This particular card was inspired by Gina Krupsky (a.k.a. Gina K Designs) and her technique on Day 3 of class. This technique asked us to look at stamps that might already be on our desk or in our stash and use non-holiday stamps to create a Holiday card. "All you need is a little sprig and a little berry" she said and it was true. I loved this technique and have so many ideas for other stamps I have to try this out with. I have already done four other cards using this technique and I love how clean and simple it truly is.
To start, you want to trace a shape such as a circle or oval onto your card front or card panel. I always stamp on a panel so that if I mess up (which if often do) I haven't destroyed the whole card. For this card I used the largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die to trace my shape lightly in pencil. That just serves as your guide to create your wreath shape. I used the smaller branch from the Layered Laurel Stamp Set from Altenew. I haven't gotten to use it yet as the layered set but I love it for this purpose of making a wreath.
Sand Dunes and Rocky Shores) to give it a bit more texture and depth. I stamped about 6 times in Sand Dunes and 4 times in Rocky Shores. This made for a nicely full wreath yet still a lot of "white space". These inks are from the Altenew Ink Family "Coffee Break" and I like that they are a less yellow based tan. I like taupe but not necessarily tan or Kraft unless it is just the right thing.
I grabbed the small floral shape from the WPLUS9 Be Merry Florals and stamped it three times in Melon Berry Ink. Next, I used 2 different berry stamps from the WPLUS9 Holiday Boughs Stamp Set. There are two small berries on one and a single berry on the other allowing me to stamp pretty much any pattern (or lack thereof) that I wanted. To some groups of two I added a third and others I skipped but there was no rhyme or reason to what I was doing, I was just winging it. I spritzed it with some shimmer mist and die cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die. I almost forgot my greeting so I lined up the die cut panel in my MISTI so I could be sure it was well stamped or that I could stamp a second time if needed. I was almost done, so I didn't want to wreck it then. I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder. I cut a larger rectangle die from Gold Foiled Cardstock and adhered them to a top folding card base made from Stamper's Select White Cardstock. Once that was finished I thought my card front needed a bit of dimension so I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Golden Sunset and Stickles in Orange Peel to those berries. I've had these for a number of years and that particular color is no longer available but there are two other oranges to choose from now if you follow the link. There are also Orange Nuvo Drops in a few different styles found in the Simon Says Stamp Store. This gives a bit of dimension but still allows for pretty flat mailing. Since I mail almost 100% of my cards, I like using this versus gemstones.
I can't wait to see what everyone else creates for this challenge. I have been making a ton of wreath cards and today will be making another for a different challenge so I am getting in lots of practice. Thank you so much for coming by to see my card and I hope you have time to join us. The other Design Team Members always have inspiring cards so be sure to stop over and check them all out.