Monday, 24 October 2016

Autumn Textures - Simon Says Stamp Guest Design

Autumn Leaves Nikki Acton for Simon Says Stamp
Hello! Another project today as guest designer at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge . This week the challenge theme is Autumn.

I made a project recently using 4 ATC sized greyboard panels on a 6x6 inch panel and I loved the layout - so though I would repeat it! You can find the original here - same idea, very different though!

I started by taking 4 greyboard ATC's and scratching and cutting off the edges - an Andy Skinner trick! I then painted them all and the 6x6 inch base with black gesso - ensuring I stippled the paint for added texture.
Once dry I dry brushed white gesso over the surface to catch the texture. When fully dry I reached for some translucent paints adding PaperArtsy Banana over the panels and a little DecoArt Quinacridone Red around the edges. 
Once dry I adhered to my base panel.
Next I reached for Tim Holtz Mini Tattered Leaves dies cutting 8 and using various distress paints (Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Aged Mahogany and Fossilized Amber) to colour them. I added a few vein marks with a pen too. I covered them in glossy accents and left to dry.
I cut an extra little panel for the centre and painted it as the ATC panels - before adding a Small Talk sticker.


  1. I absolutely love this Nikki! what a gorgeous panel! just perfect to decorate your home during the autumn months! I thought you had used ceramic tiles! they the panels look so real and the colours and leaves are perfect!

    i love the one you made earlier too, very beautiful :-)

    Lols x x x

  2. Nikki this is gorgeous . Fabulous design- love the rough edges of the ATC and those autumnal colours are just lush . A very inspirational project you talented lady
    hugs x

  3. I recognise those wonderful techniques you used for your background and I love the gorgeous autumnal colours you have used. The leaves look amazing too! Anne xx

  4. This is gorgeous Nikki! Your textures are fantastic! I feel like I am looking down at grassy stones with the fallen leaves on them. Wonderful project!! hugs, Maura

  5. This is so pretty, Nikki! I love the deep rich colors of your leaves and the amazing background tiles. Beautiful!

    Cathie ♥

  6. Oh my! The panels look like stone! I had to watch the first project and your step by step tutorial to believe it's a cardboard! I am amazed. The colors are fabulous and those shining leaves are just perfect. Grat job! So happy to have you with us this month! Hugs, Marzena

  7. Gorgeous project, Nikki! I love how you made the leaves glossy! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  8. Such a lovely stone effect, Nikki. Especially loved what you did to the grey board panels.

  9. Fabulous project Nikki. What a lovely texture on the background, pretty colors, and an awesome way you treated the leaves with glossy accents. Really such a decorative piece of art.
    Thank you for sharing lovely pics and a small turorial.
    Hugs from Monica

  10. Huge Congrats on your Guest Designer spot Nikki xx Totally love the way you have created tis card and I love the colours.........Autumn is such a favourite time of year for me..............Fabulous

    Hugs Annie xx

  11. Wow absolutely love this Nikki, so perfectly Autumnal and the texture you've created is amazing too
    Donna xx

  12. This is quite incredible, it looks indistinguishable from slate!

    Lucy x

  13. The textures and colors on these are so fabulous!! I'm bookmarking this in the hopes of CASEing it some day!! Thanks for the tips!

  14. love your wall panel have truly captured the stone look...the perfect backdrop for the gorgeous leaves hugs kath xxx

  15. What a great piece! I love how you really brought the textures to life. This reminded me of beautiful fallen leaves on a sidewalk after an Autumn rainstorm. I especially like how you gave your leaves some shine!

  16. Gorgeous Nikki, love the texture contrasted with the glossy leaves, wonderful! Deb xo

  17. fabulous design Nikki! Love the panel and how you built it! the leaves are amazingand the chontrast you've created is so beautiful! Barbara

  18. This is such a fabulous textured piece of artwork and I love how you've captured a real feel of autumn with all the different elements ~ it's gorgeous Nikki! xx

  19. Love your beautiful creation! The texture and colors are fabulous! :)

  20. Gorgeous textured backgrounds and the glossy leaves look fabulous.
    Alison x


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