Welcome to Autumn!

Oh, I just love Autumn! I know that the Summer is fab, but Autumn is my favourite season and to celebrate, here's an Autumnal Men's Birthday Card that I'll hope you'll enjoy (especially if you're all a bit Christmas'd out after last week's massively successful 4-day-aka-1.5day deal!). 

Card Recipe:
Tools: Tonic Studios Elegant Vine Square Die Se, Gothic Border, Tim Holtz Paper Distresser  Grand Calibur
Stamp: Joanna Sheen House Mouse
Colouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Paper & Card: My Mind's Eye, Parchment, mulberry paper, Satin Elegance
Embellishments: Raffia, String, Baker's Twine, Sheer Ribbon, Buttons, Skeleton Leaves

Do you recognise the die set that I've used as a mat for the main focal image?  Yes, it's the Elegant Vine Square Die Set.  Previously I've cut the top die from vellum and laid it over a pattern card, this time, I've cut the filigree layer in patterned card and layered it over a semi-translucent textured mulberry paper.

Plus, you'd never know that there is a tag in the centre of this die set, my focal image hides it completely, those clever, versatile Verso dies!

Do you find it difficult to shabby things up?  I know I do!  However, I've been playing with my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Paper Distresser and had a good go at distressing all my edges, before inking them up with Tea Stain Distress Ink.  I think I like the effect, what do you think?  It would be great if you would leave a comment on what you think (it's good to know I'm not chatting to myself)?

There are lots more ideas for using your Tonic Dies and Punches on my blog DipsDesigns, so do pop over and take a look around, visitors are always welcome and there's cake too!

Have a great weekend and hope you're all playing with your new dies very soon!

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