Thursday, September 3, 2009

Back to School and Fall Leaf Card How - To Tutorial

Life has been busy here lately! I can't believe it is already September and the kids go back to school next week! We've done all the shopping and bought all their school supplies, so they are ready to go.

I have been watching a 3 month old baby 2-3 days a week, so that has kept me pretty busy lately. I love watching her though. She is soooo cute! The kids love her too and always want to hold her and make her smile:)

This week I thought I would try another Tutorial. I made this card last year, and I love the way the leaf turned out. It was fun to make and I thought some of you would enjoy making it for someone special in your life! Here are the supplies you will need:

Patterned paper in Fall colors
2 pieces of cardstock in Fall colors
1 piece of ribbon approx. 4 inches (I used brown)
metal embellishment to thread ribbon through. You can also use a pop top from a can of pop!
Diamond Glaze

This card was pretty easy to make. To make the leaf, you can stamp a leaf on the back side of some patterned paper (some kind of fall color) and cut it out, or if you have a large leaf paper punch, you could punch a leaf out and use that. I used a leaf pattern out of a magazine, enlarged it, then traced it on some cute patterned paper, then cut it out.

When you have your leaf cut out, then I use Judikins Diamond Glaze which is water-based dimensional adhesive. You can buy this at your local craft store for about 4.99.

Squirt out enough diamond glaze to cover the whole leaf with a thin layer. I also sprinkled gold glitter around the edges of the leaf. Put the leaf in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Take the leaf out and bend it different ways so the glaze cracks. If it doesn't crack, put it back in the freezer for a few more minutes.

You could put another layer of diamond glaze, then put it in the freezer again for a more "crackled" look.

For a 4 x 5 1/2 card, I used 1 piece 4 x 3 inches fall patterned paper, then 2 other smaller pieces of cardstock 1 was 2 1/2 x 3 (approx.) and 2 1/2 x 1 1/4. I like to use Bazzill cardstock and I choose Fall colors.

Adhere the 3 pieces of paper to the card, then, thread the ribbon through the embellishment or pop top. Glue ribbon on card.

I stamped "thanks" then cut it out and adhered it next to the ribbon. You could also print out a sentiment, then cut it out and adhere to the card.

If you have chalk ink or a brown stamp pad, rub the pad around the edges of the card. It gives it a vintage look.

That's it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I sure did. If you have any questions about how to make the card, please feel free to leave a comment, or e-mail me!

Check back here next week for a Etsy artist feature!


  1. LOVE this card! Your tutorial is awesome! thank you for sharing, I really do need to find the time to use all the paper I have!

  2. That's a great tutorial. Thans for sharing and for visiting my blog. Thanks to your message, I found you... now I am a follower too....HUGS...SK :)

  3. Great card!! I love the leaf and need to try it sometime!

  4. Thanks for the post and share your experiences with us. I like your card. The design are different from the others.
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