Friday, November 5, 2010

Star Punched Wreath

I love wreaths!  I wish Stampin' Up! would come up with a good wreath stamp.  Competitors have some really awesome ones.  Can I justify buying one?  Maybe I'll just make do and hope they come up with one next year. 

When the Clearance Blitz was going on, I bought the little star punch.  I'd been wanting it and was sorry that I missed getting it.  Then, when I saw that it was still available at a really good price, I snapped it up!

I started out making a Christmas tree out of the stars.  I saw a picture somewhere last year of one.  That's why I wanted the punch to begin with.  I have no idea where that picture is now!  Anyway, my tree morphed into a wreath.  Then I remembered the technique a while back on SCS to do Faux Woodgrain.  I used the technique on this card.  I thought the wreath would really stand out on this background.

All I did was take a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Whisper White and scored it at 1/2" and every 1" after that.  Then I took my Going Gray ink pad (You could probably use Sahara Sand but Basic Gray is too dark.) and dragged it the length of the scored piece.  Then I dragged it down again.  Easy enough?

The stars were punced out of some retired SU Christmas DSP.  I just kept punching and sticking until I had a good circle.  I made the bow out of another Clearance find, the red gingham ribbon and punched berries from a Real Red scrap with a 1/8" circle punch.

The little Merry Christmas from Teeny, Tiny Wishes finished it off.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Teeny, Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Going Gray, Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Small Star Punch, 1/8" Circle Punch, Red Gingham Ribbon

Oh, and on the inside, I found that the holly stamp from the Jolly Bingo Bits worked perfectly to frame the sentiment.  I think I'm going to find a lot of uses for those delightful little Christmas stamps.

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.  Thanks so much for coming by.  Do come back and I love your comments.



Curt in Indy said...

I really love this card! You did an exceptional job on the woodgrain effect. Reminds me of a wreath hanging on a barn door. Great idea with the stars forming the wreath too! Best, Curt

Emily Keaton said...

STUNNING! Bonnie, this wreath is just amazing. I had to look really closely to see that it is made up of stars. Your wreath looks amazing against your awesome woodgrain background. Kudos to you on this terrific card :)

Doris said...

Hi Bonnie! Love your wreath--looks like the star punch was worth the wait. BTW, I just added your blog to my sidebar.

Marilyn (stampwithMJ) said...

Wonderful card!

Monica K. said...

What a cool idea to make a wreath out of stars! So fun! And I can't get over your background. I thought it was PP. Great job!!

Bluemac said...

Love your creativity!will have a go at this card. This for great ideas.

Bluemac said...

Really enjoy your creative designs. Will have a go at making a similar card and thanks for sharing.