By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor, Peg Rounds from Peg’s Crafting Corner.
I was literally counting the days to fall this year. It is one of my favorite seasons. It’s still early yet so we aren’t sure how pretty the trees will be this year, but there are some showing their beauty a little. While doing some creating this week I made some 3-d pumpkins to display around the house and it got me to thinking how cool it would be to make the pumpkins and put them on a layout. This was the inspiration that lead to this layout and I wanted to share it with you so you can, also, add some fun dimension to all of your fall layouts this year.
I started by printing 3 of my favorite fall pictures that I took this week and cutting them using a leaf punch. I, also, cut 3 leaves from patterned paper (Simple Stories Harvest Lane Basics Kit used here) to use as a mat behind them. This adds a different look to the layout besides the traditional square or circle mat we often use. These were taped to the wood patterned paper from the Simple Stories Kit using a tape runner.
Each circle was, then, scored down the center and folded in half.
After fastening 6 folded circles together, I trimmed off a small section from the bottom so the pumpkin would sit up and to make them look more like a real pumpkin.
Using (4) 4” pieces of gold wire; I wrapped each one individually around a stylus and carefully slid them off to create the vines that are often found on pumpkins. These were adhered behind the pumpkins using Aleene’s Tacky Glue before the pumpkins were fastened down permanently.
After gluing down the wire vines, I adhered one side of the pumpkin, as shown in the top picture, using a tape runner. I ran another piece of tape down the other side and folded it open and fastened it to the layout. Now, I “fluffed” the pumpkin open to give it a round shape.
I repeated these steps to create a second pumpkin and adhered it to the right side of the layout.
I hand cut 2 stems from green cardstock with a pair of scissors and glued them above the pumpkins making sure to slide part of the stem down behind them.
At this point, I couldn’t find my small leaf punch to create the leaves for the pumpkin so I had to find something else to use. Crafters are often looking for ways to use punches they already own in different ways and I had to do that, too. I grabbed my Martha Stewart Flower and Stamp Punch and punched 2 flowers from the Simple Stories Harvest Lane Basics Kit and cut them in half so I could use the 2 petals as leaves which worked out great for this layout.
I used white acrylic paint and a paint brush to paint the words onto the layout and then added a little outline with a smaller brush and an antique gold paint. This provided a little shadowing effect on the lettering to help them not only to stand out, but also blended the white more into the fall colors running through the layout.
This is a fun way to add some dimension to your layouts and celebrate the season. The next time you are at a loss of how to create a different look to your layouts dig out your favorite supplies and use them in different and unique ways.