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When I think of Thanksgiving of course family and counting our blessings comes to mind, but I also think of fall colors and pumpkins. I've altered this ceramic pumpkin with black gesso, waxes, and of course the fabulous Amazing Paper Grace Thanksgiving sentiment from the Merry Everything set (S4-1205), a part of The Right Words Collection. I picked up the pumpkin a few years back at a yard sale with the intent to give it new life. I'd adore knowing what you think!
This Thanksgiving sentiment is cut from fall patterned paper and again from thin black chipboard to give it more stability. It's offset layered to form a beautiful shadow effect. The word happy is in the die set, so could be used on a Happy Thanksgiving card. I was thinking outside of the box to use just the the one word which is a perfect fit for this lovely holiday decor piece.
All of the flowers are handcrafted from textured mulberry paper die cut with the Petite Floral Potpourri set (S3-420) and Grand Cinch and Go Flowers (S5-436). The smaller fall leaves are cut from watercolor paper spritzed with fall colored mists using the Fall Label Motifs set (S5-519).
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Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.
The Thanksgiving sentiment is adhered right to the ceramic pumpkin. On top of the pumpkin, I've arranged the handcrafted flowers and leaves along with a couple chipboard and larger fall mulberry paper leaves that were pre-made.
To add lovely texture, the bottom portion of the pumpkin is covered in mesh that came from a piece of vintage cloth. It was cut randomly in a rather circular shape then glued onto the pumpkin. Then it's painted with black gesso to cover the shiny orange ceramic surface and netting. Once dry the surface is brushed with waxes in oranges, blues, and gold to add shimmery color.
Years ago I bought a pack of textured mulberry paper. It was actually in a pile of crafty goodies to give to a friend, but I realized it would be perfect for making flowers. I pulled out the fall colors: tan; orange; and yellow to die cut. The larger blossoms are cut with the Grand Cinch and Go Flowers die set (S5-436) and the smaller blossoms from Petite Floral Potpourri (S3-420).
Beaded stamen from my stash fill the centers of the larger blossoms. I didn't have coordinating stamen for the smaller flowers, so mixed paints I have on hand to get colors that are close.
If you enjoy creating handcrafted blossoms, but don't want to store stamen in every color in the rainbow and more, a few bottles of craft paint can be blended to create about any color you may need. I have a few packs of sparkling beaded stamen, then several shapes and sizes of white, that I color as needed. Just make sure they're dry before inserting them into your blossoms.
Here's the back side of the floral cluster surrounding the stem. I've used two different petal shapes from the Petite Floral Potpourri die set (S3-420).
The chipboard leaves are heat embossed with several colors of embossing powder in fall hues.
To add a bit of texture and sparkle, use soft matte gel to adhere Ice Resin Fire Opal Inclusions around the flowers. Any coordinating glitter bits you have would look wonderful.
I've also dangled a few green wire spirals for vine inspired texture and dimension.
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Amazing Paper Grace Sets:
- S4-1205 Merry Everything - Spellbinders
- S4-1205 Merry Everything - Scrapbook.com
- S5-519 Fall Label Motifs - Spellbinders
- S5-519 Fall Label Motifs - Scrapbook.com
- S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri - Spellbinders
- S3-420 Petite Floral Potpourri - Scrapbook.com
- S5-436 Grand Cinch and Go Flowers - Spellbinders
- S5-436 Grand Cinch and Go Flowers - Scrapbook.com
- Prima - Art Philosophy - 12 x 12 Watercolor Paper Pad
- Stash - Think Black Chipboard
- Stash - Patterned Paper (Orange)
- Stash - Textured Mulberry Paper - Tan; Orange; Yellow
- Prima - Finnabair Collection - Art Alchemy - Metallique Wax - Peacock
- Prima - Finnabair Collection - Art Alchemy - Metallique Wax - Firebird
- Prima - Finnabair - Soft Matte Gel
- Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Collage Medium Matte
- Paint - Champagne Gold; Venetian Gold; Sunshine Yellow; White
- Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Spray Stain - Crackling Campfire
- Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Crackling Campfire
- Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Oxides Spray - Ripe Persimmon
- Lindy's Gang - Starburst: Red Hot Poker Orange; Canna Lily Burnt Orange; California poppy Gold; Autumn Maple Crimson
- Lindy's Gang - Moon Shadow Mist: Incandescent Copper
- Little Birdie Crafts - Fall Leaves
- Little Birdie Crafts - Chipboard Leaves
- Ice Resin - Shattered Inclusions - Fire Opal
- Stash - Vintage Netting
- Stash - Wire Curls
- Tombow - Mono Multi Liquid Glue
- Helmar - 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
- Scotch - Quick Dry Adhesive
- New & Improved Platinum Six Machine with Universal Plate System - Spellbinders
- Spellbinders - Platinum 6 - Die Cutting and Embossing Machine with Universal Plate System - New and Improved - Scrapbook.com
- Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Making Tool - Shaping Kit - Black
- EK Success - EK Tools - Craft Tweezers
- Sizzix - Tim Holtz - Alterations Collection - Sidekick - Starter Kit - Black
- Tonic Studios - Tim Holtz - Non-Stick Micro Serrated Scissors - 7 Inches
Thanks so much for stopping by to view my Thanksgiving home decor pumpkin.
I hope you've been inspired.