If I were you, I'd opt for the latter.
This first card is Soft Suede card stock with a strip of Tall Tales designer paper, layered on Dusty Durango. A strip of Dusty Durango ribbon is adhered around the layers, then I added the knot as a separate piece.
The acorn stamp was stamped three times in Basic Brown and punched out, colored and adhered with dimensionals.
For the second card, I used the same colors, only punching out one acorn and this time layering it on a scallop circle.
I added white dots to mimic the Soft Suede ribbon above with a Uni-bal white gel pen. The layered are adhered to the Dusty Durango card with dimensionals.