I started my card with the Pine Cone Branch die. Originally, I was going to cut it from white cardstock and color the various elements; but I decided that I wanted a bit more "texture." So I cut it from both green and tan cardstock. I thought that building up the pine sprigs (the green onto the tan) would give some more depth to them.
Then I cut the pine sprigs off the green die cut and glued them to the tan one . . .
Once the tedious part was complete, I cut my cardstock.
Dark Gold - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Cream - 4" x 5 1/4"
Scrap of Dark Gold large enough for the focal panel
I have a Darice embossing folder of fall foliage. I took some Ranger Distress ink (Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo) and rubbed various parts of the embossing folder.
When I embossed the cream cardstock, the ink gave the embossing some nice fall coloring, and then I cut the focal panel with the largest Rounded Rectangle die.
I constructed my card base, using Scor-Tape to hold down the embossed panel and large foam pop dots to add the rectangle. I had stamped the word "Autumn" in the Pine Needle ink at the lower right-hand corner of the dark gold panel and die-cut the word "blessings" using one of the Expressions Plus dies.
CottageCutz dies used on this card are:
Don't forget that CottageCutz has lots of new Halloween and Christmas dies on their website. Be sure to check them out!