Oct 5, 2017

Altered Scrabble Board with Seth Apter & Bozzy Bear

It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our hostess Jennie has chosen the theme  Crazy for Autumn Colours.  She says, "Choose a bold, colourful, autumn palette this month for your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project. Let's see those wonderful autumn colours in all their glory!"

How ironic is it to say that I'm just not into autumn quite yet?  Ha, I know!  In my neck of the woods, it is still 90 degrees outside and some leaves have fallen from the hurricane winds, but are falling green!  No sight of color just yet.  I cannot get in the mood for fall, but I hear that we have a colder weekend coming.  Perhaps that will change my opinion...  Anyway, I decided to just get crazy with my mediums and play in a fall palette.  It's been a while since I altered one of my Scrabble boards, so I grabbed one of the few remaining and went to work.  Before now, I have only altered the printed side.  This time I decided to use the back because it has a lovely texture.  I gessoed it (and it bled pink) and then added a few Seth Apter die cuts my friend Bonnie shared with me.  Thank you Bonnie!  I layered two for extra dimension in then laid them in a random pattern.  I adhered them with Mod Podge, then Mod Podged the rest of the panel to seal the bleeding pink.  While wet, I added some hymnal pages and let them dry slightly to peel away.  Finally, I scraped on some texture paste here and there.

I layered with acrylic paint, then added some stenciling and spray inks.  I partially embossed the die cut areas with both copper and a brown/gold mix of EP and splashed with black gesso.  Oh yeah!  I was in the groove!  I could have stopped here (perhaps I should have...)

But I raided the chipboard stash and found this amazing Steampunk Cameo chippie by Bozzy Bear.  I won this prize pack and have been hoarding it!  I gave her a coat of crackle paste, then inked with VP DI.

I liked the contrast between the white crackle and the oozing colors.

I stained and embossed some wooden gears that Sara Emily gave me when we met at the beach.  Thanks sweetie!  I thought the smaller one mimicked eye lashes so I added it to her face.  I layered some naked ones on top, with a little sponging to grunge them slightly.

I decided to give the panel a galaxy feel and added glass glitter and splashes of gold ink, even sprayed it with gold Glimmer Mist.  What fun!  I really hope you're inspired and will play along with our Crazy for Autumn Colour challenge.  :)  As you see, the sky's the limit as long as you use autumn colors.

I went through my studio and pulled together most of my altered Scrabble boards.  I've given one away, but here they are all lined up...

From Left to Right:
1. Hope

Not Shown: Little Girls' Adventures

I think I shall frame them.  Would you like to win some awesome chippies yourself?  Why not play along with our current challenge for a chance to win a wonderful autumnal bundle from our sponsor, Calico Craft Parts?  

I'm also sharing this panel with:


  1. Oh! What Fun! I love the grungy steampunk element. So many lovely textures! Enjoy the upcoming weekend.

  2. Love everything about this. The elements you used and the colors are fabulous and fun. Hugs, S@ndy

  3. What a fascinating piece of work Autumn - love all the colour and texture, and that chippie feature is fabulous

  4. Wow what a great collection you have already!
    I loove this piece of art, all the rust and crackles so yummy yummy :)))

  5. Beautiful autumnal tones, wonderful texture and the quirky steampunk cameo looks amazing! You should definitely frame your boards! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Absolutely stunning - glorious colours and a fabulously elegant steampunk style. The textures throughout are just amazing.
    Alison x

  7. This is gorgeous Autumn, amazing colours and textures, and crackle is always my favourite. Have a very happy weekend, Sue xx

  8. I absolutely LoVE this Autumn! What a fabulous project for our colourful challenge this month. There are so many wonderful elements I could look at it for ages. I particularly love the cackled steampunk head and ship! Just brilliant. And how wonderful they all look together. An amazing collection of altered boards. Have a great weekend. Jennie x

  9. WOW! I will say it again ... you are SO GOOD at this design style! This is AWESOME!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Use Your Dies!’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit!

  10. Great piece Autumn!! I can totally see why you held onto that Cameo, waiting for just the right spot! She works brilliantly on this!

