I always anticipate the arrival of Fall, when my home turns into an open door gathering place, welcoming family, friends and neighbors. That gave me the idea for this project, to create a welcome sign to greet my guests at our courtyard's front gate. I wanted to use a mix of rich textures and soft muted colors, all inspired by Autumn.
Technique 1: Paper Pleating
I love how girly and ruffly the paper becomes after a few simple steps. For the base of my sign, I cut clothing patterns into long 2 inch wide strips, and gathered the paper, making lots of pleats as I sewed one side. (you can achieve the same look by using a stapler, and stapling every couple of pleats too.) Then glue them to the edges of my chipboard page. After the glue dries, you can fluff up the paper and I also added a piece of dark brown lace over the top of the gathered patterns.
Next is the fun part! Using the 2nd. chipboard page, I used a mix of papers, textured wall paper, tulle and fabric to create layers. I lightly distressed the edges of the papers. Once all of the paper layers were in place and adhered, I added 2 types of trim, one beaded and one upholstery tassels. (i love touchy-feeling elements of paper projects!) Once I was done layering all of the paper onto the chipboard, I used E6000 glue to adhere both of the chipboard pages together.
Technique 2. Stamp Ink Masking
For the title, I really wanted it to stand out a bit, so this was the perfect chance to layer using various textures rather than just papers. I started with a plain piece of shaped cardboard, painted the cardboard and then sanded down the edges and used a masking technique with a paper doily. I loved the texture of the cardboard and didn't want to cover it up too much, so I placed a doily in the middle and blotted a gold ink pad over the top of the doily. It created this light dainty pattern, which I loved!!
This is a quick tutorial to make your own handmade flower! I love an unexpected splash of color, and flowers are always pretty adornments!
Technique 3: Flower Embellishment
1 piece of fabric cut into a strip (mine was 8 in. long)
needle and thread
1. Cut 5-6 scallops into the piece of fabric
2. use a running stitch to sew the length of the strait part of fabric
3. gather the ends of the thread, pull fabric tightly together and knot
4. gather the yarn into a loose ball and stitch into the center of the flower
5. sew a few beads into the center of the yarn, and knot the thread again.
I finished my sign with a few extras, a thirfted crocheted doily, a couple of leaves and a row of buttons. I'm always looking for pretty found objects that will fit into my Fall theme! Hope this inspires you to create something Autumnish this season! xo~ Tara