Fall’s Great Lesson!

September 23, 2018

Hello paper gardeners !

Every fall I feel it’s hard to see the days get shorter, the warm sun disappear and the cold rain setting in. Than again Mother Nature puts on a great show with all the colors changing in the trees. We get inside to prepare some warm meal in the slow cooker with the many wonderful vegetables ready to be harvest and our home smells like happiness. I found a quote from an anonymous writer that capture my present state of mind: ” The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go…” It inspired this card and I hope you’ll like it.


Step 1: Card base

  • Cut a piece of 85 lb Soft White Finish Cardstock to 11 X 5 ½ inches. Fold in the middle to create a 5 1/2 inch square card base.
  • Cut a 5¼ X 5¼ inches square out of red wine cardstock.
  • Cut a 5 X 5 inches square out of a gold mirror cardstock.
  • Cut a 4¾ X 4¾ inches square out of a plaid patterned paper.



  • Using 6 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, adhere each layer on top of the other, starting with the wine color cardstock, followed by the mirror polished gold and than the plaid cardstock.

Step 2: Carolina Window

  • Using the Garden Notes – Carolina Window & Shutters die, die cut the window twice in 100 lb Soft White Finish Cardstock.
  • Cut the shape of the window out of mirror polished gold cardstock.


  • Using Kids Choice Glue, adhere the two white window layers of cardstock on to the mirror polished gold cardstock window shape.

Step 3: Quote tag

  • Create the quote on the computer and print out onto  85 lb Soft White Finish Cardstock.
  • Die cut the printed quote using the 4th smaller size die from the Fitted Fishtails die set.
  • Out of the mirror polished gold cardstock, die cut the 5th smaller size of the same dies set as the previous one.


  • Using  6 mm Clear Double Sided AdhesiveTape, adhere the quote on the mirror polished gold fishtail.
  • Using 6 mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape also, adhere the quote on the right side of the card.
  • On the card base, use some adhesive foam squares to adhere the window on the left of the card.


Step 4: Woodland leaves

  • Using the Susan’s Garden – Woodland Leaves die set, die cut a total of 16 leaves out of 85 lb Soft White Finish Cardstock.
  • Color the leaves using ink markers, use clear embossing powder on each leaf and shape them using the Leaf Pad, the Molding pad and Susan’s Garden 4 pieces all metal tool set.
  • To see the full technique on how to color and use embossing powder on the woodland leaves, please check Susan’s Tierney Cockburn video following this link:  Color and Composition. 

Step 5: Finishing the card

  • Using some Kids Choice Glue and some adhesive foam squares, adhere each leaf on the top of the window and on the bottom of the card.
  • Finish it up by adding a golden button in the middle of both leaves sets.


And here you go, this card is complete!

I really hope you liked this tutorial and I will see you soon !



Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Cardstock – Wine Red; Gold Mirror

Plaid Patterned Paper

Foam Tape

Markers of choice

Versamark Ink

Embossing Powder



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  • Marjorie September 23, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    The card is beautiful. And I love the sentiment. The colors of fall are awesome. Thanks so much for the tutorial. What an inspiration!

    • Diane Prince September 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Oh Marjorie thank you ! I’m very happy you like it !!! 🙂

  • Angela Self September 23, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    This is a beautiful and dimensional card. I love it!

    • Diane Prince September 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you very much Angela !

  • Arlene September 23, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Inspiration for me to use the window die. I love the leaves ‘ colors and design of the card. Beautiful.

    • Diane Prince September 23, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you very much Arlene ! As you can see, I left aside the shutters on this card but they could be added as well 😉

  • Nancy Yoder September 23, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Lovely card! Thank you for sharing the quote, it’s the icing on the cake!
    Love the composition of card..

    • Diane Prince September 23, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Nancy ! And you are welcome !!! 🙂

  • Susan Tierney-Cockburn September 23, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Love this and you’ll have that quote in a stamp – soon!

    • Diane Prince September 23, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thank you dear Susan ! And that is great !!! Really happy I love this quote !

  • Connie Sue Larson September 23, 2018 at 7:49 am

    Love this card and the sentiment!!!

    • Diane Prince September 23, 2018 at 8:43 am

      Thank you Connie 🙂

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