As the title of this post conveys, the project featured in today’s post is a versatile fall time greeting.
On the Pagan front, you could create it to give for any of the fall harvest season sabbats. Be it Lammas, Mabon, or Samhain.
In a more secular sense, it works fabulously from the Fall Equinox, Canadian Thanksgiving, American Thanksgiving, and even Halloween – particularly if your recipient favours sweet to spooky.
Of course, one of the best and most meaningful reasons to give a card is “just because”. This festively hued and themed card would be a gorgeous way to let anyone know that they’re in your thoughts this fall.
A message that holds all the more importance and meaning given the way 2020 has unfolded and the continued self-isolation and/or social distancing that many of us are adhering to this season.
As well, you could easily keep the design, but swap out (or add to) the sentiment and make this a really charming birthday, retirement, congratulations, anniversary, encouragement, or fall wedding card.
Blessed harvest season card for any fall time event
Autumn is my favourite and most cherished chapter of the year. I love to celebrate that lifelong passion with my papercrafts, often reach for classic colour palettes and choices of imagery when creating fall time makes.
This card goes to town on that front! All it needs now is a ride in a vintage pickup truck to the nearest pumpkin patch, corn maze, or apple orchard! 😃
As I didn’t create this card with one specific person or fall event in mind, I left its design fairly wide open. This helps to ensure that I can give it for a number of possible events or reasons, as touched on above.
One thing it instantly made me think of is the awesome produce stands, spilling over with pumpkins, squash, ears of corn, apples, pears, and other seasonal delights that my family visited when I was growing up.
I still try to get out to at least one or two each year myself, though currently live over three hours north of the region’s epicenter for produce stands, so that can prove a little trickier some years.
Thankfully though, there are some smaller ones closer to home and we love to brake for them all season long.
Putting this festive autumn card together
To create this elegant harvest season card, I began with a base of timeless kraft cardstock. This was topped with a piece of darker brown card cardstock, which I used a border punch on the north and south sides of.
They might not see as much paper crafting play as they did a number of years back, but paper punches – be they border or shape – remain some of my favourite and most frequently used paper crafting supplies to this day.
Next, I inked the edges of a neutral coloured patterned paper, which I topped with a fairly wide piece of natural burlap and a die cut gold metallic paper frame. This was then topped by a band of fall coloured plaid ribbon towards the bottom of the card, and the central design elements in the middle.
A jaunty bow made from the same red, orange and gold plaid ribbon adds visual interest to the top of the card design, as to the coppery-gold hued sequins sprinkled throughout the design.
For the central panel, I used pre-platted dark chocolate brown coloured ribbon, but you could certainly pleat your own ribbon, paper, vellum, burlap, or other material for a similar effect.
A die cut oval shaped wreath of leaves in kraft and die cut sheaves of wheat in both flax-y light brown and metallic gold cardstock join the wreath to help emphasis the fall harvest message of this greeting.
As does the lovely golden wheat print paper used behind the sentiment.
The Simple Stories Fall Farmhouse collection die cuts with their wonderfully pretty pumpkins, leaves, and sheaves of wheat all sing with the spirit of the fall harvest season as well.
The sentiment is comprised of two different word stickers (which I lightly inked the edges of with dark brown ink) and a cute little heart sticker – a nod both to my passion for fall and the love this card transmits to its future recipient.
This card is sweet and sophisticated, undeniably autumnal and oodles of fun at the same time. You could give it to most anyone, or, if so desired, use it as a piece of handmade seasonal décor in your own home.
Card making tips and ideas from this project
–Kraft cardstock is one of the most versatile products any paper crafter can have in their stash. I reach for it year-round, but tend to lean on it all the more come fall.
The neutral base that kraft cardstock provides means that it will usually work awesomely with a wide range of other colours – especially, but not limited to, those in the both the earthy and rich jewel toned palettes of autumn.
Consider using kraft in one or more of your fall cards, layouts, mini albums, tags, or other paper crafting projects this season. (It also looks fantastic with colours such as black, white, orange, and lime green for Halloween or Samhain.)
-When creating fall time makes, bring rustic elements of the season into your designs. Materials such burlap (aka, hessian), raffia, cork, rough or nubby textured fabrics, felt, acorns, and real or artificial dried leaves, seed pods, flowers, and straw can all work wonders in this capacity.
-Symmetrical designs are a winning classic. While the two haves of this card are not an exact mirror image of each other, they’re certainly close. The subtle variation between each side catches the eye, while the cohesive symmetry gives the design a timeless quality.
-Drive home themes, be they seasonal or otherwise, with subtle uses of printed papers that are in keeping with said theme. In this case, the wheat sheaf print paper behind the sentiment helps to do just that.
Other printed (or stamped, etc) papers that could have worked nicely here as well include leaf, pumpkin, corn, and wildflower designs.
-Wreaths are a beloved décor staple the whole year through. Like many folks, I tend to utilize them all the more come fall and winter, though, and was thinking about autumn wreaths when designing this card.
