Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Autumn Leaves

Welcome to my second inspiration make for our Country View Challenge,  hosted by Jane, who chose Leaves (The leaves are falling) as the theme.

This time I created a journal page with Autumn colours:

Stamping into paste with stamps

Texture paste stamped into with ELB33

First I applied some texture paste and stamped into it before it dried completely with Paper Artsy ELB33 leaf stamps. Judging when the paste is ready is the most difficult and I did have a few false starts!

The texture paste I used was also an experiment, as I used the Cosmic Shinner Multi-Tex powder to make it. What is the point of making your own paste?

For me having a single pot of dry powder to make a custom recipe for a project means that I

a) need only one pot instead of  many AND

b) the product will not dry in the pot between uses because I don't use a particular product often enough.

In effect it saves me both space and money!

Dye inks are absorbed into pastes

Once the paste had dried I sprayed lightly with water and sprinkled Brushos powders. Unfortunately I had forgotten that dye inks do get absorbed in  texture paste and when dried the colour was very much faded...:

I put plan B in motion... which means using a pigment rather than a dye (something to do with the molecular size of the particles) so I pulled out my Paper Artsy Frescos and painted on several colours trying to match the colours I already had underneath.

For the focal point I sprayed Distress Oxide in Walnut Stain, which dried out turned out grey blue, I guess this is how this colour "oxidises"... Never mind, grey could work too.

I die-cut a bunch of leaves from remnants of Gelli prints with added inks here and there.

For the sentiments I used rub-ons to spell my quote, an in joke in our family hailing, in a roundabout way, from Game of Thrones.   

Over to you now, have a look at what the DT made on the Country View Challenge blog and link up your project to the challenge for the chance to win a £20 voucher for the Country View Craft shop.

Thanks for coming by,
I am entering the Inspiration Station (the colours and Autumn theme inspired me), Simply Create TooSweet Stampin', and the Alphabet challenges.


  1. A gorgeous Autumnal mixed media piece Christine, my favourite time to create for. And will be doing a bit of that for the next few days for the October shows, can say no more!

    B x

  2. The colours in this are fabulous! Thank you for playing at Sweet Stampin'. Tracey

  3. Fabulous Journal page, great leaves and autumn colours. I was fascinated reading about the texture paste have not heard of this powder before but think I might already be hooked! Thank you, and thank you for sharing with us at Inspiration Station, good luck. x

  4. Hello there, wow that's just stunning! Perfect for our challenge over at Sweet Stampin' this fortnight. Thanks for joining in with us.

    Sarah R
    Sweet Stampin' DT

  5. Awesome Journal page, I love the Autumn Season and you've captured the essence of Autumn in your design. Thanks for linking up with us at the Inspiration Station Challenge and we hope to see your designs often. Donna

  6. Oh that's beautiful - I love your colours and it was definitely worth the extra work to add the Frescos paints. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Deborah DT

  7. Such a fabulous creation. I enjoyed reading your process - and your fixes for when it didn't go according to plan. Great colours - and to create that frame for the leaves and sentiment - also loving the GoT inference in the sentiment. Thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge xx Lynda/Loopyloo DT

  8. Oooh lovely colours and texture. Autumn is definitely in full swing xx

  9. Fabulous page, Christine!!! I love the texture paste frame with stamped leaves!!! Great idea and technique!!! Have a nice weekend!

  10. Such a gorgeous make! I love the texture that you created with the autumn leaves - perfect 😀. Happy wishes! Hugs Jo x

  11. Ah mais j'adore !!!!
    Excuse-moi, j'avais épinglé ton post depuis longtemps, je me le gardais au chaud, et les jours ont passé... Voilà qui est fait, et cela valait la peine d'attendre d'avoir le temps de te lire, car ces explications sont toujours bien intéressantes, merci.
    D'autant que je suis tout à ait d'accord avec toi, un seul pot de texture vaut beaucoup mieux que plusieurs qui risquent fort de sécher !..
    Egalement d'accord sur le fait que les simples colorants ont tendance Ă©vnidemment Ă  se perdre dans ce genre de texture, ou s'affadir avec le temps malheureusement... A nous d'intensifier comme on peut ! :D
    Belle page donc, et super ton Ă©tiquette Lol! :)

  12. I so enjoyed reading the post and learnt lots. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration and the tips along the way. Fabulous creation, wonderfully mixed media and I love it x.