Saturday, November 1, 2014

Autumn's Glory

It has been forever since I posted anything!  My apologies if you have stopped by.  I have actually completed a couple of Tim's monthly tags but haven't gotten around to sharing them.  So this month I decided to get a jump on things and not procrastinate.

Summer was a mixed bag of blessings and challenges.  Our vegetable garden was very productive and I was still picking cucumbers, squash and tomatoes into October.  Made for some very healthy eating.  Of course, the weeds were plentiful, as well.  That, along with the flower gardens, kept me pretty busy the past few months.

But, I am taking some time to get back in the studio now and do some creating.  There are so many projects I see on the internet that inspire me to get my fingers inky.  I'm also drawn in by the beautiful colors of fall - they're my favorites!

Tim's tag features a fall leaf center-stage.  You can check it out here.  I am going to make one exactly like his to try out his techniques.  But I also wanted to do something a little original for my entry.

I started with a large kraft tag that I had previously colored with some brown and metallic inks.  It was pretty dull and unexciting and had been in the reject pile from a previous project.  I used the Tim Holtz Burlap layering stencil and some texture paste (Golden brand molding paste) and added some random areas of texture here and there.  I then used some distress ink minis to rub some Broken China, Barn Door and Wild Honey on the tag.  The textured areas took the inks nicely but remained a little lighter than the background, which gives it a nice contrast.

I wanted to make a little 'shaker' window at the bottom of my tag with some little leaves encased inside.  I cut a window in the lower third of the tag, using the Movers and Shapers Mini Ticket die.  Then I printed out the little quote on some watercolor paper and toned it with some Broken China ink.  Next I cut a piece of plastic (from some product packaging) slightly larger than the window.  I punched out various colored mini leaves with a hand punch and sandwiched these between the plastic and the printed quote.  I taped the 'sandwich' to the back of my tag with some washi tape to hold it in place.  Using my sewing machine, I stitched around the window to hold it all together and then removed the washi tape.

I spritzed various colors on some watercolor paper using the Ranger mini spritzers and diluted Distress Re-Inkers and various Glimmer Mists.  After drying the paper thoroughly, I used the Tattered Leaves Bigz Die to cut out some leaves.  Next I embossed the details on the leaves using the textured leaves embossing folder.

A little Vintage Photo ink rubbed over the raised embossing and edges gave the leaves even more definition.  I finished them off with a coat of Chandelier Glimmer Glam brushed over the entire leaf.

I used a tool to poke a hole at the base of each leaf stem.  After curling some fine gauge copper wire around the tools handle, I wrapped the wire around the leaf stems, leaving long curly ends to peek from behind the ribbon.  I grabbed some hand dyed ribbon in coordinating colors and bundled it together, tying it in the center with more of the copper wire.  I left the ends of the wire long enough to run through a hole I punched in the tag and then secured the wire ends on the back with some scotch tape.

While I was out putting away my garden art, I found a pine cone that was just the right size for my tag.  The edges of the pine cone were already white with dried sap which gave it a frosted look.  I added some Glimmer Glam over these areas to highlight them.  I curled some more copper wire for the cone and tucked it behind the ribbon.

The last element is a little burlap tag (Maya Road) that I stamped the word 'FALL' on then aged the edges with a little Vintage Photo ink. More curly wire to hold it in place and my tag is complete!

As always, thanks for stopping!  I would love to hear from you if you have time to leave a comment. Happy Fall!


  1. Gorgeous! I love everything about this tag from the leaves all the way to the pinecone. Well done!

  2. Cathy! Your leaves are spectacular!!!! The pinecone is incredible! Great job on the tag this month!


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