At Home With You Christmas Wreath Card
For some reason I don't seem to have posted this lovely card - one of those from my August class - so here it is! (*Note to self: sort out those photo folders!*)
I always include a Christmas card in my classes from the middle of the year onwards, 'cause I know that my lovely ladies like to get themselves organised as early as possible. I love this one: it's so full of detail, and really satisfying to make. You could easily adapt it for use as a "new home" card, too. Don't you love that little wreath embellishment? It's ready-made, and you can use it in as a circular wreath (which is how it comes), or you can unwind it and use it to create a really lovely garland. I used Glue Dots to stick it onto this card, but you need to press it firmly in place or it has a tendency to try to spring away from its moorings.
It's difficult to see from the photos, but I used the Hardwood stamp on the door, to give it a bit of texture. I only wanted it to be faint, so it's stamped in Crumb Cake onto Real Red card; on the real thing it shows up much more clearly, but still doesn't take over. The door and frame were stamped twice - once onto Real Red cardstock, and once onto Whisper White. I cut out the frame from the Whisper White one, and just stuck it on top of the Real Red image. One of the dies in the set will cut the inset door out, but it leaves one side uncut (so the door will hinge open). Rather than then having to fussy cut just one side, I thought I'd just die-cut round the outside, then fussy cut the frame. Whatever works for you...
The wall effect here was fun to create. I used the Brick Wall embossing folder on Whisper White cardstock, then sponged Cherry Cobbler ink over it gently, to bring out the stonework. You can create a sandstone look by using Sahara Sand - just experiment a bit with the colours to find an effect that suits your project. And remember that with sponging, less is more, so only use a small amount of ink on your sponge. Seriously. Get rid of most of it onto scrap paper before you go near your card. You can always add more if you want to, but you can't take it away.
You can see everything I used for this card in the list at the bottom of this post and eveerything is available from my online Stampin' Up! shop. Just click on any of the links in the list and you'll be taken straight there. And don't hesitate to ask, if you have any questions, or if you need any help. You can comment on the post, or just drop me an email, whichever you prefer.
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Product List (click on any item name to see more information)
Stamps : At Home With You Photopolymer Stamp Set , Hardwood Clear-Mount Stamp Set , Stamping Sponges
Inks : Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad , Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad , Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad , Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad , Old Olive & Real Red Stampin' Write Markers, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Card Stock : Old Olive A4 Card Stock , Real Red A4 Card Stock , Whisper White A4 Card Stock , Early Espresso A4 Card Stock , Crumb Cake A4 Card Stock
Tools & Adhesive : Glue Dots , Fast Fuse Adhesive , SNAIL Permanent Adhesive , Liquid Multipurpose Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
Accessories : Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments