Sunday, October 23, 2011

Silver Wreath

Today I made another Christmas card.  I am now up 20 cards, two-thirds of my goal for what I send out to family and friends at Christmas.  I saw a beautiful ornament made by Sharon Field (click here to see her ornament made from an oak leaf die-cut).  I made one of her ornaments, hoping that I'd be able to put it on a card, but I found it a little big.  So I used her idea and made my own wreath using a smaller leaf die-cut that I bought from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I'm happy with how it turned out!  For the berries, I cut off a strip of mini glue dots and taped down both ends to hold the strip flat.  I then squeezed red glitter glue over top of each of the glue dots.  Once they were dry, I had beautiful red glitter dots with a glue dot backing that could be added anywhere.  Hope you like.

"Silver Wreath"

Stamps:  Season of Joy (SU!)
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White (SU!); silver glitter paper
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Small Leaf #2 die-cut from Cheery Lynn, glue dots, Cuttlebug "Snowflakes" embossing folder, Big Shot, 1" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, sticky strips, Tombow glue, white embossing powder, heat tool, and dimensionals

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I punched out a 1" circle from a scrap piece of cardstock.  I centered the 1" hole in my 1 3/8" circle punch and punched out a ring that I used as backing for mounting the leaves.

I die-cut 10 silver leaves and bent each of them to add depth.  I placed Tombow glue around the ring and added the leaves on top, overlapping them as I went.  While the glue was still wet, I was able to move the leaves around a little until I was happy with the way they looked; I set the wreath aside to dry.

I took a strip of glue dots still on their backing paper and secured the backing paper to my work surface to hold it flat.  I squeezed red glitter glue over top of each glue dot; I set them aside to dry.

When everything was dry and ready to use, I continued with my card.  I ran a large piece of Whisper White cardstock through my Big Shot with the Snowflake embossing folder.

I cut a piece of Real Red cardstock large enough to hold the wreath, but made it longer to add the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed in white.

I cut two thin strips of the silver glitter paper and added them to the main panel above and below of the sentiment.

I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above, popping up the wreath and the main panel with dimensionals to add depth.

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