Autumn Layout

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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).

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

Decorate the house with the pieces. I applied Glossy Accents to the windows so that they would look shiny.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

For the title, I die cut a banner with the Banners & Borders set, which contains four great border dies. I used one of the others below the photo. The title was die cut with the Wanted die.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

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.

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Autumn Layout by Anna-Karin

I used one of the Stitched Circle & Labels Framelits as a journaling spot, added another border from Banners & Borders, a heart and more leaves.

Thank you for looking at my tutorial! I hope you enjoyed it!

Happy autumn crafting!

Anna-Karin

 

sizzix die cutting supplies

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

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17 thoughts on “Autumn Layout ”

  • Rosetta Jenkins
    Rosetta Jenkins Oct 03, 2013 at 06:30 am

    Dear Anna-Karin: What a great fun layout. The colors r sooo Autumn. Your use of different textures is always eye catching and brilliant. Upon first look, I always say, "How'd she do that?" And, you never fail to show us! Thank you so much.

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  • Raquel Mason

    Wow, it's beauti-fall! The textures & colors are bang on. I am loving that metallic texture paste. Thanks for the tutorial & loads of photos too.

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  • Debbie Kaste

    LOVE your cute card, Anna-Karin!!!

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  • Karen Burniston

    Wow. With every new picture a new fun technique to try. That background is stunning and the leaves over the top? Sheer Anna-Karin brilliance. I cannot say enough about this layout. It is absolute perfection!

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  • Jacquelene L

    This is the most beautiful autumn project I have seen. The background is amazing! The house pop up insert, that would make a beautiful thanksgiving card. I love the polka dot door. This page is so very inspiring. Now, I want to make fall cards! Thank you very much for creating and sharing this gorgeous page and all the amazing details, and the excellent tutorial. I can't wait to be able to purchase Karen's new dies and embossing folders, I am so very excited about her new line of sizzix products
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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    • Anna-Karin

      Thank you so much for that lovely comment Jacquelene! I am so glad you like the page. You are right, the house pop-up would make a great thanksgiving card. That house die is so much fun. Happy autumn crafting1

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  • Carla Hundley

    Way cute card. I love all the
    texture details and the little
    house pop up is fabulous!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Gerd Andersson
    Gerd Andersson Oct 03, 2013 at 01:49 pm

    Thank you for this interesting tutorial for your beautiful autumn layout! I really love all the colours and textures!

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  • Sharon Young

    The autumn colors are just stunning! I love how you put the background together. The house is just perfect. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  • auntie em (emily)

    Oh my Anna-Karin! I am so glad I popped over from your blog! The details on this LO are amazing. So many pretty ideas and beautiful textures. The steps on the little house alone are fantastic.
    Thank you so much for sharing the great tutorial! :)

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  • Sandra ltb

    love your work!
    Sandra ltb

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  • Linda K

    Just love what you've done with this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  • Ava Gavloski

    anna, thanks for sharing the tips on how to get the look for your layout. great LO and card project. appreciate the step out photo's on how to get the look. i will give this a try, thanks for sharing the love of the craft

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