Frilly & Funkie – Fall Colors

fall-color-tutorialThe challenge is Fall Colors this week at Frilly & Funkie. Hope you’ll join us! I made this jumbo tag using Tim Holtz’s Sizzix leaf die, acrylic paints, distress and archival inks, and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). I started by cutting several leaves from grunge paper and then embossed them using different Sizzix embossing folders.

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I used lots of leftover scraps of grunge to cut the leaves, and then embedded them in gesso.  After it dried overnight, I started layering on various Golden fluid acrylics until I got the look I wanted.

I stamped some script here and there and added black archival ink over a flower stencil.  I was really tempted to stop there but still needed to ‘decorate’ so I went to another Sizzix die and favorite set of Tim’s stamps, Papillon.

Using manila card stock, I cut the Styled Label, inked and stamped it, then covered with UTEE. Same with the quote, printed on my computer, and another leaf (hit with paint, ink, and UTEE). I made several leaves intending to cluster them:


but then decided a single dangling leaf had more impact:

Linda’s rusty metal wire netting adds lots of texture. I cut a piece diagonally and adhered it with copper brads. The quote is hanging onto the wire with redline tape.

Won’t you join us at Frilly and Funkie for this color challenge? There’s a $25 gift certificate to Linda’s shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique, for a random winner, as well as a blog badge for the design team’s favorite.  The challenge is open through midnight Eastern Time on Tuesday, October 2nd, and you can make anything at all with fall colors.

I am also linking to Artists in Blogland, and looking forward to their new “Fall Fearless and Fly” challenge which starts on October 1st.

Thanks so much for the visit.  Have a great day!


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  1. Gorgeous colors of Fall — my favorite time of year. Fun techniques and great textural piece. Love!

  2. Marjie, I love the way that you’ve stuck down the leaves and blended them into the background. The colours are beautiful and rich too. The sentiment is great as well, you’re so talented. Michelle x

  3. So love your style! That is gorgeous! I am lovin it!!!

  4. oh, lol, I commented back on this post because I wanted to tell you that this tag is gor-ge-ous!!!

  5. HI there- back from Michael’s workshop. Which class did you take at AIY last year? I was there too- took the bottle class with him Sunday. I couldn’t attend this year- this would have been my fourth year in a row attending, so I messaged Kecia at Lemoncholy’s to see if she could squeeze me in Michael’s workshop for this weekend. Sorry for the long message- my computer wouldn’t let me hit the email link…. Small world. Are you going up to AIY again this year? I will miss all my art friends!

  6. Love how you “embedded” the leaves!!! Beautiful tag!!

  7. Beautiful autumn colours and textures – even your palette looks good! You might like to share your work on Mandarin Orange Monday too:)

  8. A glorious ode to Autumn and that single dangling leaf, that is my eyes is perfection.

  9. Gorgeous!!

  10. Wow! The colors on this are just out of this world! Really really fantastic work!

  11. love those fall colors!

  12. Maira Aguilar says:

    BEAUTIFULL TAG, MARJIE!!! The colors, the texture are amazing!! thank you for share it, step by step!!! I have to try and make one!!

  13. Stunning Fall colors! Love all of the layers.

  14. Very pretty!!

  15. Oh, Kathy…. I wasn’t familiar with that and just googled the story…. wow! What a powerful and beautiful story… thank you so much for mentioning it. I’m smiling just thinking of it.

  16. wow, love the color, the layers, the composition.
    You have captured fall in a completely amazing – gorgeous – fabulous piece.

  17. kathy/NorthCarolina says:

    Love the hanging leaf! Makes me think of the O. Henry story, “The Last Leaf.” Are you familiar with it? A good read…
    Fabulous, fabulous colors. I especially like the magenta hues…Looks like glorious fall maple…

  18. Wow, Marjie, I am absolutely drooling over this – the colors and textures are just gorgeous and I love your single hanging leaf. Thanks so much for taking us through the process of how you developed all those layers. A magnificent piece of art!

  19. Stunning

  20. Gorgeous! I would never have guessed the how-to on all those layers, and I’m so glad you posted the process. Thank you for sharing your genius!

  21. Love the texture & rich colours Marjie! Gorgeous!

  22. Good grief, this just takes my breath away! I am SO glad you did a step by step on this, if only to marvel at your creativity. Hugs, Buttons x

  23. Those leaves are gorgeous! Thanks for the tut!

  24. Marjie this is a miniature work of art 🙂 So beautiful. Love the colours and love that you took some process photos for us too!!

  25. Oh my goodness Marjie, both you and Anita have excelled yourselves with this challenge. Your colours are so exotic and gorgeous and the texture you have created with the leaves is amazing. That hanging leaf just finishes the whole tag off perfectly along with that lovely sentiment. A truly stunning tag. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  26. Ooh, I love it!! Those colors are awesome and I love the sentiment! And you can never go wrong with something rusty 😉

  27. Totally gorgeous colours on this Marjie! Love all the texture and that mesh is just divine. I need to find out if sending to UK would be too horrendous in terms of cost! Love the leaves but my favourite is the little hanging one – just stunning!

  28. Just a wonderful tag again, love the fall colors, the texture and the hanging leaf.

  29. wow loving the fabulous colours Marjie, your tag is gorgeous, xx

  30. Wonderful and colorful autumn scene Marjie. Beautiful colors. Really stunning work.
    Lovely greet

  31. Wow!!! It’s stunning Marjie! x

  32. I spent literally an hour trying to figure out how you achieved this tag after I saw it yesterday morning…so glad to see your step outs! This tag touches my creative soul…I love love love the texture and color combination! You are brilliant my friend, and your creativity astounds me!

  33. Your colors are so rich on this tag…sure hope our fall colors are half as pretty!

  34. What a great text did you use for this colourful autumn tag Marjie…love the layers of leaves…a very artistic tag!
    greetings, Alie 🙂

  35. I am falling for this tag! Love those leaves and so cool how you created the background! You are just so clever to have the one leaf hanging from the sign! Love this, GF!

  36. Marjie, the colors on this tag are absolutely beautiful! So bright and vibrant! I love it!

  37. I love it when you show all the steps. I never would have guessed all that was under there!

  38. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love the deep and rich colors! And so much dymension! Really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  39. At first I thought the color was TOO MUCH but the more I looked at it the more I realized that it represents exactly what I think is a perfect fall. Those super vivid- but rare- seasons and trees that just continue to take my breath away until they fade and the leaves fall. I love the juxtaposition of the shiny label on top of all that color and texture.

  40. Gorgeous tag, lovely rich warm colours. Love the leaf dangling from the side and great sentiment too. Tracy x

  41. Just beautiful, love the colours! Valerie