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Autumn Festival Leaf Mix Cards | Altenew Release

It’s hot as heck here in SoCal, but surely Autumn is on its way! I’m sharing three Autumn Festival Leaf Mix cards featuring some of my faves from the Altenew Stand-Alone Die Release.

Altenew Texture Adventure Stand-Alone Die Blog Hop

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Here’s a closer look a the brand new Texture Adventure Stand-Alone Die release. The Leaf Mix Die Set, Burlap Texture, and Featured Sentiment Die Set were really calling to me. Which products tickle your fancy?

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All the details to create these Autumn themed encouragement cards are in this short cardmaking video tutorial. Watch here or in HD on YouTube. While you’re there I’d love it if you like, subscribe, and share it with crafty friends!



Autumn Festival Leaf Mix

Even though I now live in sunny Southern California, I fondly remember beautiful Autumn days on the East Coast. But, let’s be honest I don’t miss raking 100 bags of leaves every fall. So, I’ll settle for these watercolor Leaf Mix die-cuts.

Autumn Festival Watercolor Leaf Mix Die-Cuts

There are 14 dies included in the Leaf Mix Die Set and I cut each from Altenew Watercolor Paper. Place Post-It Tape on the backside to keep the die-cuts in place for coloring. Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers are these fall leaves.

Autumn Festival Leaf Mix Cards

Use a mix of Yellow Ochre, Mango Smoothie, Sea Forest, Winter Fog, and Tree Bark Autumn Festival Watercolor Brush Markers.

After the leaves dried, I ink smooshed them and a 4.25 x 5.5-inch piece of white cardstock into the leftover ink on my glass mat. This ups the layers of texture.

Featured Sentiment Die Set & Textured Burlap Die

For the Burlap Texture die-cut, I ink smooshed a piece of wood grain vellum paper with same watercolors. The vellum didn’t absorb the ink, but it stained it enough to create color variation and texture.

I glued this to a piece of white cardstock before die-cutting with the Burlap Texture Die. You can achieve a similar look with Altenew Woodgrain White cardstock. The background panel is ink smooshed with the remaining leftover ink.

For the sentiments, I die-cut several strips of Curious Metallic Champagne cardstock with Featured Sentiments Die Set. Don’t limit yourself to Sentiment Strips Stamp Sets 1 & 2, look at your other stamp sets too. The Everything Will Be Okay sentiment from Dotted Blooms Stamp Set fits perfectly!

Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards, you hate to need them but need to have them. This clean and simple sympathy card came together in minutes with leftover leaf mix die-cuts.

CAS Autumn Festival Leaf Mix Card

With deepest sympathy, from Sentiment Strips Stamp Set, is stamped in Obsidian Pigment Ink on Curious Metallic Rose Gold cardstock. Again, die-cut with Featured Sentiments Die Set.

Curious Metallic Rose Gold Sentiment Strip

Use Your Leftovers

Don’t store those extra leaves in a drawer or bowl to be forgotten, use them now! This card is all about using your leftovers.

Autumn Festival Leaf Mix Cards

To ground the Autumn Festival leaf cluster, I cut three pieces of cardstock on the diagonal and stacked them. Here I used Curious Metallic Champagne, Eucalyptus, and Chesnut.

I purchase these in a 5×7-inch size so I can use them for card fronts or die-cuts. And, you can usually find them in CutCardStock’s $1.99 section!

Autumn Festival Leaf Mix

The sentiment is from Altenew Love Letters Stamp Set. Elevate the dimension of your die-cuts by bending and curling some of the elements, especially on the top layers.


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127 Comments

  1. Allison Nesbitt says:

    Absolutely IN LOVE with your color palette. I love your earthy tones. I can’t wait to receive my dies. You are very talented.

  2. Connie Johnson says:

    Wow Amber 🙂 Your cards are awesome!!! Love the color palettes, textures and compositions! Thanks for inspiring me 🙂

  3. I like the way you went a different direction with the autumn colors. I’d never have considered them when designing an autumn card. Thanks for broadening my horizons.

  4. Sarina Parhawk says:

    Those leaf dies were tempting enough before I saw the way you colored and layered them.. I must have them now! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  5. Julie Wexler says:

    Ok, so I was already loving these leaves from the standalone dies hop, but wow– this seals it. Your color choices and the variety of cards you were able to produce has this set calling to me…

  6. Beautiful card designs and love the Autumn colors.

  7. I have to admit, I like rainbows and bright colors but I ended up loving your cards. The leaves are sold out so I’ll be waiting, but they are so worth the wait.

