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Monday 16 October 2017

October Destination Inspiration - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello all! It's Alison here from Words and Pictures, ready to share what I've created with this month's travel bag contents. In case you need a reminder, here's what we packed this month:

Substrate - Corrugated Cardboard
Colour - Any Fall Colours You Fancy
Product - Crackle Paint/Paste
Technique - Die-cutting

And here's what arrived at my Destination Inspiration...

... a rustic hanging full of texture, autumnal colour and dimensional embellishing.

I started with corrugated cardboard torn from leftover packaging, and roughly applied some DecoArt crackle paint with a palette knife, after which I brushed gesso into the ridges.

I let that dry and crackle thoroughly before applying some colour to it with Distress Sprays and Infusions powders.

While it was drying, I took a piece of A4 kraft card and spritzed it with some more Distress Sprays - Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs are certainly all involved, and maybe some others. I sprayed and flicked some water droplets at it as I dried it to get a nice mottled effect.

From that kraft card, I cut all my leaves - some with the Layered Leaf and some with the small Movers and Shapers Mini Tattered Leaves.

All of them then went back through the BigShot inside the embossing folder which comes as part of the Texture Fades Layered Leaf set, giving them that textured veining.

I grabbed some pinecones to add to my autumn gatherings, and started playing around with the arrangement on the corrugated cardboard panel.

As you can see, I decided it needed another layer, so I inserted some book page tags, carved from one of my altered book projects ages ago. I'm still working my way through the pile of leftover pieces.

With all these autumn leaves, it wasn't long before I reached for my Autumn Edition quote stamps (PaperArtsy EAB04).

I stamped the quote on some separate cardstock, tore it out and inked it with Distress Inks (Antique Linen and Vintage Photo mainly), and positioned it in the centre of the panel. It then became much simpler to work out the composition of the other elements around it.

Some berries add extra autumnal colour to the clusters of pinecones.

Natural fibres create extra movement and catch the light.

A good inking of the edges of the corrugated cardboard gives it an extra weathered look.

You can still just about see those book pages in the layers of falling leaves...

... and all that crackle is still tucked away underneath.

There's some rusty wire at the top to hang the panel up by...

... and plenty of white spatter gives the whole thing a dusting of extra life...

... like a frosty autumnal morning.

This was one of those projects which I really didn't think much about - it just seemed to take shape on the table in front of me, and I love the end result.

I hope you like it too. Be sure to drop by again next Monday to see who's at Terminal 3 (and check out Anne's brilliant project at Terminal 1 while you're at it).

Before that, on Friday, there are some amazing projects on display from this month's Pinworthy guests - extra inspiration for Jennie's wonderful Crazy For Autumn Colour challenge... which I suppose all our Destination Inspiration posts are this month, since we're also playing with autumn colours. Given all that inspiration, we hope you'll come and play along!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great week.

Alison x


  1. What a gorgeous fall hanging Alison! Wonderful colors and textures - and, of course, the perfect sentiment from one of your new sets! I love the crackle on the cardboard! Julia xx

  2. The leaves look so real, perfect for your project. The cardboard background is wonderful as well.

  3. Such a fabulous hanger Alison! Love how the Kraftcard leaves turned out (one to remember) and the crackle, quote and embellishments work together beautifully to make this a really wonderful autumnal show piece! Great use of the travelbag content!

  4. You definitely captured a frosty autumnal morning with this gorgeous hanging, the leaves look so realistic and the fibres soften the whole piece beautifully. I really want to reach out and touch this! Fantastic use of the contents of the travel bag... and just the perfect quote! Anne xx

  5. Wow Alison! An absolutely stunning Autumnal piece. Love the textures and Autumn shades and the white splatters really do bring it all together for a frosty morning look.
    Fliss xx

  6. A beautiful DI post Alison xx I love the textures and the stunning colours.......the quote sits perfectly on your autumnal hanging.

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  7. Thius hanging is breathtaking! So beautiful!

  8. A frosty Autumn morning depicted to perfection right down to the frost on those lovely crunchy leaves! Love how it all came together, and the crackle on that corrugate is exquisite! A perfect backdrop for those wonderful words! Hugs!

  9. Rustic and crisp - feels just like fall!
    Sandy xx

  10. This is fabulous Alison . You have captured a real sense of autumn . The crackled corrugated background provides a wonderful rustic backdrop for your gorgeous leaves, so rich in autumnal colour and perfectly arranged around one of your quote stamps. Love all the white 'frosty morn' splatters .
    Fantastic use of the travel bag ingredients.

  11. Lovely textural piece that perfectly captures Autumn. Love the corrugated card and the colours are so warm and inviting . Love the sentiment. A lovely piece Alison. Tracy x

  12. Gorgeous design - love the tones on the leaves and the wonderful arrangement on that crackled corrugated card xx

  13. All the autumn feel is here, crispy textures, light fog, frost... and rusty colours. Beautiful!

  14. Absolutely incredible Alison! Its been a while since I inked up some kraft card and this really makes me want to have a go! I love the white corrugate and pine cones. Fantastic! Hugs, Autumn

  15. a snippet of Autumn all brought together beautifully, fabulous
    Amanda X

  16. Fabulous effects created with the Kraft card, like Autumn I too have neglected my Kraft and it only seems to show it's head during Winter Season. Love those embossed leaves, cones and berries with their gentle spatter of white frosting, amongst the mossy background it feels part of nature. A beautiful rendition of Autumn/Fall.
    Hugs & Wishes Tracey xx

  17. Oh this is just so beautiful Alison, I adore everything about it, you’ve really captured the spirit of Autumn so perfectly
    Donna xx

  18. So beautiful Alison - those leaves look so real - I love them!!! The whole assemblage is stunning - natural beauty that shines! Hugs rachel x

  19. Outstandingly,amazingly, Gorgeous!
    Jackie xo

  20. Alison, it is truly stunning, -the background, so gorgeous with your crackle, and the leaves you created looks almost real, in the craft paper you painted so beautifully. - I love it, the papers you used from button and up, the nature added, the fantastic coloring of berries, and the splashes ,making it all live. Such a magical autumn art hanger !!
    Hugs, Dorthe

  21. It is soooo beautiful project!!!!

  22. Beautiful Autumnal hanging Allison.
    Avril x

  23. This is so beautiful Alison. I can tell that it all came together without a fuss, but the conductor of the orchestra knew a thing of two. Fab textures, love the fibres and your quotes are the icing on the cake! Xx 😀

  24. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous Alison! Exquisite textures and colours and the absolute perfect quote to bring it all together, thanks so much for sharing it with us all, Deb xo

  25. Loving all the textural elements, the colours of those fabulous leaves and the fun layout. Great inspiration and techniques...Thank you x