Today I want to share some ideas for holiday cards featuring the Spellbinders Build A Wreath dies. I love the detail and the versatility of this die set. It is so easy to create beautiful holiday wreaths that can be decorated in many different ways.
To begin, I selected several different types of green cardstock. I thought that the Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft Core cardstock would be interesting distressed and sanded on a kraft paper background. I also wanted to try a wreath where ink was applied to add detail and contrast. For each of these cardstocks, I cut one base and two of each of the other pieces of greenery. Be sure to emboss each of these pieces – that is where the beauty and detail of the Spellbinders design really come to life.
For the Tim Holtz Kraft Core cardstock, I carefully sanded each of the pieces to distress it, and also to enhance the embossed detail of the Spellbinders die. For the Bazzill Evergreen cardstock, I enhanced the detail by sponging on a contrasting green ink (I used Memento Cottage Ivy ink and a Darice craft marshmallow). To assemble each of the wreaths, I began by laying each of the large bits of greenery around the wreath base. I attached those with a single piece of low dimensional adhesive (such as the Darice adhesive squares). Then I placed the smaller pieces of greenery around the wreath, filling in any holes or low spaces that were left. Finally, I went around the wreath again and added more low dimensional adhesive or Scor-Tape, as necessary, to get the shape and dimension that I wanted. This short video gives some tips on assembling the wreaths.
For the snowflake wreath – I added nine small rhinestone snowflakes around the wreath as decoration. These were held in place using Scor-Tape. The base of the A2 card was cut from kraft cardstock (8-1/2” x 5-1/2”). I cut the red layer from Bazzill “Kisses” cardstock (4” x 5-1/4”), and the inner layer from kraft cardstock (3-7/8” x 5-1/8”). The inner layer was embossed using Provo Craft – Cuttlebug’s “Swiss Dots” embossing folder. I attached the embossed layer to the red layer using Scor-Tape, and attached the flat ribbon at the bottom. Then I attached the combined layer with the card base using Scor-Tape. I also used Scor-Tape to attach the wreath and the ribbon bow. This is a close-up photo of the snowflake wreath card.
I used a similar process to complete the poinsettia wreath card. The poinsettias were made using a Poppy Stamps die set called “Small Blooming Poinsettia”. I cut the poinsettia pieces from red flocked ribbon (the kind that is often used during the holidays for wreaths and bows, etc.), and the leaves from a scrap of green cardstock. I attached the poinsettia pieces and leaves with small pieces of Scor-Tape. I placed a small yellow rhinestone in the center of each poinsettia. The ribbon I used on the poinsettia wreath card is from May Arts. The rest of the directions are the same as for the snowflake wreath. This is a close-up picture of the poinsettia wreath card.
There are many other ways that you can decorate wreaths made from the Spellbinders Build A Wreath dies. For example, any of the small or medium-sized holiday button sets from “Dress It Up” would be the perfect size. You can also use the separate bits of greenery as decoration for other paper crafting projects. I’m sure that you will have as much fun as I did using this die set to create beautiful holiday cards.
Spellbinders Build A Wreath dies
Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Cardstock – Kraft for card base, red for layer, green for wreath – I used Bazzill Kraft, Kisses and Evergreen. For the wreath that was sanded I used a green from the Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection
Adhesives – low dimensional adhesive (I used Darice) and Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Ink — I used Memento Cottage Ivy
Ribbon — I used Holiday Traditions (snowflake wreath card) and May Arts (poinsettia wreath card)
Poinsettias – Mine were made using a Poppy Stamps die (Small Blooming Poinsettia), red flocked ribbon, green cardstock scrap and a yellow rhinestone.
Embossing folder – I used the Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Swiss Dots”
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!