We are very excited to welcome card crafting extraordinaire Melly Moo to the PaperCutz blog. The guest post spot involves the most creative blogger around making something truly special with our best card making stock. This month, we get into the festive spirit with Melly Moo as she shows us how to make a very impressive paper Christmas Wreath and a matching card. Let the fun begin!
Card Making Stock: How to make a Christmas wreath and christmas card
I was super excited when I was asked if I’d like to be a guest designer for the PaperCutz blog and couldn’t say, “yes” fast enough! I really enjoy experimenting with card making stock and paper, as it’s ideal for making a 3D project which is why I decided to make a Christmas wreath along with a coordinating card.
The base of the wreath was made from thick card; I cut a 30cm wide circle using a circle cutter tool and then another circle inside to give me a 5cm ring. I decided to use some red and white twine to hang the wreath, I also wrapped a length of this around a fifth of the base, adhering it with double-sided tape.
Next I set about die cutting a large pile of leaves, I used various different leaf dies and 3 different colours of green card. Because of the weight of the card I was able to bend and manipulate the leaves to give the wreath a more realistic appearance. I also cut some berries and poinsettia flowers too.
Once I had all my elements ready I began arranging them on the base, I used a hot glue gun to stick the leaves down. I find the best way to do something like this is work in one direction, start to finish, starting with your bigger elements and then going back over and adding the smaller and more colorful items such as the flowers and berries. By doing it this way your final wreath should have an even spread of the main focal elements which prevents it from appearing unbalanced, it also helps if you remember to use odd numbers- here I used 5 flowers.
For the matching card I simply cut a sheet of A4 white/gold pearlescent card in half long ways and then scored and folded it to make an A6, portrait card. I LOVE the gold shimmer and sheen on this card, but I also really like the fact that it is a plain white card on the reverse- ideal for making the base of a greetings card.
I die cut the sentiment from gold mirror board and carefully adhered it to the base; I adore how it looks like liquid gold!! To embellish the card I added a single die cut holly leaf and 3 berry sequins.
Thanks for stopping by today; I hope you have been inspired to have a go at making something crafty for Christmas!