Sunday, 3 October 2010

Autumn Days Celebratory Wreath

Once again, I've featured Stampin' Up's Autumn Days stamp set in making this celebratory autumn wreath card.

The wreath was made by using a combination of colors to ink up the berry branch stamp  -- Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke.

In the Thanks So Much card (above), the wreath and salutation have been stamped onto Confetti White cardstock, and Naturals Ivory cardstock is peeking through the back of the circle. The cardstock with the wreath has been antiqued with a light tan (in this case, craft ink, or SU's Crumb Cake).

How to Make the Wreath: Begin by drawing a circle with a pencil onto your background cardstock.

You can use a stencil or anything that has a circle shape to draw your circle. I used a plastic circle with a 3.5-inch diameter; but you also can use the inside of a tape roll, as pictured.

Stamp the berry branch in one direction around the pencilled circle. After the wreath is dry, you can erase any pencil marks.


Using a self-healing mat and a plastic circle template, 

you'll want to cut out the 2-inch-diameter center of the wreath.

Then further punch or cut a 1 3/4-inch circle from that piece.

You will be stamping a greeting on this smaller circle, such as SU's Sincere Salutations, which I used. Choose your ink to match your overall layout. In both instances, I inked up with Cajun Craze. 

The Birthday Wishes Wreath was layered onto Certainly Celery cardstock. The circular salutation as been adhered with dimensional adhesive to lift it slightly. Certainly Celery colored ribbon was added as an embellishment, but you could use any coordinating ribbon.

Although I have used both Confetti White and Naturals Ivory for these cards, any white or ivory cardstock will work beautifully. In both instances, I have used patterned designer cardstock to make the bottom layer of the card.

VARIATION: If you don't want to cut out a circular window on your wreath card, you can take the easier option of layering circles on top instead. The look will be a little different, but you might find it slightly easier. For example, in the card above, the Birthday Wishes circle is 1.75 inches in diameter; the plain Certainly Celery circle is about 2.25 inches.