Sunday, December 4, 2016

Three Takes on a Poinsettia Wreath Card

Hey there, it's Lauren again, with a few new holiday cards that might just make you do a triple take. Yes, I've basically made the same card three times, each using the same fun sketch and each featuring fabulous Eyelet Outlet Poinsettia Brads adorning a simple holiday wreath, but I've approached it in three different-- equally easy-- ways:

You know I love watercolor, so of course I had to have a go at painting a wreath! I started by lightly marking a 2.5" circle on a piece of watercolor paper, mixed a little of my favorite light green pigment powder with water and painted rough V-shaped branches all the way around the circle. When my paper was completely dry, I took a little bit of fairly concentrated pigment in a darker shade of green, and used a fan brush to create a pine needle effect.

When that was completely dry, I added a few details in pen, cut around the wreath with scissors, and attached the beautiful Poinsettia Brads, a few tiny red "berries" from a Pearl Bling Strip, plus a sentiment fashioned from Merry Christmas Washi Tape stuck to plain white cardstock and trimmed into a neat little banner shape. And that was that!

If you hate to paint, here's another way to go: Use two circle punches to create a green cardstock ring, this will be the base of your wreath. Diecut or punch a dozen or so of your favorite greenery from several shades of green cardstock or patterned paper. Use a tape runner to attach the branches to the cardstock base in layers, trimming as necessary.

When the wreath is complete, top with Poinsettia Brads and a washi tape sentiment and affix it to your card with a bit of foam tape, for dimension.

My third card started with cardstock wreath sticker, which was very lovely, but alas, quite flat. Until... I added Poinsettia BradsTiny Red Pearls and one more Merry Christmas sentiment! (Ok, yes, this one's admittedly a bit of a cheat, but we're into December now, so it's time to get the Christmas cards in the mail!) 

I hope you'll be inspired to grab YOUR favorite Eyelet Outlet Holiday Brads and think up some fun new ways to use them.

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Lauren Bergold likes making holiday cards, blogging, and chocolate... 
but not necessarily in that order! ;)

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