Using Dried Leaves to Decorate Greeting Cards

Crisp and wildly colorful, autumn leaves are inspiration for warm and heartfelt messages. Although you can use printed papers or prefabri­cated embellishments, a sustainable source is provided by nature.

The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking, by Judi Watanabe, explores a wide range of techniques and end products, making it a valuable reference for any crafter. So when the mood strikes, use the artistry you've learned to create personalized greetings for everyone you know!

finished card 


• adhesive

• 3 pressed leaves in graduating sizes and colors

• 1 sheet kraft-colored card stock, 4 x 51/4 inches

• 1 sheet burgundy card stock, 41/4 x 51/2 inches

• double-sided tape

• kraft-colored paper ribbon, 18 inches

• 1 kraft-colored folded note card, 5 x 7 inches

• scissors


1. Adhere the pressed leaves to the kraft-colored card stock and let dry.


2. Adhere to the burgundy-colored card stock with double-sided tape. 


3. Wrap the paper ribbon around both layers approximately 1 inch from the bottom. Tie a square knot. Trim the ends.


4. Adhere to the folded card with the top and sides equidistant and the bottom margin a little larger.

finished card 

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Reprinted with permission from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking, by Judi Watanabe and published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2016

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