We’re now into the second half of the year and December will be here before we know it. So I’ve resolved to make a few Christmas projects every week to save myself some stress. Today’s project is a sweet card that will have you singing to yourself while you make it. At least that’s what happened to me as I put the partridge in my pear wreath.
FIRST THE WREATH
I began by creating the wreath background from the Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set. The wreath is quite large and personally I find it tough to hold, so I mounted on my Stamparatus platform. First I inked up the wreath with a Pear Pizzazz ink pad and stamped it onto Soft Sea Foam Card. Then leaving the stamp and card in place on the Stamparatus I cleaned the stamp with my Simply Shammy.
Next, I pulled out a Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Write Marker from the Neutrals collection. Then using the brush tip I coloured the more rounded leaves of the wreath directly on the stamp surface. To re-moisten the ink I breathed on the stamp before stamping down on the card again. Now I had one wreath image but with some parts darker than others.
I finished off this layer by embossing it using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted it onto a layer of Granny Apple Green Card.
For my card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Thick Whisper White Card. I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then I attached the layered background with more liquid glue.
With the card base done it was time to start working on the embellishments, once again using the Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set.
First I stamped the “Merry Christmas” sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White Card using Mossy Meadow ink. Then I mounted it onto a piece of Granny Apple Green Card with liquid glue and set it aside.
Next I turned to the pear image. First I inked up the stamp with Granny Apple Green ink, then I removed a little of the ink from the stamp surface using a clean Sponge Dauber. But I wasn’t quite ready to stamp the pear just yet. Next, I took a Cinnamon Cider Stampin’ Write Marker from the 2020-2022 In Colors. Using the brush tip I coloured on the stalk part of the stamp surface then I breathed over the whole stamp to re-moisten the ink. Now when I stamped the pear onto Thick Whisper White Card it had a brown stalk and subtle variation on the skin.
Then I cleaned off the pear stamp and then repeated the whole process again to give me two pears. I set these aside for the moment while I finished the rest of the stamping.
AND A PARTRIDGE OR THREE…
Going back to the Arrange A Wreath Stamp Set I chose the partridge image. Then using Cinnamon Cider ink I stamped it onto a scrap of Thick Whisper White Card.
Next I reinked the stamp and stamped the partridge in the bottom right corner of a layer of Whisper White Card. Then I fixed this layer inside my card base with liquid glue.
Finally I reinked the stamp and stamped the partridge in the bottom right corner on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope.
At last I was ready to begin cutting out my stamped pieces using the coordinating Wreath Builder Dies. As well as the partridge and the two pears, I wanted some additional ‘branch’ type pieces. The set includes a small die with seven leaves and I cut two each from Vellum Cardstock and Silver Foil Sheet.
Going back to my card front I used liquid glue to first attach the two pears. This was followed by the two vellum leaf pieces. Next I picked up the layered sentiment and glued one of the silver leaf pieces to the back and one to the front. With that done I put Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back and attached the assembled sentiment to the card. Finally added my partridge using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and my card project was complete.
One Christmas card done, but oh so many more to make. I wonder what song will be running round my head next…
You know, the Arrange a Wreath Stamp Set and Wreath Builder Dies aren’t just for Christmas. If you want to see more, you’ll find other projects using these products in my blog posts:
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