Although we’ve had some scorching weather recently it’s obvious that autumn is just around the corner. So as I was looking at the Paper Florist Dies I began to think of ways to use them for the new season. I started by pulling out some ink pads in autumn shades and then remembered the Gold Distressed 12” x 12” Specialty Paper. I love the look of this paper but wondered whether it was possible to give it a hint of autumn colour. There was only one way to find out!
DISTRESSED GOLD PAPER
I began by using the oak leaf from the Paper Florist Dies to cut the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper. With three leaves in front of me I used a Blending Brush to add some Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green ink over the surface. I was conscious that the shiny gold areas of the paper would likely resist the ink so I removed the excess by wiping the surface with a tissue. The ink on the tissue confirmed my suspicions, but there was still enough ink on the other areas of the paper to give it the effect I’d hoped for.
Going back to the Paper Florist Dies I decided to avoid flowers for this project. So instead I took the two dies with the pairs of circles. I used the two dies to cut some scraps of Crushed Curry and Pecan Pie Card leaving me with a little pile of decorative circles. From the pile I liked the ones that were covered in tiny holes and reminded me of Ritz Crackers. Having set these aside with the leaves I turned my attention to the tag base.
For my tag base I immediately reached for the Tailor Made Tags Dies. In the end I chose the #3 Flat-topped die (counting from the smallest up) along with the small solid die with the oval holes. I used the tag base die to cut some Thick Very Vanilla Card, while using the solid die on some Pecan Pie Card.
Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the small Pecan Pie pieces around the hole on the front and back of the tag base. This added a nice contrast while also strengthening the hole. Then I added the three gold leaves and three of the die-cut circles to the tag front with liquid glue.
For the sentiment I chose a simple “happy birthday” from the Very Best Occasions Stamp Set. First I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of Thick Very Vanilla Card with Cherry Cobbler ink. Then I cut it out using the #2 circle die from the Stylish Shapes Dies set (counting from the smallest up). With that done I added the sentiment to the tag with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally I folded 6″ of gold Simply Elegant Trim in half and poked the loop through the hole in the tag. Then I threaded the cut ends through the loop and pulled gently to secure it in place. And just like that my autumnal gold gift tag was complete.
I really like the simple gender-neutral look of this tag and the altered Distressed Gold paper is a technique I’ll definitely use again. What do you think?