Fall is here! You know what that means? It’s time for pumpkin flavored everything and most of all Fall inspired crafts! This is no news flash but I love color and lots of it. There’s something about the earthy colors of fall that really gets me going. Here in New England the coming of fall brings a nature inspired fireworks display of brightly colored leaves. I don’t know about you but I can’t resist a good leaf project. In addition to the trees bursting with color I’ve been bursting with creativity down in the studio. Today I’m going to show you how to make beautiful fall leaves out of an old shower curtain. I know, I can’t believe it either but when creativity knocks one MUST open the door. Or in this case the shower curtain.
I recently changed out my shower curtain to give my bathroom a fresh look. I traded in my plain white stripes for some florals that really pop! I was about to toss the old vinyl under curtain and a little voice in my head said “Hey! Maybe you can use that!” I cut a large piece off and added it to my stash of “upcyclables” (if that isn’t a word it should be!). It didn’t take long for inspiration to strike.
How to Make Leaves…Tim Holtz Style
STEP 1: Cut up an old shower curtain or clear table-cloth to fit a Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves Die. *A semi-translucent textured curtain is what I used.
STEP 2: Cover the shower curtain squares with foil tape (the kind the HVAC guys use) and use a brayer to smooth out air bubbles.
I drew inspiration for my color palette from mother nature herself. I found these lovely maple leaves while walking my dog the other day and tried to recreate the color scheme with Alcohol ink.
STEP 3: Color shower curtain squares with Alcohol Ink. *Make sure you color the Shower curtain side and not the foil tape side.
*(optional) To vary the look on some of the squares Apply Metallic Mixative directly to your project and blow the ink around working with one or two drops at a time. A dab will do ya when it comes to Metallic Mixative.
STEP 4: Cut leaves with Sizzix and Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered leaves die.
STEP 5: Stamp the foil side of the leaves with Archival Ink. * I used two background stamps from Michael’s Recollections. The cling stamp is a really cool Halloween-y fall stamp…see the witch and the headstones? I’m really diggin’ that paisley stamp too.
I hope you are ready to get cranking on some Tim Holtz style fall leaves. I can’t wait to share my end game for these leaves! I just got a bunch of new Tim Holtz leaf stuff and the ideas are swirling around my head like…well…leaves on a blustery day (said pooh).
There are many more Fall inspired projects in my creative hopper and next week is going to be all about fall here at Plucking Daisies! Stay tuned for more Fall decor projects and creative upcycling ideas. Welcome Fall!
Speaking of upcycling…my friends over at Totally Green Crafts are having a Totally Awesome contest with an unbelievable prize package! If you like a “think outside the box” challenge stop by and give it a go!
Thanks for checking out my Tim Holtz Style leaves today!