Monday, December 25, 2017

Embossed Wreath Christmas Card

Rubbernecker Stamps Ranger Embossed Wreath Card

Although this stamp set by Rubbernecker Stamps is a probably more often used for creating a garden scene, I thought it would be fun to make the stamped pieces into a wreath for a holiday card. Matching dies make it easy to create. I used red tinsel embossing powder for the flowers, which gives them a beautiful sparkly look (unfortunately the sparkle doesn't show up well in the photos but it's really pretty in person). The Liquid Platinum embossing under the edges of the red mat, perfectly matching the sentiment, is an elegant touch to this clean looking holiday card.

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Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 5 x 8 1/2 inches; fold in half to form a 4 1/4 x 5 inch card base.

2. Cut white cardstock 4 x 4 3/4 inches. Rub VersaMark ink or other embossing ink along the edges so at least 1/8 inch is covered all the way around (you can do one side at a time if desired). Sprinkle with Liquid Platinum embossing powder; heat with heat tool. Adhere to card base.

3. Cut red cardstock* 3 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches. Rub powder tool over center area. Using VersaMark ink or other embossing ink, stamp Merry Christmas sentiment in center or just slightly higher than center. You may want to use a Stamp Platform or stamp positioner for this. Emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. Use a strong liquid adhesive or super tacky tape adhesive to adhere to card base - the areas under the embossing will come up if the adhesive can't stick to it. I used Gem Tac around the edges but regular tape runner everywhere else. *Make sure the red cardstock matches the red tinsel embossing powder; see step 4.

Rubbernecker Stamps Ranger Embossed Holiday Wreath Card

4. Use a powder tool over the surface of a piece of white cardstock. Stamp several flowers (Create a Garden 2) in VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss with red tinsel embossing powder. I used the Recollections version in Ruby from Michaels but there are several other brands available. Choose your red cardstock to match whatever brand you purchased. Die cut with matching die (Pot Garden Die Set). Stamp several pine boughs in VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss with verdigris embossing powder (I used the Ranger brand). Die cut with matching die. Stamp a bunch of leaf branches in VersaMark ink or other embossing ink. Emboss with green embossing powder. I used Imagine Crafts Candy Green embossing powder (EB-000-009) but I also recommend Ranger's Green. Die cut with matching die.

5. Use a ball stylus and a molding pad to shape all leaves and pine boughs by rubbing the ball stylus over the leaves/needles (front side), curving them slightly upwards. Note: you could also use the end of a paint brush or die pick and a mouse pad. Arrange leaf branches around sentiment on card to get an idea of spacing. Adhere with liquid adhesive (I prefer Beacon Kids Choice Glue for this - it's thick and dries clear). See photo. Adhere the pine boughs as shown. Use ball stylus and molding pad to shape flowers by placing them face down on the pad and rubbing behind the petal areas. Flip and press ball stylus in center (if glitter gets on pad, just touch some tape to it to remove it). Use dimensional/mounting tape to adhere flowers as shown.

Rubbernecker Stamps Ranger Embossed Wreath Card

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