Going through my Christmas stamps I ran across Hero Arts Happy Holly Days. I don’t think I had used it before, but as I was looking at it the curved holly branch caught my eye and I wondered if I could use it to make a wreath, paring it with the holly cluster.
For my first attempt I free handed it and it turned out pretty wonky. So the next time I got smarter and die cut a circle from typing paper and used that as a guide for placing the branch. I first stamped the cluster in tree separate locations on the circle, visually dividing it into thirds. I then masked them and stamped the holly branch between and it worked. A lovely wreath was formed.
I colored the leaves and berries with Copic Markers and added Ranger Glossy Accents to the berries. I colored a piece of scrap cardstock with the red Copic markers I had used on the berries and cut the word peace. The background to the word was cut from gold mirror cardstock and the two were adhered together with liquid glue. Glossy accents were added to the red “peace” word. I also stamped the secondary sentiment on a scrap of the red colored cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold.
I wanted to pull more of the gold that was used behind the sentiment into the design so I sized down the wreath image with an Ellen Hutson Essential Square and cut it again from gold mirror cardstock. When I am adhering the thin frame to the focal image I like to turn it over and use scotch tape to hold the two pieces together. This is a lot easier than trying to adhered the thin frame with liquid glue around the center focal image.
As I was looking at the card I thought it might look lovely to add a thin gold circle to highlight the wreath. I love the way it turned out. The focal image was adhered to a square of Gina K. Designs Christmas Pine cardstock, and then it was all adhered to a square cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.
This is my favorite Christmas card that I’ve made this year, but it would just be too time consuming to mass produce.
- Hero Arts Happy Holly Days
- Memory Box Peace Jotted Script
- Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Christmas
- Copic Markers: R59, R39, R29; G28, G24, G21
- Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs Base Weight Christmas Pine Cardstock
- Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
- Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
- Ellen Hutson Essential Squares and Circles
- Ranger Glossy Accents
- Nuvo Chrystal Drops White
- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
- VersaMark Ink
- Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder