Friday, August 28, 2015

Holiday Wreath

Merry Monday is having a color challenge, using the colors of red, light green, & dark green. I'm really trying to ramp up my production of holiday cards early, rather than wait until the last minute yet again, so this challenge is perfect for me!

I began by cutting a piece of red patterned paper from my scrap stash to 4.25x5.5". I die cut an opening in the center with a Lifestyle Crafts "Nesting Scallops" die. For the wreath panel, I cut a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper to slightly smaller than my card front. I stamped the "Color a Wreath," by Hero Arts, in the center of that panel, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and clear heat embossed it.

I used a red and green Zig Clean Color markers to color the wreath. I began with the dark green baubles, adding the color at full strength to part of the circle, then drawing it out with a damp paintbrush to create a highlight. For the lighter green circles, I scribbled the same marker on an acrylic block. I wet each circle with clear water, then picked up a little color with my paintbrush, and dropped it into the water. I did have to "manipulate" the color a bit to get the shading right, but for the most part, I let the water do the work for me. I did the same process with the red circles as I did with the dark green ones.

For the bow, I colored the outer portions with a Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen in gold. I colored the underside of the bow portions with my red Clean Color marker, then went over it with a brown marker, just to deepen the color a bit.

I decided I wanted my window panel to pop up, for a bit of dimension around the wreath. So I added lots of foam tape to the back of the red piece, and adhered it to the wreath panel. To finish, I added some more adhesive with my ATG gun to the back of the wreath panel, and then mounted the whole thing to a white A2 card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

A Blog Named Hero's "As Clean as Can Be"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"
Live Love Cards August challenge: "Holiday"


  1. beautiful! Love the use of the negative cut here!

  2. Your cutout is a fabulous way to highlight your delightful wreath Andrea. Super fun and cute card. Thanks for joining in at Merry Monday.

  3. Such a pretty wreath, Andrea! Perfect shades of green! Thanks for sharing this with us at Merry Monday!

  4. This is so pretty! Love the modern look of the wreath and your coloring is fabulous. Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  5. Fabulous card
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.

    Jo x


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