Wondrous Wreath – for Christmas!

Today’s post shows the Wondrous Wreath stamp set used for Christmas cards.  I chose to make it twice, almost exactly the same, but different colors, so you could see what color does in a design.  Both cards use a type of “red” and “green” scheme, but you can see how a subtle color variance makes the cards unique, even with the same stamp set.   Both cards start with a Pistachio Pudding wreath base and Mossy Meadow leaf accent.

My first card is more whimsical, using Strawberry Slush for the “red”.  Depending on whether you stamp directly, stamp off, or stamp onto its own color card base, you can get a range from pink to bright red, with this one ink pad. 


My second card is a little more formal with its darker hues.  I used Blackberry Bliss for my “red” in this version.


Make an Impression – These cards needed just a little something behind the main theme, because the pieces were already fairly busy and colorful.  I chose the Filigree Frame embossing folder to give the white mat some dimension.  For the first card, I very lightly sponged in a super soft pouncing method with the Pistachio Pudding.  For the second card, I swirled the Blackberry Bliss onto the card with the sponge, because I wanted more color.

Mixed Media – Ribbon is always a great way to add texture and interest to a card.  It helps bring a softness to the crisp paper.  Adding Crystal Effects to the little flowers brings shine and dimension to the wreath.  I stamped my flowers and then glossed over them with the Crystal Effects.  Once they dried, I ran them through the Big Shot to cut out the flowers.  That’s easier than trying to get the Crystal Effects onto each individual flower.

Round it out – Look at your design and mats to see if they should remain angular or if they need to be softened by a corner rounder.  You can mix it up with both angles and curves.  Just see what works best with your design.  Below is the inside of both cards, and an angled view of the more formal version.


Thanks for stopping by.  Come back tomorrow to see another new holiday stamp set styled for use anytime during the year.

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Wondrous Wreath another way!

Today’s post shows the “Wondrous Wreath” set from the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog being used for a get well card.  This design could easily be used for birthday, thanks, hello, or anything else you might want to say.


Get your money’s worth – I think it is important to get a lot of use out of my products, so I like to find ways to extend their usability.  The wreath in the Wondrous Wreath set makes a great general wreath base for almost anything.  Instead of using the flower that came with the wreath set, I chose the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pak.  This is the same set I used yesterday for the larger hearts on the wreath.  I also used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits for the butterflies. All the colors are from the 2013 – 2015 In Color collection. You can purchase the ink and cardstock in a set, which saves money, and it is extremely versatile.  I sponged the background banner in both Crisp Cantaloupe and Baked Brown Sugar, just to mix things up, and then sponged the edge of the Project Life Cards & Labels die cut sentiment with the same combination, but very very lightly.  The sentiment is from “A Dozen Thoughts” stamp set.  Almost all the sentiments from that set would work with this card.

Make an Impression – Besides using the Hardwood stamp to give a great background, I embossed the Party Pennants die cut banner with the Woodgrain embossing folder.  I think this makes it look like a door entrance.

Make it stand out – This is not a card that will do well in the mail, so I will either hand deliver it, or put it inside a box.  But I think the effect is worth the effort.  I used Tombow Liquid Glue to adhere just the center line of the butterflies and the center of the flowers to the wreath.  To get the flowers to bowl up, I used the wider end of my embossing stylus from my Simply Scored Scoring Tool to push the flowers gently into the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  And if you look at the side view of my card, you will see I have many layers of Dimensionals.  I think all the layers really bring the card to life.


Thanks for stopping by, and please come back tomorrow to see the wreath set used as it was intended.  Hey, it is a Christmas set, after all!  And if you missed yesterday’s version (Valentine’s Day), just go back to August 15th.  I’m still figuring out how to use WordPress, so my site and postings will be a little basic until I get the hang of things.  

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Wondrous Wreath for Pals Paper Arts Challenge 215

This is my first blog posting, and I decided to make it a double header by posting a card that fits the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week, plus showcases a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog, “Wondrous Wreath”.  P1010682

This is my example of how you can use “Wondrous Wreath” beyond Christmas.  Today’s post is a Valentine’s Day theme, based on the color challenge from Pals Paper Arts.

Let your tools do the work – I’m not a fan of fussy cutting, so anytime there is a Framelit or punch for a stamp, that’s an instant seller for me.  I used the Wondrous Wreath Framelits to cut out the wreath and bow, two of the Window Frames Framelits to cut a background for the wreath, a die from the Project Life Cards & Labels set to showcase the sentiment, and punched the hearts with the Itty Bitty Accents heart punch and the Hearts Border punch.

Coloring fun – To get more color depth on certain pieces, I used the Strawberry Slush ink on Strawberry Slush paper.  This gives it an almost red color that works great with the vibrant pink of the Strawberry Slush.  I also sponged around the large hearts to give them a little more depth.  By the way, the little heart stamp is from the “Another Thank You” stamp set, and the “happy valentine’s day” sentiment is from the “Good Greetings” hostess set.  Watch my blog for details on when you can earn the host set for free.

Adding a pop – I tried my wreath on Whisper White, Basic Black and a Strawberry Slush card base.  Nothing was quite right, and while embossing the white base did improve the look, the card still seemed to lack something.  So I got out my Back to Black Designer Series Paper, and settled on the diamond pattern.  It’s a strong look, and I think you will either love it or hate it, but I love it!

Thanks for stopping by, and please come back tomorrow to see how I used the set for a cheerful get well card.

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