  8. Elizabeth Kuhn says:

    Wow! Super detailed how to on how to create these phenomenal color layered leaves! I just learned about the smooshing technique a couple weeks ago, and excited to see you using it on this card!

  9. Denise Bryant says:

    These leaves are awesome! Beautiful cards!

  10. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Wow, gorgeous cards, those Mixed Leaf dies are my absolute fave of this release and your beautiful water color leaves are amazing, loving the color combo and textures.

  11. Jeanne Beam says:

    Such gorgeous cards! Love the new dies.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. Beautiful cards. I loved that you used the leaf dies – my favorites of this release. Your inking came out gorgeous

  13. Inkin' Chickie says:

    This is such a wonderful mix of texture, color, and layers. I think the last one is my favorite. I will come back and watch the video. All very much my style.

  14. Kristine Boydstun says:

    These are so lovely! Thank you for sharing!

  15. GORGEOUS cards using these stacked leaves, Amber, and I so appreciate your detailed process video! And while I have already put in two orders from this release, I now realize I must have the Autumn watercolor pens and the leaves dies. Thank you, Miss Enabler!!!

  16. Erin Kreiter says:

    I absolutely love the leaves die set, and can’t wait to try your techniques!

  17. All the projects are gorgeous! I really love the 3D stars and the leaf dies. The new cover dies are also beautiful!

  18. Laurie Brown says:

    Wow absolutely stunning-love all the colors
    and the designs!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Penny Klie says:

    You always make such beautiful cards and these are just stunning! Wonderful release from Altenew and I love this Leaf Mix set.

  20. Michele W says:

    Love your watercolored leaves and the cards you created with them. All the great texture. These ideas would be great for masculine cards. Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Lori Lehnen says:

    Love the leaves and the colors you chose!
    Thanks for sharing.

  22. Brenda Hedgecock says:

    Love your simple sympathy card.

  23. Tammy Davis says:

    Amber, these are gorgeous cards! Thanks so much for sharing your talents!

  24. Kathy McCluskey says:

    Amber, your leaf cards are absolutely stunning!
    I can feel Fall in the air just looking at them!
    Your creativity and talent fills me with inspiration!
    Thank you!

  25. Amber Bissonnette says:

    Love your cards!! Such stunning details, love the fall vibe they have too!

  26. Patty A Eifert says:

    Oh these are just beautiful! Perfect for Autumn! I love your leftover card the best!

  27. Laurie Fleuette says:

    Beautiful cards! I especially like the leaf cards. Those are very nice dies. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Carol Jones says:

    I think your cards are fabulous! The colors, the arrangements, the number of leaves on each one, and the metallic papers are all perfect. And that sympathy card! Makes an awesome statement. I love the earthiness of all your beautiful creations! ♥️

  29. Heather DePasquale says:

    Blown away by the leaves: colors, arrangement. Your cards are just beautiful and artistic.

  30. Kandice J says:

    I just love your color palette for your cards. Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  31. Michelle P says:

    This release is absolutely amazing. I have no clue how to pick which ones to get…I want them all!!! I have to admit the leaf dies are probably my favorite and I love the projects you made with them…thank you for the inspiration.

  32. Angela C Posch says:

    Thank you for sharing.

  33. Lauryne Cunningham says:

    Wow! Gorgeous cards! I love the warm colors- perfect for masculine cards!

  34. Elizabeth M. says:

    Love these colors! Thanks for the inspiration!

  35. Talitha Wright says:

    Love the leaves. Very creative.

  36. Jeane Campbell says:

    your leaves out of that cardstock were so beautiful. Just stunning.

  37. Although autumn colors they are universal card use

  38. Cyndi Morris says:

    Beautiful cards, wonderful techniques. That Leaf Mix die set is amazing — definitely one of my favorites from this fantastic release. So unique and versatile.

  39. Wanda S Radler says:

    Those leaves are beautiful!

  40. Sharon Watson says:

    I am partial to leaves, leaf stamps, and leaf dies. I just love what you’ve done with this leafy die set and can’t wait to play with it myself! Thank you for the inspiration.

  41. I love the colors you were able to achieve on these cards! Absolutely beautiful!

  42. Jessica Scott says:

    Oh my goodness these came out so well with that watercolor! I have gotten braver and braver with using watercolor on dies…especially since I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter if you don’t do it exactly the way you want it done. It all looks nice in the end!

