22 August 2018

Back to Nature with Frilly and Funkie

Hi everyone and welcome. Over at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge blog we are at the mid point of our current challenge, 'Back to Nature'. Here's what our host Sara Emily has to say about it; "Having just returned from our annual trek to the mountains of West Virginia where we observed so much natural beauty on our hikes, I couldn't help but make my challenge nature themed. You can make anything you like, from a card or tag to altered art, just be sure to include a natural element in your vintage or shabby chic project. Think real twigs, leaves, shells, pebbles. Or you could include a die cut or a stamped or stenciled image representing a natural object."

As ever, the Design Team will choose their top four picks, with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie and the next three will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Nature's Wonder Framed Panel

As someone who frequently picks up all sorts of random stuff I just knew one of the pieces of bark that peeled away from our Eucalyptus tree would come in handy at some point. And when Sara Emily revealed that we could use something from nature in our projects for this challenge now seemed the perfect time! It fit inside the Framed Panel beautifully and proved to be the catalyst for this piece which also includes one of my latest obsessions, Alcohol Lift-Ink.

I took a few photos of this panel as it came together to help explain the process.

The Tutorial

I began by adding a strip of Woodgrain Paper, coloured with Iced Spruce Distress Paint and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain next to a piece of Memoranda Paper Stash brayered with Picket Fence and more Iced Spruce Distress Paint.

After adding some Salvaged Design Tape to two of the corners I worked out where to place the bark and a strip of the Provincial 3D Impresslits Embossing Folder (altered in the same way as in my tutorial HERE) and drew around them so I could work out where to place the leaves from the Botanical Collage Paper.

Once the Collage Paper was dry I smudged the drawn lines with some Hickory Smoke Distress Crayon blended with water to add shadows to the edges. Then Opaque Texture Paste was applied through the Nordic Mini Layering Stencil. I also stamped one of the Ornate Trims borders over the Design Tape using Jet Black Archival Ink. With all of that dry I dribbled and splattered dilute Evergreen Bough Distress Paint over the stencilled areas to add more colour and contrast to the background.

The frame was given a weathered look with layers of Distress Paint and a drop or two of Rust Alcohol Ink before being glued to the edges of the panel. By applying Design Tape around the outside it disguised any uneven edges perfectly. The embossed strip and bark were glued in place where marked and I then added a small Baseboards Frame over the top, having scuffed it and added some Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges.

With the main elements of the panel complete it was time to work on the focal points. I knew from existing experiments that the Alcohol Lift-Ink is amazing but this bit blew my mind! There is a lot of detail packed into the leaves in the new Nature's Wonder stamp set and you can see from the photos below that all of that was revealed, even on a lighter background. I cut around all the leaves and then heated them, knowing this would slightly warp the Yupo Paper to give them more dimension.

To finish the framed panel I combined the leaves with some die cut branches, cogs and gears and placed them in and around the Baseboards Frame. One of the sentiments from the Nature's Wonder set provided the finishing touch.

The Close Ups

Here are a few close ups of the completed Framed Panel so you can see the details more closely;

That's it for my Back to Nature project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. My talented team mates have created lots more amazing projects for this challenge so make sure you hop on over and check them out HERE. And remember to link up your own shabby chic or vintage lace projects to be in with a chance of winning one of the fabulous prizes.

Take care of yourselves and get creative!

Jenny xxx


  1. Jenny, there are so many fabulous details in this piece, I don’t even know where to start! I adore the composition, it totally speaks to me and my love of all things nature, the stamps on the dark colored background are incredible! Definitely inspired to try this with some similar stamps I have, I love the effect of the brayered color on the background, really, have I mentioned just how much I love this? Perfect use of that treasured bark piece!!!! Thank you for sharing. xx

  2. This is absolutely superb Jenny, seriously inspirational. Love the textures and colours and how you have layered it to perfection.

  3. This is in a word - incredible. OK, so maybe I should add stunning, fabulous, fantastic, wonderful, great - you know I am not a woman of few words. :) I love the layout and all the elements that combine so seamlessly. What a great showcase for the bark.

  4. Oh, Jenny, go ahead and tip me over with a feather! I am seriously speechless over your creativity! Starting with that amazing background, I am floored by every single detail you've added here! That bark is amazing, and you are going to giggle when you see my Sat. Showcase project! Of course, it's going to pale in comparison, but there are some uncanny similarities!

    I will be back time and time again, to soak in the beauty of this incredible artwork! Jenny, you are one of the most talented people I "know"! Thank you for your unending inspiration! Hugs!

  5. I am so awe inspired by the level of incredible detail on the background, the color of the beautiful leaves, and the way you, always, so cleverly pull everything together! You are a magician! Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  6. Gorgeous Jenny. I am playing catch up as usual. Love your composition and colours. The leaves look wonderful. Tracy ❤️❤️

  7. This is breathtaking! First thing that caught my eye is the wonderful vintage colors. It’s shabby chic perfection. Then that rusted embossed border captured my attention. Amazing patina and texture there. The lift ink leaves are a wonder. This is so beautifully composed and wondrously made. It’s a new favorite!

  8. Oh MY! This is Stunning!!! I absolutely love that you showed how to make it. That background and the layered leaves are the perfect combination.

  9. Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece with us Jenny.

  10. there is a softness is the piece that so contrasts with the "destructive" power that is fall. absolutely love those leaves. time to break out the yupo I think. such great inspiration. thanks as always for sharing.

  11. Jenny this is absolutely gorgeous!!!! seriously in love with this

  12. Absolutely stunning Jenny! LOVE the AI resist leaves, and the wooden bit is a perfect touch!!! Oh how I can't wait for Fall!

  13. I love the design used on this card and the intricate pieces used on the card. Very pretty. Thanks for the share, hope you had a fantastic weekend. Keep up the posts.
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  14. Stunning Jenny, every little detail! Those leaves look sensational!! They fell straight into my basket after seeing this.....

  15. Wow Jenny! This is stunning! Love those leaves! Hugs, Chrisx

  16. Love this project! Beautiful effects throughout the whole thing. So serene to look at and yet there are so many details to give the serene effect. dreamy ...love it! :)

  17. Your project is beautiful and I love what you have done with the alcohol lift. Truly inspiring. I have never seen anything I wanted to do with the pale alcohol colours but now I know how good they can look! Thanks for sharing all this detail. x

  18. I think your designs just keep getting better and better! This is just the perfect layout of visual interest and texture. I love how you layered and framed this charming vignette!


Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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