Hello everyone! Anna-Karin here with a tutorial for an autumn layout full of texture. All the techniques work just as well for card making or art journaling, I was just in the mood for a layout. I used the brand new Snippets collection by Karen Burniston.
I love autumn with its rich colours and textures and tried to capture that on this layout, featuring a photo from a park close to the house I grew up in. There is a pop-up under the flap. I like to add interactive elements to layouts and pop-ups also offer extra space for journaling, photos and embellishments. For another example, check out this layout of mine.
Start by die cutting six strips of watercolour paper using the Label Trellis die. You can use other cardstock too, but watercolour paper handles the misting very well.
Line the strips up on a 12 x 12 in watercolour paper (or another white cardstock) and mist first with water and then with three colours Dylusions mist (Pure Sunshine, Squeezed Orange, Postbox Red). I placed the strips on white cardstock here so that you can easier see the result.
The 12 x 12 cardstock you used to mist on will look like this, with a really nice pattern and all those colours. You could use this as is, but I wanted to do something different today. When dry, stamp it here and there with a script stamp and Sienna ink.
I wanted a tone-on-tone background and decided to put the trellis strips back on the misted cardstock, but in a different order. I also placed them a tiny bit off centre, so a little bit of the white underneath still shows.
Cut a piece of yellow Core'dinations Color-Core cardstock (6.5 x 11 in), fold and emboss the front with the new Swirls folder. Sand to reveal the lighter core.
I love the new 3-D House pop-up and thought it fit well with the autumn theme and with the layout since the photo reminds me of my first home. I placed the house in the Square w/Ornate Edge Card base die and die cut it from watercolour paper. The paper was misted with water and then again with the same mists as on the background. Stamp the background with various stamps (I forgot to take a photo of that step, but you can see the stamping on the close-ups below).
There is a coordinating House Thinlits set, which has eight dies that you can use to embellish the house pop-up. Or use them on their own to create fabulous house embellishments. I wanted a red wooden house and first stamped a woodgrain pattern stamp on cream cardstock with Vermillion ink. I placed the die so that the brick part would not be wooden.
Leave the die cut in the die and emboss it - check out this video by Karen explaining how to do that. I still left it in the die after embossing and inked the house through the die. That way, it is very easy to just ink the embossed areas. Remember to wipe off the die after inking, or your next project might be an inky surprise.
After embossing and inking, your house will look like this, pretty nice isn't it? I'll be using this die a lot, I love little houses. The edges were inked with Black Soot. I die cut the rest of the pieces from cream cardstock, and from yellow, orange and black Core'dinations cardstock. The dots on the door were embossed and inked the same way as the house. Sand the Core'dinations pieces.
Decorate the house with the pieces. I applied Glossy Accents to the windows so that they would look shiny.
Die cut leaves from Kraft-Core cardstock, using the Autumn Gatherings die. Lightly sand, ink the edges and smear some Rock Candy Distress Stickles on top. Leave to dry.
I wanted more leaves and die cut two stencils using the Mini Tattered Leaves. I die cut them from scrap cardstock, if you want something more durable, you can use acetate or clear packaging instead. Check out this tutorial of mine for how to use your dies to make stencils. Smear Gold Embossing Paste through the stencils with a palette knife. The paste was already dry when I took this photo, it doesn't look as shiny when you apply it.
The leaves pick up the texture of the background, which gives them a really nice look. Here you can see the shine of the gold better.
Here you can see the pop-up assembled. I stamped the background with various Hero Arts stamps and Archival Inks. This would work great as a pop-up card on its own, without the layout.
Since there were lamp posts on the photo, I decided to add one to the inside too and die cut it from black Color-Core cardstock, using the Flagpole w/Lantern & Sign die. The lamp part was die cut from yellow paper and covered with Rock Candy Distress Dry Glitter.
Thank you for looking at my tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it!
Happy autumn crafting!
Surfaces: Tim Holtz Core'dinations Distress Color-Core Cardstock, Kraft-Core cardstock; Daler & Rowney Watercolour paper; Neenah Smooth Cream Cardstock | Stamps: Hero Arts: La Lettre K5344, Woodgrain Pattern S5100, Take Time to Savor G5374, Windy Tree H4918, Printer's Type Lowercase Alphabet LL762, Screen Shadow K5107, Tiny Heart Background CG604; Darkroom Door: Home Sweet Home | Ink: Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black, Orange Blossom, Sienna, Vermillion, Monarch Orange, Saffron; Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, Gathered Twigs | Mist: Ranger Dyan Reaveley Dylusions: Pure Sunshine, Postbox Red, Squeezed Orange | Glitter: Ranger Distress Stickles Rock Candy Dry Glitter, Distress Stickles Rock Candy | Medium: Stampers Anonymous Wendy Vecchi: Gold Embossing Paste | Embellishments: lace trim, ric rac, cheesecloth