Monday, October 10, 2011

Autumn Leaves

It is my turn to host the How Much Is Too Much challenge. October is such a beautiful autumn month. One of the things I love about autumn is all the textures you find in nature during this time of the year: all the leaves and the different colours, everything being made more apparent by the clear air. Few things are more beautiful than the reflection of autumn trees in a calm lake. My challenge is called 'Beautiful Autumn', and I want you to use:

- Leaves in some form (embellishments, patterned paper etc.)
- Paint, ink or mist to add a bit of texture to your page
- Distressed edges
- Something orange
- 10 jewels, pearls or beads (for the date)
- 10 ribbons (also for the date)

Check out what the team did on the blog. I hope you will play along with us!

The layout was also inspired by two Stamptoberfest challenges on Two Peas (Beautiful Leaves and Distress, Don’t Stress). The first one is to combine alcohol ink and leaves, and the second one to use Distress products.

I had fun creating texture and playing around with leaves on this page. The background is watercolour paper, which was first sponged with paint through a tree stencil. I used a really old leaf stencil and applied gesso on the cardstock through the stencil using an old plastic card, resulting in dimensional leaves. Then the background was coloured with Distress Stains (Wild Honey, Crushed Olive, Fired Brick), water and a bit of Perfect Pearls. I also used leaves stamped on alcohol inked glossy cardstock. At first I had no idea of what to do with 10 ribbons, but then I got the idea of cutting 10 green scraps of ribbon into small scraps and using them as grass. The 10 jewels were used in the title and on the trees. Here are some close ups:

Supplies: Hero Arts Real Leaves LL684, Home Sweet Home ST513; Studio Calico label stamp; Distress Stain: Wild Honey, Fired Brick, Crushed Olive; Adirondack paint dabbers: Red Pepper, Espresso, Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange; Adirondack alcohol ink: Butterscotch, Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange, Red Pepper, Peach Bellini; Panduro tree stencil; Plaid leaf stencil; BG letter stickers; Hambly screen print; MM bird charm; DMC floss; watercolour paper.


  1. This is an awesome Autumn layout Anna-Karin love all the texture with the paste leaves and then the cut out leaves. Beautiful!!! Unfortunately we don't have Autumn as such here in QLD Australia but I loved the challenge anyway.

  2. Your gesso leaves are amazing! Love the whole page!


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