I can’t believe that it is almost fall. I have very mixed feeling about this time of year. I love the cooler days and the color of the leaves. I don’t, however, like the fact that after fall is winter. Fall would be perfect if spring came after it.
While thumbing through the above book (it has some awesome ideas), I found a Shadow Forest Wallhanging. I thought that the design would make interesting ATC’s as well.
Here’s the tutorial for the 3-D ATC.
4 sheets of cardstock in 4 different colors
Bare tree pattern (make your own or use a pattern such as the Silhnouette “bare tree” one)
Tiny leaf paper punch
From the darkest color of cardstock cut out an ATC- 2.5″ x 3.5″. Cut out 1 tree and one frame from the remaining 3 colors of card. The dimensions of the frames are 2.5 x 3.5 (outer dimensions) and 2″x3′(inner dimensions).
Because the tree cut out that I used was a bit too busy for this project I trimmed a lot of the tiny branches off. The dark gold tree has been trimmed and the light gold tree has not.
Next I glued the trees to their matching frames. Notice that each tree is placed in a different spot on its frame. This means that you will need to trim tree parts that go past the outside edge of the frame.
In order to make the card more dimensional I glued 2 pieces of card together, cut them into tiny squares, then glued the squares the corners of the back and middle frames . You can see them in the picture above on the darkest frame. You could use dimensional foam, but it would make the card too bulky to put into a sleeve .
All that is left to do is to glue layers together and add your punched leaves.
Here is another Autumn-themed card that I made for one of my Yahoo groups.
And finally, while this mini ATC’s theme is oriental, the colors remind me of fall as well, so I am including it.
Have a great week!