Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Fall Framed Panel

 Hello friends!

So happy to be here today to share another project I created with Crackling Campfire!  One thing I love about Crackling Campfire is how it pairs so beautifully with my favorite Speckled Egg.  It's like they were meant to be together!  Todays project spotlight features a grungy woodgrain background and leaves cut from a few Sizzix Thinlit dies.

Lets get started!

I'm using a Framed Panel for the substrate.  To start I painted the Frame itself with Speckled Egg Distress Paint and let it dry. Once completely dry, I wiped Texture Paste Crackle on the corners and let it dry for at least 30 minutes.  Set aside.

For the background of the panel:
  1. Adhere Woodgrain paper to the panel back with Collage Medium.
  2. Paint the surface of the Woodgrain with Distress Paint Speckled Egg.  NOTE: I painted it on, then wiped over it with a wet wipe to thin out the color and let more of the grain show through.  
  3. Once dry, rub Pumice Stone ink pad over the surface to bring up the grain pattern.  
  4. Using your finger, wipe on Texture Paste Crackle in random spots.  Immediately lay a stencil next to the Texture Paste then using a Palette Knife add more Crackle Paste through the stencil.  Repeat.  Then set aside to dry for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Using a damp paint brush, add Distress Crayons Walnut Stain and Peeled Paint over the Texture Paste to bring out the crackle finish.  Dab away any excess with a wet wipe.  I did the same technique to the Frame that had been set aside to dry.
Add the Framed Panel over the background with Collage Medium.  Set aside to dry.
Color a few Mixed Media Heavystock cards with Distress Spray Stain.  I used Crackling Campfire, Speckled Egg and Fossilized Amber, plus Oxide Spray Speckled Egg.
Cut out different shapes and sizes of leaves using the Skeleton Leaves and Fall Foliage Thinlits.
Layer the background of the panel with:
Salvaged Tag (string added) 
Lace Baseboard Frame (rubbed with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon)
Clock from Urban Layers pack (Evergreen Bough Distress Crayon rubbed in the middle of the clock)
NOTE:  This photo shows a Label Frame that I was testing...so many choices!  In the end I decided to use the Quote Chip instead.
Add the first layer of leaves to the collage.  I cut two of the same leave shape so it could continue down below the words that will be added next.
I love the sentiment on this Quote chip! I rubbed it with Walnut Stain crayon, then cut the right end like a flag and added the Tiny Clip on the left end.  It was added to the collage with 3D Foam Squares.
I added a few pieces of ephemera from the Field Notes Ephemera Pack plus the small leaves to fill in.  The 82 strip is from Layers Urban (same as the clock).  I colored the little bird from Field Notes with Distress Crayons and a paint brush.

You can see the layers of the leaves and the Baseboard Frame.  I used 3D Foam squares behind some of the leaves for depth.
I love the way the Framed Panel turned out.  Perfect for a Fall display.

I also love the leaves in the piece and it couldn't be any easier to make them using the papers colored with ink.  I sure hope you will try it.
Now carry on,


  1. This framed art piece is beautiful! For me, that is really saying something, because orange and brown are some of my least favorite colors. I tend to like Spring colors, but this is so balanced and textured, I can't help but love it.

  2. Paula, the combination of Speckled Egg and Crackling Campfire is incredibly beautiful and what you have created here is gorgeous. The crackle is my favourite bit and I just love the layered elements.

  3. So good, I love the color combinations used...some of my favs too. Definitely a must make...thanks for the tutorial...

  4. This piece caught my eye as soon as I saw it on the live and I've been waiting for your tutorial! I'm more shabby chic so the colors and style of your piece caught my attention immediately. I call it shabby chic meets vintage!!! I just LOVE the contrast and emotional effect of the speckled egg (soft, calm, cool) and the fire of the campfire ink. Striking. Although I really like a lot of projects I see, not many evoke a deep emotional reaction like your piece here. It's like looking at a really good piece of art. There's so much about this piece that I just enjoy staring at and taking in every element and then the whole piece in total. And that quote ... perfect reminder for me right now. Thank you, Paula, for sharing the tutorial on this. I'm going to give at least some of it a try.

  5. Stunning, love the process and the finish result is stunning.x

  6. Love this, Paula! I am excited to see the fall leaves change color for the first time in my life now that we've moved to the north GA mountains! We've already got some maples, blackberry and blueberry bushes changing colors and the locals say that means a cold winter!

  7. I love this, Paula!!! Leaves and a bird, so perfect!!!

  8. I just love all the texture, great Autumn colors in the leaves, fabulous!

  9. I have my supply list complete (except Crackling Campfire...still waiting) although my Illinois craftroom isn’t (working at the kitchen table, until then), but I am going to pretend I am in one of your classes, just like the ones at the Crafty Scrapper and I’m going to follow your tutorial to make this lovely, lovely project!

  10. Oh my word I love every thing and detail about this...so gorgeous Paula and of course pinned.

  11. The leaves look like they're on fire!! I love the new colors! Beautiful work, as usual, Paula.

  12. This is gorgeous. So much depth. I love how keeping the backgound neutral it allows those leaves to pop!