Friday, 7 October 2016

Simple wreath

So the heating has gone on, the nights are drawing in and it must be time to start on those Christmas cards. 
Ha, no! Not if you've been playing along with a Christmas Card Challenge, you'll already have a nice little stack. I have about three quarters of the number I need. (Insert smug, smiley face here!)
Here is a lovely, simple sketch from 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. 


  I've stamped the wreath using 3 Stamplorations stamps from Frames and Florals. They are not Christmas stamps but look very pretty stamped like this. Then  I used strips of paper for each side. To give a bit more interest  I cut the fancy corners of the same paper with a JustRite die. 
I wanted a bit more of a focal point so I embossed the holly, coloured with Brusho and then cut out. The berries are coloured with pen and then Glossied over for shine. The Brusho gives lovely tones to the green. 

While embossing the sentiment I dropped the stamp bang in the middle but I managed to brush the extra powder off before heating as it was quite a big image. Imagine how cross I was. 

There is also gold embossing along the edges of the white card and the green strips and finally some glitter on the wreath for that all important Christmas sparkle.
I remember trying to photograph this green paper before and it always looks washed out, imagine an apple green.  

Enjoy your weekend, I hope you have some time for crafting.  x

I've used:
Stamplorations leaf stamps. Frames and florals
Stamps from Creative Stamping (last month) for words and Holly 
Just Rite die.  
Dove craft paper


  1. What a lovely traditional card Alison. Clever use of your non-Christmas stamp and I like the little corners. Barbxx

  2. I would have never guessed that those weren't Christmas stamps! Very pretty! Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment on my card!

  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who drops stamps! :-) This is a beautiful card and I love the wreath combined with the lovely, glossy holly. Thanks for joining us at 52CCT and best of luck with the DT call, April x

  4. Oh this is such a pretty Christmas wreath! I love the sparkle on the leaves. Great take on the sketch! Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week! Deborah, DT.

    BTW - so glad you're well on the way to making all your Christmas cards! x

  5. such a lovely card. Love the colors you used :)
    Thanks for playing with us at 52CCT!

  6. Hi Alison . . . what a lovely festive card. Good on ya for already having three quarters of your required Christmas cards done.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx


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