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Autumn Leaf Wreath

Here in the Northeast it's really started to look and feel like Autumn with crisp cold days and LOTS of color on the trees. But if you don't live somewhere with beautiful foliage, it's easy to get the look in card form.
I started by making a 4 x 5.25" collage panel with some vintage sheet music and text paper torn quite randomly and attached to plain cardstock with Coccoina gluestick, which smells deliciously like marzipan! I diecut a heart shape from the finished panel and laid out my three different styles of Eyelet Outlet Leaf Brads to get a sense of how they'd fit around the opening and which colors looked nicest together. When I had a design I liked I snapped a photo, so I'd have it for reference while I worked. 
There is no shortcut to attaching 30+ brads, lol; I like to set them one at a time so that I can adjust the positions as I work, especially since it's nice when some leaves overlap others. When placing them around an opening like this heart, I sometimes need to bend both prongs in one direction to avoid them showing. It is also possible to shorten the prongs using my Tim Holtz Snips
When the wreath was complete I chose a gel print background in coordinating colors. Lately I've been loving the look of Golden Acrylics on textured cardstock, because you can see that cool grain pattern; also it makes the print strong enough to use as my folded A2 card. I used various Ranger Distress Inks to tint my diecut letters to match and popped them up on foam tape for extra dimension. I added a little bit of ink to the collaged front of the card as well.
And there we have it, INSTANT fall color .. and I didn't need to touch a rake! :)
is a big fan of Autumn
in New York and also New Jersey.

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