Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn: Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Folio
Hello, Friends! Fall flowers are so very lovely, especially when you make them by hand with Spellbinders Autumn Flora by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. When Spellbinders asked me if I would be willing to play with a couple of the floral dies from this release, I did not hesitate for a second! I was asked to choose 2 dies from the release to use in a project of my choice. I opted for the Coreopsis and the Gaillardia dies because I thought the size and shapes would work well together in a floral cluster.
Next, I had to decide what papers to use. After flipping through my stash of fall designs, I decided to use Ciao Bella’s glorious “Sound of Autumn” collection. I love the vibrant hues and artsy vibe this collection provides.
Autumn Flora Tips and Tricks
First gather up scraps of designer paper from the collection. Then die cut loads of petals and foliage from those scraps. Your flowers will match your paper collection perfectly.
- Begin by lightly misting all your die cut flower layers. This will make them easier to shape. It also releases the starch in the paper. When the flowers dry, they will hold their shape and be much sturdier.
- Next, shape each petal with a the Golf Groove Flower Shaping Tools. Place the flower layer face down on a shaping mat (linked below).
- Now, run the grooved tools from the tip of each petal toward the center. The petals will curl in on themselves. That is normal.
- Then flip the flower over and cup the center with the round end of the largest Golf Groove Tool. The curled petals will relax and take on a pretty shape.
- Now add more detail with a straight tweezer. Place the tweezer in the center of each petal and gently fold up or down. Then gently grasp the tip of the petal and twist slightly.
- Layer the petals together. I used two of each large layer and 2 of each small plus the little bits that go in the center of each flower. Stagger the flower layers to create fulness and dimension.
- If desired, you can fill the center of each flower with Dries Clear Adhesive or hot glue and Go Mango Prills.
- Brush the edges of the flowers with Gathered Twigs Distress ink to really amp up the fall vibe.
- Then place the flowers in a box and mist lightly with Copper Perfect Pearls Mist and Jack-o-Lantern Glimmer Mist.
- Follow the same steps for the foliage. I always make extra foliage!
Tall and Skinny Box Pocket Folio
This tall and skinny folio base is made from one sheet of 8 1/2″ x 11″ kraft cardstock. Score it at 4 1/4″, 5, 9 1/4″, and 9 3/4. Fold along the scored lines to create a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ folio with 3/4″ spines on both sides. Ink the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Then brush a little Copper Metallic paint along the edges to add a soft autumnal glow.
Create the Frames by die cutting ivory cardstock with Spellbinders Picot Petite Ovals from Amazing Paper Grace. Back the frames with designer paper and foam dimensionals. Then layer them together as seen in the photo. Now you can cluster your flowers and foliage around the frames.
Our son cut me a pile of little oak branch slices. I topped one with acorns, pollen stems, foliage, Prills and a burlap bow as an embellishment for the cover. The acorns have been brushed with Copper Metallic paint.
Wrap the folio with ribbon to serve as a closure.
A Peek Inside
A pair of pockets fills the inside of the folio. The standard pocket on the left holds a bookmark and a vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.
The box pocket on the right holds a tea party in a box.
It’s everything you need for a tea party for one: tea, cookies, chocolate, honey, and a little honey dipper. There’s also a smaller 4″ x 6″ folio tucked in here. Place photos or write a note inside. When all the goodies have been consumed, this pocket is a great spot to tuck in some favorite fall photos.
Fall is absolutely my favorite season of the year. And fall flowers are always extra special. I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and flower shaping techniques for these Spellbinders Autumn Flora that you can use in your next crafty adventure. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
To see more projects made from Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn, click HERE.
Thanks for stopping by!
- Ciao Bella Sound of Autumn Collection
- 12×12 Paper Pack
- Creative Pack
- Natural Burlap String
- Brown Tartan Ribbon
- Acorn Charms
- Buttons from my stash