It’s here! It’s finally here! Fall has officially arrived and I could not be happier! To celebrate the onset of this, my favorite season, I have created a Welcome Fall Wall Hanging using elements from Crafty Secrets.
For the base of my wall hanging, I used a piece of beautiful Crafty Secrets ivory chipboard . These super smooth shaped pieces of coaster board are 9″ x 5.5″ and come ready to use for all kinds of wonderful projects. You can cut each coaster in half and use it as a cover for a mini album or purse. You can decoupage on them, ink, mist and emboss them, stamp on them…really the only limit for their use is your imagination. Sandy has these on sale for under $1 each…which is an amazing price for such high quality chipboard.
I ran the coaster through my machine with an embossing folder. I was a little worried if it would take the embossing, as it is such lovely, thick chipboard…but it embossed BEAUTIFULLY! Next, I took out my Distress Inks and sponged on a bunch of different fall colors, and finishing by sponging the edges with a little Gathered Twigs DI. While I had my machine out, I also ran some corrugated cardboard through with the Tattered Leaves die, and some fabric through using the Tattered Florals die. These were liberally inked, spritzed and sponged…and my hands are still stained from all that good inky fun!
Next on the agenda was the lettering. Since I have been collecting Crafty Secrets goodies for so many years, I just happen to have several of their wonderful booklets. These letters came from the Renaissance booklet, but you could easily substitute letters from the Altered Alphabets booklet and they would look wonderful. I don’t have that one in my stash, so I used the one I had. The really exciting thing about these booklets is that they are on sale, first come, first served for only $1.95 each! I bought mine for the original price of $6.95, and felt I was getting a bargain because there are 32 pages of gorgeous typography, images and words in each booklet. There are several sizes of each letter, and a generous supply, too.
After tearing the letters I wanted out of the book, I distressed the sides lightly and then inked them pretty heavily. I covered them with Versamark and UTEE and then heat set them. They look like cracked porcelain tiles, and are so beautiful in real life. They are hard to photograph up close because the UTEE finish tends to come out really shiny in the photos.
This sweet little detail is taken from the Autumn Blessings Vintage Cuts. And these are also all on sale, for under $1.00. Yes…you read that correctly. Each sheet of Vintage cuts contains 16 images printed on very high quality cardstock. It has a semi-glossy finish and you can literally just cut these out and put them on a project. Being me, of course, I had to distress, ink and emboss…but look how beautiful it is clustered with these leaves.
Here’s a close-up of the detail on the opposite side of the Welcome Fall wall hanging. I picked this pin up at a yard sale for a quarter a couple of years ago. While I was putting this project together, I was looking for something to add a little bling and sparkle…and I remembered this pin. I was thrilled with how perfectly it matched the colors. And I love that sweet little ladybug climbing up the stem of the aster. You can click on all these photos for larger views if you’d like.
I finished my Welcome Fall Wall Hanging by adding this fun tattered flower to the top of the hanger. It just makes the whole project come together. These are so fun and easy to make and much less expensive than the flowers you buy at the store. Plus, you can color them to match whatever you are creating, which is a real perk.
If we do a little quick math, I figure I made this wall hanging for under $4…but that is only if I had used all the letters and images in the booklets and the cuts, which I did not do. A more realistic price is more like $1.25!! Now that, my friends, makes for very affordable gifting! With the holidays right around the corner, you could make a lot of wonderful hand-made presents for a very small amount of money. Since the booklets have so many different themes, you could make gifts for just about any occasion. This wall hanging only took a few hours to complete, too.
So, do you make a lot of your gifts for friends and family? I think we are trending toward giving handmade items over items that have been mass produced, and I have to admit. I like the trend. How about you?
Thanks for taking the time to stop by the blog today. I hope you get time to go outside and revel in these gorgeous fall days. I so appreciate your kind comments…they make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers! Until next time,