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Fall Autumn Greeting Cards: Homemade Card Ideas to Make

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I love to use seasonal themes when I create all-purpose cards, such as thank you and birthday cards.

I love to use seasonal themes when I create all-purpose cards, such as thank you and birthday cards.

Fall is not the popular greeting card making season the way winter is with both Christmas and Valentine's Day, but it still holds many possibilities. In addition to Halloween and Thanksgiving, you can always make a fall themed card for a birthday, baby shower, wedding, or anniversary. Consider fall colors as well as themes such as apples, leaves, and pumpkins. Happy crafting!

This article covers the following ideas for fall autumn cards.

So Many Possibilities!

Leaves

Acorns

Apples

Pumpkins

Turkeys

Corn

Tree With Fall Leaves

Fall Color Theme

Sunflowers

Fall Wreath

Purchase your own leaf stamps like mine!

How to Make Homemade Greeting Cards : Materials & Supplies

What supplies are helpful for making fall greeting cards?

  • Leaf stamps. There are a variety of sizes and leaf types available. Look for fall colored inks and other stamping materials (i.e. embossing powder) and/or consider fall colored paper for stamping your images.
  • Leaf paper punches. There isn't quite as much variety for leaf punches as for stamps, but you will still be able to find a few different varieties and sizes. Use several leaves on their own or punch a whole set for a tree or a wreath.
  • Fall colored cardstock and scrapbook paper. Typically I pull fall colors from multicolor packs of card stock and scrapbook paper books that cover a wide range of colors and/or themes. Look for scrapbook paper sets with versatile patterns that you can use throughout the year.
  • Fall colored ribbon. Again, usually I stick with ribbons that I can use for more than a single holiday or season. Solid colors and classic patterns, such as stripes and dots, will work for many different occasions.
  • Stamp and punch shapes ahead of time so the assembly process goes more quickly. If I'll be using stamped and/or punched shapes for a group of greeting cards, I like to get them ready first. When you want to use them for your cards, they'll be dry, cut, and ready to go.
  • Don't forget about other fall themed items for stamps and punches such as acorns, apples, and pumpkins. I kind of have a leaf obsession, which is why I own leaf stamps and punches, but you don't need to feel limited to these themes. You'll find lots of occasions to use other fall stamps and punches such as apples, acorns, and pumpkins.
Switch up your medium and make a card out of fabric instead of paper.

Switch up your medium and make a card out of fabric instead of paper.

Leaves

I love to use leaves for every season so of course I had to start here. Fall is a wonderful season to create leaf themed cards as you can naturally incorporate so many different colors. Stamps, punches, and stickers are perfect for smaller leaves. If you'd like to use a larger leaf shape, look for a pattern or create your own template.

Fall Leaves Handmade Card Tutorial

I love how Mailles mixed paper and felt embellishments, finished with a ribbon to add even more texture.

I love how Mailles mixed paper and felt embellishments, finished with a ribbon to add even more texture.

Acorns

Acorns on the ground always bring a smile to my face because they are one of the first visible signs of fall. Bring that sign to others with an acorn card. You can go for brown acorns that look realistic or you can take some liberties and use other fall colors. Are you making place cards? Consider attaching them to real or felted acorns.

This could be a fun card for a teacher.

This could be a fun card for a teacher.

Apples

From giving apples as teacher gifts at the beginning of the school year to apple picking to baking apple pies for Thanksgiving, apples are perfect for fall cards throughout the entire season. Make a card in the shape of an apple or sprinkle your card with smaller apples, as the artist did with the card on the right.

Create your own pumpkin stamps with potatoes.

Create your own pumpkin stamps with potatoes.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a classic choice for Halloween cards, but they can be a cheerful decoration for all-purpose cards, too. Consider pumpkins in different sizes and shades of orange. Do you prefer Jack-O-Lanterns? Work with some of those. There are also some great tutorials out there for 3-D pumpkins that will fold down neatly in an envelope.


Turkeys

While turkey has the obvious connection with Thanksgiving, people also associate it with giving thanks and you can use it for a wide variety of cards with this message. If you can't find a turkey card idea that you like, search for turkey crafts. There are lots of creative turkey ideas out there for kids that can be applied to cards.

Thanksgiving Turkey Card

Corn

Consider multiple types of corn for cards, such as varieties with different colors. Think about whether you want to depict the husks or not. There are numerous corny messages that pair perfectly with corn. They may not be specifically related to fall but can still be cute for the season. Don't forget about candy corn! There are lots of great candy corn card ideas out there.

Tree With Fall Leaves

Take the fall leaf theme one step further and create entire trees with beautiful fall leaves. There are so many possibilities here for different colors and different types of trees.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chedderfish/3745665521/ - link no longer active. You can customize any of these concepts for any season.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chedderfish/3745665521/ - link no longer active. You can customize any of these concepts for any season.

Fall Color Theme

Remember the card in the header photo? One of my favorite greeting card themes is a color scheme that fits the current season. Make a thank you, birthday, or baby card any time in September, October, or November with vivid reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. People will be touched by this personalization.

A fall color scheme is perfect for any of the following cards.

Theme the colors for the current season. 

Thank You

Symphathy

Wedding

New Baby

Birthday

Anniversary

Invitation

House Warming

Gain inspiration for your sunflower cards from beautiful photos of sunflowers.

