Fall Burlap Canvas

This is that time of year where this Florida girl is ready for some cooler temps and some sense that it's fall time. I find that if I decorate the house with all sorts of fall accents, it helps. So this weekend, all the stuff is coming down from the attic and going up!

I decided to make a new home decor piece for the house this year and I'm entering it into Inspiration Emporium's "Fall is in the Air" challenge. I used lots of great products you can find at InspirationEmporium.com like Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and texture fades, Ranger's Distress Paints and Stains, and Tim's Idea-ology findings.

Here's a look at my Fall Burlap Canvas and how I created it.

I started with an 8 x 10 burlap canvas from the craft store.

I painted the outer area with some deep red acrylic paint, then spritzed it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray.

I balled up two pieces of Kraft Glassine to create crinkles.

Then smoothed out both pieces and inked over the surface with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

After gluing both pieces of Kraft Glassine to a 7" x 9" piece of card stock with strong glue stick, I trimmed the excess, let the glue dry completely, then stitched a double stitch around the edges.

 Eventually I inked the outer edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Now it looks a little like worn leather, don't you think?

Next I adhered a wide dark brown linen ribbon across the seam of the two pieces of glassine, then layered some pretty lace over that, wrapping it around to the back side. I glued the glassine unit down to the canvas, centered, then added four corner adornments with strong glue.

I was so inspired by Richele Christensen's wreath featured on Tim Holtz's blog last week, I knew I had to make something with the new Layered Leaf die. Like Richele, I cut three pieces of manila card stock for my leaves. I didn't take a photo of how I colored them, but it's pretty similar to Richele's method with Distress Stains.

After cutting them out with the Layered Leaf die, I ran them through the coordinating Layered Leaf texture fade (which comes with the die, yay!). 

I inked over the raised surfaces and around the outer edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Then, to give them an even more natural look, I did Tim's "spritz and flick" technique by flicking water droplets over areas of the leaves.

After the droplets sat there a minute, I blotted them with a paper towel and then dried the leaf with my heat tool. I love how this looks like a real leaf.

To adorn my canvas, I created a layered frame for my stamped sentiment using the Baroque die and the Baroque Mover and Shaper insert. Then ran each through the Springtime background texture fade, sanded the surface and lightly inked with Gahered Twigs.

The stamp is called "Give Thanks Subway Art" by Stampabilities for Hobby Lobby. I stamped it with Coffee archival ink, cut around it closely and popped it up with foam tape onto my textured frame.

I layered the leaves with a fall pick from the craft store first, then created three pinecones and greenery from Tim's Tattered Pinecone die.

I gave everything a spritz of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray for some added texture and shimmer.

I used a Seasonal Chit Chat sticker inside an ornate plate with a bit of coordinating green card stock in the background.

A big green linen bow with added twine goes across the top.

Now I can hang it on the wall, or place it in a pretty stand on my foyer table to welcome those who visit me during this wonderful season.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope YOU'RE enjoying some fall temperatures where you are.


  1. Beautiful! You captured fall perfectly. Loving the glassine leather look. Isn't that die fun! It is still in the 90's here so no fall here either. Thanks for sharing.

  2. wow, wow, wow!! This is breathtaking! Your leaves are amazing, they look so real and the burlap canvas is such a great backdrop! Your embossed panels, your touch of nature, it all just screams autumn!! I love it all! :)

  3. Wow your leaves are totalling amazing. Fab project must sign up to follow.
    Julie x

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! You are amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE the fall colors and the way you grouped the leaves together. I also love the way you used the glassine! Brilliant! So much texture and loveliness!!! Lovely!!! I'm glad you shared it with us at the Inspiration Journal!!!

  5. Gorgeous, Annette! Makes me wish I could be in the Smokies for the fall leaf change. :::sigh:::

  6. As always this is another gorgeous creation of yours! You are truly talented and I always enjoy your creations!!

  7. This is so beautiful. Thank you for the tut. so many times I buy a new product, in this case the glassine paper, and by the time I go to use it I don't remember how. Sometimes I even forget that I have it. lol. Thanks for the inspiration and the instructions.

  8. It looks great.....I love it! Since I live in Florida too, I definitely love when we get a bit of a cooler temperature and break from the constant heat. I love the colors of Fall and love to decorate my house with those colors as well. You do such a great job on all of your projects and would love to come to one of your classes. I live very near by you, so I can't wait to meet you someday!

  9. The colors of fall are my favorites. I live in Arizona so understand the heat thing. Just love all that you did with this canvas - turned out fantastic - TFS

  10. Wow Annette this is absolutely stunning!!!!

  11. I think a lot of us have fallen in love with the new leaf die... Your canvas is truly stunning, from the burlap to the glassine and those beautiful leaves. It is one of those pieces just want to touch... Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at Inspiration Journal! Anne x

  12. beautiful!!! I really love this and I need that leaf die. Need I tell you, not just want. ;-)

  13. Gorgeous, the canvas is awesome, many thanks for this great inspiration!! Hugs, Kerstin

  14. The pine cones and the leaves together look really pretty! I love the glassine paper background also.


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