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Wondrous Wreath Card Tutorial

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This months first card tutorial is a challenging card that I was inspired to create to help challenge my October, Christmas Bliss Extravaganza Stamp Camp friends.  The afternoon was filled with fun, prizes and wonderful fellowship. I am so grateful to all of my friends and family for their continued support of me and my business. Thank You So Much!!!

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Instructions:

 Card Base & Gate:

* Cut (1) Real Red Cardstock, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″, using the base card template provided. (If you would like to know how I achieved the template I will post it below).

* Cut (2) gate panels in real red at 2-1/2 x 5-1/2 then score at 2-1/8 on the Stampin Paper Trimmer ( if using a score board you will want to score at 3/8).

* Fold the 3/8th tab so that each gate will measure 2-1/8 by folding one tab under on the right and the other on the left, ( you can turn the panels and fold

them to have the folds one on each side)

* Stack the 2 gate panels on top of each other with the 3/8 folded tabs facing under.

* Next using the big shot and the labels framlit 4 (Count the framlit from the largest to the smallest and us the fourth one in)

* Leaving the 2 gates stacked on top of each other slip the gate through the framlit so that the top of the gate panels is under the cutting blade and the bottom is laying on top of the die.

* Take and make your cutting sandwich but instead of covering with the clear top plate completely you will just cove the die and panel halfway, (you only want to cut the top)

* Now using the stripes embossing folder only emboss the 2 stacked gate panels up to a 3rd of the gate length leaving  1-1/4″ of the top with out being textured by the embossing folder, cut the 3/8″ tab off to the start of the gate stripes line as shown below.

* Next using the Versa Mark water mark in and the Flowering flourishes stamp set mask off the gate so that only the 1-1/4″ top on both sides is heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then add the antique brads to the front of each gate.

* Wrap the 1/8 metallic gold ribbon around the top of each gate as shown in picture above.

* Cut 2 whisper white  inside gate panels for the sentiment at 1-7/8 x 3-3/8

* Sponge lightly around the edges to add depth and stamp the sentiment in versa mark water mark ink then heat emboss with gold embossing powder.

* Now attach each gate to the red base with the tabs facing inside the card. ( the tabs will be covered with the white door frame)

* Adhere and center the sentiment panels to the inside of each gate.

* You may need to cut off and even up the bottom of the gate with the card base after it’s attached. ( The extra length of the gate is so that when you cut the shape using the labels framlit you don’t cut it to short)

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left and right gate

How to create the center panel card base ( template has been provided above)

* I traced the top left half circle design from the left gate panel I then repeated it on the right

* Next using circle framlit 2 I cut a half circle out  that would connect to the two humps I traced

* Then cut out the traced humps with paper snips

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Whisper White Door Frame

* Cut (1) Whisper White, 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″door template base

* Stamp with the Hardwood background stamp in crumb cake, (Stamp off first so it wont be to dark)

* You can print and trace this template or using the circle framelits 2 (counting in from the outer circle) cut a half circle in the top

* Next using the circle framelit 4 cut a half circle as shown, do not cut all the way down.

* Using the Stampin Trimmer cut away the straight line of the half circle to form the window

* Cut away the inside door panel to complete the door frame and set aside for later you will use the hardwood square to form the door panels

* Once your door frame is complete you will take the square panel you cut away and cut (2) 1-5/8 x 2, square panels and (2) 1-5/8 x 1-1/4 distress edges by sponging the edges with crumb cake to add depth

* Then add the panels leaving a 1/8″ gap on each side to form the door

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door wood panels 4

Window Frame:

* Cut one piece of whisper white card stock 3-1/2 x 1-3/4″ using circle framlit 3 cut the outer circle for the base of the045

window frame using the Big shot

* Next using circle framlit 4 cut only a 3rd of the way leaving a 1/4″ on the bottom uncut.

* Using the stampin paper trimmer cut the inside half circle out to complete the window frame as shown below

* Cut a piece of vellum 3-1/ x 1-3/4 and cut only using the circle framelit 4 to for a half circle

* Using the smallest circle framlit 10 blade side up, a mouse pad and stylist mold the a center half circle as shown below.

* Next score the vellum at the 1/2 way make of the center circle you created

* Score the vellum at a 45 degree angle 1/2″ on each side of the center line

Tip: print the window template below layer the vellum on top of the template and trace with a stylist on a mouse pad

* Now adhere by layering underneath window frame.

* Then adhere to the frame of the white door window to frame it

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Wreath:

* Cut  one 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of  whisper white cards stock (I used shimmering white card stock to give it a little sparkle)

* Stamp the wreath base in old olive, then the 2nd layer in garden green.

* Now stamp the little berries using cherry cobbler and embellish with the basic rhinestone jewels.

* You may want to use the flowers also in the Wondrous Wreath bundle, if so I stamped it in cherry cobbler on scrap whisper white card stock and added a little sparkle with my Wink of Stella clear pen.

* Cut 1 bow from the red glimmer card stock using the wonderful wreath bow framlit.

* Attach the wreath and embellish with the glimmer bow and Jewels.

* To color the jewels I used the cherry cobbler blendabilities marker.

 

Products Used:

Stamps:                                               

Wondrous Wreath Bundle, Flowering Flourishes, More Merry Messages (Retired), Hardwood

Card Stock:

Red Glimmer Paper, Real Red, Whisper White, Vellum

Ink:

 Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Versa Mark Water Mark Ink, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive

Embossing:

Stripes Embossing Folder (Retired), Gold Embossing Powder

Framlits:

Wonderful Wreath

Labels Collection Framelits

Circle Framelists

Embellishments:  image

Antique Brads

Gold Metallic Ribbon

Basic Jewels, Rhinestones

Tools:

Big  Shot

Stampin Paper Trimmer

Thank you for visiting Leah’s Cards!

