Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Burnt Brown Bag

Welcome to Technique Tuesday! by Judy Cantrell 
My mother suggested that I share a technique seen
many years ago on Aleene’s Craft Show.

Burnt Brown Bag
When Aleene shared this technique my mother and I made wall
decorations with these leaves.
Begin by die cutting the leaves (Tatterered leaves)
using Kraft paper or brown grocery bags.
You will need a set of two leaves for each leaf.
  Use a credit card to apply Aleene’s glue on inside of one leaf, cut a piece of 22
gauge floral wire 3 3/4" long and place down center of leaf.
Leave a small portion of the wire out from stem to use as a holder.
Adhere the two leaves together. Let dry.
   Apply (Aleene’s) glue with your finger over the front and back of leaf with a
generous but even amount of glue with no paper showing.
While the glue is still wet, light a white emergency candle with no scent
in a well ventilated area if you are doing a lot of these at one time.
My suggestion: use exhaust fan in our bathroom for this technique. 
Use pliers to hold wire extending out of leaf in the flame until it is black in color.
It may take a few tries to get it right, bubbling glue is OK.
If you have done it correctly the glue will be set and will not come off. Place leaf back into the flame if you see spot of wet glue.
When you are finished with the leaves wipe some of black soot off and then dry
brush color on each leaf. These leaves with last for years.
I used Viva Inka-Gold on my examples.
Years ago when Aleene did this technique she use Rub 'n Buff.
A gorgeous wreath or table decoration can be made using these leaves.

Supplies for this technique:
Tattered Leaves  Die
Aleene’s Glue (Brown bottle)
This technique works with this glue.
22 gauge floral wire
Kraft paper or brown bag
Emergency candle with no scent


  1. Very cool technique Judy! Who knew you could burn glue? Need to give this a try.

  2. Thanks Cindy! I would love to see what you make.
    When my mother and I made these we dry brushed acrylic paint on our leaves. Different shapes of dies or hand cut images would work with this technique.

  3. Glad to see this old technique make a come-back. Thanks for the reminder. Your leaves look great!

  4. Wow! Thanks for sharing. I had never seen this techinque before. I am definately going to try it.

  5. Never saw this one before but I love the results! Great looking pieces!

  6. Oh, I used to watch Aleene's show all the time, but have never tried this technique.

  7. Very cool!!!! I hadn't seen it before and love the idea!! Thanks, Judy!!!


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