Friday, 27 October 2017

Painted Harvest Wreath

Hello, Crafters.

Although today's card isn't heavily decorated, it took four stamp sets, two die sets and two punches! 

I wonder if you recognise which stamp set the sentiment comes from? 

I found it, just by chance, in Better Together. 

Normally, when I'm photocopying my stamps sets for my reference folder, if I see one that is suitable for Christmas and non-Christmas, I do two photocopies so I have one in each section - somehow I overlooked this one!

I'm pleased with today's card, especially the door hinges and door handle, but I wonder if I should have used something like Soft Suede as my middle layer rather than Wild Wasabi, and followed through on the hinges and door handle?

I'd seen the idea of using the Painted Harvest Stamp Set as a wreath on Pinterest.

I chose to use Wild Wasabi Ink on Whisper White Cardstock (CS), and I added Red Glimmer Paper  berries. 

These were punched out using the smallest eyes on the Cookie Cutter Punch. 

I used my Paper Snips to fussy cut the wreath which was a little bit of a challenge because it was difficult, at times, to see some of the lighter branches.

If I did get any bits wrong, it doesn't show, so I'm happy!

I had planned to use the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folderfor the top Whisper White CS layer, and then adhere the wreath to it with Dimensionals.

Then I had a change of mind and decided to go for the  Hardwood Background Stamp instead - inked in Sahara Sand, and stamped off once.

I much preferred this idea, so I put away the embossing folder, and took the background stamp off the shelf. 

Then my mind started working on the top layer being a door, so I looked through my dies for something that would pass for a door handle.

If you've seen my video where I show how I store my dies, you'll know on the reverse of each magnetic sheet is a piece of thin board. 

This is from the back  of Designer Series Paper packs, and I'd adhered onto this sheet one of each die cut produced by each die in that particular set! 

This is when my filing system really comes into its own!

As I went through my dies storage folders looking at the back of each individual folder, I found the "handle" in the Christmas Thinlits Dies. 

It's the loop to hang the stocking up with (there's also a slightly larger one in the Mitten Dies, too!). 

I continued going through checking all the folders just in case I saw something else that I thought would be more suitable! 

Then I saw the Christmas Lamp Post Thinlits, which would make brilliant "hinges" for the door!

I think everything else about today's card is self-explanatory except to say the holly I used to decorate the sentiment is from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set. 

I used my Wild Wasabi and Real Red Marker Pens to paint and then stamp the sentiment, which I then punched out usng the Pretty Label Punch.

Still using Marker Pens I painted the holly stamp as well, and  then I stamped one at either end of the sentiment.

In an attempt to make  the door handle and hinges a bit darker, I painted them with my Clear Wink of Stellla Glitter Pen.

It didn't do much for darkening them, but they do sparkle beautifully! LOL!

To decorate the inside of the card I stamped the two layers of the wreath over the bottom right hand corner, and added some Real Red berries using my Marker Pen. 
My final touch was to add a red bow to the wreath, and unfortunately, I've used a retired Real Red Ribbon as I've finished my reel of the current red ribbon!

I feel that I've hopped about today, so if I've missed anything please let me know so I can put it right!

That's about it for today, so until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Beautiful card Jan, so easy after you described all the pieces you put together (LOL).. Thanks for sharing and love visiting you each day via blogland. Seletta

    1. Hi, Seletta. Many thanks for following my blog. ☺ I'm planning a video for this card, hopefully it'll be ready for tomorrow! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.