Stampin Up Joyful Christmas, 3D Poinsettia

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Stay Tuned For The Video Tutorial

This 3D Poinsettia Flower can be used on cards as a focal point, on a head piece for a festive hair style, or glued on a jewel pin to create a Christmas broach. Let your creativity take over.

I created this 3D paper flower after being invited by Brandy Cox to be a guest Demonstrator at her annual Pinehurst Stamp Retreat. I was asked to come up with a special 3d flower to be used on one of her fabulous cards that would be featured at the event. After several hours and 3 days of creative play I was able to combine different techniques that I have learned over the years and this flower was born.

The card photographed above was created by Brandy Cox of BrandysCards, using my 3D Poinsettia as the focal image.
I hope you give it a try.

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DIRECTIONS

1. Wipe your embossing buddy across the vellum cardstock.
2. Ink up your images using VersaMark and stamp them on the Vellum cardstock.
Tip: You’ll need 2 large poinsettias, 1 large poinsettia that you cut the center flower out and 6 leaves.
3. Sprinkle fine detail Gold Embossing Powder over the images.
4. Use a heat tool to melt and set the gold embossing powder.
5. Free hand cut all 6 leaves, 2 large and 1 center of the poinsettia stamp that you have gold embossed.
6. Using a sponge dauber, apply your first layer of ink (Pretty in Pink) to both the top and bottom of each cut out vellum flower. You will start with the lightest color first and end with the darkest color.
7. Next, layer your mid color (Real Red) using the sponge daubers to the bottom and top of the flowers, work the ink from the middle of the flower fanning out to the ends of each petal.
Tip: Concentrate the heaviest ink coverage in the center of the flower and pull color out towards the tips leaving some light pink areas.
8. Apply the darkest ink color (Cherry Cobbler) to the top and bottom of each flower with heavy concentration of ink in the center and total coverage on the cut out smaller center flower.
Tip: In shading your ink allow the mid color to highlight the darkest color by dabbing the ink towards the ends of the flower allowing the lighter two colors to show for contrast.
9. Using a paper towel wipe the inks off of the gold emboss to help reduce the inks from bleeding when you apply the crackle paint.
10. Air dry or dry using a heat tool on the coolest setting. (Stamping Up heat tool on 1).
Tip: Be careful not to get to close to the vellum, you don’t want to burn your flowers.
11. Apply using a paint brush a thin layer of Tim Holtz Distressed Crackle Paint (Rock Candy) to the top of the flower.
Tip: Don’t Panic! The ink may bleed a little due to the gold emboss acting as a resist. It is best to apply the Crackle paint and clean the gold emboss, one flower at a time.
12. Take and clean your brush with water, dry the brush on paper towel or a rag and starting from the center in on stroke working outwards to the tip of the flower, mop the excess red off of the emboss. Repeat until the gold emboss is clean.
Tip: The flower will begin to curl, that’s what we want.
13. Air dry and apply the crackle to the next flower repeating steps 11 and 12 or us a heat tool to dry and repeat steps 11 and 12 for each flower.
14. Shape the flower petals by using your thumb and middle finger to hold each petal, using your index finger begin to rub under the petal causing a bubble or arch effect in the petal and then take to tip and curl under. You will want to shape each petal.
Tip: If you have long nails I suggest using your paint brush handle to help in the shaping process.
Do Not Use A Stylus, they will cause the vellum to tare.
15. Once the petals are shaped, pinch the tips to create a more realistic effect.
Tip: the action of pinching the tips is just like making a pretty border on the edge of a homemade piecrust.image
16. When you’re finished coloring and shaping your flowers, add a layer of crystal effects to the tops of each flower and sprinkle sparingly with dazzling diamonds glitter.
17. Air dry or heat dry on setting 1 of the Stamping Up heat tool.
18. Layer your poinsettia using stamping dimensional by offsetting the petals.
19. Once all three layers are stacked, add your embellishments, such as pearls, brads or jewels.
20. Fluff and enjoy.
21. For the leaves follow the same steps just use old olive and garden green inks to color and shade each leaf.

Card Dimensions:

1. Cut whisper white cardstock, 4 1/4 x 11 fold in half for the Card base

2. Cut a 4×4 piece of Always Artichoke cardstock, to layer on top of your base.

3. Cut a 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 piece of the textured wallpaper and layer on top of the Always Artichoke layer. To add a little sparkle, color wallpaper with a clear shimmer paint or spray with a shimmer mist.

4. Layer the wallpaper onto the green and add your ribbon tying a flat knot on the far right.

5. Now add to base and attach the 3d flower to the center panel with hot glue.

6. Stamp your sentiment and enjoy.

ITEMS USED
*Embossing Buddy *Pretty In Pink Ink *Stampin Up Joyful Christmas Stamp Set
*VersaMark Stamp Pad *Real Red Ink *1 sheet of 8 1/2×11 Vellum Cardstock
*Dazzling Diamonds Glitter *Cherry Cobbler Ink *Stampin Up Crystal Effects
*Stampin Up Heat Tool *Paper Snips/Scissors *Stamping Dimensionals
*Antique Brads *Old Olive Ink *Garden Green Ink
*Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint