Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cooking With Cricut Challenge: The Colors of Autumn

Welcome to Autumn -- well not officially!  The "official" start of Autumn is September 23, but we're kicking it off a little early this week at Cooking With Cricut.  Melin challenged the Design Team to use the colors of autumn in our projects this week -- reds, oranges, yellows, greens and browns.  So, in the hopes of encouraging some cooler weather here in sunny Florida, I decided to make a Fall wreath. 

Here's what you need:
  • The inner ring from an 18" wooden embroidery hoop.
  • A couple dozen leaves in a variety of colors and sizes -- I cut mine from the Create-A-Critter cartridge.  They range in size from 4 1/4" to 5 1/2" wide.
  • Hot glue gun.
  • Rubber stamping inks to "antique" the edges of your leaves -- I used "Cosmic Copper" Brilliance pigment ink pad by Tsukineko and an Archival Ink "Russet" ink pad by Ranger Industries.
  • Spray Glitter by FloraCraft.
  • 1 1/2" wide wired ribbon -- mine was a variegated ribbon that has a lovely metallic shimmer; purchased at Michael's a year or so ago.
  • "Sparkle Gold" and "Super Russet" PearlEx powders by Jacquard Products.
I had an awful time getting a good photograph -- it looks MUCH better in person -- and this wreath still needs something.  I'm just not sure what yet . . . it looked much better in my mind's eye!  LOL!

I cut the leaves out and brushed the edges with rubber stamp ink.  Some of the leaves were sprayed with the Spray Glitter and then while they were still wet I flicked some PearlEx powders on them randomly.  After everything was dry, I hot glued the leaves to the wooden hoop, tied a ribbon and viola!  A quick and easy wreath to hang in my foyer.

There were quite a few leftover leaves -- I think I'll hit them with some UTEE (ultra-thick embossing enamel) and make some some cards or hmmmm . . . . maybe some napkin rings!

I hope you'll link up your Autumn Colors project at Cooking With Cricut this week.  We'd love to see what you create!  Melin has also put out a Design Team call -- check it out, we'd love to have you join our team.

Happy Fall, y'all!

~ Jen


Nita T. said...

This is beautiful! What a wonderful Fall decoration - I'm thinking I may need one for my house. :) I know what you mean about things looking better in person - I can never get my camera to capture my creations either. :)

Lisa said...

WOW, this is so creative and beautiful, Jen! I absolutely love it! What a great idea for Fall decorations! Thank you for sharing!! :)


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What a beautiful fall wreath. You did a fabulous job.
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So beautiful Jen! Great decoration for a front/main door!...I too know how much better things look in person!
Thanks for always being so super sweet!

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Hi Jen, love your wreath! I may have to make one of these for my house. Thanks for the tip on the challenge. I when over and linked up my card. :)

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Bee-utiful handmade Autumn wreath. Make sure you display it for people to see.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"