Friday, 19 September 2014

A Vintage Journeys new Challenge ‘The Colours of Autumn’

The Colours of Autumn Challenge

Make a project incorporating these beautiful colours, in a shabby vintage style

I love autumn my favourite time of year, such a beautiful season with an amazing array of colours, oranges, reds, rusts, browns through to pinks and purples, a bountiful time for many creatures preparing for winter, my Butterfly is preparing for hibernation in the leaves

 I started by applying DecoArt modelling paste to a piece of chipboard, spreading approx. 1mm thickness and drying with a heat tool to form a skin then stamped into it with Tim Holtz falling leaves

Once completely dry, I fixed to the back panel of the case with Glossy Accents
I then applied a variety of embellishments metal & fabric flowers to the inside with a heavy based gel medium I wanted to soften the metal case edge, so applied a braid trim
The decorative element on top was further embellished with Tim’s Crown & Wings from the Regal Adornments
 The inside was painted by starting in the middle with the bright orange then adding Quinacridone Orange and Burgundy to the edges to achieve an inner glow

The outside of the case and details were  painted with Americana Plum and Dark Plum
and highlighted with the Burnt Orange and a mix of this and the Bright Orange

The butterfly was stamped onto Ranger speciality stamping paper, then coloured with Tim Holtz Adirondack Alcohol inks Purple Twilight, Raisen, Pink Sherbet, Cranberry, Mountain Rose and Wild plum
Dripping onto the paper which's takes the inks beautifully and keeps the vibrancy of colour
 Finished with a coat of DecoArt Media Ultra Matt Varnish

The small butterfly was cut from Tim’s Mini butterflies movers and shapers die using chipboard and painted with the oranges, distressed around the edges with Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany distress inks
Covered with DecoArt Crackle texture and left to dry once the cracks appeared I applied Dark Plum to colour the cracks and wiped back the excess, the Papillon label was done with the same technique

I stamped the small leaves onto this paper too and coloured with Distress Inks Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, Aged Mahogany and Seedless Preserve

I hope you have enjoyed my project, please check out the other Design Team Projects on
A VintageJourney and we look forward to seeing your Colour of Autumn projects
Jools :)


  1. hello,
    Your creation is wonderful and brilliant explanation.
    The colors you used are very nice and I love the rendering.
    well done


  2. Another real stunner Jools and what a fabulous transformation! The colours just glow and the alcohol inks on the butterfly look incredible! Another amazing piece!!!

  3. Oh wow! That stamp impressed background is absolutely gorgeous and the vibrancy that the inks bring to the butterfly is so inspiring. Jenny x

  4. Well not the usual colors for fall... but when you look around and see all the little flowers purple is the color of so many of summer's last flowers color.... I love all the purple flowers in the fall season... you piece reminds me of that... and the BUTTERFLY... Love that to... soon our butterflies will be heading south and we will not be seeing them until spring... I love butterflies and dragonflies... they send love to my heart.. as does this piece... love it ... Love, Light and Peace... Bonnie

  5. Fabulous Jools, what a gorgeous butterfly hibernation spot. Love all the rich colours and textures you have achieved.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  6. The butterfly is just a joy to behold! I love the fabulous background you created with the paste and your colour choices are wonderful. Anne x

  7. Jools - this is so beautiful, to me the colors say late Autumn and I love how you have put a story to the piece.

  8. Fabulous step by step in your creation. Such rich warm colours, a beautiful piece.
    Julie x

  9. What a fabulous transformation! Jools, I love the texture you created by stamping into the paste and all the Autumn colors are gorgeous! Love it!

  10. Scrumptious leafy texture in the background and the colours are fabulously vivid - another brilliant make, Jools!
    Alison xx

  11. Love the background details and decor Jools. Stunning paint colours and the butterfly is the perfect finishing touch

    TFS and crafty hugs
    Annie x

  12. Wow Jools !! Stunning colours, textures and that butterfly is just fabulous. A wonderfully bright autumnal piece - fabulous!

    PS Apologies for the late visit - it has been an away weekend x

  13. Jools! This is positively stunning. Amazing what that fabric did for the outer edge. And the colors are gobsmackingly great.

  14. I had to come over from the Vintage Journey blog to get a closer look and your project is just magnificant!! Love the colors, textures, how you altered that Prima frame, everything!

  15. Wow! What a stunning piece of art! The colors do indeed remind me of autumn--these are the colors of my mass of purple coneflowers blooming like crazy right now! Your coloring on the butterfly is incredible!

  16. This is drop-dead, gobsmackingly gorgeous. I love the depth of color you achieved. Just gorgeous. Pinning for future reference!