Fall Leaves, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. And let me count the ways to make Fall Leaves out of paper! I’ve come up with a fun and whimsical take on this iconic symbol of Autumn using strips of embossed paper, displayed as a simple and pretty fall paper leaf garland.
Fall Paper Leaf Garland
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- Tim Holtz Core’Dinations Nostalgic Collection Cut & Emboss ColorCore Cardstock 2 1/4×12 inch
- Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Dies – Stitched Rectangles
- Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Paper String – Solids
- Die-cutting machine with coordinating plates
- Core’Dinations Sand-it Tool (or sandpaper)
- Xyron Creative Station Lite with 5-inch Permanent Adhesive Refill
- Glitter paper
- Hot glue
I envisioned these loopy leaves so I thought the narrow rectangular dies that came in this die set would cut out embossed rectangular dies, but it only cuts a slit down the middle between two rows of embossed stitches. Here’s a close-up of the die.
But, I still figured out a way to get it to cut out strips after all! So first, I took a piece of 2 1/4×6 inch cardstock and placed it on my die cutting plates. Then I placed the die face down onto the cardstock along one edge. Then, I layered a scrap piece of cardstock on top and the final plate and ran it through my die cutting machine.
So here’s a look at the results – the cut is in between the two rows of embossed stitches.
To make the strips, I just scooted over the die and ran it through the cutting machine again.
And again and again until I reached the other edge of the paper.
I cut one more strip of contrasting paper and ran them both through my Xyron Creative Station Lite.
Then I adhered the cardstock to the back of some glitter paper. The back of the plain cardstock looks like brown kraft paper, but I wanted to add some contrast in texture and color to the other side.
Now we’ll finally cut the strips. Just cut through the slit cut by the die, through the glitter paper.
And you’ll wind up with double-sided strips of paper.
The cardstock was made to be sanded to expose the kraft paper core. So I took some low-grit sandpaper (low number=more coarse) and sanded the paper. I love how it made the embossed pattern pop out more as well as exposed the kraft paper underneath. Note: I forgot I actually had the Sand-It tool made for this paper! So you can use that as well.
Now to form the leaves. I took seven strips (four of one color, three of another) and formed loops, gluing the ends together with hot glue.
Then I glued three together at the top, and slid two in between the three, and two more in between the middle one and the two.
To finish the top, I cut an extra strip of paper and covered the top raw edges, securing it with hot glue.
And finally, I wrapped the top with paper string.
All done with the first leaf. I made five for my garland.
I strung them together with more paper string. I cut about an arm and a half’s length and tied one to the middle, then I tied the rest evenly apart from each other.
My Fall Paper Leaf Garland looks lovely with this gold frame against this weathered background.
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