Capture the Beauty of Fall With This DIY Card


Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here with you today and I have a cardmaking tutorial for you, with techniques that would work for any type of project. Autumn has been absolutely beautiful here and I have taken so many photos of trees and leaves. Quite a lot of leaves have fallen down in the past few days, while we had rainy weather, but today the sun is shining again. The boys love to jump around in piles of leaves. The season inspired me to make an autumn themed card for today, but you can easily turn it into any season by just changing the colours.

Here is my finished autumn scene card. It looks intricate and perhaps hard to make, but it is very easy since the dies do most of the work. For my card, I used Lori Whitlock's new Gatefold Cards line, and particularly the lovely Tree Gatefold Card. I also used some elements from the Lace Gatefold Card, and Scalloped Lace Gatefold Card. Let's start.


Start by die cutting the main tree panel and the inside panel from the Tree Gatefold card. I used watercolor cardstock since I was planning to watercolor this card. Use this die cutting sandwich: Sizzix Multipurpose Extended Platform Tab 2, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad. If needed, you can exchange the bottom Cutting Pad with the Precision Base Plate, to make sure all the details cut cleanly.


Fold the tree along the score lines, and you have the base for the card. I applied Distress Micro Glace around the edges and as clouds on the back panel. This step will preserve the white of the paper in those areas.


Paint with Prima's watercolor paint (I forgot to include them in the photo), and when dry, mist with Tarnished Brass Mica Spray, for some shine.


Paint the inside panel with watercolors, creating a simple scenic background. I painted the sky area with water before applying the paint. As you can see the Micro Glace areas resists the paint.


Die cut leaves with the Tree Gatefold set, from watercolor paper and from Deco Sheet. It is best to first adhere the Deco Sheet to a piece of card since it die cuts better then.


Paint the leaves in autumn colors. I ended up not using all the large leaves.


I used the closure mechanism from the Lace Gatefold Card instead of from the Tree Gatefold and die cut it from cardboard and from metallic kraft-core cardstock. The banner comes from the Scalloped Lace Gatefold Card, as does the 'congrats' word. 'Friend' is from the Tree Gatefold. Lori's die sets always include a lot of very useful and versatile words and shapes, which you can also use for other projects. Use the same die cutting sandwich as before.


Paint the words with the same blue as used for the sky.


Glue painted and Deco Sheet leaves to the tree, and also add a few at the bottom of the card.


Layer the closure elements together starting with the scalloped circle. Glue the banner, leaves and words at the top. Then adhere the circle to one side of the tree, so that it keeps the card closed, but can also easily be opened.


Glue the main panel inside the card, creating a scenic background for the trees.


Here you can better see the resist effect of the Distress Micro Glaze. I will have a video on this technique soon.


Glue one of the words on the inside panel and you can also add a personal message to the inside.

tree_gatefold10Here you can see the shine of the mica spray a little better. I also like the look of the blue sky peeking through the branches of the tree. The Tree Gatefold die set is such a beautiful die and I'd like to make one card for every season of the year.

Thank you so much for watching!

Happy crafting!



Other Materials Used:

  • Canson watercolor paper
  • Prima Flowers Watercolors - Classics, Decadent Pies, Tropicals
  • Ranger Tim Holtz - Distress Micro Glaze, Tarnished Brass Mica Spray
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology - Halloween Deco Sheets, Textured Surfaces
  • Tim Holtz Core'dinations - Metallic Kraft-Core Cardstock

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