From watching an online tutorial, and learning a new stamping technique, I created this card.
You learn something new everyday, hey?
Yesterday I watched a Jennifer McGuire tutorial about wreath builder stamping. Wow, I really love this technique!
Jennifer created some beautiful cards using the Wreath Builder system by Gina K Designs – what a clever idea! Because postage from the US will cost more than the product itself, I looked for an Australian supplier – no luck. I really wanted to try this technique so I made my own wreath builder template.
I made the wreath template out of cardboard and, with washi tape, attached it to my stamp positioner.
FYI, I have the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Tool.
Armed with a couple of stamp sets and a few inks I tried out the template. It took me a few tries to work out how to master this technique. For this wreath stamp, there are 6 layers of stamping.
First layer – Hampton Art flower stamp and orange Versa Color ink.
Second layer – Hampton Art flower stamp and Wild Honey Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
Third layer – My Favorite Things flower stamp and Festive Berries Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
Fourth layer – My Favorite Things leaf stamp and black Versa Color ink.
Note: don’t worry if you stamp off the page – for this card the wreath will be trimmed.
Fifth layer – My Favorite Things flower centre stamp and black Versa Color ink.
Sixth (and final) layer – Hampton Art flower centre stamp and Mustard Seed Tim Holtz distress ink.
The next step was to die cut the stamped image into a circle. I used the 3.5″ circle die from Couture Creations.
I’m happy with how the stamped wreath turned out – very pretty :)
So, to recap, the products used for the stamping –
Tim Holtz Distress inks.
Versa Color inks.
My Favorite Things – Clear Stamps – Pretty Posies
Hampton Art – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Layer Flower Joy
To make the card –
The base yellow cardstock layer was created using Kaisercraft’s Mandala die.
The stamped wreath is adhered on top of the mandala die.
I die cut a flower using Stampin’ Up!’s framelit die from the May Flowers set and paper from Kaisercraft’s 48 page Tropics paper pad.
I stamped a small flower using Stampin’ Up!’s Falling Flowers set and adhered it with foam tape.
I die cut a banner, using the same yellow cardstock as the Mandala die cut, from Uniquely Creative’s doily die set which is in the March Creative Kit.
The final embellishment to go on the ‘stack of stuff’ is the word ‘celebrate’, die cut using white cardstock, from the Avery Elle Sentimental Die set.
Voila! A beautiful card made by stamping and die-cutting! Easy :)
The card itself is 5″ 1/8 x 5″ 1/8.
Since the Jennifer McGuire tutorial, I have stumbled across a few videos where you can make your own wreath stamping template. Do yourself a favour and look for those videos. There are easier ways, than mine, to make them – e.g. using a square die … doh! All good – each to their own :)
“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” ~ Amit Kalantri