Autumn Serenade Slimline Card Folio Tutorial

Autumn Serenade Slimline Card Folio Tutorial with Photoplay Meadow’s Glow & Spellbinders

Hello, Friends!  This Autumn Serenade Slimline Card Folio Tutorial is really, truly my final fall project for 2023! I know I said I was “done with fall” yesterday, but that was before I opened up the new Photoplay Meadow’s Glow collection.  Did I need a new pack of autumn papers?  No…I did not.  But when you see how gorgeous these papers are, and how perfectly they work with the  new Spellbinders Autumn Serenade Sunflower Dies, you will understand my weakness.

Photoplay Meadow's Glow-Spellbinders Serenade of Autumn-Slimline Card Folio Tutorial-Kathy Clement-Kathy by Design

See what I mean?  If you love autumn hues and images as much as I do, I give you permission to allow these papers to fall into your shopping cart, too!

TIP: Add extra depth and dimension to your card background with stamps.  I used the Spellbinders Autumn Serenade Clear Stamp to add text and ink blots to the cream background on my designer papers.  We’ll do this together in the tutorial, too.

Making the Sunflower

You simply will not believe how easy it is to make this layered sunflower!  We’ll do it together in the video tutorial,

TIP: Die cut your flower petals, leaves and stem from two different patterned papers to create a richly hued sunflower.

A Peek Inside

Here’s how to build this slimline card folio base:

  • First, score an 11″ x 8 1/2″ piece of heavy brown cardstock at 4″, 4 1/2″ and * 1/2″.
  • Line the front and inside panels with 3 7/8″ x 8 3/8″ panels of Gold My Color cardstock.  Then choose 3 5/8″ x 8 1/8″ panels of patterned papers to go over the cardstock.
  • You will need (2) 2 1/8″ x 8 7/8″ panels of patterned paper to line the flap page.
  • Cut a row of (4) 3×4 images and score between the images.  Accordion fold so that the sunflower journal card is on the front.  Adhere 1/2″ of the back panel to the flap page.  Hold everything closed with a tiny hinge clip.

You can see the accordion pull out here.  Aren’t the images lovely?  I’m so glad they give you two of each sheet in the paper pack!

Stamp a sentiment and some images on the inside flap.  The pocket on the right is made with the offcut from the center panel.  Just add gussets to the back and you’ve got a pocket!

The center panel is easy to decorate: just add a chipboard sentiment. Mat a tag sticker on a scrap of patterned paper and insert in the pocket.

Pumpkin Spice Tea Wallet

Create a tea wallet by scoring a 3 1/2″ x 12″ strip of Ginger cardstock at 5 1/2″ and 11″.  The one inch overhang becomes a pocket for your teabag.

Stamp on a panel of cream cardstock, but leave room to write your greeting.  This card folio would make a lovely hostess gift for the Thanksgiving holiday!

Autumn Serenade Slimline Card Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take a tour of the Meadow’s Glow paper collection and then see how this card is created, I hope you can join me over on my YouTube channel for the free tutorial.


You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!





6 thoughts on “Autumn Serenade Slimline Card Folio Tutorial

  1. Sandi Smith

    Thank you for this last Fall card. It’s really beautiful! You always seem to know when to add one more touch to your cards like adding the charms and a button to hold it in place. It’s what makes your lovely cards extra special. I agree with you about the postage issue. Sending a handmade card with so many layers and interest is a gift so paying extra postage is saying the person is worth the time, materials and cost to mail. If postage is an issue, I would make and mail a flat card but for me, it’s not an issue but I know for some it would be. It’s a wonderful thing that there are so many options! I’m eager to see your amazing Christmas creations even though my heart issues aren’t letting me feel well enough yet to spend time in my craft room! I’m hoping that changes soon! Have a wonderful day!

  2. Helen

    Wonderful dimension here with the layering Kathy. I also noted the use of a button to hold the string bow and charms in the right place, great idea and looks good too. Being a stamper I have my platform on hand and use it on most projects. I agree too oxides stamp really well and the ink also glazes or heat embosses beautifully too. This is a lovely warm project that is perfect for autumnal weather, tucked into a chair next to a window with a cup of tea on the ledge, and time to look and touch and enjoy this wonderful folio gift. You can never have too many autumn projects!

  3. Joni E

    I am glad you did one more Fall card as this card is just beautiful! I cant wait to see what you make for Christmas and thank you for the video.

  4. Lorraine

    That is truly a gorgeous card Kathy. Thank you for sharing how it all came together. I’m glad you mentioned how you mail your cards. They truly are a gift, not just a card, and they are one of a kind. Do you ever use your beautiful techniques to make cards that can sort of be mass produced a little more quickly than the folios? Would love to see videos on those. I remember a few years back you did some Christmas tags using Graphic 45 pre-cut tags and I went nuts over those.

  5. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this card is simply gorgeous! I love the rich, warm colors and images of Autumn in this paper collection. And I love how you used the stamps on the background paper. I have so many stamps I hardly ever use. This card gives me great ideas for using them. The sunflower die set is fabulous. Do I need another die set? I think maybe I do! LOL Of course your buttons are perfectly lovely embellishments as always! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

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