Friday 28 October 2016

Holly Wreath

Hi everybody.  Well, here we are nearly at the end of October and the clocks going back this comng weekend...ugh... hate the thought of all those dark nights!  I decided that I need to crack on with my Christmas cards so here is one to show you today.  I used a couple of new dies which I bought fairly recently, both Sue Wilson ones, the Snowflake Mini Striplet and the Holly Branch.

For the holly I decided on slightly unconventional Christmas colours using the marbling technique with snippets of black and white card and White and Bronze Acrylic Paint which worked reasonably well.  The colours turned out a little muted, obviously the white paint in there wasn't going to do anything on the white card, so I added some more bronze with a brush.  At this point I though that it might be nice to have some totally Bronze coloured pieces to mix in, so I painted some white snippets with the Bronze paint.    

I then made the background using another snippet of white card, and die cut the striplet three times across the card and attached this to the white square base card.  I found a left over snippet of black which had been cut with a circle die some time ago, I keep a plastic box with all sorts of bits in.  I heat embossed a sentiment on to it using some WOW Copper Metallic Embossing Powder.  I then attached this to the centre of the card.

To finish I die cut the holly branches and cut them in half, and then using Cosmic Shimmer White Pearl PVA I made the berries.  They weren't totally successful as the holly die berries are like the leaves in that they are open, so the beads of PVA went slightly flat as they fell through the holes a bit, but there were too many of them to use gems.  I then adhered them round the circle.

Thank you for dropping by today, and I'll be back soon.

I am entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Week 252 where we use up snippets of paper and card etc.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Happy Little Stampers October Christmas Challenge - Embossing (I heat embossed the sentiment).
Happy Little Stampers October Anything Goes with Dies.


Florence said...

Beautiful card Pat. Lovely winter colour combo.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs Flo x

Barb said...

An absolutely stunning card Pat. The dies are all so pretty and I love the colours of the holly leaves. What a lovely selection of colours you achieved with the marbling and painting. I love the PVA pearls. LOVE it! I hate it when the clocks change too Pat. Barbxx

Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Pat! I love the colours on the wreath against the white background, the whole design is stunning! LOVE it :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

Di said...

Fabulous card Pat! The wreath against the snowflakes is gorgeous and I so love the colour combination you used!


Di xx

MaryH said...

I DO like these non-traditional colors. This looks very 'natural' and wintery, and I expect the colors would be right at home in the wilds of the forest too. Love these dies and the way you've designed this gorgeous card using them. So pretty. TFS & Happy wkend.

Jean said...

Classy looking card, I like the colours you used for the lovely wreath.
I hate the thought of short afternoons when the clocks change too.
Jean x

Mrs A. said...

Wow I do so like your alternative colourway. The wreath design is lovely. I hate the early nights as I love being out in the garden for as long as possible. hugs Mrs A.

maria's knutselplezier said...

I missed a lot of your beautiful creations , sorry for that, but now I see so much beautiful artworks , I really enjoy running through your blog , so many wonderful creations, so much art to enjoy , the chistmas card looks wonderful , I love the colours and the way you created it!!

Have fun¡!

Janice said...

I love your holly card Pat, and the different colour combo makes a lovely change.
Janice x

Amy Seigler said...

Beautiful colors you've chose for your card! Love the dies you've used to make this beautiful card! Thanks for playing with us at HLS!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Pat, such a gorgeous wreath!! Love the non-traditional browns and golds. Just a gorgeous card,and love the embossing. Thanks so much for playing along with us at HLS Christmas Challenge.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Oh wow -this wreath is simply gorgeous! Thanks for playing with us at HLS!

Bonnie said...

This is such an elegant wreath, Pat! Love the texture in the background too!

Jo said...

This truly stunning Pat, the harmony is just perfect. Good job xx

Liz said...

Stunning card, Pat. The colours you've chosen work so well together. xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous and elegant design, I love how you created a wreath with the holly flourish. The snowflakes behind are beautiful as well. Take care, Shirleyxx

Helen Gullett said...

Pat, this is beautiful and elegant. LOVE the wreath the most :)