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.

By Judi Watanabe
October 2016

The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016), 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 

You Will Need

• adhesive
• 3 pressed leaves in graduating sizes and colors
• 1 sheet kraft-colored card stock, 4 x 5-1/4 inches
• 1 sheet burgundy card stock, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 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 

Read more from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking:

Decorate Greeting Cards by Using Tissue Paper
Using Fingerprints to Decorate Greeting Cards
Drawing with Tape to Design Greeting Cards
Using Napkins to Design Beautiful Cards

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

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