Why not create a wreath or take a design cue from one when putting together a fall time card of your own?
-If you don’t have pre-pleated ribbon on hand, you can make your own by sewing, stapling (mini staples often work better than standard sizes ones), or gluing ribbon, trim, burlap, felt, paper, or cardstock in the desired pleated design of your choice.
I recommending testing out any glues or adhesives on a scrap piece of the same material first, to see if they A) hold the pleat in place and B) if they bleed through the paper/cardstock/fabric or not. If they do, reduce the amount used or try a different adhesive instead.
Products used to create this lovely fall card
-Kraft, dark brown, and light flax/taupe brown coloured cardstock
-Gold metallic cardstock – Special Bright Gold Metallic Cardstock from Kodamaa
-Wheat sheaf print paper – Gracious Bundle 8×8 Inch Collection from Authentique
-Earthy cream and brown printed paper
-Ornate/fancy frame metal die (used here with the gold metallic cardstock)
-Scrolling edge border punch – Upper Crest Border Punch from Fiskars
-Dark brown ink – Dew Drop Rich Cocoa Brown Ink from Memento
-Dark yellow ink – Street Light Surface Ink from Pink & Main
-Fall themed die cuts – Fall Farmhouse Bits & Pieces from Simple Stories
-Word and heart stickers – Fall Farmhouse Mini Sticker Tablet from Simple Stories
-Natural brown burlap – Burlap Mat Stack from DCWV
-Dark brown pleated ribbon
-Orange, red and gold plaid ribbon (this one is from Michael’s Celebrate It line, purchased a year or two ago)
-Coppery gold coloured sequins
-Dimensional foam, pop dots, or similar to elevate some of your layers
-Adhesive, such as a tape runner, of your choice (I often use my Scotch Tape Glider)
Looking ahead to the second and third months of autumn
As hard as it may be to believe, we’ve experienced more than a full month of fall at this point. How quickly the soulful, gorgeous days of this beloved season tumble by like crisp leaves waltzing on a nippy autumn breeze.
The local farms that call our rural community home have brought in their harvests for the year or will soon wrap up doing so. Countless ears of corn and bushels of hay will now go out into the world for all manner of purposes.
With the meaningful day that is Canadian Thanksgiving having transpired again two Mondays ago, it’s safe to say that my thoughts are squarely focused on Halloween/Samhain at this point.
Come November, I plan to post at least one more fall/harvest season project before we start to transition into other paper crafting themes – including winter/Yule/Christmas related makes.
The second half of October is such an enchanting, magickal and poignant chapter of the year. Each day fills my heart with glee and leads my soul to feel all the more aligned and connected to the universe.
Personally, I see these days as part of the larger celebration that is Halloween and Samhain. They’ll be gone faster than the beating of a bat’s wings and while I actively keep the spirit of Halloween going strong in my life all year through, there’s nothing quite like the highly charged magnificence of late October itself.
May this be a time of joy and meaning, abundant fall blessings, cherished nostalgia and wonderful new memories alike – no matter how or what this Halloween/Samhain season looks like for you in 2020. 🎃💌🎃
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Absolutely lovely as usual! You really do have a knack for combing a bunch of elements without ever having it come across as overly busy! I’ve found myself reaching for the kraft cardstock a lot over the past few months as I’ve been veering towards more subtle tones in my paper crafting and very much agree about its versatility and its absolute perfectness for autumn.
Wishing you a happy last week of October, my dear friend!
You are splendidly, blush-inducingly sweet, my beautiful friend. Thank you immensely. What an awesome compliment. 🥰
Isn’t kraft cardstock fantastic? I find myself falling more and more in love with it with each passing year. Between its earthy colour and abundant versatility, it’s hard not to melt like warm caramel on a juicy red apple over (hmm, how can you tell we’re a day away from Halloween? 😄).
Thank you so much for your wonderful comment + touching wishes. May you have a thoroughly fang-tastic Halloween weekend!
Beautiful card. I like celebrating the end of toil and appreciation of bountiful harvest. You chose the perfect colors for it.
Thank you deeply, Ally. How eloquently stated. I share your feelings and find great meaning + enjoyment in celebrating this poignant chapter of the year as well.
Our fall – weather wise at least- came to an abrupt halt last week, when snow started to tumble down and scarcely let up (doing so) for the next few days. Thankfully, it has retreated in the last 2 – 3, but there’s no saying it won’t return again very soon.
Definitely a vivid visual reminder of fall’s brevity and of just how (much more) difficult the winter months were for most people who lived in colder climates throughout human history.
I hope that winter is staying at bay on your end still and that you have a seriously fa-boo-lous Halloween!
Beautiful fall card, like your combination of elements, you have such a knack for that!
You are awesomely sweet and supportive, dear Donna. Thank you so much for your heart-touchingly kind compliment.
Colour coordinating is something of a huge passion of mine. I’ve been enamoured with it since childhood – aided in no small part by my mom’s copies of the (now classic) Color Me Beautiful fashion books, which I literally read back then until the pages started to fall out.
