Sunday, October 19, 2014
ABAC Challenge 40-Springing into Fall
Hello there! Fall is in it's full glory in southern Indiana and I couldn't be happier! This is my favorite season for so many reasons. I love the beautiful colors that seem to appear overnight; the air is somehow 'cleaner' and cooler, and it is the perfect time for campfires. So needless to say, I chose to do a fall project for Anything But a Card's Autumn Magic Spring Wonder challenge. Of course, if you are on the other side of the globe, Spring may be inspiring you to make something equally colorful but in a different way! I hope you will join us in celebrating both Spring and Autumn with a project of your own!
I knew immediately what my project would be. We have two wonderful friends who have done so much to help us over the past year, and while I know I can't repay their kindness, I can reciprocate with a special thank you gift! I bought an unfinished wood birdhouse to alter for a fall decoration.
I started with a base of light blue acrylic paint to match the mixer in their kitchen. DD#1 took one look and said "Isn't her mixer more of a greenish color?" AHHHH! So on went a coat of Bahama Blue acrylic paint which is a cross between mint and turquoise. This was deemed closer to the shade of the mixer. The roof was painted with Antique Copper metallic acrylic paint and the base was painted espresso brown.
I glued a large piece of aluminum foil to some printer paper, then cut the pieces to fit the dimensions of the roofs. These were painted with the antique copper paint, set off to dry, then ran through the Fancy Fan embossing folder. It made a pretty cool shingle-like pattern. I added some bahama blue accents to the foil roof to give the oxidation effect. The blue/green house was given a generous coat of clear rock candy crackle paint to age the paint job to match the roof. When the crackling was finished, I brushed on some crumb cake ink to fill in the cracks and age it a bit more.
My final touches were adding a few punched leaves in pumpkin pie, real red, and chocolate chip dsp. and some buttons. I rubbed a little of the copper paint onto two vintage buttons and threaded some coastal cabana bakers twine through the holes.
The ultimate compliment came when DH declared the house to be really cool! He couldn't believe that I made the roof. :)
Whether you prefer Spring or Fall, I hope you will join us in this month's challenge. We would love to see your creations!!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fantastic week!