Welcome Autumn Framed Art
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Welcome Autumn Framed Art


Happy first day of Autumn!  Today I’m sharing a quick and simple framed art piece using the (very timely) free shape of the week and lots of layers of smooth and flocked heat transfer material.  There’s just something about the flocked heat transfer material that screams “autumn” to me…maybe it reminds me of fuzzy sweaters?


Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Initial Layout

  • I normally like to arrange my shapes in the Studio software to get an idea of how my final project will look.  If I fill each shape with my intended color too, it helps me determine what parts might need a little tweaking.

Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Final Layout

  • In this case, I felt the shapes needed a subtle shadow (rather than a full offset border) to really make them pop.  I decided an extra layer made out of smooth brown heat transfer material would be the perfect base layer.

Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Welding

  • To make the shadow layer, I simply selected all of the shapes on my workspace and clicked the “Weld” button in the Modify window.

Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Shadow Layer

  • This creates a single shape (well, almost) that is quick and easy to cut out and once this layer is pressed onto my canvas, it also allows for the perfect alignment of the flocked layer of each element with no guessing required.

Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Assembly

  • After the cutting and weeding of all of my designs was complete (don’t forget to mirror all of the shapes!), the piece went together very quickly in just a few steps.  Having the transfer tape already adhered to the heat transfer material is a serious time saver.
  • Heat transfer material adheres nicely to pre-made canvas or burlap panels like this one.  And don’t be afraid to layer smooth and flocked materials…they work beautifully together!

Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Detail

  • I think the layering looks especially beautiful when cutting intricate word designs.  Of course, I didn’t layer the free shape…but that’s just because it looked elegant enough on its own.

Welcome Autumn Framed Art by Annie Williams - Side



I, for one, am thrilled that autumn is finally here and am happy to welcome it into my home with my quick and easy homemade sign.


signature Annie-Williams

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Annie Williams

Hello Silhouette fans! I'm so excited to be back on the Creative Team again this year. I am a scientist by training, but I have always been interested in art and art history as well. I enjoy sharing fun gift, home decor, and handmade card ideas over on my blog. My projects often reflect my other interests which include outdoorsy things like hiking, biking, and canoeing as well as a love of travel, small towns, and nature photography. I've been happily married for nearly 10 years to a man who is incredibly tolerant of my ever-growing craft supply stash...and we recently welcomed a new little boy into our lives as well.

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  1. You nailed it with the all the warm colors and textures! It is such a cozy piece. Beautiful work Annie!

    1. Thanks so much Analisa!

  2. Very nice! Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is awesome!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  4. Annie,

    I'm in the process of trying to replicate your beautiful autumn artwork. I do have one question:  are the stems of your apples made from the flocked or smooth transfer material?  Thanks in advance.


    1. Hi Angela.  Thanks so much for your comment!  The stems of the apples are actually part of the shadow layer, so they're made of brown smooth heat transfer material.  I added the green flocked material to the pumpkin stem, but didn't think the apples needed an extra layer.  Hope that helps!

  5. Annie, I am having trouble getting my smooth heat transfer material to adhere to the burlap. I am pressing hard and it just won’t stick. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance, Angela T.

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