Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Welcome Holly wreath

Another week, another Christmas card. I'd really like to make something flowery and pink but birthdays have been scarce recently and I haven't had much spare time for playing around. The next few birthdays are boys! Thinking cap on...
Anyway on with the card:

I don't think the green looks quite as vibrant as it does in real life but when I tilt my screen it looks better. So if you think it looks washed out, try tilting!

There was a certain amount of fiddly cutting here. I stamped the holly, embossed in bronze and filled in with green brusho. I wet the leaves with water. Dropped some Brusho onto an acrylic block and painted it onto the leaves with a wet brush. I love how it pools and gives different shades. I coloured the berries with a Pro-marker. 

Then the cutting out. I quite enjoy it really. I ball tooled the back and also went round the white edges with a bronze Sharpie. 
I stamped the greetings down the side first, as there was plenty of chance for it to go wrong, then attached the wreath. 

I glued the leaves on with glue gel but not very much as I want it to go through the post easily. I think I've made quite a few cards which will be too thick for a normal stamp.

I'm linking this to 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. This week it's 'pick a previous sketch'. I chose one from just a few weeks ago. Sketch 55 October 2016


And also Merry Monday. Bonnie is asking 'How will you decorate your door?'

With a wreath. of course. I always make one and just remembered how prickly Holly is while you're doing it and then when you walk into it by accident. 

Thanks for visiting lovely crafters.  x


  1. I think this card is really lovely Alison. I've not used Brushos to paint with but am going to give it a go after seeing these lovely leaves. I didn't have to tilt either! You've done some great fussy cutting too. A lovely card. Barbxx

  2. I love your holly wreath, Alison! That was some fancy cutting and your stamping on the sides is an awesome addition! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  3. Lovely, lovely wreath Allison! Love the touches of gold on the edges of the leaves...so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday!! :0)

  4. Such a beautiful Christmas wreath and I think the green is fab! I do like the way you've edged the leaves! Nice take on the sketch! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT.

  5. I tilted and it looks beautiful to me :-)

  6. What a terrific wreath! I really like the embossed outlines. Thanks for making 52CCT part of your crafting fun!

  7. Your holly leaf clusters are so pretty and really, you hand-cut them all? What patience! Thanks for playing Merry Monday!

  8. quelle élégance et quelle sobriété Alison, cette carte est superbe, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52CCT, biz


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