Happy Everything Wreath

Happy Everything Wreath

Hi Crafty Friends,

We are well into Autumn and ready to turn the corner toward Thanksgiving so I thought this card design would be just the ticket. It features Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout stamp and Catherine Pooler inks. Take a look.

I just love this Wreath Turnabout stamp set by Concord & 9th.  You have seen me use it before and I continue to reach for it time and again. It has all the right stamps to make your wreath a little different each time.

The stamp set contains a full wreath burst and also an open wreath so you can add a sentiment or leave open. I used the open wreath for this project. Let’s jump in and see how quickly it works up.

VERY IMPORTANTLY, I started with a square piece of Citrus Slice (orange) card stock, usually 6″ square so I have plenty of room to trim. When using any of the Concord & 9th turnabout stamp set, I find it much easier to start with a square piece of cardstock even if I will trim it to a different shape later. It is the very easiest to make the design come out right. The other thing that makes it easy is a stamping platform or MISTI. You don’t have to have one but it certainly makes your life easier!

Before I put the square cardstock in the MISTI, I first marked very lightly the center of the square and then I followed the instructions/illustrations on the back of the stamp set and marked an “X” directly on the wreath stamp with a Sharpie, as instructed.

With the prep done, I placed the cardstock in the corner of the MISTI, then lined up the center of the card with the center of the wreath stamp. By doing this, it lines up the stamp and paper perfectly. Then, pressed the stamp in place.

Now for the fun part, since you rotate and stamp the cardstock 4 times, I selected 3 colors of complimentary inks and 1 Versamark ink for embossing. I started with Catherine Pooler Spruce, inked the stamp and stamped it onto the paper, then rotated one clock-wise turn, stamped with CP Green Tea, rotated again clock-wise and stamped with CP Bellini, rotated one last time clock-wise. But this time I stamped with Versamark ink, sprinkled it with WOW! Midas Touch embossing powder and heat set it. I know that the pictures really don’t show the real beauty of this touch of sparkle but it is quite lovely.

To complete the wreath, I added a few clusters of berries using the little stamp included in the set. I stamped some red and brown clusters, using Barn Door and Gathered Twigs distress ink. Finally, to fill out the wreath I drug out my trusty cluster of dots stamp from the Brushed Blossoms stamp set, also by Concord & 9th and stamped a bunch of these clusters using Delicata Gold to add a bit more sparkle.

Next, using a brown Peanut Fudge card base, I mounted a slightly smaller red Peppermint panel on top the card base, and then layered the wreath panel on the very top. The ‘Happy Everything” was stamped onto a strip of Peanut Fudge cardstock, sprinkled with Ranger Gold embossing powder, heat set and mounted with foam tape to the center of the wreath. For a final touch, I added a few enamel dots from the Pinkfresh December Days enamel dot set.

And there you have it! Thanks for joining me, I will see you again real soon

 

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