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Friday, 26 September 2014

Autumn Inspiration


Thanks for popping over to my blog today, nice to have you visit and a warm welcome to my new followers. I gathered my inspiration from my garden and the thought of a beautiful morning walk through a forest, with all the changes of the leaves now started and my beloved little Robin - Ronald is in the garden every day with his beautiful song. 

Say Hi To Ronald

Autumn is finally upon us and not long now until the clocks go back and our dark winter nights will be upon us.


Thinking of Tim's different techniques I decided to use his stains for the effect I wanted of mottled leaves, so I first started by staining strips of paper with shades of distress, spraying with water and swiping through as Tim demo's on his blog. You will see in my photo the top strip is with one colour and as I add different stains the change in my paper. I repeated this process using different colours.


I next ran through my sizzix Tattered Leaves strip. Tim demo's to leave your die cuts in the strip whilst you add some more stamping for texture rather than doing all your leaves individually and it does make it so much easier. I used some gold embossing on some of my leaves, brown Archival stamped on others with rock candy crackle paint on top. Lastly some leaves I pressed Versamark into leaves of others and embossed for a glossy feel.


Next stage was to dry emboss them all to give a curl to them after I had distressed some of them around the edges.


My clock which is to symbolise summer time ending I cut out in corrugated card. This was stained and distress powders added to it for a rustic feel.



My background was made by using Sizzix musical notes embossing folder. I used colour core so I could then sand it back. I tore the edges and added some tissue tape too. I used the musical notes from the inspiration of my Robin singing in the garden. Also stamping some leaves onto my paper with Archival ink.




I built up my card up and added a little black soot around the edges along with a bit gilding wax.  Added my die cut Robin, sentiment and a couple of metal embellishments to finish.


Thanks so much to everyone for all your amazing comments on my last two posts, I am so grateful for each and every one. If I have not paid your blog a visit yet, please bear with me I promise I will get there.

Have fun creating,


Julie x

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23 comments:

  1. Good morning Julie, how sweet to have included Ronald in this gorgeous piece. The leaves are wonderful, they really look so crisp and give such depth. The nights really are drawing in now aren't they. Have a lovely weekend xx

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  2. Completely brilliant Julie and a great step by step too! An amazing amount of work must have gone into it, but the end result is so worth it! Wow, I love this!!

    Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at A Vintage Journey!

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  3. Love it Julie...your leaves and oh! So cute, Robin. The colores are muted, yet so autumn. Nice idea to use a clock here. Have a great weekend. Our love for corrugated cardboard is mutual!

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  4. Wow Julie, what a marvellous piece. I love Autumn and you have taken it to another level with this . Love it. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Wow! Amazing artwork, Julie! Gorgeous touches, love the pattern paper in the background. Thank you for stopping by yesterday ;) xxx

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  6. This is incredibly beautiful Julie, I love how you used the clock to signify the end of Summer time and the Robin is such a lovely touch. That is a great tip about embossing the leaves before you remove them from the strip and the different techniques you used on the leaves gives them such a realistic feel. This is one of those projects you want to reach out and touch.... really beautiful!

    Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at A Vintage Journey and congratulations too on your Pinworthy place. Anne xx

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  7. Absolutely beautiful Julie,wow this is so lovely,I especially love the little robin,never thought of doing that with that die cut!

    Have a great weekend

    Hugs
    Donna xxx

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  8. Hoi Julie,
    Heerlijk om te werken met de Tim Holtz materialen....en wat geef je weer een inspiratie!!! door je stap voor stap uitleg! Schitterend is het eindresultaat weer!
    Altijd erg genieten op je blog!!! Een fijn weekend en Groetjes van Gerie

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  9. Well Julie, visiting your blog has quickly become one of the highlights of my day. Each and every one of your projects is made with so much TLC and so many wonderful details! This card is no exception, absolutely spectacular! The idea is genius and the follow through is outstanding! I love every little bit of it and I thank you for showing us how you did it! big super crafty hugs :)

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  10. What a lovely clock, Julie! All those leaves framing the clock is such an Autumn delight. Oh I do love your little feathered visitor! Enjoy the weekend!

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  11. Fantastic fall clock. Love the clock leaf wreath. Wonderful details on those leaves. And that die cut robin is to "die" for :) Amazing job. -- Mary Elizabeth

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  12. WOW sensational piece, you really made those techniques work. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

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  13. Hi Julie :-) it's lovely to have you join in with us at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight. Adore the background and the paper looks great having been sanded. Those leaves are amazing and I love the idea of the weathered clock depicting the end of fall. Your Robin is so sweet and I too love their song.
    TFS and best wishes
    Annie

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  14. Wow, that's a breathtaking project - all the fabulous details. WONDERFUL ... and of course... Hi to Ronald :)

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  15. This is so gorgeous! I love all the fall leaves you put together to make the wreath and I love your little robin. Thanks so much for joining us at the Craft Room.

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  16. Wow..love your card...its just awesome. ..love every bit of it..leaves,background,robin n that sentiment. .and the the way you treated each..is amazing..you also inspire me to write with such beautiful details...iam always lazy to write in details :)..

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  17. What a lovely clock, Julie!
    So bautiful Autumn card .
    Greetings Doris

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  18. what a fabulous card, love the nature look and the sweet birdie Robin. Hugs, Kerstin

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  19. just lovely, what patience you have for create and arrange all those leaves! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi xx

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  20. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous piece with us at Craft-Room Challenge, I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

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  21. All of those leaves and the clock are just Fantastic! THX for playing in the ePlay Autumn Challenge!

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  22. Absolutely glorious autumnal wreath, Julie - wow! Well worth all that fiddly leaf-work! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

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  23. Fabulous and just so wonderfully autumnal. What a lot of work with all those wonderful leaves. Thanks for sharing it with us at A Vintage Journey for our Colours of Autumn Challenge. Jennie

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Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x

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