Gain inspiration for your sunflower cards from beautiful photos of sunflowers.

Sunflowers

Depending on your location, sunflowers can bloom through September or even later. Fall is the time to harvest their seeds for toasting, trail mixes, and more, which may be why people often choose to use sunflowers in their fall greeting cards.

Fall Wreath

Join the latest wreath craze and put a few of them on your greeting cards. Create a sparse wreath like the one on the right or put together a vivid, leafy wreath with lots of different colors.

Do you enjoy making lots of greeting cards? Consider selling a few of them.

More greeting card resources from the author.

Comments

valeriej999 on August 06, 2017:

Fantastic ideas on this page, I just started here and was looking through pages and couldn't get anything interested

and violia!! here you are Bingo !!!!!!!!!

lovely format and the information I need is here... thank you

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 10, 2012:

That's awesome, pstraubie. :) It's neat when things work out that way. Thanks for stopping by!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 10, 2012:

Funny I should run across this as I am browsing this morning. I just updated my hub on making cards last night and am adding seasonal (for this time of the year) cards over the next few days.

I enjoyed your hub and the way you have shown your creativity as well as your suggestions. happi Saturday :) ps

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 08, 2012:

Thanks, Cyndi! Yep, I have a combination of pictures here. :)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on November 08, 2012:

Beautiful hub! I saw some photos from flickr, but it also looks like you create so many beautiful cards yourself. You're awesome! Many votes and shares!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 25, 2012:

Thanks, KR! That's awesome. :)

Kristi Sharp from Born in Missouri. Raised in Minnesota. on September 25, 2012:

Excellent ideas for autumn. Your hubs are always so thorough and put together so nicely. It's like I'm at Hobby Lobby on my couch! -K

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2012:

I hear ya on the time factor! I have not made nearly as many fall cards as I would like to thus far this year.

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2012:

Fall is my favourite season, and I love the idea of making fall-themed cards. Now, if I could just find the time...

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 20, 2012:

Thanks, Denise! I can't take credit for all of the photos here, but putting together an article like this is still fairly time-intensive. Thanks for linking to my article!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 20, 2012:

You've really spent some time organizing, photographing and presenting this hub-it shows. Had a revisit because I linked it to my hub about fall: The Splendor of Fall

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 2012:

Thanks so much, Linda!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on September 15, 2012:

I love the card with the acorns and oak leaves. Beautiful! Fall cards are such a unique idea. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 11, 2012:

Yes, for sure! Thanks, vespawoolf. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on September 11, 2012:

Autumn is my favorite time of year and the fall motif translates well into greeting cards. I especially like the idea of leaves. Your photo ideas are beautiful. Thank you!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 08, 2012:

Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! You're right that greeting cards are a great way to use up scraps.

Claudia Mitchell on September 08, 2012:

Fabric cards are awesome and a great way to use up scraps if you are a quilter like me! Another awesome hub and voted up too!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 07, 2012:

Thanks, Donnah! The change in weather is always refreshing.

Rochelle, you're right that sending a Thanksgiving cards instead of Christmas cards is a great idea.

Thanks, Denise! I hope that you have a chance to check out the selling information sometime.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on September 07, 2012:

Rose-these are great craft ideas and I never thought to make 'fall' cards. Thanks for sharing. Each one is very unique. I haven't followed the link to selling cards,but will do this another time. I'm very curious and interested in that. Thanks Rated up/useful and interesting.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on September 07, 2012:

These are beautiful ideas!

I have a friend who sends out "Thanksgiving Cards" once a year to all of her far-flung friends.

It's a great idea and excuses her from a yearly Christmas or New Year's letter which is usually expected at a very busy time of the year.

Donna Hilbrandt from Upstate New York on September 07, 2012:

Beautiful ideas. I love the wreath cards. The fall colors are so vibrant. I am excited for the crisp weather. :) Voted up and sharing.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 07, 2012:

Thanks, Julie! That's great.

Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on September 07, 2012:

Your homemade card series are wonderful. Fall is my favorite season, so I really liked these ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 07, 2012:

Thanks, Leah! Good luck with your Thanksgiving cards.

Leah Lefler from Western New York on September 07, 2012:

Wow, Rose - those are gorgeous cards! I need to put some together for Thanksgiving greetings. Really beautiful!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 07, 2012:

Thanks, jezebellamina! I agree about fall being such an inspiring time of year. I love cards with layered elements that add color and texture, too.

Thanks, Carol! That's great.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 07, 2012:

These ideas are great. I am bookmarking for future use. Also voting up. Your research is excellent.

Jessica from Dallas, TX on September 06, 2012:

Great collection of wonderful cards and ideas. Fall is one of the most inspiring times to me; all I want to do is make things! And bake things! (and eat, lol!)

I especially love the cards with layered elements; so much lovely texture and color. Very special! Thank you for sharing these inspiring ideas :)

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 06, 2012:

Thanks, coffeegginmyrice! I'm sure those maple leaves made beautiful cards.

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on September 06, 2012:

So pretty, eh! And fall season will serenade its colours in the air. It's great to be crafty again, change of season, change of everything past and going forward to welcoming Fall. Excellent compilation, randomcreative! Cheers!

p.s. I remember the past years picking up maple leaves during fall from cemeteries and turn them into bright greeting cards I had sent out through mail to many places.