My July has been such a blur of Christmas, Fall, and Halloween projects. Summer CHA (the industry trade show where craft manufacturers reveal new products) normally has a fall and winter product focus. While we have been in the middle of a drought and heat wave in the midwest, I spent my July working on Christmas and Halloween projects!
I created this card as a sample for Sizzix featuring the new Tim Holtz Holiday Wreath die and Holly Pattern Texture Fade (both scheduled to ship in October). This wreath die is super fun because it has leaves that lift up to add dimension!
To create this card, I started with a kraft cardstock base. I tore a piece of green Kraft Core cardstock so that it was slightly smaller than my card front. I embossed the green paper with the new Holly Pattern Texture Fade. I sanded the raised design and then inked the edges and some raised areas with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I adhered the embossed piece to the front of my card and added machine stitching around the edges.
To create the wreath for the front of the card, I die cut one wreath shape from manila cardstock. I used an ink blending tool to apply Pine Needles and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I misted over the wreath with Green Patina Perfect Pearls Mist. After drying the mist with my heat tool, I added more Vintage Photo Distress Ink to the edges. I slipped a scrap piece of paper under the edges of the leaves so that I could ink them without adding more ink to the wreath below them.
After inking and misting, I adhered the wreath to my card front. I wanted to keep the leaves popped up but didn't want to see adhesive foam squares in the openings. My solution was to use 3D Craft Zots which are large and clear. I cut each one in half, lifted the leaves, and then used tweezers to place the Zots under the leaf cut outs.
To embellish my wreath, I added a die cut bow. I cut the bow pieces from red Kraft Core cardstock. I sanded the pieces lightly to create some color variance and then inked the edges of the pieces with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. After inking, I misted the pieces with Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist. I dried the mist with my heat tool and then added a bit more Vintage Photo to the edges. I used a brad (colored red with a Copic Marker) to the center of the bow to assemble the pieces together before adhering to the front of the wreath.
To finish off the card, I die cut a tiny tag from Kraft Cardstock, wrote a sentiment, and tied it to the wreath with a piece of thread.
This card was so fun to create! The Perfect Pearls Mist give it such a pretty subtle shimmer. I love how they layer with Distress Inks. And the new wreath die!! Trust me, this one needs to be on your die wish list! Look for it and the Holiday Pattern Texture Fade in October.