autumn leaves canvas…

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

the warm hues of fall colors layered with the shapes and textures of my sizzix alterations leaves result in this amazing creation from media team emma williams. check out today’s tutorial and see for yourself just how easy this is to create. combine your favorite colors of distress with dies and embossing folders to make the perfect home decor accent – get ready to be inspired…t!m


Hello everyone, Emma here, and today I’m sharing my Autumn Leaves Home Decor Canvas. As soon as I saw the Layered Leaf die, I just knew I wanted to combine it with the Tattered Leaves die and use the die cut leaves to create a striking focal point for my project which would encapsulate the rich, glorious colours that accompany my favourite season.


  • Surfaces: Melange Tissue Wrap, Ranger Kraft Cardstock, Manila Cardstock
  • Layering Stencils: Dot Fade, Honeycomb
  • Dies: Tattered Leaves, Layered Leaf, Tattered Pinecone
  • Texture Fades: Textured Leaves, ShadowPress Debossing Folders Authentic
  • Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Wild Honey, Seedless, Preserves, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain
  • Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Distress Stain: Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Brushed Corduroy, Antiqued Bronze, Barn Door, Seedless Preserves, Scattered Straw
  • Distress Paint: Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Picket Fence, Scattered Straw
  • Distress Marker: Black Soot
  • Mists: Perfect Pearls Biscotti
  • Mediums: Ranger Multi Medium
  • Tools: Palette Knife, Distress Marker Spritzer, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Mister Bottle, Vagabond, Craft Sheet, Heat Tool, Scissors
  • Other: Hot Glue Gun, Dried Moss, 8” x 8” Canvas Board, 6” square Canvas Block, chipboard

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Cut several pieces of Manila cardstock to measure approx, 4.75” x 6”. Apply a combination of Distress Stains onto your craft sheet and spritz with water before swiping each piece of Manila cardstock, through the stains to pick up all the colors.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Dry the card with a heat tool and then continue to mop up all the remaining ink from the craft sheet, building up the layers of colour. Dry your cardstock throughly with a heat tool. Repeat this process with further pieces of Manila cardstock until you have a selection of inked card.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Once you have all your card stained, apply some Distress Ink over the surface to add even more depth of colour. Spritz the card with water to blend the inks together and heat dry.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Die cut three leaves using the Layered Leaf die and then emboss with the corresponding Texture Fade.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Take a further piece of your inked card and using the Tattered Leaves die, die cut six various shaped leaves. Place each leaf in the Textured Leaves Texture Fade and emboss.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Ink the edges of each of the die cut leaves and the raised area of embossing with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Spritz all the die cut leaves with Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist and dry with heat tool.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Using the Tattered Pinecone die, die cut some of the branches from kraft card and ink with Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs. Also, die cut three pinecones and ink each die cut pinecone pieces using Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Make up the pinecones and spritz with Perfect Pearls

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Cut a further piece of your ink stained Manila card to measure, 5” x 1.5” and using the “Beautiful’ ShadowPress folder from the Authentic pack, ink up the raised letters with black Archival Ink. Place the strip of card into the folder and emboss through your machine to transfer the ink from the folder onto the inked card to create a beautiful ShadowPress image.

To add strength to the Shadowpress banner, mount the card onto a piece of chipboard of the same size and trim away the excess, before inking the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Set this aside to use later, together with your die cut leaves.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Using the smaller of the two canvases, apply a coat of Bundled Sage Distress Paint over the entire surface.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Dry with a heat tool before using Multi Medium to attach torn strips of Tissue Wrap to random areas of the canvas.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Apply small amounts of Peeled Paint, Scattered Straw and Bundled Sage Distress Paint onto the canvas and using a brush and/or your fingertip blend the colours together. At this stage, less is more and you can always build up the colours gradually to create more depth.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Once you’re happy with the blends of colour, place the Honeycomb Layering Stencil over the top of the canvas. Place the Black Soot Distress Marker into the Distress Marker Spritzer and lightly spritz the ink over random areas of your canvas, moving the stencil around to create pockets of pattern. Set the ink by using a heat tool.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

To build another layer onto the canvas, take the Dot Fade Layering Stencil and use a palette knife to apply Texture Paste through the stencil onto areas of your canvas. Leave to dry or gently heat with a heat tool before adding final touches of Picket Fence Distress Paint around the edges of the canvas.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Using the 8’ x 8’ canvas board, paint the surface in exactly the same way as you did for the smaller canvas, using Bundled Sage Distress Paint and adding the torn pieces of Tissue Wrap and then, start building up the colour with further Distress Paints.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Add layers and textures to the canvas using the stencils with your spritzer and paste and then, when the larger canvas is completely dry, place the smaller canvas centrally over the top, using a hot glue gun to attach it. Attach the ShadowPress word banner onto the border using foam pads to create dimension and placing it to slightly overlap the edge of the smaller canvas.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Shape each of the leaves to create movement and to make them look more realistic, before attaching them onto your canvas. Arranging them around the Shadowpress wording.

