autumn wreath…

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

with autumn just around the corner, media team richele christensen shares a great way to use your papercraft tools for a home decor project.  by combining the new layered leaf die from sizzix and the timeless earthly palette of distress she created realistic textured leaves from paper.  simple add them to a twig wreath intertwined with torn fabric and dried florals, and you’ll be able to create one of these to celebrate the season… t!m

Hello friends! I was so excited when I saw this Layered Leaf die that I couldn’t wait to create something! I loved the Layered Butterfly, Dragonfly and Bee and knew I had to have the leaf too. These dies come as a set with a matching Texture Fade to emboss the die cut image making a beautiful textured masterpiece. My project today is a quick and easy decor piece you will love.


  • Surfaces: Manila Cardstock
  • Eclectic Elements Fabric: French Script
  • Dies: Layered Leaf
  • Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs
  • Distress Stain: Squeezed Lemonade, Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Tarnished Brass, Ripe Persimmon, Gathered Twigs, Crushed Olive
  • Tools: Vagabond, Scissors, Heat Tool, Mini Ink Blending Tool, Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Other: Dried Florals, Grapevine Wreath, Floral Wire, Hot Glue Gun

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

4” x 6” pieces from Manila cardstock.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Apply a few colors of Distress Stain directly to the non-stick craft sheet. Spritz with water until droplets form.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Swipe one piece of Manila cardstock at a time through the ink. Dry with a heat tool.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Continue building the colors by collecting droplets from the craft sheet.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Dry between layers with a heat tool. Add 3 – 4 layers as desired.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Make several color combinations for the leaves.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Die cut 12 leaves using the Layered Leaf Bigz Die.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Emboss the leaves with the matching Layered Leaf Texture Fade.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

I love how the embossing brings the leaf to life.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Ink the leaves with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Shape the leaves by curling them in different directions.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Tear 3 strips of Eclectic Elements Fabric into long strips 4” x 42”.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Use one of the torn strips to create a bow with four loops and secure with floral wire. Wire the bow to the wreath.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Take another torn strip and push into the wreath on either side of the bow to create a ribbon effect.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Adhere leaves to wreath with hot glue.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Gather a few dried florals from your local craft store.

Autumn Wreath by Richele Christensen |

Tuck a few dried florals behind leaves and adhere with hot glue.


I can’t wait to hang my wreath up for the coming season! I love how it turned out…what will you make with the Layered Leaf die?

Thanks for joining the journey with me!



*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)

Manila 8.5 x 11 Cardstock (IE|SSS)


Eclectic Elements Fat Eighths- Documention (sss|ie)


Layered Leaf (IE|SSS)


Gathered Twigs Distress Ink (IE|SSS)


Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain (IE|SSS)


Aged Mahogany Distress Stain (IE|SSS)


Peeled Paint Distress Stain (IE|SSS)


click here (IE|SSS)


Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink (IE|SSS)


Gathered Twigs Distress Stain (SSS|IE)


Crushed Olive Distress Stain (IE|SSS)


Tonic Scissors (IE|SSS)


Mini Ink Blending Tool (SSS|IE)


Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)


Heat Tool (IE|SSS)


Vagabond (IE|SSS)


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73 Comments to “autumn wreath…”

  1. […] I have been dying to try out the new Tim Holtz Sizzix alterations layered leaf die and was really inspired by Richele Christensen’s Autumn Wreath tutorial. […]

  2. Mary G says:

    I bookmarked this page because of the great potential… In fact, i have left this page open on my mini for days (weeks?)… i can see this wreath with dragonflies, which, coincidentally, I already have Tim’s die/folder combo. And now that the distress sprays are available… Yahooooo!

  3. This is beautiful, Richele! I love autumn and the colors and simple elegance of your project capture it well!

  4. peg says:

    as always…..back to the studio! this is a wonderful homage to Lady Autumn!

  5. Zoe Hillman says:

    I love this Richele! I have ordered the leaf die and will be reaching for my hot glue gun to make an autumn wreath this year. Thanks for the inspiration and step-by-step. 🙂

  6. Deb L says:

    I absolutely love this!

  7. Danee says:

    Lovely. Cant wait to get ahold of this die

  8. Jen Shipley says:

    This wreath is absolutely beautiful! I just love the color combination.

  9. love all the projects . especially the wreath for the fall. a nice weekend project.

  10. this! Gotta find me a retailer who’s got this in stock!

  11. DebR says:

    A beautiful wreath, love the colours you used!

  12. Judy B says:

    Love the wreath and that layered leaf die is great. Thanks for sharing with us.

  13. Anne says:

    Love it, This is one I will enjoy doing.

  14. cheiron says:

    Fabulous fall wreath!!!

  15. Kalliope says:

    I am making this!

  16. Judi says:

    This is definitely my favorite this week. Those leaves are amazingly beautiful. I love autumn.

  17. Shari T. says:

    GORGEOUS!!! Simply GOR-GE-OUS!! XOXO-Shari T.

  18. Andrene says:

    Your wreath is just lovely, Richele! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the great photo tutorial!

  19. Gail says:

    Gorgeous wreath…love it!!

  20. Maureen Chandler says:

    WOW! This wreath is gorgeous and I love that leaf die/embossing folder. I am on the hunt for them – just wonderful!!!

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  22. Mrs B says:

    Hi Richele. I love your beautiful wreath. The embossed leaves look fabulous : ) Take care.

  23. Gigi says:

    I have made many wreaths, but I have never thought of making my own leaves. What a great idea and its beautiful. Thanks

  24. Patricia B says:

    What an amazing wreath!! Wow! Those leaves definitely make me think of Autumn. Thanks for sharing. Love ya’

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