A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Monday, 3 September 2018

Wreath with Birds and Bow

We're rolling along incredibly quickly towards Christmas so here's another chance to get some cards made - the CAS Christmas Card Challenge wants to see wreath cards this month.


I chose dies to make my wreath:


I didn't want to just use coloured cs for my pieces as it looks so flat.  Instead, I wanted the dimension and variation in colour that smooshing would give me.  Using scraps of watercolour paper and various Distress inks, I smooshed browns for the wreath, greens for the greenery, and red for the birds and bow.

I stamped my sentiment in brown on a stitched circle die cut, and assembled the wreath, etc.  I used fun foam under the circle to add more dimension on a red card base.

Head on over to CAS Christmas to see what the rest of the Design Team and our September Guest Designer, the incredible Birgit (Rapport fran ett skrivbord) has done to inspire you.  You have until September 24th to link up your card - please be sure it is clean and simple, and includes a wreath as its major element.






Supplies:
Stamps - Penny Black sentiment
Ink - SU Baked Brown Sugar, various Distress Inks
Paper - red linen cs, white cs, watercolour paper
Size - 5" square
Accessories - ? wreath, bow, birds dies, Lil Inker stitched circle die, TH greenery die, fun foam



14 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Susan! I agree, the smooshing gave a more real look to your wreath, I love it. The bright red background base makes it pop too. Have a great week! XX

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  2. A lovely woven stick wreath with two lovely cardinals and red bow on it (my favorite birds!)

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  3. I love your smooshed wreath, greenery, cardinals, and bow, Susan! As you said, they have more dimension and variation in colors than regular card stock. The colors and shades are so pretty! Hideko xx

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  4. I just love that you smooshed color on your dies instead of just using colored cardstock. The variation in color adds so much to this. What a clever idea for this challenge, Susan! Love this design.

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  5. TFS your wreath and birds Christmas card, Susan. I loved your red card base with your pretty wreath and birds. TFS Hugs..

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  6. I love the rustic look of this twig wreath, Susan! The red bow and birds decorate it beautifully!

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  7. Wonderful Charlie Brown wreath, Susan! Love the whimsical look of your twig wreath. The smooching did give it great texture. xx

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  8. Your smooshed wreath is really beautiful Susan. It adds so much pizzazz to your twig wreath, birds and greenery with the variations of colour. Fabulous on the stitched white circle and red card base. xx

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  9. Susan, this is such a pretty wreath, and you are right, the depth of your wreath is wonderful and I love your added little birds!

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  10. Susan, what a fun and unique wreath. Very pretty with the two cardinals below. Hope you are having a great week.

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  11. Beautiful wreath Susan, love your two little birds and your swags dangling from the bow,

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  12. Love this simple twiggy wreath and the extra color from the evergreen boughs and birds. All set on a rich red card base. Very Christmasy and easy to mail. Perfect!

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  13. Love the smooshing and the scene making on your wonderful card x.

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  14. Beautiful twig wreath, Susan! Just love the pine swag and the sweet birdies!!

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