss using the orange with that lovely blue. So, so pretty. Hugs, S@ndy

  2. Love your fabulous crackled pumpkin, and it pops so beautifully against the weathered planks in the background - this is full of autumn cheer.
    Alison x

  3. What a gorgeous make!! Love how you created those acorns- they really do show up well next to the pumpkin with their dimension and glass!
    Happy Weekend Anne!
    hugs,Jackie xx

  4. Such a fabulous project Anne for this colourful challenge! I love the cackled pumpkin and the background is just gorgeous! Have a great weekend. Jennie x

  5. Fabulous project Anne, just love the glaze on the acorns.
    Linda xxx

  6. Gorgeous fall creation. Love the effects you've created with the pumpkin technique, looks like it is made with metal shaping. The wonderful leaf & acorn trims set it off so nicely, and what a great wooden background. Makes me think of old barn, with punkins clustered round the walls, where some leaves and acorns have fallen. TFS & Happy wkend.

  7. wow Anne - that is a wonderful pumpkin - and all of the other autumnal gorgeousness along with it! Very beautiful! Love it to pieces! Hugs rachel xx

  8. Such a fabulous autumnal piece Anne! Love the Jenny inspired background, its colour makes for a great contrast to the beautiful hues of the pumkin and leafs cluster! The glaze on the acorns really makes them pop, a super make, - love it!!

  9. Loving your crackled pumpkin - it looks so realistic. Those acorns are great and it definitely sets the ton for Autumn. It is cloudy and wet here but hopefully the sun will come out later and make the autumn colours glow! ELaine xx

  10. such a fabulous autumnal canvas Anne xx Love the background colour and your pumpkin and autumnal leaves really pop against it xx Love those acorns too xx

    Sending huge hugs
    Annie xx

  11. Great project! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creative process!

    Gaby xo

  12. This is beautiful Anne, I love the glazed acorns, and what a fabulous background. Enjoy your weekend, Sue xx

  13. This is gorgeous, Annie! It must look amazing from across the room on a table or on the wall! The colors and texture and shine are amazing!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

  14. A Fabulous project! Anne rich in autumn colour. Your crackled pumpkin makes for a striking focal feature and its adorned wonderfully with some lovely autumnal leaves and acorns . Love spirally coils ambelliahing the pumpkin .

  15. Anne...this is darling! I LOVE your faux wood background! The pumpkin, leaves and acorns are the perfect elements to place on that beautiful soft teal. Love the autumnal colors and crackling. I also wa
    Ted to thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such sweet thoughts. You always make me feel so good!

  16. This is so gorgeous, Annie!! I love how the pumpkin just pops against the background!! The texture is amazing and I love the curly q's you added and the leaves!! Spectacular!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. What a lovely project!! Gorgeous faux wood background and I love how you created dimension in the pumpkin and acorns .. looks fabulous!! Super autumnal canvas!! hugs xx

  18. I love Autumn themed makes because of the super colours. This is fabulous Anne.
    Toni xx

  19. So vibrant and gorgeous! Love the crackle on the pumpkin and the leaves and acorns are wonderful! Hugs xxxxxxxxxxx

  20. Been otherwise distracted recently and nearly missed this which would have been a shame as I love it XxX

  21. Autumn colors are beautiful - your pumpkin looks fantastic!
    Sandy xx

  22. Your canvas is magnificent with is Autumn colors and textures! Your faux wood background is stunning and so realistic! The crackled pumpkin and glazed acorns look like they've just been harvested from the field! Gorgeous make! Sending hugs!

    Anne, I'm so sorry to be late. This business of only getting to a few blogs at a clip is for the birds!

  23. Oh Anne, we are so very alike. I love Autumn and you have celebrated it so incredibly well with this piece. I love the faux wood backdrop in the cool colors that make the fall colors pop. Crackle and gloss finishes ... oh my. Love it all. Hugs -- Mary Elizabeth

  24. Fall is my favorite time too Anne and also my favorite colors!!! Your pumpkin design is WONDERFUL. Thanks bunches for the super eye candy!! Xj.

  25. Your harvest inspired project is beautiful! The blue and orange colour combination looks amazing and the texture you created on the pumpkin with the crackle paint is perfect 😁. Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! J 😊

  26. I completely agree, autumn is definitely a favourite of mine too! This is such a fabulous fall project. The faux wood background is beautiful, I love that you used blue for the colour. The texture on the pumpkin is amazing and all your leaves are so vibrant and the acorns look so dimensional! Absolutely fantastic! sending hugs :)

  27. How incredible! I just love the planked background and those acorns! Oh how I love those acorns! A stunning and beautifully colored project. Hugs, Autumn


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