Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, Stamping

How to Create Autumn-Themed Mini Notes

Have you tried the Essentials by Ellen Mini Note die yet? It is an easy way to create adorable, tiny cards, tags, or notes to send a little love to friends and family. Today, Tiffany is sharing how she dressed up her mini notes for her favorite season – Autumn!


Hey crafty friends and Happy October! My favorite season is upon us and I could not be more excited! What better way to celebrate than to share some handmade joy with friends? Today, I’m sharing 4 different designs using the Mini Note die and lots of tips along the way. Because I couldn’t decide if I wanted to stick to a general fall theme or Halloween, I did a little bit of both. 🙂

Julie has a great video showing you how to construct the mini notes. It is very easy to put together – die cut, decorate, adhere square insert, and adhere together with double-sided scor tape. So I’ll focus on other details to help you dress up these sweet notes.

  1. Dress up your mini note by using it in combination with other die sets. In the Halloween version, I used a little temporary adhesive to have the Ghost Hugger look like it is holding the note. You could attach this to a treat bag or give as a shaped card.

Tip: Hide another little surprise behind the note with the Ghost Hugger or Bat Hugger die sets. I added a heart die cut from a striped panel.

Tip: Don’t forget to decorate the note both inside and out. I added several stamps from the Essentials by Ellen Spooktacular stamp set, focusing on the sky and treetops. Inside, I added flat silver stars to carry the theme throughout. Ensure any embellishments used inside the note are flat so it does not interfere when adhering the note shut.

In the fall version, I attached a Maple leaf from the new Essentials by Ellen Leaves die set to adorn the note. This makes such a cute “tag” that you could add to a gift card holder, a bottle of apple cider, or any other fall themed gift. The leaf was die cut from Essentials by Ellen Woodgrain cardstock, gold foil cardstock, and lightly ink blended with Catherine Pooler dye ink, Clay Mask.

Tip: Try adding texture to your mini note with stamping, embossing, or hot foiling. I used a brayer to ink the Spellbinders Plaid Tidings Background hot foil plate with Catherine Pooler Mandarin Spice dye ink and dry embossed the plate onto Concord & 9th Sorbet cardstock. They dye ink beaded up on the hot foil plate, leaving the cardstock with a cool, distressed plaid pattern. I added more texture with gold watercolor splatters.

2. Add the mini note to a card base as a focal point. In the fall version, I made the note a focal image by adding stamped images from Fallish and creating various textured background layers.

Tip: Mix and match textures for varied interest. On the card base, I added a panel of Essentials by Ellen Woodgrain cardstock. On top, I added a panel that I dry embossed with the Spellbinders Plaid Tidings Background hot foil plate. Next, I ink blended the woodgrain cardstock and added texture with water and gold watercolor splatters.

Tip: Add items in groupings of odd numbers. Odd numbers are visually pleasing. The Fallish images are in three clusters on the card front and the focal point, the mini note, has three elements popped up with foam tape. The inside note (seen above) has a grouping of 5 stamps around the sentiment.

3. Incorporate the mini note in a stamped scene across the card front. Using your MISTI, stamp the card front, then temporarily place the mini note in place and stamp again to ensure the stamping lines up. I used several images from the Essentials by Ellen Spooktacular stamp set to create this little Halloween scene complete with floating trick-or-treater and a black cat on top of a tombstone.

Tip: Be careful to apply the same pressure when stamping the card front as when you stamp the mini note card so the lines are of equal thickness.

I hope this gave you a bunch of tips and inspiration on how to dress up your mini notes for Fall. If you create something inspired by my post, I’d love for you to share them with me @ink.therapy.designs and @ellenhutsonllc. We can’t wait to see what you make!

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