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Autumn Leaves Card

Anyone celebrating a birthday in autumn would appreciate a card full of the golden colours of the season. This project has some great techniques that create a colourful and stand out card

Papercraft

< 1 hour

Beginner

You Will Need:

  • Create & Craft White Cardstock
  • Create & Craft Black Cardstock
  • Create & Craft Orange Cardstock
  • 7x5inch white landscape card blank
  • Any leaf rubber stamps you have in your stash
  • Rectangle die for the sentiment
  • Sentiment stamp of your choice
  • Masking paper or a post-it note
  • Black & Dove Grey permanent ink
  • Watercolour brush pens
  • Watercolour brush & water
  • Tape Runner or Adhesive tape
  • 3D foam
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cut the black cardstock to fit as a layer to the base blank card, I cut my layer approx 1/4inch smaller – Attach the black layer to the card base using flat glue either a tape runner or adhesive tape.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  2. Cut a white layer 1/4inch smaller than the previous black layer, at this stage do not attach to the card

    Autumn Leaves Card
  3. Cut some of the orange card to fit only the width of the card, do not worry about the length at this stage

    Autumn Leaves Card
  4. The orange card can now be torn at either edge – tear towards you to get a rough edge

    Autumn Leaves Card
  5. The orange card needs to be torn at the other edge now to fit the white cardstock layer and to leave the edges of the white layer on show.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  6. Take one of your leaf stamps and stamp 1 leaf onto the masking paper or a post-it note use permanent ink for this, can be any colour (if using a post-it note, be sure to stamp part of the image over the tacky bit on the back of the note) after stamping the leaf, cut it out

    Autumn Leaves Card
  7. On the plain white cardstock nearly at the edge of the layer, stamp just once, the same leaf you have just used to make the mask, stamp this leaf in a Dove Grey colour.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  8. Place the leaf mask you have made over the top of the leaf you have just stamped on the white cardstock layer

    Autumn Leaves Card
  9. Stamp again on the white cardstock layer, slightly at an angle and slightly over the top of the previous leaf

    Autumn Leaves Card
  10. Carry the stamping on, on both sides of the white layer, to create a leaf chain.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  11. Next using 3 or 4 colours of watercolour pens, add lines of colour from the edge of the white layer towards the stamped leaf chain. Use colours alternatively and leave gaps between each colour.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  12. Take your watercolour brush and add a stroke of water between the colours, so they run and blend into themselves.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  13. Do this all the way down each side.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  14. Colour in the leaves and give them a little shadow and light.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  15. On a separate piece of white card, stamp out 8 leaves, these can be all different or all the same, I used 2 different stamps for mine. Then cut out the leaves.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  16. Using the same 3 or 4 colours from step11 add colour to the leaves

    Autumn Leaves Card
  17. When you add the colour to the leaves, just dot it about, don't blend it, be as scruffy as you want

    Autumn Leaves Card
  18. Take the watercolour brush and brush water all over the leaves, this will blend in the colours

    Autumn Leaves Card
  19. Do the same for all of the leaves you have – be as colourful as you like.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  20. Using a rectangle die, die cut a piece of white card.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  21. Take your sentiment stamp and stamp your sentiment on to the white rectangle you have just die cut. I used black permanent ink for my stamp.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  22. Attach the leaf edge layer using flat glue on to the card base that already has the black layer on

    Autumn Leaves Card
  23. Attach the centre strip of orange torn paper through the centre of the card on top of the stamped layer

    Autumn Leaves Card
  24. Using 3D foam on the back of the sentiment, add the sentiment in the centre of the card.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  25. Add 3D foam to the back of the leaves and start adding the leaves around the outer edge of the sentiment

    Autumn Leaves Card
  26. Carry on, all the way around the sentiment to make a frame.

    Autumn Leaves Card
  27. The finished card

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