Monday 24 October 2016

A Falling Leaf Is Autumn's Splendour...

Hello friends and welcome to a new challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! This week our challenge is ~ AUTUMN!

Autumn is such a beautiful time of year, the changing colors on the trees are fabulous, the air is cool and the crunch of leaves underfoot brings back lovely memories from childhood and we are really looking forward to seeing whatever autumn inspired creations you make!
For my project, I was inspired by early morning walks in the park and the beauty of nature and created a textured canvas panel using die cuts from Tim Holtz.

...and here's how I created this panel!

To begin with I took an 8" square panel and applied Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Weathered Wood Distress Paint over the surface, blending the paints together with my fingers. I then heat dried the surface until thoroughly dry and then started adding some texture using Grit Paste through the Herringbone Layering Stencil. Let the paste dry thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.

To add some depth and colour into my background, I used PaperArtsy Infusions. Warning: You only need a very small amount of these, they do go a long way!! I sprinkled The Sage and Sunset Beach over the top of the pasted area and then spritzed with water, letting the colour run and pool over the background.
Heat dry thoroughly and if you want to add more, just sprinkle more over the top and repeat until you're happy.

To add a little more depth of colour, I then dry brushed the stencilled area with some Gold Rush Metallique Paint, this creates a little shimmer but nothing sparkly which was just perfect for what I wanted. I also added some gold rush around the edges of the canvas.

Add a few splashes of the gold rush paint and Gesso and I also added some gesso around the edges and a few paint scratches. Heat dry the whole surface area and set aside.
Die cut the Dashing Deer from a piece of old packaging and then apply a coat of gesso over the top. When dry, I then added some colour using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Paints. Adding shading to his little nose using a lighter colour.

Apply a layer of Glossy Accents over the antlers and then sprinkle with Vintage Platinum Glitter Dust and dry.
To complete my deer, I attached a small piece of twine around his neck, attaching it with Glossy Accents.
For the leaves I used two pieces of white card and spritzed the first piece with Candied Apple and Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray Stains and the second piece with Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive. Dry the card and then die cut a selection of leaves using the Fall Foliage die.

Ink the edges with Walnut Stain and then spritz over the top of the leaves with Mica Spray and once again, heat dry.

Attach the deer onto your canvas using foam pads for dimension and then together with some floristry sisal fibres, layer the leaves across the canvas, placing them beneath the die cut deer.
I also punched out a few laurel leaf pieces from gold metallic card and placed these amongst the leaves.

Cut a strip of crinkle ribbon and dye with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stains before tying into a scruffy bow. Attach the bow to the left hand side of the leaf arrangement. I then created two pinecones from kraft card, using Tim's Tattered Pinecone die and attached these to the centre of the bow.
To complete the canvas, I added a Small Talk sticker and an adornment arrow and finally attached some gorgeous little sparkly crystals and some studs in each corner.

I hope you've enjoyed the creative process behind this autumn inspired canvas and as always if you do need any further inspiration, then you need look no further than our blog to see all the wonderful creations from all the very talented Design Team members and every week, one lucky random participant has the chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in and good luck....


  1. Gorgeous! Emma Love all the texture and detail on your canvas . Just the perfect background for your fabulous deer with his sparkly antlers and all those wonderful autumnal leaves so thoughtfully arranged. I can hear them crunching underfoot as I sit here admiring .
    Thanks for sharing and as always inspiring
    big hugs xxx

  2. beautiful panel Emma! Love that textured background so much! Great inspiration for fall!

  3. Wow Emma, this is gorgeous. I love it. xxx

  4. Gorgeous canvas Emma, the whole design of this is so pretty! I love the reindeer and the colours and textures are fabulous :-) LOVE it! ❤️

    Lols x x x

  5. Emma, another totally gorgeous canvas from you - you certainly have the knack for creating these beautiful pieces!! Love the texture, design, and the expert way you work the color and leaves and all across the bottom. hugs, maura

  6. Oh my this is gorgeous, Emma!! I love the background and amazing arrangement of leaves. Absolutely gorgeous as always!

    Cathie ♥

  7. Beautiful canvas ... background is amazing, and those fall colors just heart warming !

  8. Gorgeous panel! Love the way you did the background.

  9. Absolutely amazing. I love this panel even more than the rest of your projects. Love the background, paints, infusions, stencil, gold details, my lovely deer and the bunch of leaves. All together make a perfect project. As always... Hugs, Marzena

  10. This is beautiful Emma! Fall is by far my favorite time of the year!

  11. Fantastic, you never fail to amaze xx

  12. what a fabulous make. loving the pop of autumn hues from the leaves. gorgeous, hugs xxx

  13. Loving the transition this opens up to Winter too, Emma! How clever! The glitter antlers are STELLAR!! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  14. OMG this is spectacular, I love all the details and the texture, I want to touch it. Stunning canvas. Cx

  15. This is just beyond beautiful. So elegant and oh the color! PINNED!

  16. This is so stunning with all the texture, color and overall design! Thank you.

  17. This is so pretty! What a great scene you've created here! I love your talent for mixing rustic and bling. This is the perfect marriage of them both!

  18. Amazing scene Emma! Love so much the background, it's fab as always! barbara

  19. beautiful canvas Emma...this reminds me of our walks in the forest crunching through the leaves and the occasional sighting of a stag in the distance...hugs kath xxx

  20. Wow.. this is such a gorgeous creation, Emma. The texture and all the details you created are fabulous!b :)


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Emma ~xx

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