The weather has been rather fickle of late. We've been blessed with some lingering summer weather, but we are also welcoming some much cooler weather - not quite the norms for this time of the year, but I'm so grateful to live in a place where we are blessed with all four seasons.
The garden is done and we're beginning to see the leaves change color and fall from the trees to be blown about in amazing dances in the wind. That being said, the Creative Cutting Challenge theme for the week is FALL! And it's the perfect moment to begin adding some Fall decor to the house and front porch.
This project begins with a background piece of my own design, created from basic shapes in eCal. I've used some Kraft colored stock for the back and some Echo Park paper from an old paper pack. The canvas heart is from Canvas Corp.
The leaves are from the Fall Leaves SVG file by Creative Pointe and the sunflowers are from a 3D Mums and Fall Flower collection by SVGCuts. The branch is a free file also from SvgCuts.
The leaves and flowers all started out on white vellum and white cardstock. I was able to control the colors, mix and blend using the eBrush and some Spectrum Noir markers. I cut two sets of leaves. One grouped for the top layer (cut in cardstock) and the other was just the base layer (cut in vellum). After "painting" the desired colors let the leaves dry thoroughly before adhering the layers together. Run the top layer through the Xyron X for a quick and easy way of getting all of your leaves ready for adhering to the branch. Color the pieces for each flower as desired. You could use mums or any of the other flower files you see that are dimensional.
Using the Union feature in ecal, join two branches together to form a solid branch that spanned nearly the whole 11.5 inches of the plaque. I cut it three times. I used the ebrush to color them on both sides (you could use brown paper) then glued two branches together leaving the twigs unglued. I used the Woodgrain Cottage TC embossing folder on the remaining branch. It's perfect since the folder is 8.5 x 11 inches! Using the eBrush, I colored it on both sides and glue it to the other two branches, leaving the "twigs" and ends free. You can fold and carefully manipulate the smaller branches.
I used a liquid glue to add the leaves randomly on the branch. Added the sunflowers and the plaque is ready to add a hanger. One of the options I've used in the past is to hot glue a pull tab from a soda pop can for your hanger.
You'll need papers of your choice
SVG Files: Fall Leaves, 3D Mums andFall Flowers, Cherry Blossom (free)
Plaque or shadow box
Electronic die cutting machine
Hot Glue gun
Xyron X - permanent adhesive