Make It Monday #300 at Papertrey Ink turned out to be something that I have done several times in the past 5 days. It is a Wreath Building Challenge. The challenge part for me was finding a way to create yet another type of wreath that was different from what I've already done. When I was looking through my supplies, I realized that I don't have a wreath die so I will need to remedy that at some point in the not too distant future. Since that was the case, I chose several stamps sets to create a whimsical stamped "wreath" card.
First I die cut a Scene It Doily Tag from Stamper's Select White Cardstock to served as the circle or wreath area. Then I used bits and pieces from several sets to build the wreath itself. It's not very traditional, but it turned out pretty okay. I used the wheat stalks from Paper Clippings: Thankful for You Stamps, the small heart is from Paper Clippings: Done In Love, I used the second layer of the wheat stalks to add the detail to the wheat and then used them in another color as some of the elements in the other parts of the wreath. The leafy branches are from Turning a New Leaf and finally the little three petaled flower and the large and small dots are from this year's anniversary set, Grand Finale. I noticed later that there were a couple of dots in the Paper Clippings: Done In Love set but I missed them when I was gathering all of the elements. While I wanted things to be balanced, I didn't want them to be mirror images from side to side of the wreath. I wanted to keep it natural looking and I am happy with what I achieved. I used Papertrey Inks in Kraft, Pale Peony, Ocean Tides and Berry Sorbet. The detail layer on the wheat was stamped with Altenew Mocha Ink. I love that particular collection of inks because they don't have so much yellow in them as most Kraft and Tan inks do.
The little acorns are from Give Thanks and were also stamped in the same Mocha Ink. The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Counting My Blessings Die Collection.
Since I had everything out on my desk, I decided to create another wreath go in a cleaner, simpler direction. I traced a circle die cut and stamped the smaller of the leaves from Gran's Garden onto my panel in Ripe Avocado Ink. I curved the leaves a bit on my acrylic block to follow the shape of the circle. I stamped the berries in my lightest yellow, Lemon Tart. Since I was planning to do White Berries with a little gold stem, I use a really light ink to stamp the berries from the Enclosed: Bell Mini Stamp Set. This lets me see where they are supposed to go on the card front and serves as my guide. I stamped the sentiment from Enclosed: Leaf Mini Stamp Set in Versamark and heat set it with Gold Embossing Powder.
Once the stamping was finished, I hit it with some Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Shimmer Mist and let that dry before die cutting the panel with a stitched rectangle die. I really wanted to put this particular card together on Vintage Cream Cardstock, but I've had a terrible time lately finding Cream Envelopes at a reasonable price. I only have a few left on hand, so I went ahead and put the card together on a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock with a Gold Foil Stitched Rectangle mat. I put the rest of the card together and always do my drops as the very last thing. This was a lesson learned the hard way, (of course). I tied a little bow with some Gina K. Sheer Satin Fancy Ribbon in White and Gold for the top of the wreath and added all my little white berries in Ivory Seashell Nuvo Drops. After I let those dry for about an hour, I added a tiny little stem with Golden Sunset Nuvo Glitter Drops for the finishing touch. I've made several cards using the leaves from Gran's Garden to create a wreath. These are my favorite leaves from all the florals I have and use.
Believe it or not, I have one more wreath I want to create based on another of Gina K.'s lessons from the same class. I hope to have time to get to it this week. Be sure to hop all around to see the wonderful cards everyone has made for this week's Make It Monday Challenge.