    I love your new header- gorgeous pieces, each of them!
    Jackie xo

  11. Wow....talking about awesome and inspirational...this board is absolutely amazing, Autumn! Just like your previous ones, by the way...
    Huge hugs xxx Simona

  12. I just had to stop by to say how incredible this is! Are these really large Scrabble game boards? You are always thinking of how to use stuff. Does your family have to hide their treasures from you and give them to you willingly?? LOL Definitely frame them! Thank you for playing with us at the Sisterhood of Crafters and hope you will join us again soon.

    1. Debbie, you made me laugh and smile so big! When I was a stay at home mom I would go to second hand stores a few times a week. One of my must buy items is used scrabble games. I have a huge container of the alphabet tiles and had accumulated several boards. These are cut into fourths. I've about used up my stash and will have to begin the search again! :)

  13. Fab make Autumn, you've been channelling your inner Seth! Thank you for playing with us again at Country View Challenges!
    P.S I enjoyed the retrospective too...

  14. Autumn...had a little chuckle about you not being a fan of Autumn!! What a treat for us today. You are so amazingly talented and creative. Just how do you keep coming up with these amazing projects? Wow on seeing all but one of your altered scrabble boards. Great techniques, layouts and texture x

  15. Oh Autumn, this is such a wonderful piece, - and I am so glad I just scanned through the comments and found out how you came to your collection of scrabble boards, - so clever! The alterations on this latest one look fantastic, I just love the rusty aged hues and all the wonderful elements you added, stunning contrasts and such gorgeous autumnal colours! The whole collection together looks amazing and yes, definitely frame them altogether!!

  16. Your altered scrabble board is gorgeous Autumn with such lovely autumn colours..the hint of pink us perfect. I smiled that you're not into autumn yet..lol. Thanks so much for joining in with our mixed media with autumnal hues challenge over at Country View. Have a lovely weekend xx

  17. toujours de magnifiques projets de votre part Autumn ,vous avez une fabuleuse collection de canvas tous superbes dans leurs styles ,merci de votre participation à notre challenge Sandee & Amélie's à bientôt Nate http://nate.over-blog.org

  18. wonderful layout Autumn and I love the wonderful texture and array of autumnal colours xx Great crackle on your various elements.....Love it !!!

    TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  19. very beautiful. so many structures and detasils, really great job! thanks for showing us on SASPC!
    Alexa DT

  20. Dear Autumn,
    I'm awe stuck at this beauty. All the elements fall in place so beautifully. Seth apter die cuts are real pretty. The crackle has come out very nicely.

  21. A fabulous piece! Autumn . You always give those scrabble boards an impressive makeover - this one being no exception . Love the whole steampunky vibe. fabulous texture and wonderful autumnal tones . x

  22. Wow Autumn, what a triumph and fabulous textures. Xx

  23. What a great project and I loved how you used so many components so skillfully. I especially like the way you repeated the maze die to create a fabulous background. I love the idea behind this and how you brought the concept to life with such amazing textures. It's always a joy to see your work and I'm grateful for your continued support of the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  24. Beautiful ! Thank you for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  25. A gorgeous piece to add to your collection and I enjoyed reading the way you acquired the scrabble boards. Each piece is unique and interesting and it is as a whole collection that your art work shines. Superb creating and thanks for the inspiration.

  26. Wow Autumn, this is amazing!!! Fabulous background with many layers and textures!!! I love your design and colours too!!! xx

  27. AWESOME, what a cool looking card, great rust colors and amazing embellishments!

  28. FRAME, FRAME, FRAME and display! These are fabulous works of art and should be out for everyone to enjoy--I love them as your header! Your current board transformation is just magical! I so enjoyed reading your post to see how you played and came up with all this fabulous texture and phenomenal Autumn color! You've worked magic with the die cuts and chippies, my friend! Thanks for the sweet shout out! My apologies for my late visit--life's upside down right now! I'm so enjoying my visits here for the best inspiration! Sending YOU big hugs!

  29. Oh my! Autumn you have seriously out-crafted yourself here! Unbelievable texture, color and imagery. I agree with Sara Emily "frame and display!" AMazing piece!

    I understand about not being in the mood for Autumn yet. It's 83 degrees today and although we are getting some color here in the mountains, it doesn't feel like fall. I just keep believing that it will arrive soon :) Mary Elizabeth

  30. What an amazing transformation! I love all the texture you created on this piece and the colours are beautiful 😁. Wishing you a happy Friday and weekend! J 😊


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