Autumn Leaves Canvas by Emma Williams |

Add the die cut inked foliage and the pinecones to the centre of the leaf arrangement and then using small amounts of dried moss, add this to complete the canvas.

I was so pleased with how this project turned out and I hope today’s tutorial has inspired you to create an autumnal home decor project of your own using these realistic looking leaves, created with a combination of Distress Stains, inks, dies and texture fades. Thanks for stopping by today!


*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…

(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Tissue Wrap Melange (IE|SSS)
Manila 8.5 x 11 Cardstock (IE|SSS)
Kraft Cardstock (SSS|IE)
Dot Fade Layering Stencil (IE|SSS)
Honeycomb Layering Stencil (SSS|IE)
Layered Leaf (IE|SSS)
Tattered Leaves (IE|SSS)
Tattered Pinecone (SSS|IE)
ShadowPress Authentic (IE|SSS)
Wild Honey Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Peeled Paint Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Walnut Stain Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Jet Black Archival Pad (SSS|IE)
Barn Door Distress Stain (IE|SSS)
Wild Honey Distress Stain (IE|SSS)
Scattered Straw Distress Stain (SSS|IE)
Peeled Paint Distress Stain (IE|SSS)
Seedless Preserves Distress Stain (IE|SSS)
Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain (SSS|IE)
Antique Bronze Distress Stain (IE|SSS)
Picket Fence Distress Paint (SSS|IE)
Scattered Straw Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Bundled Sage Distress Paint (SSS|IE)
Peeled Paint Distress Paint (IE|SSS)
Black Soot Distress Marker (IE|SSS)
Biscotti Perfect Pearls Mist (SSS|IE)
Multi-Medium Matte (SSS|IE)
Palette Knife (sss|ie)
Distress Marker Spritzer (IE|SSS)
Mister Bottle (SSS|IE)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (IE|SSS)
Blending Tool (SSS|IE)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Heat Tool (IE|SSS)
Tonic Scissors (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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74 Comments to “autumn leaves canvas…”

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  2. Bonnie says:

    Love the colours and textures you used. Especially love the layering of the two canvases – fantastic!

  3. Carol Mc says:

    Those leaves are gorgeous.

  4. Deborah Cox says:

    Wow! So beautiful, love the look of the leaves. Emma you’ve inspired me to make something celebrating my favorite time of the year!

  5. I love your project and your easy instructions. If only I could get my hands on that leaf die! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Jen Shipley says:

    This project is absolutely beautiful! I just love the combination of colors you used. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Julia Aston says:

    What gorgeous leaves! love the layered canvas pieces and word embossing!

  8. Diana says:

    i love this Emma.. LOVE IT!!!

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  10. Lisa MacGregor says:

    Absolutely amazing Emma, loving the new texture folders and dies, they are must haves. I love your creations, such detail xx

  11. Gigi says:

    Emma, those colors blend to gather wonderfully. I love the idea of using 2 canvases. I think every door would be proud to having that piece hanging on it.

  12. Retta says:

    Great seasonal project, Emma!

  13. April W. says:

    Just beautiful. just like the saying says! Love it!

  14. WilmaB says:

    Beautiful autumn piece of art!!

  15. Eva R. says:

    Wow, I can’t believe how real those leaves look!

  16. Maureen Chandler says:

    This is a gorgeous project Emma! Thanks so much for explaining all the steps – I love it!

  17. Carol Becker says:

    Beautiful piece! Feeling inspired…

  18. Emily Barker says:

    Indeed, inspiring! I love the background you created!

  19. Dana says:

    Its gorgeous! I love the texture on the leaves and the depth of color.

  20. Wow, stunning piece of art work, just love it.xx

  21. Carol Jones says:

    Beautiful! Love the leaves, so life like. Love this time of year too. Thanks for a great inspiration!

  22. Patricia Howarth says:

    Emma, this is truly ‘beautiful’, loving everything about this canvas, your textures and colouring are ‘yummy’. Thank you so much for your inspirational tutorial.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  23. Lisa H says:

    this is beautiful! Fall is my favorite season too.

  24. Mrs B says:

    Hi Tim. What a fabulous canvas Emma has created. I love the leaves, they are beautiful. Take care.

  25. Cathy Osborne says:

    I so love the autumn colors and leaves. Beautiful, creative, amazing project.

  26. Caro says:

    Wonderful !!! I love this ! Thanks for sharing this !

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