Good Sunday morning and sadly the last day of the holiday weekend. It’s back to work and business as usual. I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you were able to get rested up a little before charging into the busy Christmas holiday preparations. My project today was made using the Impression Obsession Wrought Iron Fence and a wreath made using the Impression Obsession Holly Flourish and Martha Stewart Branch Punch. If you would like to see how I make my wreaths you can check out my Step by Step picture tutorial and Video tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers. You can also find three different wreath tutorials in the Tutorial section on my right side bar.
I cut a 5.50” x 4.25” black piece of cardstock and attached it with ATG adhesive to a A2 cream card base. I applied ATG adhesive to the back of the music paper and attached to the black card base. I cut the fence using black cardstock and applied rolled up strips of double stick tape to the back and attached it to the card base. I didn’t want the fence to be attached to the base so rolled tape allows for a tiny bit of dimension. The pictures below show me using 1/4” tape but I actually used 1/8” for the fence since the bars are very thin.
I wanted to create a fairly small wreath that wouldn’t overwhelm the fence so I used a one inch circle for the base. I punched out lots of branches and cut the stem off right where the first two larger branches fork off so they would fit better for the smaller wreath.
I attached the branches to the wreath base alternating the pattern-1 left, 1 right and 1 center and repeated it all the way around the base. Since this is such a small wreath the tightly arranged branches covered the inner circle of the wreath. I cut a couple holly flourish sections, cut them apart and applied 1/8” punched circles for holly berries. I applied red stickles to the berries for a touch of sparkle and set aside to dry. I created a small multi loop bow and attached it to the wreath using glue dots. Once the bow was attached I arranged and attached the holly branches with glossy accents to fill in around the wreath. I tucked several longer pieces in around the bow to mingle with the streamers. I applied a good amount of glossy accents to the back of the wreath and attached it to the card base. I took a couple close up pictures for a better view.
I thought the wreath would be the perfect embellishment to use with the iron fence and I love the music designer paper in the background. It reminds me of old-fashioned Christmas decorations.
Before I close I wanted to take a minute to talk about a tool you may want to put on your Santa wish list. If you love collecting dies as much as I do then this small Dremel is the perfect tool to grind and smooth the poking out pieces of wire after you cut the dies apart. The Dremel is a fairly inexpensive tool that saves lots of time and energy versus hand filing off the pieces. I can’t tell you how many times I have hurt myself with those ugly little wire tips. My husband has a larger Dremel out on his tool bench that would be overkill for our little dies. I’ve linked the Dremel that I have down in my supply list so you’ll know which one to ask Santa for.
Thanks for coming by today and I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday weekend.
Card size: 5.50” x 4.25”