I find so much joy and inspiration in colours and absolutely delight in finding, wearing, crafting and decorating with harmonious combos.
Thank you again, my friend. I hope that you have a relaxing, beautiful tail end of October.
Another gorgeous display of your amazing talent in creating a professional looking yet incredibly personal card. It would be a joy for anyone to be on its receiving end! xxx
Sweet, dear Ann. You flatter me something fierce. Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words. To say that they perked up my day would be a serious understatement.
If you’d ever like to email me your mailing address, I would be delighted to create and send a handmade card your way.
Many hugs & the happiest of Halloween season wishes,
Your cards are always so lovely! I hope you have had a wonderful October and enjoy Samhain!
Thank you very much, my dear friend. 🙏
It has been, how shall we say, an interesting month! 😄 Some good, some rough, some super early snow (ugh! 😂), a new car (elated about that!), and as many seasonally related happenings as circumstances would allow me/us to squeeze in.
How has the 10th month of year been going for you guys?
Please know that you are in my thoughts and wished an immensely positive, joy-filled, meaningful, safe, and beautiful Samhain/Halloween season. 🎃
That’s such a lovely card, Autumn! I really appreciate your attention to detail. Happy Samhain!
Thank you very much, my sweet friend. Your kindness is abundant as your incredible fashion sense. 😘
May you and your partner have a really wonderful, safe, and spooktastically fun Halloween season!
Big hugs from snowy (seriously 😄) Armstrong,
Autumn! Another wonderful card packed with amazing details. You’ve nailed the warm earthy colour tones indicative of the fall season. Love kraft paper, too. Incredible texture and dimensions from the burlap to the pleated ribbon (I don’t think I’ve ever tried pleating before).
Wishing you a happy Halloween Eve and Halloween! 🎃
Thank you immensely, my sweet friend. Your kindness has me blushing deeper than even the most crimson of crunchy fall time leaves. 😊
Much like Charlie Brown says to Linus at the end of It’s the Great Pumpkin, another Halloween has come and gone. That’s always a toughie for me, I tell yah!
Thankfully though, there are plenty of ways in which we can keep both Halloween and fall time itself going strong in our lives beyond October 31st. Paper crafting spooky season makes is a big one for me and I look forward to (hopefully!) making at least a few new fall related projects between now and next September.
I’m mildly addicted to pleated ribbon and pleating in general when it comes to papercraft. I remember really falling in love with pleating in this capacity many years ago now after I first read Anna Griffin’s 2004 book, Designer Scrapbooks. The projects highlighted in it didn’t have too much in the way of pleated ribbon, but did house plenty of creative ways to plate (and mitre) paper. I was hooked immediately and have been ever since.
Thank you again, lovely lady. I hope that your November is going wonderfully.
This is just exquisite, Autumn! I also love Fall and you’ve managed to capture its spirit in this card. From the earthly burlap to the feminine sequins, I love everything about it. Beautifully done! Debi
Thank you sooo much, my beautiful friend. Your kindness and support never cease to touch my heart and motivate me onward.
Hard to believe that in a matter of weeks, we’ll be into winter again – complete with all the festive cards (be they homemade or purchased) that this chapter of the year entails.
While I’m in no hurry at all to lay fall to rest, I must admit, I’m in an ever-more wintry mood this month. No doubt in sizable part due to the fact that it began to snow here in the second half of October and has continued to do so on and off ever since. 😄
I think of you often and sincerely hope that your November is going positively – and that the weather is at least a touch warmer still on your end.
Scores of hugs,
A beautiful Fall themed card Autumn, pretty papers and elements – I love all of the layers and texture you have created.
Pauline – Crafting with Cotnob
Thank you sweetly, dear Pauline. It’s hard to believe that another autumn is nearly over. As they so often do, this one sped by faster than a maple leaf caught in a brisk October breeze. I’m so grateful that paper crafting allows us to stay all the more in touch with each season even after it has wrapped up for the year, and plan to make numerous fall themed projects between now and the start of next autumn.
Big hugs & the coziest of December wishes coming your way,
This is so beautiful! This project is full of the warm colors of Autumn! The ribbon is so pretty. I really like the circle leaf frame and the pretty fall-themed die cuts!
You’re blush-inducingly kind, dear Angie. Thank you so much! This card was my favourite fall-themed project that I made this autumn. I feel like it captures both my passion for this season and my current paper crafting style to an absolute tee. 🥰
Many hugs & happy wishes for a terrific tail end of this gorgeous season.
Gorgeous project celebrating the beauty of Autumn. Emmax
You’re splendidly kind, dear Emmat. Thank you very much. Fall wrapped up mightily quickly around these parts in terms of the weather. We received our first snowfall of the year in mid-October and have scarcely been without at least a light dusting of flakes ever since. Thankfully though, via home decor and crafting, fall has continued to carry on with vigour under our roof and will continue to do so right up until the Winter Solstice.
I hope that your season is going positively and that you have a cozy, wonderful tail end of autumn.