Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag

Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag for Frilly and Funkie Challenge

Hello, my friends!  It’s a great day for a new challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  The lovely Autumn is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “A Little Rusty.”  With summer coming to a close, I’m having fun creating fall projects.  Rusty falling leaves are to be found everywhere on this mixed media chipboard tag.  Before we take a look at the project, let’s see what Autumn has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme: A Little Rusty

With the end of summer nearing, some of us have gotten a little rusty with our creating due to holidays and lazy days.  For this challenge let’s break out a rusty color palette in preparation for fall.  Whether you take the challenge literally and use rusted metal a faux rust technique, or just the color in your vintage or shabby chic project – the choice is up to you!  We can’t wait to see your creativity in full swing!
Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Chipboard Tag A Place in Time by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Product by Graphic 45 Photo 1
Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag…an Inky Good Time

As you can see from the photo, I had loads of fun with  this rusty challenge!

This 5″ x 11.25″ chipboard tag was languishing in my stash, so I used it. But you could easily use the Tim Holtz Etcetera Tags that The Funkie Junkie Boutique carries in the shop.  The thickness of this tag makes it perfect for mixed media projects like this one.

I’m sharing a step x step tutorial for this project over on the Frilly and Funkie blog this Saturday (Sept. 2). So today we’ll just mostly look at photos.

Rusty Falling Leaves are Everywhere

You can die cut these fun rusty fall leaves from rusted mesh using a Tim Holtz Tattered leaves die.  Tapped with various distress paints, they add a lovely texture and rustic feel to this home decor piece. For even more texture, I added ribbon, burlap string and a cluster of WOC Chrysanthemums…perfect for fall, don’t you think?

Rusty falling leaves found a home at the top of my tag as well.  They are clustered together with Rust Silky Crush Ribbon, burlap string, a vintage button and some painted metal leaf charms.

Rusty Falling Leaves and Rusty Layers

Building up this rusty background was a jolly good time.  There are so many layers of gesso, texture paste, rust paste, Distress Oxide Inks, Mica Sprays, and Distress Sprays layered behind this focal image.  Graphic 45’s Place in Time collection (the September pages) worked well with this rustic background.

Now It’s YOUR turn

Are you feeling a little rusty?  Well, you are cordially invited to join us for this rust themed challenge.

Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project following the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your lovely artwork up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog before midnight on Tuesday, September 12th.

The team will choose their top four favorite project.  The winner will be invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The next three will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Hope you’ll join me on Saturday over at the Frilly and Funkie blog for Saturday Step x Step!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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10 thoughts on “Rusty Falling Leaves Mixed Media Tag

  1. Jenny Marples

    What a gorgeous mixed media tag Kathy! I really enjoyed seeing how this came together on your step by step post – seeing how well the already wonderful papers combine perfectly with the pastes, inks and sprays is very inspiring xx

  2. Sara Emily Barker

    Gorgeous fall tag with that mixed media background peeking out has me so curious to see how it all came to be! Lovely papers, mesh leaves and lots of other gorgeous details! Makes me wish for cooler days! Sending hugs!

  3. stampersuzz

    I am feeling the cool fall breezes rustling through your beautiful tag! 🙂 Beautiful design and the warm autumnal colors are gorgeous!

  4. soozyb2013

    Excellent! All the texture you have got on there, pleasure for the eye to look at Kathy. I LOVE those Oxide inks and have nearly every colour. Haven’t had the chance to play much yet, but very soon. My paper pal and I have made a few tag backgrounds and they are sooo much fun to do. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  5. Helen

    Wow, Kathy, just the size of this tag is stunning. Loving all things Fall, how could I not like this design? It’s got everything September for the start of school! It’s got me thinking about a set of monthly tags highlighting a particular event/activity to package for a home decor gift. Just love the attention to detail with the various media. TFS

  6. sewpaperpaint

    How absolutely gorgeous Kathy! I can’t wait for the step out to see how you developed this stunning background. Your college elements are perfectly in harmony. You’ve done the theme well and I’m so thrilled to be a Frilly girl with you. <3 Hugs, Autumn

  7. Janet Saieva

    Wowsers Kathy…love, love, love this gorgeous creation! Your talent is unending! Waiting with bated breath for the tutorial! ⏰

  8. junephipps

    You have given me mountains of inspiration, all I need now is a tutorial on Time Management Skills! Are there more than 24 hours a day in America? lol How do you do it? Another showstopper Kathy. TFS
    Blessings from UK

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