Yesterday I decided to make a card that featured a wreath, and the easiest way to do this is to work around a drawn, punched or die cut circle – negative or positive.
I wanted to use snowflakes for my card because I’m already working on a different project using pine branches.
I chose the three snowflakes that are in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, although I did think that the largest snowflake may be too big for the size of my card!
I decided to use Glimmer Paper, and die cut two snowflakes in each colour in all sizes.
Hubby is my best critic, and when I showed him my finished card, he said it was too busy and that it would look better if the snowflakes were in a plainer paper.
I’m only a tiny little bit inclined to agree that the Glimmer Paper may be a tad OTT……….. what do you think?
Please leave a comment in the both below!
I started my card with a top layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), and die cut a hole using the Layering Circle Framelits Dies.
Then I changed to a die that was two sizes larger. I took a small sheet of our Vellum CS and a small sheet of the spotted design Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, and die cut a circle out of each of them.
I adhered them together, with the acetate at the bottom, silver spots facing upwards, and then the vellum layer.
Still using Tombow, I adhered them together at the back of the window.
I cut a piece of Silver Foil for the second layer and, using the same circle die as before, die cut a circle that was two sizes larger than the wreath outline circle.
Using Tombow, I adhered the six larger stamps around the circumference of the circle, alternating the colours, and then I adhered the smallest snowflakes in between them.
The silver dots didn’t show up as much as I wanted them to, so I went over them using a white gel pen!
I also felt there were too many cut out gaps in the snowflakes, so I added a small circle to the centre of each of them.
For the small snowflakes, I used a 1/8″ circle punch, and for the larger snowflakes I used the 1/4″ Circle Punch.
Lastly I needed a sentiment and was delighted to find that the NOEL die in Christmas Stockings Thinlits dies, fitted the bill perfectly.
I decorated the inside of my card with a layer of Silver Foil and Whisper White CS.
Unfortunately, I adhered it on the left hand side instead of the right hand side! DOH!
To correct this, I added the same layers on the right hand side and decorated both sides using the largest size snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies. Mistake? What mistake? LOL!
That’s it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.
Geraldine Homenchuk says
First of all, Jan, love your concept … another case of 'great minds think alike' as I too love making wreathe cards using stamps & dies such as you've done here. A bit difficult to get a true picture on the small laptop screen, but I'm wondering if the overall might read better if you had maybe tried cutting the Dazzling Diamonds snowflake with another metallic that would register with the same "weight" as the silver and gold (possibly the new champaign foil?) … the DD one kind of gets "lost" somehow, and the scale is better with the different sizes too, so well done there!! Tricky business this is, sometimes, but good for you for tackling it and don't stop working with your creative ideas, ever!! TFS!
Hi, Geraldine. It's always interesting getting feedback on projects! The creator and the viewers see projects from a totally different perspective i.e. the creator watches the project grow but the viewer sees the completed project with a fresh pair of eyes, which is why feedback is always appreciated. Do you know what I mean? ☺☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
Audrey Shaw says
I like all the "blinging" snowflakes, but I'm not too sure about the dotted velum. Like Geraldine said, it's a bit difficult to get the true picture on the laptop.
Hi, Audrey. Many thanks for your feedback – it's always appreciated. Leaving out the dots would have made it a bit less fussy but stall keep the bling! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
Geraldine Homenchuk says
Yes, I do know what you mean Jan. I also know that photographs can really distort and sell short the true beauty of a card, and I was so hoping that I wasn't falling victim to that fact when I was viewing your card … I know all to well, that the picture is NEVER as lovely as the "real deal" so I also knew that I was going out on a bit of a limb with my comments. I often wish I could get some feedback, but my hubby is it, just as yours is … and my acceptance is "mixed" shall we say? 😊
Hi, Geraldine. Yes, I guessed you'd understand where I was coming from! I wish I had some photographic skills to at least try and do my cards a favour. Trouble is I don't want to learn how to! I want to spend my time doing things I like doing……like cardmaking! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.
Geraldine Homenchuk says
I really do hear you loud and clear there, girlfriend! You have your priorities in the right place! Lol — besides, I don't believe that even the best photographer can make a card look as good as it does in real life, so … there's my logical take on the whole matter so just keep making your beautiful cards! 😊
Bless you, Geraldine! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.