Over at Craft Room, click HERE the current challenge is 'Anything Christmas' so of course I thought of a card, but I wanted to try something different. The free leaf stamp that came with the September issue of Craft Stamper magazine made me think of a traditional festive wreath so that was my design idea.
First I used olive green StazOn and some Cut N Dry foam to lightly ink an A4 piece of plain white, smooth cardstock. I wiped the excess ink onto a non-stick craft mat first and used this, a little at a time to cover the card. You could use green card but I wanted a mottled effect, not a uniform colour. Then I stamped the leaf image on the top which came out much darker and while the ink was still wet, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set. This gave the leaves a lovely frosty look. I carefully cut round the leaves and also cut out a circle of card with a circular aperture in the middle. Using a think pencil I rolled the leaves to curl them and give some dimension before sticking them round this wreath, making sure they overlapped each other.
The berries are small polystyrene balls, rolled around a red StazOn ink pad to colour. When dry roll again round a VersaMark ink pad and then dip into a pot of clear embossing powder and heat set to give a frosty sheen. A red ribbon bow at the top finished the wreath off and this was layered onto a pearlescent patterned cardstock. The lettering was cut using the Cricut and Gypsy Wanderings font.