This is a little home decor item that I made. It is a miniature screen, 6 inches tall and 12 inches wide. It is perfect for sitting on a shelf, table, or desk.
This project is not difficult to make, but it does require a lot of "fussing." (A full supply list is located at the end of the post.) To begin. cut a piece of WorldWin Petallics Black Ore cardstock to 6 x 12 inches, and score at 3, 6, and 9 inches.
To make sure that your screen is sturdy, cut four pieces of chipboard to slightly smaller than 3 x 6 inches and attach them to the back of each scored panel of the Black Ore cardstock. (Use chipboard scraps or WorldWin Heavyweight Chipboard, painted with black gesso or covered with black cardstock.)
Trim four pieces of ColorMates Original Medium Coffee Brown cardstock to 2 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Rub the edges with brown ink. Attach the cardstock to the front of each panel. (The chipboard is the BACK of each panel.)
Trim four pieces of designer paper to 2 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches. Rub the edges with brown ink and attach to each panel. For my sample I used Graphic 45 French Country and Magic of Oz papers. (More details below.)
For the next step you need some drying time as we are working with modeling paste. You can find modeling paste at the craft store, in the paint supplies area.
Place a stencil with a brick design (or design of your choice) onto the third panel. Use a palette knife or an old credit card to smooth some modeling paste onto the stencil. Remove the stencil and wash it before the paste dries onto the stencil. Allow the paste on your paper to dry completely before continuing.
I masked off some of my panel and only added the brick design to part of the panel.
Once the paste is dry, rub it with various colors of ink to create the shading you wish.
Now comes the fun part! (This next part could be completed while you wait for your paste to dry in the above step.)
Using various fall-themed dies, cut shapes from the following Worldwin Papers cardstock: Petallics Gold Ore, ColorMates Original Deep Berry Red, Deep Orange Dream, Deep Terra-Cotta, Deep Mari-Gold, ColorMates Smooth and Silky Caramel, Elan Metallics Mocha, Treasures Deep Brown.
I had a good afternoon of die cutting. It took me about 20 minutes to cut this pile of items. Since I can only work about 15-20 minutes at a time right now, it was a good use of my time.
Select ink colors to complement the cardstock and "shade" your die cuts as desired. Again, you can sit and ink these up while you watch a TV show. I will explain how to create each cardstock element on the project, one panel at a time.
However, you must first create your title. I spelled out the word "FALL" with chipboard letters. If you wish to create a longer screen to enable you to spell "AUTUMN" or "THANKSGIVING," simply attach more panels to the basic one that we are making today.
For my project, I used some 2 1/2-inch tall chipboard letters that I found in my stash. You can use premade letters or die cut letters of your choice. I first painted each chipboard letter with two layers of black gesso (to prime the chipboard and seal it).
Once the gesso was dry, I rubbed each letter with clear embossing ink and then sprinkled the chipboard with Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder (Vintage Photo). I melted the powder with a heat tool. While the powder was still hot, I quickly sprinkled some areas with Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper Metallic embossing powder. Once the powder was cool, I rubbed the surface to activate the distress powder, and I also to rubbed some powder off, exposing the black gesso.
Note: The Tim distress powder has a matte finish while the Cosmic Shimmer is shiny. The contrast with the exposed black background of each letter makes my letters look rusty and grungy.
Now, let's create each panel.
For panel one (covered with Graphic 45 French Country Abundance paper), die cut two feathers from Elan Metallics Mocha and ColorMates Original Deep Meri-Gold cardstock. Ink with distress inks. Attach the feathers to the left edge of the panel.
Using postage-edge scissors, trim out a November postage image from Graphic 45 Place in Time November paper. Attach the postage stamp image to the upper right corner of the panel with dimensional foam tape.
Attach a chipboard "F" with dimensional foam tape to the left, bottom edge of the panel.
Using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, cut 6 "daisy" flowers from ColorMates Original Deep Meri-Gold cardstock. Ink as desired. Attach to the panel as shown.
From Graphic 45 French Country Banners, select the bee/clock element. Using a 1-inch circle punch, punch out the clock and attach it to the center of the flower with dimensional foam tape.