  43. This die set can be used so many different ways! I love what you did with it, and I am always so glad to see fall colors coming back around!

  44. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    I’m thinking “how could those leaves look any better?” and there you went! 😉 gorgeous!

  45. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    I’m thinking “how could the leaves look any better?” and there you went! gorgeous!!!

  46. Louanne Collins says:

    Great variety of cards and wonderful fall colors! Love many products in this die release – can’t wait to get a few to play with!

  47. Stunning!!! 1st time visit to your blog..,.and wow! I’m so impressed!!! I love everything you created…its all so beautifully done! TFS

  48. Donna Gourley says:

    Amber, I really enjoyed your earthy tones on these beautiful cards (and I’m not usually an earth tone color gal!). Gorgeous!

  49. Kora Leann Ivesdal says:

    Your cards are gorgeous! I love fall cards.

  50. I love how you share ‘everything’ in your videos

  51. Love your video & each & every one of your cards Amber!! You are so talented! On the west coast of BC we are in summer mode, but we had a refreshing rain last night & now the sun is back. It’s been fun watching the squirrels dart across the large expanse of lawn to race up our black walnut tree to grab a nut & zip back to bury it somewhere. Lots of leaves to rake from that one tree alone, but it’s worth it as it provides beautiful dappled shade. The Mixed Leaves is my favourite stand alone die offered in this release, yet that’s only one that I’d like to order. The Burlap & Stacked Diamonds are next in line.

  52. Kim Salito says:

    Absolutely fabulous cards

  53. Oh my, these leaves are just beautiful!! The cards are lovely

  54. Your fall amber leaves card is beautiful. I love the use of the metallic cardstock. Very nice work.

  55. Angela Shoffner says:

    Wonderful work! Love the watercolor and card designs. Thanks for the inspiration

  56. Joanne M Hoffmann says:

    I am “die-ing” over this release and your cards!! OH MY WORD…absolutely stunning! Your color palettes and card designs are breathtakingly gorgeous!!

  57. Karen Reeves says:

    Your cards are just beautiful. I love the colors you chose.

  58. Your cards and videos are always so inspiring and informative, Amber! These projects using the leaf dies are just gorgeous!

  59. augustjmn says:

    Marvelous inspiration and products, enjoyed your process. video.

  60. These cards are all stunning, loving the leaves and burlap dies especially. Thanks for your video.

  61. Diane Lynne says:

    These leaves dies are just great for making masculine cards. Thanks for the sample and the ideas that are in my head.

  62. Debbie Hanson says:

    These cards are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent!

  63. Cherry Robinson says:

    How exciting for me to see some masculine card ideas. Thank you for the inspiration! 💗

  64. Lisa Premo says:

    Love your cards! Thank you for the inking demonstration. I was chuckling at the part with the “quasi” vellum! It ended up great!

  65. elvira oneil says:

    You & Altenew are Bank Robbers!!

  66. Marisela Delgado says:

    Gorgeous leaves! So beautiful!

  67. Tracy Ware says:

    These are amazing Amber!! Love the colors used.

  68. Karen Walker says:

    Your cards are truly jaw-dropping! Stunning!

    1. Marilynn D-R says:

      Beautiful cards, love those leaves the way you colored. Thanks for the inspiration.

  69. Love the fall inspired cards! What awesome dies!

  70. Toni Kwaiser says:

    I can’t even believe how gorgeous you’re cards are! True art!

  71. Awesome cards, Amber! I love those fabulous leaves & the autumn theme. I am sooo ready for fall!

  72. Jeannie Boudet says:

    wonderful cards! love this release!

  73. Lee Miner says:

    Wonderful cards and two out of your three are not just calling, they’re screaming at me: the burlap and the leaves. These leaf cards are fabulous.

  74. Mary Myers says:

    Oh, goodness, I cannot tell you how much I love your cards! I love the colors, design, sentiments, everything!! Just beautiful! Thanks so much!!

  75. Judy Rutherford says:

    Amber, your cards were great. I’m usually not big on distressed looks but the autumn distressed leaves turned out beautifully! This is really going to be hard decisions for me to pick out just some of these new sets. Awesome release!

  76. Love the leaf dies! Each blog I see has beautiful cards with those. Your cards are amazing. TFS

  77. Joy Meadows says:

    Love the leaf dies! Your cards are so beautifully done; the colors are absolutely gorgeous.

