Hey Everyone! Here is my fourth card in the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge, and I have to say this might be my favorite so far. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, and I started looking at all of my Hero Arts stamps to find something different. I found Holiday Greetings, and decided to play around with all of the little pieces that came with the sentiments. I love the way the greenery with branches and berries turned out! Seriously, I think I liked it even better before I added the Poinsettias and pinecones.
I began by tracing around a circle die as a guide for my stamping, and then stamped pine branches in two green colors around the circle. Next I stamped holly followed by the branches in brown. The wreath definitely needed lots of filling, so I added more pine branches in two lighter shades of green. This is where the magic began to happen! Finally, I added red Ice Stickles to the branches, and WOW! The whole thing suddenly became so striking!
Next I stamped the Poinsettias in two colors, and the pinecones in brown. I fussy cut each out, and added dimension with colored pencils. Before placing the Poinsettias and pinecones on the wreath, I outlined them with matching Copic colors. (I’ve seen Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire outline their cut images with black outline. I now either outline in black or matching colors most of the time. It makes the final piece look finished and professional.) I stamped the Holly Jolly sentiment with Ranger gold embossing in the middle of the wreath before adding some Poinsettias with foam and others with pinecones glued into place. Finally, I added Wink of Stella with Glossy Accents and then Buttercup Liquid Pearls for the flower centers.
I used some heavy cream cardstock as my card base, and then layered red with Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock in green envy. I found the floss as I wandered Jo Ann Fabrics looking for different accents and string. That floss is soooooo pretty that I think I bought six different shimmery colors. They aren’t metallic and don’t feel like cotton floss. I think it must be some kind of polyester, but truly so pretty. I used a dark red and vintage kind of gold-silver for the bow. Don’t you think that floss is lovely? I really am enamored with it.
The final step was to glue the wreath onto the card. Ta-da! I love this card. The only bit I’m not completely happy with are the colors of the Poinsettias. They turned a little bit of a funky orange-red color with the Glossy Accents. As I said earlier, I think I liked it even better before adding the flowers and pinecones. What do you guys think?
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’re inspired to create a card and join me in the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge.
2 thoughts on “Holly Jolly Christmas Card”
This is so very pretty and creative! Love it! Good luck!
Awesome, love your gorgeous wreath!
Thanks for joining in the Hero Arts Holiday Cardmaking Challenge!