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".

Saturday, 5 March 2022

Wreath on a Brick Wall

My goodness, the weeks are flying by!  It's already time for a new Peace on Earth Challenge.  Here's my card to help inspire you to get another Christmas card made.

I created the wreath by die cutting a small ring using two circle dies, one slightly larger than the other.  Then I used the good old Martha Stewart pine branch punch and punched many branches out of various dp that have grass on them (made for scrapbooking themes on various sports) - there is really nice colour variation in them that makes the wreath more pleasing to my eye than just plain green.  I glued the branches to the die cut ring, overlapping them as I went.

The background is a piece of dp printed with grey and brown bricks.  It was too vibrant in colour for the wreath so I went over the dp with a thin coat of white gesso to mute the colours.  It also makes it look more like the inspiration I chose from the inspiration board (see below).

I stamped a small sentiment on the dp, glued on the wreath, mounted the dp on fun foam, added it to the card base and finished off by adding a bunch of tiny red stick-on pearls for berries.

Here's the Peace on Earth inspiration board for this challenge:

Peace on Earth is an "anything Christmas goes" challenge so you don't have to be inspired by the inspiration board unless you want to be.  Please come and join us!

Stamps - Simon Says Stamp tiny sentiment
Ink - Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
Paper - white cs, various dp with grass images, brick wall dp
Size - 4.75" square
Accessories - Martha Stewart pine branch punch, red stick-on pearls, Spellbinders circle dies, white gesso, fun foam


  1. A stunning wreath, so full and pretty and you have captured the mood board perfectly!!

  2. WOWZA! That wreath is AMAZING! Great job and what a great take on our mood board! Beautiful inspiration my friend! WOW ... LOVE IT! Hope you have a wonderful day ahead!

  3. You sure are the master of wreath cards Susan and todays is no exception....It is a stunner and I also like how you muted down the background paper with the gesso x.

  4. A lovely wreath with the berries, Susan. I like how you muted the color on the brick wall too.

  5. I always love your wreaths and this one looks amazing on your brick wall. Great idea to use gesso to mute the colour ♥

  6. The texture on the brick wall and the wreath is so stunning. Wonderful design.

  7. I love this wreath on the brick wall, Susan! The color variation in the wreath is amazing, and the coat of gesso over the dp background made the color tone perfect!
    Hideko xx

  8. LOVE this card! How clever to add a layer of gesso over the brick background. It gives such a beautifully soft and muted colour. The wreath is gorgeous with the different colours of paper. Amazing work Susan! xx


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