Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends Card with Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala
Hello, Friends! Today marks the first day of Fall, so it’s the perfect time to share this Prima Autumn Sunset Forest Friends card with you. If you listen closely, you can hear the leaves fluttering softly onto the forest floor where Mr. Fox is keeping watch over a napping fawn. Can you smell the crisp air? Feel the breeze as it blows by your cheek? It’s fall, my friends! The most glorious season of the year!
Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala from the Merry Stitchmas Collection
Don’t you just love it when a die offers lots of options? The Spellbinders Sparkling Mandala Die is technically part of their Christmas collection. But it works beautifully on this fall themed card, too! Just because the product packaging says “Christmas” it doesn’t mean you have to limit the usage to that season!
I also opted not to add stitching to my die. (To see one that has been stitched, look HERE.) Instead, I cut just the outer frame of the die from copper foiled paper. Then I die cut patterned paper with the insert inside the frame. When you layer the two pieces together, the copper foil shimmers through the little stitched openings. It’s a very pretty effect!
A Little Mixed Media
Add a little mixed media action to your composition by sprinkling some mustard seeds around the base. I like to use Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive for this, but you can use whatever adhesive you like. Mulberry flowers, layered die cut ephemera, glittered leaves, machine stitching and lots of loose threads add texture and interest to the card design.
A Peek Inside
The inside is a simple pocket with a fall tea bag, chocolate and honey stick tucked inside. You can see that I dressed up the pocket with another sparkling mandala die cut. This time I topped it with a butterfly.
Now all I need to do is write a little note on the journal card, and this sweet card is ready for the mailbox.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use with this versatile die. I have other ideas…I just need the time to bring them to life.
Thanks for stopping by!
Yes, Kathy, it’s Fall! Love this season and your card. There’s something warm and cozy about the colors of this Prima set. I can smell the wood smoke and hear the crunch of leaves even if this isn’t true yet where I live. tfs-stay well. Hugs.
Beautiful fall card Kathy …I found these papers … they are so beautiful in person! Lol! But no chipboard images …so I’ll just cut out my own from the papers and layer them a couple times and …instant chipboard! Luv all your threads and extra stitching on this one …and the mustard seeds … I forget …do you color them any? And great idea about the Spellbinders’ die! Wellll …we’ve dropped down into the mid 40’s yesterday! Brrrr …great start for the 1st day of Fall here in Indiana! Luv it! And so glad you got to get in some Beach Time before Fall!!! Hugs, Suzy Q
Love the card, Kathy. The mustard seeds are an inventive touch. I want to try the wad of threads tuck; I have seen it done on a few journals, but those were more like leaving loose threads after sewing around edges. Might use the technique on my Halloween cards this year. (My family might think: “My gosh, she must have been in a hurry. The threads are not trimmed. Where are my scissors?”)
Sure wish I could get into a seasonal mood. It will be over 100 here in So. Cal today (it is already 97 at 1:30 pm).
BTW, I drove 4 hours to see my Dad for his 94th birthday. He had just opened the Joy Fold card folio I had mailed ahead (fashioned after one of your Joy Folds but using Clockwise cardstock). My sister grabbed it later, and I saw she had the folio inside out. I took it gently out of her hands and rearranged so she could start on the cover page! LOL And then I thought to myself: I have to stop making cards that are so complicated…But the thing is, they are the most fun to create.
My area of the Pac NW started Fall with a quiet, light rain this AM…nice. I like your decision to use fall colored thread to sew your layers…adds nicely to that Fall atmosphere. The loose threads look terrific on this card. Nice work!
Love the colors and images of this card. Your combinations of every element on the card are just right!! Thank you for sharing, and the mustard seeds are right-on!!!!
I thought those papers were from Mintay, the little fox sure resembles one I have from them. Beautiful card, it’s warm and definitely Fall. Temperatures are dropping on Vancouver Island but we will still have some nice days before the rainy season comes. The smell of pumpkin pies are in the air. 🙂 Have a good Wednesday.
Such a beautiful fall card, Kathy! The little fox and deer are such sweet images. I love the cozy warm colors and how u used the mustard seeds! We had a blessed cool front come in yesterday. Right on time for the first day of Fall! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!