autumn accordion booklet…

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

have you ever wondered what possibilities one die has?  well media team anna-karin explores that very question with remarkable results.  wait until you see how she magically transforms the new sizzix textured leaf into the highlight of a dimensional colorful accordion book.  nothing is off limits here…t!m


Hello everyone!! I am happy to be here with you today with a fall project. I love leaves and the vibrant colours of fall and I knew I was going to love the new Layered Leaf die. For this project, I wanted to create something that could be both a gift and an ornament, and accordion booklets are perfect for that. I am going to share a whole bunch of techniques, which work great for both dies and texture fades. There is some stamping too of course.


  • Surfaces: Specialty Stamping Paper, Kraft Resist Cardstock Paper Stash, Kraft-Core Cardstock
  • Dies and Texture Fade: Layered Leaf, Alphanumeric, Big Ticket
  • Stamps: Wallpaper & Wood, Reflections
  • Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen, Fired Brick, Frayed Burlap, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain
  • Ink: Ranger Jet Black Archival
  • Alcohol Ink: Adirondack Sunset Orange
  • Crayon: Caran D’Ache: Neocolor 1 Wax Pastels
  • Embellishments: Gumdrops, Words Remnant Rubs, Life Quotes Remnant Rubs, Botanical Remnant Rubs, Linen Ribbon, Observations Word Bands, Jute String
  • Tools: Sizzix: Vagabond or Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Dimensional Cutting Pad; Blank Mask Sheets; Ink Blending Tool, Mini Round Ink Blending Tool; Tiny Attacher

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Start by die cutting four Big Tickets from Specialty Stamping Paper. I love this paper and can’t help to reach out and touch it when I come upon a sheet. You can also use watercolour paper for a similar result – if you do, work on the smoother side.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I wanted my leaves to be dimensional and decided to use the Dimensional Cutting Pad. Use this sandwich: cutting pad, die facing up, ticket (you can angle it a little as long at the leaf fits), dimensional cutting pad. That is, you replace the top cutting pad with the dimensional one. The dimensional pad has a groove in the centre, which means that the die won’t cut the material there.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

At this stage you might not like your leaf so much, but don’t worry, it get’s better! The part that isn’t cut doesn’t have to be right in the centre for all the leaves.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I am very fond of text stamps and I decided to do use one of the Reflections stamps to get text inside my leaf. I didn’t want the text everywhere on the card, so I die cut a mask using the leaf die. I discovered that I had run out of Blank Mask Sheets, and instead I just used printer paper. The Mask Sheets will work better and is easier to use since they are self-adhesive. Place the mask on the coordinating texture fade, on the side of the folder where the text is written. The die comes with the texture fade.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Stamp through the mask. Remove the mask and take the stamp off from the acrylic block. Quickly stamp the folder randomly here and there.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Place your ticket into the folder, lining it up with the leaf on the folder. Run through your Vagabond or Big Shot. As you can see, the embossed parts of the leaf have no stamped text. Pretty cool. After the embossing you can also better see the areas of the leaf that weren’t die cut earlier.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Place a mask over the ticket and rub a white wax crayon over the embossed areas. You don’t need to be precise. A white candle will work too, or a kiddies white wax crayon.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Leave the mask on and ink the leaf with Distress Ink, using a Round Mini Ink Blending Tool.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Still keeping the mask on the ticket, wipe the ink off the wax areas with a slightly moist paper towel. As you can see, the wax has resisted the ink. This technique works great with all texture fades.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Remove the mask and the leaf is looking a whole lot better than when we started out. It is such fun transforming white paper like this. If you want to, you can leave it now, the leaf looks nice on the white background.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I was in the mood for some more techniques and placed a mask on top of the leaf. Again, this will be much easier if you use the Mask Sheets.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Ink the ticket with Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs, using an ink blending tool.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Ink the Wood stamp with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap and stamp on top of the ticket, keeping the mask in place.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Now you can fold up the leaf and give some shape to it. You’ve created a dimensional and textured piece out of only a single layer of white paper.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I couldn’t help myself but to add some splattered texture too. Smear Walnut Stain ink on your craft sheet, mist with water and pick up with a paint brush. Tap the paint brush to create splatters (remember to protect your work area and your clothing).

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

For the base of the accordion, I used Kraft Resist cardstock, 5.6 in tall (14.2 cm). Score and fold each panel at 3.8 in (9.8 cm). Leave a small flap on the third panel and cut a fourth panel from leftover kraft resist. Adhere to the third panel.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I wanted to use a lovely fall quote by Peter Mulvey, and the Alphanumeric set makes it easy to die cut many letters in one go. The only additional letters I had to die cut were two ‘e’s, because I ran out of ‘e’s, even though there are 7 in the pack. Die cut from kraft core cardstock using the Sizzix Magnetic Platform.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I coloured some Gumdrops with Sunset Orange alcohol ink. Just drop the ink on the Gumdrop and watch the magic. It gives them a really great shine, hard to capture on a photo.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Adhere the ticket panels to the accordion background and add some foam dots under the leaves. Make a border with Linen Ribbon and Jute String.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I added some random rubs words and sentiments, to represent the secrets the leaves where telling the wind.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

Here you can see the text and texture of the leaves a little better.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

The combination of text, wood and ink looks nice on the background of the tickets.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

For the front, I used another piece of kraft resist as background and made two more leaves, this time without the ticket part. Instead, I die cut a ticket from burlap. Add a Word Band, another die cut word and a Gumdrop and the project is done.