  78. Your cards are so elegant and sophisticated. I like your left overs card the best. I love fall too, but did the opposite. I left Florida 4 years ago for Virginia and now enjoy the fall and all it’s glorious colors. Don’t have leaves to rake either.

  79. Joan Mastronardi says:

    Amazing designs! Love the leaf dies!

  80. Alefiyah Hasan says:

    Such amazing cards, love love love the fall feel to it!!🤩

  81. Theresa Jolly Lee says:

    So beautiful! I’m not usually one for very simple cards, but I’m in love with that sympathy card!

  82. Kim M Jacobs says:

    Absolutely beautiful designs! Love the autumn theme .

  83. Meghan Kennihan says:

    OMG! I love the leaves and the great fall colors!

  84. Stunning use of these new Leaf Dies. Love every card and have put all your supplies on my wishlist.

  85. Love, love your cards! I too, have had issues with the “press and seal” technique, but looks like you did fine with it!

  86. Dayna Audirsch says:

    such great colors! love the technique!

  87. Debbie Bonner says:

    I already wanted the leaves die and now it is at the TOP of my list. Awesome cards Amber.

  88. I have become such a fan of your work through these blog hops. I am amazed at your watercolor leaves

  89. Maria Alder says:

    Wonderful cards. Love the new release, so many fabulous dies x

  90. Cecilia Lewis says:

    Can’t wait for my Leaf Dies to come. The Burlap is already sold out and I haven’t even finished the Blog Hop ;-(
    Love the coloring techniques.

  91. Dorothy A says:

    Fantastic cards. Thank you for the video- always so enjoyable and instructive! I love those layered leaves and seeing how you colored them.

  92. Michelle Delamater says:

    Wow these are stunning! I was already loving the leaves but your designs just kicked it up a notch.

  93. I love your leaf cards!!! The metallic inks and papers are fabulous!! Really special and beautiful cards!!!

  94. Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!!! These look Amazing!!! They would make great “Man cards”!!!

  95. Ummekulsum Kutub says:

    Such amazing cards!!! Love them.

  96. Love this new release of dies! Your cards are beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

  97. Delia Wilkes says:

    Just love your cards. This new release is amazing ❤️

  98. Colors and work looks great. Love how you used the water colors for the leaves. All cards are stand outs.

  99. Lynn Young says:

    Your watercolored leaves are stunning and as always you inspire me!

  100. Sharon Gullikson says:

    The fall colors are AMAZING!!!!! I would love to make some Thanksgiving cards with those colors and leaves.

  101. Everyone sees leaves, I see feathers! Which is double the fun, right? That fist sympathy card is just inspired in its simplicity

  102. Sandra Meier says:

    I had no ideas how many dies came in this set……..and you gave so many ways to use them! Love it.

  103. SHERI HARTMAN says:

    Oh my, your work is lovely!

  104. brenda west says:

    Wow! All your cards were beautiful! Thank you for your thorough explanation. It will help me for my next project.

  105. Karen C/NY says:

    Love the colors you used. I didn’t even think I wanted this set, but now that my order is already in I’m having second thought. Your cards are lovely.

  106. Sandra Meier says:

    Wow, I had no idea how many dies came in this set. And you really gave some innovative ideas for their use.

  107. Great coloring on all of the leaf dies. Beautiful cards. thank you

  108. Brenda Kuder says:

    I love your cards! The fall leaves are wonderful!

  109. Carolyn R says:

    These leaves offer a year round of possibilities. They are quite wonderful.

  110. Teri Spracklin says:

    Oh my goodness, the colour palette with all that texture! Soooo classy!!

  111. Linda Peix says:

    Love these cards! The leaf and burlap go together so beautifully. These are my favorites of the release.

  112. Love your work, beautiful!

  113. Bernadette says:

    Really love the fall colors and different types of paper you used.

  114. Jeanette Donahoe says:

    Amber, Love your classy, elegant cards, especially your sympathy card.

  115. Vickie Davis says:

    Such beautiful cards! Love each and every one!

  116. Retta Lutte says:

    OMG! I might as well stop here! These cards are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful video and these beautiful cards!

  117. Debbie Selby says:

    Truly stunning line up of cards. The simple sympathy card is perfect, as I don’t like this type of card to be too much of a “look at me” kind of card.

  118. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  119. Heidi Rees says:

    Great cards! The gold is incredible! Such great inspiration and products!

  120. All so beautiful, love the rich, and rustic color scheme.

  121. Michelle V says:

    Beautiful cards. I love the colours.