Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Papertrey September Blog Hop Challenge - Wreaths

This month's blog hop at Papertrey Ink is all about wreaths. There are so many ways to create beautiful wreaths that I had a hard time trying to decide what to make. Since my mom's birthday is in a couple of weeks I decided to go with a fall themed wreath. Here is what I came up with:



I created my wreath from burlap ribbon. I cut the edges off of a 15" length of ribbon and pulled out nine of the individual fibre strands which I then loosely and roughly braided. Once I formed the size of wreath that I wanted and sealed the ends together with glue I gently pulled at parts of the braid to open it up a bit and then sprayed the whole thing with hair spray so that the fibres would stay put.

For my leaves I took three scraps of watercolour paper, spritzed them with water and coloured them with re-inkers and a paint brush. In the picture below you can see that I used predominantly red on one, orange on the second and yellow on the third. After these dried I used a leaf die from The Sweet Life to cut out my leaves. I pressed each leaf into a Versa Mark pad and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I did this three times for each leaf to get a good thick coat of embossing. I ended up only using a few of these leaves but now I have more for future projects.



Supplies:
Stamps - Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Dies - The Sweet Life, Coverplate - Vertical Chevrons (PTI)

Paper - Black CS (Bazzil), watercolour paper
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark, clear embossing powder, various re-inkers (CTMH)
Accessories - Burlap Ribbon (CTMH), B&W ribbon (Offray)

28 comments:

  1. very striking! and I love how you crafted your leaves!

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  2. ok I kinda love this bigtime and with all my heart. the leaves the way you created the wreath, all of it is AWESOME!!

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  3. Connie, what a LOVELY card!
    Those leaves are fabulous, & I love the texture!

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  4. I LOVE your braided twine wreath...
    will have to borrow that idea!
    And with the watercolor leaves...
    gorgeous!! :)

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  5. Beautiful card, Connie! I love how you created your braided wreath and lovely leaves. I am sure your mother will love her card. Thank you for your sweet comment and I will become a follower if I am not already.

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  6. Brilliant, Connie! Love the braided wreath, but those leaves look like they've been picked from a walk in the woods! Beautiful, and mom will love it!

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  7. Stunning leaves & beautiful rustic wreath!

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  8. Your mother will love this card, so beautiful and creative!!

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  9. Very pretty. Love the jute wreath and embossed leaves.

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  10. Wow...this is just beautiful. Love your wreath!

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  11. I've never thought to use the dies from The Sweet Life on their own.... what a great idea! Beautiful card!

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  12. Loved the mini in the gallery (that asymetrical feel to your wreath) and then came to see it. WOW. Your leaves are just gorgeous.

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  13. All of the steps you took to create this card are worth it. It is one of my favorites today. I am all about texture and color, and you have plenty of both. Your mom is sure to love this card.

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  14. Absolutely beautiful, Connie! Your braided wreath is so clever and those leaves look so real! Your mom will love her birthday card

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  15. Absolutely beautiful!! I love your wreath and the texture is fabulous!!

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  16. Connie, this is awesome! I love the shiny leaves and your clever braided wreath! Wow!

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  17. Beautiful! Your braided wreath is brilliant!

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  18. Connie this is simply stunning! Love the way the leaves look..just beautiful!

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  19. beautiful- love all the texture you've added to the wreath

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  20. Love this card!! The texture is fabulous!

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  21. Your leaves are amazing!!! Love the braided burlap wreath!

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  22. Gorgeous card Connie. Love the twine wreath and the pretty leaves... the colors are beautiful.

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  23. Gorgeous card! I love all the texture and those leaves are amazing!

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  24. What a great way to use that tri-leaf die from The Sweet Life. So beautiful and organic/natural.

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  25. Gorgeous leaves and wreath - great card! Thanks for sharing!

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Thanks so much for your kind comments, they always make my day.