Autumn Leaves Home Decor Project

Hi everyone, today I'm sharing a home decor project I've made for the Tim Holtz Media Team.  I'm featuring some of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix dies that were released this fall.


Autumn is a favourite time of year for me, I love the warm and vibrant colours of all the leaves.  I wanted to use this quote by Humbert Wolfe on my layout and the thinlit letter die-cuts were perfect.  You never run out of vowels!


My project started out as a layout, but I decided to turn it into a wall decoration using a 12 x 12 wood panel.


For my layout, I've used papers from the Tim Holtz Resist Stash Motif Paper Stack (TH93112). This paper pack is white and kraft papers with different resist patterns.  I chose this one with writing as my background paper.  I started off with my lightest colour of ink, Antique Linen and using a mini ink blending tool, applied the colour with circular motions. I worked my way to the darkest colour using,  Scattered Straw, Rusty Hinge, Dried Marigold, Brushed Corduroy, and Dusty Concord.  



Love using these papers!  It's amazing how different they can look, just by the colours or mediums that are chosen.


I used the same resist paper, but Kraft and smaller sized squares for my letters.  I cut off a section and applied different colours of ink.  I used Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold and a small amount of Crushed Olive.


My letters were die-cut from Sizzix's Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Thinlit set.  This set is amazing!  There are 125 dies in this set.  I love the idea that there are enough letters so you could die-cut words and use the negative space.  The Sizzix Magnetic Plate comes in handy die-cuting these small dies too, they don't fall off the plate.


They even come in a handy plastic envelope!


Before adhering my letters, I flicked water droplets onto my background paper in random areas and heat dried. I also applied a fine dusting of Distress Walnut Marker with the Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer. I then applied Ranger's Matte Medium (also acts as an adhesive) to the backs of my letters and adhered to my background paper.  


Now onto the leaves!  I die-cut these using Sizzix's Tim Holtz Layered Leaf with Texture Fade(660039) and the Mini Tattered Leaves Movers & Shapers set(657460).  I used one piece of Wallflower Vellum.  


After they were all die-cut, I highlighted the embossed areas and edges with Ranger's Alcohol Inks and a touch of  Ripe Persimmon Distress Paint.  Arrange your leaves and adhere to the background paper 


To cut out the Sizzix Tim Holtz Hanging Lantern Bigz die(660030), I used Vintaj Copper adhesive metal sheets, and black Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board (656490) or chipboard.  I applied a piece of the copper metal to the mat board and then ran it through my Vagabond machine.  


Before painting my hanging lanterns, I scratched up the surface with my Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Scratcher which is a wire brush.  I also drew lines on them with Sizzix's Flower tool.  To colour the lanterns, I first painted with Black Distress paint, and wiped off all the excess.  This leaves just he colour in the cracks.  I added in touches of Wild Honey and Evergreen Bough.
To finish off my lanterns, I cut out a piece of Tim Holtz Frosted Film that I also tinted with light coloured alcohol ink, applied this to a piece of thin acrylic, and adhered to the back of the lantern.
I then attached the candle to the back of this with a glue dot.  


 I coloured  a piece of crinkle ribbon with Dusty Concord, Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey Distress ink, misted the ribbon with water and let dry. I then made a bow and tied the two lanterns to the ends.  Adhere this to your page amongst the leaves.



To finish off the layout, I applied very small dots of Liquid Pearls Buttercup pearlized paint underneath the letters and a few dots from a Distressed Walnut Marker.  This makes it look like the letters are floating in the wind.


After everything was completed, I adhered my layout to a 12 x 12 wood panel with deep sides.  I had painted the sides of the panel first with Ranger's White Gesso and after it dried, applied a combination of Riper Persimmon, Rusty Hinge, and Dusty Concord Distress paint.  After the paint was dry, I painted on a layer of Rock Candy Crackle Paint.  Once that dried, I inked the sides with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and rubbed off the excess, leaving the ink mostly in the cracks.  
You could still use this as a layout by just adding in a photo amongst the leaves.  

Hope you enjoyed my tutorial and thanks for stopping by!

Jan


33 comments

Julie Steed said...

Beautiful, Jan. I love the quote!

The Urban Scrapbook inc. said...

Oh my gosh Jan, this is so beautiful!

Julie Loeschke said...

Stunning! Thank you for sharing this glorious project with us.

Rea' said...

Beautiful... the leaves are GORGEOUS, the color palette just beautiful ...

Boomdeeadda said...

Stunning Jan. You really know your paint combinations and what will mix right. I need so much practice with that. I love that you added Persimmon to the crinkle ribbon, adds so much ka-pow. Very inspiring, as always xK

Marci said...

Wonderful, love how you did the lanterns!

Claudine Criner said...

Wow,, just stunning!

Sue Kosec said...

Absolutely striking. What a great job. Thank you for sharing.
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Ellen said...

Omg this is gorgeous, thank you so much for these great tutorial!

Gay Peplow said...

Brilliant, love this :D

Scrapbook Studio said...

this is just spectacular!!!!!!!!!!

gheester60 said...

This is so pretty, Fall is my favorite time of year and it is so good to see all the beautiful colors of Fall on your creation. Just so lovely.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely stunning, gorgeous design and colours too. Love this . Tracy x

JanBianchi said...

Already said, But absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!

Sharon Y said...

Beautiful Jan! Love the colors and the vellum leaves are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa H said...

Wow, this is beautiful and I love that quote!

Juliz Design Post said...

I'm speechless.....I guess that's why your on Tim's team and Sizzix. Just stunning detail, love it.
Julie x

Karen Garrard said...

Beautifully done Jan! Gorgeous vibrant colours and it's wonderful to see the new letter dies in play. Great tutorial too. Karen.x

stampsandscrapbooks said...

GORGEOUS! I love the fall and your artwork is perfect for it! Beautiful colors and amazing texture!

Judy in OKC said...

The air is crisp and cool and along with this beautiful piece, color me inspired!

Jenel M said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Deborah Cook said...

So beautiful, I am speechless, fantastic job as always. TFS :)

Robin said...

This is truly lovely!! The quotation is wonderful, as are your colors and imaginative use of the lanterns. What a gorgeous piece!!

S@ndy Diller said...

Just beautiful as is everything you create.

Rachael Brown said...

georgeous! I love the colors you chose. I does remind me of autumn.

Maureen Chandler said...

This is an absolutely amazing project! WOW!!!

KathyK said...

Gorgeous! I can feel the crispness of autumn looking at this!

Kay B Mitchell said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Denica Fletcher said...

Simply gorgeous!!

nallian said...

This is just beautiful! Thanks for the easy tutorial. I will be making this!

contadinak said...

so beautiful, jan! captures the spirit of the season perfectly!

Nicole Wright said...

Stunning. Fall is my favorite time of year too. That whole 2 weeks of it. Ahhhh, Alberta. Looks like I need to get the lanterns.

Nicky Chamallow said...

Superbe tableau et de très jolies couleurs! ces dies sont sympathiques, mais pas pratiques pour les ranger dans l'enveloppe.. je les ai mis sur une feuille aimantée - et pour couper dans une carte, je les scotche pour avoir le texte au bon endroit (sur la plaque magnétique les lettres voyagent trop !)

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