Autumn Accordion Booklet by Anna-Karin Evaldsson |

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! As you can see the Dimensional Cutting Pad is a great tool to add quick dimension to a project. The die and texture fade combo’s can be used for some really fun techniques, especially if you also use the die to make your own masks. Try the same techniques, but ink the background behind the leaves in a darker colour instead, for a different effect. The techniques will also work great together with the Layered Butterfly, Layered Dragonfly and Layered Bee dies.

Thank you so much for looking!

Happy crafting!


*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…

(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Alphanumeric Thinlits (IE|SSS)
Layered Leaf (IE|SSS)
Big Ticket (SSS|IE)
CMS126 Wallpaper & Wood (SSS|IE)
CMS111 Reflections (SSS|IE)
Specialty Stamping Paper (IE|SSS)
Kraft Resist Paper Stash (IE|SSS)
Kraft-Core (IE|SSS)
Mask Sheets (SSS|IE)
Gumdrops (IE|SSS)
Remnant Rubs – Words (IE|SSS)
Life Quotes Remnant Rubs (IE|SSS)
Botanical Remnant Rubs (SSS|IE)
Word Bands Observations (IE|SSS)
Linen Ribbon (IE|SSS)
Jute String (IE|SSS)
Fired Brick Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Mustard Seed Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Peeled Paint Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Antique Linen Distress Ink (SSS|IE)
Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Walnut Stain Distress Ink (IE|SSS)
Jet Black Archival Pad (SSS|IE)
Sunset Orange Alcohol Ink (IE|SSS)
Tiny Attacher (IE|SSS)
Mini Ink Blending Tool (IE|SSS)
Blending Tool (SSS|IE)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)
Dimensional Cutting Pad (SSS|IE)
click here (IE|SSS)
Vagabond (IE|SSS)

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83 Comments to “autumn accordion booklet…”

  1. I like the tags best! Lovely autumn yumminess!!! thank you!

  2. Marie says:


  3. Angele says:

    Back home after a few days in the UK, no time for internet since it was wonderful weather so we were on the move checking out some castles and palaces.
    Now catching up and surprised by this lovely project, just what I needed to get me started again!

  4. Diana says:

    I LOVE this.. brilliant i say. i love when an older technique is brought back to life in a new way. i always forget about using the white crayon as a resist. thanks for reminding us!!!!

  5. Carmen Lucero says:

    I love all that texture!!

  6. Jane Hunt says:

    Beautifully done. I was surprised how simple this was. Thank you for using materials ‘of old’

  7. sammiethesammerwhosams says:

    Great tip about the white kiddie crayon to create a mask. I have used the crayon mask while dyeing Easter eggs; never thought to incorporate into my art. I am so trying that. Thanks!

  8. Judith says:

    I really like how the leaf is done and would like to try myself, however, I do not understand all of the steps. I am a bit confused about the masking, crayon and stamping.

  9. Tommye Bell says:

    WOW! THAT’S AWESOME! TFS this great tutorial. Must try this!

  10. Roxanne says:

    such a wonderful project! Love the gum drop idea! this is a wonderful die!~ Thanks for sharing

  11. Kirsten Alicia says:

    Such a clever idea & it looks wonderful.

  12. Sara j says:

    just beautiful….love the wax technique on the leaf

  13. Heather says:

    What a beautiful project for my favorite time of year! Thanks Anna-Karin for your tutorial.

  14. April W says:

    This is super! Really love it!

  15. cathy osborne says:

    What a great project. I love these autumnal colors and all the layers and embossing. Gorgeous.

  16. cheryl c says:

    The leaves are technique-filled and so beautiful! Great job.

  17. Patty Hebert says:

    Wow! That is sooooo beautiful. Love the colors and the texture.

  18. Shari T. says:

    GORGEOUS!! Another wonderful creation from Anna-Karin!! LOVE that folder & die set!! XOXO-Shari T.

  19. What a vibrant fall décor to put out with your other autumn decorations. I learn so much on how to use the different TH items I have with your instructions. Keep it up!

  20. GaiL MacauLay says:


  21. Linda Polaretzki says:

    Its just beautiful! Wonderful idea

  22. Gorgeous! Love the techniques.

  23. Michelle says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! 😀

  24. Emily Barker says:

    I just love that crayon resist technique! Used to use it a lot, and have forgotten about it for a few months. This is perfect with the leaf set! I love the dimensional effect you made with the …always thought I wouldn’t need that, but you have inspired me to go get it! This is just a gorgeous accordion booklet with so many great details!

  25. Jill Groom says:

    WOW!! What a brilliant project – my mind is ticking off all the items used that I do have, and what I can substitute. Thank you for this easy-to-follow tutorial. You leave me thinking I CAN DO THAT!!

  26. Lisa says:

    that is absolutely stunning! I have a quick question my Tim Holtz app will not load the products and has not loaded for several days. I am falling behind on adding my new product purchases. Any idea how I can fix the problem? ThanKs

  27. This is stunning in its simplicity and beautiful in design. I love the burlap panel on the front and the secrets in the wind….pure poetry!

  28. Sue W. says:

    This is gorgeous!

  29. Patricia Howarth says:

    Wow !! Wow !! Wow !! this project is stunning, I will definitely be trying this technique, you are so clever Anna-Karin, and Thank You for the fabulous tutorial.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  30. Mrs B says:

    Hi Anna-Karin. I love your accordion book, the leaves and colours are gorgeous. Thanks for a great tutorial. Take care.

  31. Gigi says:

    Wow, I love what you did with the white crayon. This is a fantastic project.

  32. ruby t says:

    Wow, I love how the leaves turned out. Lots of cool techniques.

  33. Candy says:

    This is very creative, so perfect for fall, and provided a lot of inspiration!

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