Wednesday, November 12, 2014

joyful and berried

Having tons of fun with the wreath image from the Joyful stamp set from STAMPlorations today. One Christmas card, one non-Christmas card.

I had an idea for wreaths dangling on twine in front of a wood wall - this is what happened.

I tweaked the wreaths, stamping them and then die cutting them with a Spellbinders inverted scallop circle and a normal circle in the middle to make them fit my design better. Put them on a wood wall. And dangled a sentiment. Oh, and a couple of pine cones die cut from chocolate brown Add a Little Dazzle metal sheets for added interest.

I just love all the berries in the image. I colored some of them with a red Sharpie and a few with a gold metallic pen. Added a heat embossed sentiment in gold too. I love the pizazz the gold brings to the rustic card.

I'm hooking up at:
Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas
Festive Friday #44

Now for the non-Christmas wreath. You may have seen this card. Well today's is a distant cousin. I'm going to use it as a November birthday card.

Started by stamping the wreath with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then filling it all in with watercolors. When I was happy with the oranges and yellows, I second-generation stamped the wreath with brown. Then I spritzed it with water/Perfect Pearls and tore it out. I didn't want the stark, neatly cut edges and thought tearing it while wet would yield softer ones. I like the result.

Then I die cut the PTI Art Deco frame and lightly stamped the wreath three times offset. Splattered with Heidi Swapp gold and adhered the frames to a kraft base, popping the middle panel and then the wreath on top of that. Added a gold embossed sentiment on vellum and "berried" it with a few gems.

Another example of how a few gold splatters can really add some pop to a generally rustic card.

I'm joining the fun at:
Time Out #18

Virginia's View - Metallic (both cards)

Thanks for looking. CU tomorrow. And heads up - next week the STAMPlorations DT is hopping using the stamp sets from the new release (graphic in my sidebar). Be sure to come back for that too. Fun stamps. Great prizes to be had as always. And there may even be a special guest to delight you...


  1. So clever to die cut the wreaths like this. Both cards are stunning but I have to go with the second take on the wreath, your water colourimg adds a unique twist and so pleased you added to to TIME OUT

  2. Gorgeous - love how you've cut the wreaths and those pine cones look real! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday!

  3. Oooh, these are gorgeous!!! Love!

  4. You make my heart sing, Maria, with these two lovely cards! Love how you used the wreath to create two different cards!

  5. Really cool! That autumn one especially makes me smile! It's so warm and rich and lovely!

  6. I've fallen light years behind in commenting, so I'm working backwards, to add words to the ooh and ahhs that have preceded them. What wonderful ways to showcase this lovely wreath, both festive and birthday. Gorgeous...

  7. My good Golly! What beautiful cards these are! Maria, Thank you for taking time to visit my blog...returning the favor has been my treat! These are works of art!

  8. Your cards are just beautiful! I love the layout of the three wreaths in the first one! The second one with the fall colors is gorgeous too! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday! :)

  9. I'm a sucker for wreaths...especially the beautiful ones on your cards! :) Although I loved how you used the stockings in your previous post, too.

  10. Just so striking, Maria ... the crisp graphic look of the art deco frame is fantastic with the delicate, torn wreath ... lovely! So delighted you joined us at Time Out! Anita :)

  11. Cool use of wreath, love the second card a lot !

  12. Love the gold and yellow/orange....Wunder scheon wie immer, meine Freundin! Danke für deine Teilnahme bei Virginia’s View “All About Metallic” Challenge!

  13. So clever cards with a lot of artristry, Maria! I love the colors of the second card and your cool idea with the dies in your first card. Thanks for taking TIME OUT and joining our challenge!

  14. Great little bit grungy second card! Love the way you combined the gold and watercolour! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

  15. Your cards are so creative. Love both of them. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Eret x

  16. Congratulations on the win over at Festive Friday for your dynamic rustic card, Maria!! Hugs, Darnell


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