Shape the flower as desired. Make sure your flower does not overlap the next panel very much or your panel may not stand up properly.
Panel two is covered with the reverse print of the Graphic 45 French Country Abundance paper. Place the Graphic 45 French Country rooster chipboard element at the top center of the panel.
Use the Sizzix Pumpkin #2 die (or similar) to die cut a pumpkin from Colormates Original Deep Orange Dream cardstock. Ink as desired. Attach the pumpkin to the lower left edge of the panel.
Use Spellbinders Little Leaf and Fall Foliage dies to die cut small leaves and an acorn from ColorMates Original Deep Berry Red, Deep Orange Dream, Deep Terra-Cotta, and Treasures Deep Brown cardstock. Ink as desired.
Assemble three small leaves at the top of the pumpkin. Add a twine bow. Cover the knot in the twine with a chipboard "franc" from the Graphic 45 French Country chipboard sheet. Using dimensional foam tape, add the acorn to the lower left of the pumpkin.
Use dimensional foam tape to attach the chipboard "A" to the lower right corner of the panel.
For panel three you will need a 6-inch tall, fussy cut image. I used the Scarecrow image from Graphic 45 Magic of OZ Scatterbrained Scarecrow paper. This paper is retired and may be hard to find. You may have to find a different image from another source.
The paper I used for this panel is Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Yellow Brick Road (the reverse print). I attach the chipboard "L" to the lower right corner of the panel. I fussy cut the Scarcrow image and attached it to the panel with dimensional foam tape.
Before you attach your image, make sure you know how your panel will bend. Since my Scarecrow is off the panel, I had to make sure his head did not get bent and that the screen could stand properly on the table.
For panel four, I fussy cut the crows from the Graphic 45 Scatterbrained Scarecrow paper.
This panel is covered with Graphic 45 French Country Provance paper. I used the Spellbinders Cherry Blossoms branch die to cut branches from Treasures Deep Brown cardstock.
I attached the branches and a few more of the tiny leaves to the top of the panel. Then I attached the fussy cut crows to the branches with dimensional foam tape.
Attach the chipboard "L" to the lower right of the panel. Use the Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves and the Spellbinders Fall Foliage dies to cut larger leaves from the cardstock. Ink as desired.
Create a leaf bouquet on the panel as shown. Tuck in some of the branches and an acorn.
This project is a fun way to use up your cardstock scraps by using punches and die cut templates to create shapes. Using layers and ink, you can make unique elements for your projects. The vibrant colors of the WorldWin cardstock were perfect for my fall theme.
I hope you have enjoyed this fall decor project! I am happy to be able to create something new and blow the dust off some of my "toys!"
Petallics Black Ore, Gold Ore
ColorMates Original Medium Coffee Brown, Deep Berry Red, Deep Orange Dream, Deep Terra-Cotta, Deep Mari-Gold
ColorMates Smooth and Silky Caramel
Elan Metallics Mocha
Treasures Deep Brown
Designer paper: Graphic 45 French Country Abundance, Provance; Magic of Oz Yellow Brick Road, Scatterbrained Scarecrow; Place in Time November Cut-Apart
Cardstock elements: Graphic 45 French Country Banners
Chipboard: Basic Grey letters; Graphic 45 elements
Stencil: Studio 490 Brick Wall
Ink: Clearsnap Top Boss Watermark; Clearsnap Pigment Chestnut, Ochre, Roussillion; Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, Aged Mahogany, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey
Embossing powder: Ranger Distress Vintage Photo, Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper Metallic
Die cuts: Tim Holtz Writing Desk, Tattered Florals, Tattered Leaves; Sizzix Pumpkin #2; Spellbinders Little Leaf Sets, Fall Foliage, Cherry Blossoms
Punch: Stampin' Up 1" Circle Punch
Gesso: Liquitex black
Modeling paste: Liquitex
Twine: May Arts
Tools: foam brush, palette knife, Couture Creations handheld essentials, Provo Craft deco scissors
Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares; white glue