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".

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Embossing Paste Wall

This is my last post with this current design of my blog - I will miss the beautiful blue header that Loll Thompson found for me when she created my blog but it's time for a new look and I really love the image she came up with for the new header.  So don't be surprised next time you visit me to see it looking a bit different!

Now on to today's card.  I created the background using embossing paste through a brick wall stencil:

One of my favourite things to do is make Christmas wreaths for my cards.  I used the old Martha Stewart pine branch punch to punch lots of branches out of various scraps of dp that were mostly green but with bits of white on them to give a bit of a frosted look. I glued them to a thin circle that I cut using two Spellbinders circle dies.

For the background, I used a brick stencil with white embossing paste (it was an old jar of Dreamweaver paste that had dried out a bit so I ended up with quite a rough texture that seemed to suit the bricks).  I added a small stamped sentiment to it. Then I "hung" the wreath on it with ribbon, mounted it on a red cardbase, and finished by adding red gemstones to represent the berries on the wreath

It's going over to three challenges:

The April CAS Stencil challenge is:

The ABC Christmas Challenge is "H for Hang It Up and / or I for Intricate".  I "hung up" my wreath with ribbon.

And because I used scraps of dp, it's going over to the Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Stamps - Rubber Soul Joy
Ink - SU Real Red
Paper - white and red cs, scraps of dp
Size - 5.25" square
Accessories - Martha Stewart pine branch punch, ribbon, red gemstones, MFT brick wall stencil, Dreamweaver whit embossing paste, Spellbinders circle die


  1. Wow....this card is stunning and absolutely beautiful. Love the texture from the stencil and embossing paste and the wreath is amazing x

  2. Beautiful card. I also use the Martha S. punch for my wreaths.

  3. I just love seeing these wreaths you make! I did try once and it was an epic fail. Yours look so full and so real. I also love the texture in the brick. Your dry paste was so perfect for this.

  4. What a beautiful wreath, Susan! And what patience you have to punch and arrange so many branches to make such a full wreath! Love the rough brick background that's so perfect to hang the wreath on! Can't wait to see your redo!

  5. your wreaths are so amazing they look beautiful on all backgrounds but this is the best. I love the brick, it has so much dimension. Great card Susan :)

  6. OMG, Susan...Absolutely Stunning EB Paste stenciled white brick background for your gorgeous wreath. That is a lot of punching out leaves for your beautiful wreath. I love your added gemstones and ribbon and especially Red framing of your card. Your card framed would make a beautiful Christmas decoration. TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

  7. Fantastic card Susan! LOVE the brick wall with the rough texture from the paste. It's awesome! Gorgeous with your beautiful layered wreath and perfect with the bright red framing! xx

  8. love, love and love some more.
    xx Karen

  9. Nuh-uh, that is not a card. That is a spectacular wall hanging for Christmas time, Susan! I'm in awe!! Happy Easter! Hugs, Darnell

  10. WOW! I love all the texture you created with your brick background, Susan! It's the perfect way to showcase your beautiful wreath! Love all those sweet little red gems, too...a really stunning Christmas card!
    So glad you joined in the fun with us at CAS Stencil :) Barb xx

  11. Fabulous card Susan, and very intricate as well as hanging your wreath. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. :) Lynda DT

  12. Wow, this is amazing, Susan! I LOVE the texture of the snowy brick wall and the fabulous Christmas wreaths with a frosted look!
    Hideo xx

  13. What a lovely wreath - lots of punching there Susan!! and it looks beautiful against your lovely white pasted stencil wall! The red card base makes it all sing!

  14. WOW! This looks amazing, I love the texture of the wall xx

  15. This is beautiful, Susan. Now I know not to throw my slightly dried up EP away. Love the textured wall behind your gorgeous wreath. xx

  16. What a beautiful wreath - I think it qualifies for the I for Intricate theme as well as Hang It Up. I love the dimension of the stencilled bricks, too. Thanks for joining us for the ABC Christmas Challenge!

  17. Beautiful design, love the brick wall. Emma

  18. Fabulous card - love your frosted wreath!
    Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
    Helen x

  19. Stunning card Susan - what a fabulous wreath you created against the really tactile wall - and of course wonderful use of snippets too!


    Di xx


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