Sunday, December 17, 2017

Merry Christmas Wreath

One of my favorite things is when I can stretch my crafting supplies - I love it when I can make something intended for something else, another holiday or project and shape it into something entirely different.  Today I am sharing a card I made with what I'd call a spring die, after I turned it into a holiday die.

What I Used to Make my Card:
Red Card Base
Small Fairytale Oval, Memory Box, #99172 {Calla Oval Wreath will work also!}
Poinsettia Mini, PoppyStamps, #1971 {could use this poinsettia set}
Stitched Oval Stax, MFT/Die-Namics, #MFT-521
Sentiment, Merry Christmas, My Sentiments Exactly! #G545
Wendy Vecchi Ink in Red Geranium
White and Green Card
Red Glitter Card
Stickles in Gold

I got the idea for this card after I spied the Poinsettia dies in the Dies R Us store.  I had to have them and the flower is so tiny and cute, I hope to be able to incorporate it into some other projects.  First, I cut the Small Fairytale Oval out of green card.  Then I set to work on the poinsettias.  I cut each layer out of red glitter card {there are three layers to each flower}, glued them together, then added the gold stamen.  The gold Stickles came out really dark and I was thinking I might have to make the flowers all over again, but once it dried it was fine. 

Once the poinsettia flowers were dry, I added them to the Small Fairytale Oval.  I trimmed some of the green flora to accommodate the flowers and also the
sentiment. The sentiment I chose fit just so even after I trimmed the inside of the oval a bit, so in order to ensure that I'd get the Merry Christmas in the right spot I taped the oval with washi tape around the sentiment while I glued it.  You can see the washi tape right under the ink; I used a scrap piece of white card since I knew I was going to cut the entire design out again.  Before I go further, I have to gush about the Red Geranium Wendy Vecchi ink.  In my opinion, it is the truest red ink I've found.  You may not be able to tell with the sentiment being so thin, but it is the only ink I use on my holiday projects that call for red ink.  Plus, it's archival so it dries permanent on most surfaces and it's waterproof.  I don't care for tomato red or orange reds when I need a true deep red.  Enough about the ink. 

When the oval dried around my sentiment, I cut it out using one of the Stitched Oval Stax dies and adhered it to a red card base.  This is all part of my attempt to be a bit more clean and simple with my card designs.  I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and are enjoying the holiday season! 

I do hope you will continue to join us at the Dies R Us Inspiration blog - we are there through the holidays with tons of brilliant inspiration! Fondly, Christi

Don't forget to join in on all the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  
There's  a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month
 and one lucky  randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to 
the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us 
links are provided below.

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I am entering my Merry Christmas Wreath card in the following challenges:
Muse:Christmas Visions - ANY Holiday Card, #90
Outlaws Twisted Thursday - Anything Goes, Twist: Poinsettia 
Die Cut Diva's -Winter Time
Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - #43, Christmas/Winter
Incy Wincy - Red & Green


  1. If you hadn't told me, I would never have known the wreath was made from a spring die and I love seeing items used in multiple ways. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  2. Gorgeous card! Those dies are so nice, I must have them! Thank you for for joining us on Twisted Thursday at!

  3. A wonderful example of how you can get more out of your stash x

  4. beautiful card!
    Happy holidays!🎄🎅⛄

  5. Very pretty. Great tip about the ink. Know what you mean about 'red'. Thanks for joining the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity challenge. Hugz

  6. This is so pretty, I love the sparkle on your poincettisa. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Lost Coast Designs, and have a lovely Christmas. Sue xx

  7. Your 'spring' die works perfectly to make this very festive wreath! Thanks so much for joining us at MCV! Merry Christmas!

  8. I love a Christmas card with poinsettia's and yours is gorgeous loving them with the red glitter. Thanks for sharing with us for our HLS Christmas challenge.

  9. I also love it when you can change up supplies from the way they were originally intended. Wonderful card. Love the font. Love the sparl;uy poinsettias. Thanks for linking up and playing with us at Happy Little Stampers December Christmas Challenge.

  10. Thank you for sharing your creativity at Incy Wincy Designs Challange!
    Fabulous card!
    Francesca - Incy Wincy Designs Team member


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