What do you get when you mix a tiny leaf die cut with die cut apples?

Today I am so excited to share an apple harvest card I made to show off a leaf die cut that I think is underappreciated. This card is a perfect example of what kind of visual impact you can have when you use multiples of the same shape. Don’t you just want to get into that tree and pluck some fragrant, juicy apples?

For this card I used the Rubbernecker Winter Tree, Apple Cart, Baskets, Grass, Small Birds, Inside Scallop Nested and the newly released Tiny Leaves #2.

A handmade greeting card with a die cut apple tree made using a leaf die cut in many multiples

The Card Base and Grass

  • Cut an A2 sized card base and the scalloped layer using white cardstock and a background layer using red cardstock.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the red layer and attach it to the card base.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped layer and attach to the card base.
  • Use green cardstock to cut two layers of grass.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of one layer and attach it to the scene layer.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the second grass layer and attach it to the front of the scene layer.
  • Note:  I used the scallop die to cut the side edges of the grass to match the scalloped scene layer.

A handmade card featuring a leaf die cut used multiple times to create a full and colorful paper apple tree

The Apple Tree and Leaf Die Cuts

  • Cut the tree using Kraft cardstock and several sets of leaves using green cardstock and apples using red cardstock.
  • Apply brown ink to the tree using a mini applicator.
  • Attach several apples to the tree branches using glossy accents. Note:  I didn’t want the tree to overloaded with apples so I spaced them out for a natural appearance.
  • Place the leaves face up on the molding pad and form them using the leaf tool from the paper sculpting kit.
  • Attach the leaves to the tree branches using glossy accents.
  • Apply rolled up double stick tape to the back of the tree trunk and larger branches, tuck it in behind the grass layer and attach to the scene base.  Note:  Place the double stick tape on a clean hard surface and roll with your finger.

 

rolled double stick tape 2

The Apple Cart, Baskets and Birds

  • Cut the apple cart and baskets using Kraft cardstock.
  • Apply shades of brown ink using mini applicators.
  • Color the wheel of the cart using a black marker.
  • Color the apple stems with a brown marker.
  • Attach the apples to the cart and baskets using glossy accents. 
  • Attach the apples to the containers so they appear to be overflowing .
  • Note:  I only attached four spaced out apples behind each open slat on the cart and then attached a piece of red cardstock to fill in and cover the open spaces.
  • Tuck the cart and baskets in behind the grass and attach using mounting tape.
  • Cut the birds using red cardstock, color the beaks with a black marker and attach them to the scene using small pieces of mounting tape.

A handmade greeting card showing how a leaf die cut used multiple times can create a paper apple tree as a focal image

I challenge you to go look and see if you have a leaf die cut or some other shape that, when used in multiples like I did here, create a focal image that can knock your socks off. I am betting you have something you can try!

 
5305D Inside Scallop Nested Dies
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Winter Tree Die Cut 5170D
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5334-02D Tiny Leaves #2 Die
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5209-04D Apple Cart Die Cut
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5215-02D Baskets Die
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Tabed Grass Set Die Cut 5152-03D
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Small Birds Die 5147-06D
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Color Fuse Set #3
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Sizzix – Paper Sculpting Kit
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E47 – Dark Brown, COPIC Sketch Marker
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COPIC Sketch Marker 100, Black
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Mini Applicators, 12 pk, PanPastel Sofft
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Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
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5mm (1/4″), Be Creative Tape
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ATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider
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Mini Glossy Accents, Ranger Accents
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Teflon Bone Folder, Essentials by Ellen
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Scor-Pal Measuring & Scoring Board 12×12
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Crossover II Fabric & Paper Cutting…
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