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Autumnal Cardmaking: How to Stay on Top of Trends

Autumnal Cardmaking: How to Stay on Top of Trends

Entering a new season is always a strange experience. We witness the gradual change in craft brands‘ product designs over the course of the year and never really bat an eyelid. Their designs are a transition, as are the seasons. But why is it that practically every industry tries to keep their products in-line with the weather? I guess it’s all about society’s seasonal mentality. When the sun is blazing down, the last thing we want to craft is wintery themes. The same goes for autumnal crafting — we’re in a sort of hibernation mindset. The last thing we want to do is think about summer!

So, autumnal crafting. Are there really dos and don’ts, or is it up to individual perception? Autumn as a whole fairly strictly adheres to a specific colour scheme, which reflects the change of the season: reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Notably, this theme is taken from the colours of leaves on trees and scattered across the ground. It’s at this time that we pack away the pale pastel hues in search for richer tones in our cardmaking.

Autumnal Colours, Textures, Aesthetics

We’ve touched upon autumnal colours — but perhaps sticking religiously to an amber ombre palette is a thing of the past. Moreover, many cardmaking supplies currently opt for deep purples and mossy greens. The consensus? Ditch the brights and go for the bolds. (A great autumnal crafting swap is using Kraft card blanks instead of white.)

Another interesting point to consider is the textures you should use in your autumnal cardmaking. Autumn is a very textured season; think crisp leaves and crunchy pavements. That’s why it’s common for us to relate these seasonal sensations back to our cardmaking with the use of textured cardstock and multi-layered elements.

Take our packs of A4 Textured Cardstock, A4 Hammered Cardstock and A4 Paved with Gold Cardstock, for example. These simple boards not only add a visually dimensional aspect to your cardmaking, but they also enliven our sense of touch (a very poignant sense during this particular season!).

But the thing is, the cardstock you use in autumnal crafting doesn’t necessarily have to be textured — it can just imitate the look of a coarser surface. The best example of this? Our Natural Textured Collection. The ‘Wood’ pack doesn’t actually contain sheets of wood, but the effect looks pretty true to life. Autumnal cardmaking is all about texture, but that can also be creating a textural illusion. Another great trick is to mat and layer several elements onto your card — a common practice used year-round in cardmaking — like adding die-cut elements and embellishments.

Creating with Couture: Autumn Friendship Card by Sara Naumann

“An elegant autumnal card design is easy to create with a winning combination of Couture cutting dies and stamps from My Sentiments Exactly. The Couture dies I’m using here are from The Big Reveal collection, designed to create a zipper-style “reveal” in the cardstock. But did you know you can also use the elements as borders? Simply die-cut, then layer the elements together for a beautiful card — the perfect way to tell a friend you care.” — Sara Naumann



1. Cover the card blank with black card. Cut metallic check card slightly narrower than the card front and glue to leave a narrow edge on the left and right.

2. Die-cut the large intricate Moroccan border from black card. Cut the large Moroccan silhouette border from metallic speckled card. Glue the intricate border on top of the silhouette border and glue to the card front.

3. Die-cut the Moroccan tile border from black card. Mount on metallic speckled card and then again on black card.

4. Use foam mounting tape to adhere the tile border to the card front, overlapping the large border.

5. Die-cut an oval from cream card and a larger oval from black card. Stamp “friendship” on the cream oval with black ink. Use foam mounting tape to adhere to the card front. Tie a bow in brown silk ribbon and glue as shown.

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