Step by step for autumn elements


Hi there! The weather here in Finland is anything but autumn like, but still I'm grabbing these following three posts from the drafts. The posts consist of two projects and steps to create elements for them. They all were made for Craft Stamper, but the magazine seized publishing before these could make it to the magazine. So, I decided to wait a bit with them and now share with you!

I'm sharing these steps photos today and the two projects on two following days. The other project is a card, which you actually can see on the top there and other is a canvas style piece. Both of the projects have the elements you can find step photos here underneath! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great week!

Berry branches

Step 1. Make the stems and branches of the berry branches using wire. Cut a length of wire, manipulate it into a twig with one or two branches going over the form twice. Twist the wire lengths together for a sturdier twig.

Step 2. Use a thinner wire and wrap it around the twig. Use the same wire to add the berries. Thread the wire through a glass bead. Before pulling the length through the bead, add some embroidery thread inside the loop and a drop of glue to the hole in the bead. Pull the wire through, locking the bead in place with the embroidery thread and glue.

Step 3. Trim the embroidery thread shorter to resemble currants or the like. Then use black gesso to paint the branches. 

Board pieces

Step 1. Apply some Paper Texture paste using a silicone brush to a sheet of cardboard or chipboard. Go for an uneven application. Let dry or use a heat tool carefully to dry.

Step 2. After the first Paper Texture layer has dried, add another layer using a wood pattern stencil. Again, let dry of use a heat tool carefully to dry. 

Step 3. Paint the board using diluted black gesso, changing the amount of water you add to the paint. Add some brown areas using a brown ink and spread it using water. Go for a varying layer. 

Step 4. Cut the board into long pieces of various thickness. Use a sturdy knife and a metal ruler.

Step 5. Add some Matte wax "Old White" to the raised areas of the boards. This acts like old, weathered paint. 

Step 6. Finish the boards by adding brown ink around the edges to highlight the form. Ink the ends after you've cut the boards to a proper length. 

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