Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial

Throwback Thursday: Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I have a gorgeous Prima Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial to share with you.  Fall is my favorite season of the year, and while I love traditional autumn hues, I find I’m also very fond of the blush and sage shades in this lovely collection.  It makes me think of those dramatic sunrises and sunsets that we enjoy this time of year.

My garden is really showing off this year with huge clusters of vinca, impatiens, marigolds and flowering garlic chives.  It’s as though the garden knows its days are numbered, so it blooms its heart out as the days grow shorter and shorter.  Our trees are just barely beginning to show color at the tippety top of the branches.  I tried to capture that feeling of serenity and drama that autumn brings to the table in this oversized desk folio.  We’ll be making it together today, but first I’ll tell you about some of the details.

Lovely as a Tree

Remember that sweet Joyce Kilmer poem with the line, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree,”?  Well, this Reneabouquets Medium Tree Frame inspired this entire project.  I wish you could see it in person as the detailed laser cutting is simply amazing!  Here’s how I altered the frame into a shaker box.

  • First, heat emboss the frame with Stampendous Mixed Metals Embossing Enamel.
  • Distress the embossed finish with a very light spritzing of Lindy’s Moon Shadow Mist.  Lightly heat the embossing powder again, and the ink spatters will sink just under the surface.  This prevents them from wiping off.
  • Then tap various autumn shades of alcohol ink over the embossed frame.  I used shades of orange, yellow, and green to add a hint of color to the leaves.
  • Now knock back the metallic shine by tapping some Burnt Sienna paint randomly over the surface of the frame.  Let it dry, then wipe it back a bit with a barely damp paper towel.  You can see a close up of the effect in the photo below.

Turn the frame into a shaker by backing it with the Pink Autumn acetate sheet and 3 rows of 1/8″ foam adhesive.  Then cut a 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ panel of designer paper.  Place your shaker mix in the center, and position the frame over it.  Press to seal.

Hidden Pocket Folio

The inside of the folio is almost as pretty as the outside.  I’ve added flaps and rub-ons to the top half of the card.

We will build a hidden pocket on the back side of the easel card base.  Because this is a nice sized base, we can add a 5 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ trifold folio inside.

You can see all the details in the video below.

A Peek Inside

The inside of this desk folio is almost as beautiful as the outside.

There’s lots of room for more designer paper, and a generous pocket to hold another lovely folio.  You’ll see the surprise elements that I built into this beauty when you watch the video.

Hello  Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create this gracious folio, I’d love to have you along for the ride.  Please enjoy this video over on my YouTube Channel.

If you’d like to see more Pink Autumn creations from my archives, please click HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by!





9 thoughts on “Hello Pink Autumn Shaker Desk Folio Tutorial

  1. Helen

    This is one of those cards that you keep picking up to see all the fine details. A beautiful piece of art work Kathy. Having followed your videos for a while and enjoyed your wonderful construction techniques and tips, it was way past time to say thank you for sharing your time and creativity!

  2. Gena Krannig

    Oh Kathy, I’ve been waiting for Fall for what seems forever now. Not here yet but seeing this beautiful card really gives me hope! It is so gorgeous! I love the tree branches and fallen leaves in your shaker window. And of course the acorns are such a wonderful reminder of Autumn coming. The plaid background is such a wonderful contrast to the flowers and shaker elements. Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  3. soozyb2013

    I love it and being a knitter, I especially love it. Lots of great colours and love the shaker!!! Really is a reminder that the cooler weather is coming!

  4. Susan Steele

    This is just gorgeous Kathy! Luv the pinks and browns and golds all together, its perfect for Fall! I think i might have these papers …I’ll check! That tree frame has definitely come alive with your beautiful paints! And a shaker too! Luv it all…inside too! Thanks for another great Throwback Thursday and the tutorial! You looked so relaxed and like you was having so much fun creating! Big hugs, Suzy Q

  5. Joni E

    Great folio! The shaker element is awesome along with the colors. Cant believe it’s going to be that time of year. As always thank you for sharing your creativity!

  6. Renea Harrison

    This is so stunning Kathy! Not only did you capture sweater weather perfectly, you pulled of some really gorgeous color combos and textures that just have my “so ready for Fall” brain saying ahhhhhhh!!

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