Autumn Memories

© Michele Emerson-Robert 2016

This is such a glorious and colorful time of year! Lots of birthdays this month too; so lots of cards to be made! Keeping with the Autumn theme, but wanting to change it up a bit, I pulled out some ‘reactive” paints to use. Wow, what fun they are!


·       Any of the Arnold Grummer® paper making kits
·       Blender, cello sponges and soft towels
·       A sunny window
·       Scraps of off white paper (think junk mail, etc.)
·       Dried spice/herb for inclusion in paper
·       Scraps of off white and cinnamon heavy weight handmade paper to die cut
·       The PaperCut™ golden colored cardstock for layer and dark green for one card base
·       Die: Quiet Fire Designs™ ECD 1199 Four Seasons & ECD 1197 Memories
·       SpellbindersTM Grand Calibur™ die cutting and embossing machine
·       Random pattern embossing folder
·       Westcott™ paper trimmer and scissors
·       Scor-Pal™
·       BeaconTM ZipDryTM and QuickGrip™ adhesives, double sided foam tape
·       ColorBox® Stylus handle & tips, rust colored die ink pad
·       “Reactive” paints: Iron, Copper & Verdigris
·       Foam paint brush
·       Plaid® Mod Molds® #24891 Nature
·       Small amount of golden colored air dry polymer clay, Plaid® bee mold
·       Thin twine
·       Clear envelopes for cards


1.     Follow the instructions found in any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits to create off-white slurry. Add a tiny bit of spice or herb to the slurry. Create one or more sheets of heavy weight handmade paper.
2.     Allow the paper to dry.
3.     Fold and tear the paper to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½ card.
4.     From the other half sheet, hand cut two leaf shapes.
5.     Apply the reactive paints to the leaf shapes.
6.     Allow the leaves to dry.
7.     Apply the second part of the reactive paints to approx. half of each hand cut leaf.
8.     Create the bee with the Plaid® mold and air dry polymer clay. Allow the bee to dry.
9.     Cut a tiny slit in the top left of the handmade paper card.
10.  Inset and tie the twin in a knot.
11.  Die cut the words from scraps of heavy weight cinnamon and off white handmade paper. (Refer to samples.)
12.  Emboss one of the leaves in the random pattern embossing folder.
13.  Cut, score & fold the dark green cardstock to create a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card. 
14.  Add a bit of rust colored ink around the edge of the golden colored layer piece. Layer onto dark green card.
15.  Attach the painted leaves to the fronts of the cards with small pieces of foam tape.
16.  Attach the die cut words across the leaves with ZipDry adhesive.
17.  Attach the bee with QuickGrip adhesive.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks so much Donna......they were all beautiful and a bit different.
      Love and light,

  2. Beautiful cards! Thanks so much for using the dies! <3

    1. Thanks Suzzane.......your Quietfire Designs
      "4 Seasons" dies are perfect for so many cards.
      Love and light,


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