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Friday 26 October 2018

Creative Card Making with Autumn

Welcome!  Autumn with you today to share our October Creative Card Making tutorial.  I was in the mood to do something messy and wild and created this very rustic, organic card for you.


I started off by gluing some torn Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap to a square watercolor panel with Matte Glue and Seal.  I scraped DecoArt crackle paste over the surface and let it air dry, then came back in and watercolored the panel with Antique Linen Distress Oxide and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I distressed the edges of the panel then dipped the rim into watery Vintage Photo to provide some contrast.

Next, I gathered my elements, to include two die cuts from the new Tim Holtz Skeleton Leaves and two from the old Wallflowers 2.  I sponged these with Distress Inks as shown using Rusty Hinge, Crushed Olive and Vintage Photo.  I grabbed some handmade flowers I made with the Tattered Florals die and the Large Daisy punch.  The Scroll die was painted with Adirondack Butterscotch paint and dipped in Rusty Hinge. 

Here's a close up of the layers... 

I tucked sisal fibers beneath the flowers.  Check out that crackle...

I added a Handwritten Love die above a stamped scrap, which I cut into a banner.

I splashed the card with green Perfect Pearls spray for interest.  I hope you've enjoyed this project and are inclined to play along in our Autumn Splendour Challenge, where you will find loads more inspiring makes.  Thanks for visiting today, Autumn


  1. What a gorgeous card Autumn!! The background is fabulous .. looove that crackle .. and the flower spray is stunning!!! Thank you for sharing the processess! hugs x

  2. It's a fabulous card Autumn!! Great background and I love what you have done with the dies! My absolute favourite part is that stunning rose!!

  3. That crackle is amazing Autumn, glorious rusty tones and a marvellous backdrop to display it all. Fabulous!!
    Hugs Tracey xx

  4. Your card is gorgeous, Autumn. Love the weather worn look of the background and your floral arrangement is delicious in all those lovely autumnal tones. Wonderful Creativity . Tfs


  5. Fabulous card Autumn - the background is just stunning (and such a great use of the tissue) and is just the perfect backdrop for your fabulous rusty embellishments. LoVE your flower !!! Jennie x

  6. A beautiful autumnal card - superb arrangement over your fab backdrop! xx

  7. Autumn, this card is gorgeous, I love the autumnal colours, the crackling is fabulous too! A wonderful tutorial too, thank you! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Just BEAUTIFUL! Autumn, your Mom must have know that you would end up to be the most fabulous Autumn season crafter when she chose your name! Great tutorial and delicious fall colors and crackle! INSPIRING! Hugs!

  9. Gorgeous. The background is so eye catching and I love your arrangement. Tracy x

  10. Beautiful card the colours and effects in each detail make for a stunning finished project glorious crackle, colours and background. x

  11. Oh my Autumn this is sheer delight, such a beautifully rustic autumnal card which fits both your name and the season. Love it xxx

  12. Such a stunning card Autumn and I so love the background details, coupled with those amazing leaves and florals xx

    Sorry comment is late but I am delighted to be catching up xx

    Huge hugs
    Annie xx