Christmas Wreath Cards
I have never been one of those people who get their Christmas cards sorted way ahead of time. This applies to Christmas shopping too. I usually realize Christmas is getting near by the fact that shops start putting Christmas stuff up on the shelves (used to be October time, now it's already happening in September). Mind you, back in Summer, during the heat wave, I was amazed to find Christmas sales on the craft channels for about a week or two. The jolly Christmas music and decorations did not make me feel any cooler, and neither did those three fans I had on.
So, whilst other crafters (possibly including you) have been producing Christmas cards for good couple of months now, I have finally decided to get started! Weather is bad enough to strengthen my resolution of staying indoors anyway. I must say, all my supplies are quite old now. The newest Christmas stamps I have are from last year's Stampin' Up! catalogue, and to be fair, most of them have been taken out of the catalogue now. Nevertheless, I would still like to share the Wondrous Wreath set with you. I think it's a very classy set. You can still get the set and matching dies on ebay.
It's one of those sets where you need to layer 3 different stamps to create the final wreath. They made it easy for us though, by creating a little extension on the stamps, which not only help you to peel the stamps off the sheet, but also to position them the right way. I really like the sentiments too. And with the matching dies, you can add a bit of dimension to the wreath and the bow. This set is also great for mass production, given that you have a stamping tool (I use the Stamp Perfect positioning tool).
I like to keep my cards fairly simple. It's much easier to mass produce something that does not have up to 10 die cut elements on it (lesson learned last year!). I am glad that they came up with the stamping tool. It saves so much time and energy. The most time consuming element on the cards above are the berries. You can keep them as they are, but I think that adding glossy accents or covering them with red gems definitely lifts them up and makes them stand out. And why not, Christmas cards should have a bit of sparkle!
So if you want to see the Wondrous Wreath set in action, watch the video below. I am also going to include a list of supplies below, as usual. Bear in mind though, some of the supplies can now only be found on ebay. As always, I am happy to answer any questions about the technique or the products used.
I am planning to bring you more Christmas tutorials, also featuring some of the recently released products. Sign up to my newsletter and be first to get the videos and emails about crafty sales.
List of supplies:
White card base: 14.8 x 21.1 cm (5 7/8'' x 8 2/8'')
Green card (Emerald Envy & Tranquil Tide from Stampin' Up!): 9.5 x 14 cm (3 6/8'' x 5 1/2'')
White panel: 8.5 x 13 cm (3 3/8'' x 5 1/8'')
A4 Gold card from the Range
Wondrous Wreath stamp set and matching dies - Stampin' Up!
Ink pads - Read Red, Cucumber Crush and Tranquil Tide - Stampin' Up!
Red gems - Hobbycraft
Glossy Accents - Ranger
Uni-ball signo white pigment ink pen
Tape roller - Crafter's Companion
Stamp Perfect positioning tool
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine