I’m sure I’ve already mentioned that that there’s a definite autumnal feel here in Nova Scotia. Yes there have been some very warm days, but cool, almost chilly, mornings are a regular feature now. As if to prove my point the landscape has started to change too. Gone are the brash colours, and the palette is now more muted, warmer tones. It was this that inspired today’s simple Sunday project, a square wreath tag.
SQUARE WREATH TAG
I began with a 3″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White Card for my tag base. Then I used Pumpkin Pie ink to stamp the large square image from the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set.
With a barely-damp Aqua Painter I pulled some of the ink from the edges into the stamped leaves. Next I added a little Old Olive ink to the leaves with the Aqua Painter. Finally I painted the berries with Blueberry Bushel ink and set it aside to dry.
THE CONGRATULATIONS SENTIMENT
The sentiment comes from the Balloon Celebration Stamp Set, stamped onto a strip of Vellum Cardstock with StazOn Jet Black Ink. Then, as stamping on Vellum has a tendency to smudge, I zapped it with my Heat Tool set on 1 (low) to make sure it dried properly.
Finally, with the wreath now dry, I fixed the sentiment across the middle of the tag using a Fine-Tip Glue Pen to attach it to the leaf in each of the corners. Then I used a clothes peg to hold the Vellum in place while it dried.
SHADES OF BLUE
I wanted to add some contrast to the wreath and decided on blues for this (there’ll be lots of opportunities to see these berries coloured red). First though I decided to shape the corners using the corner rounder option on the Detailed Trio Punch.
With the corners done, I then used the Detailed Trio Punch to add the oval hole at the top of the square wreath tag. I threaded a piece of Night of Navy Medium Baker’s Twine through the hole and tied it in a simple knot. Then I wrapped another piece around the twine near to the hole in the tag and tied that in a bow.
Finally I added a little drop from the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to each of the blue berries and my square wreath tag was finished.
CAMERA AT THE READY
There’s that sweet spot first thing in the morning when the angle of the sun makes the leaves glow. It only lasts a few minutes and all too often by the time I’ve grabbed my camera, the moment has passed. After living here for years you’d think I’d remember to keep it handy.
Still I did manage to capture this image looking towards the crab apple trees. The colours are not at their best yet, but I have a feeling we’re going to get a spectacular autumn display this year.
Well that’s it from me for today. Whatever you have planned I hope you are able to find a few minutes to be creative.