Monday 26 November 2012

A Heart-y Wreath!

The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge is "A Project With Heart".  As you may have read here a post or two ago, this year I want my Christmas to have more of a hand-made feel to it, so I decided to make this wreath.

I don't know about you, but I like nothing better than finding a new and unlikely use for one of my stamps.  In this case it's the heart stamp from Tim Holtz's "From the Heart" stamp set.  If you squint and look at it in just the right light you could almost swear that it's an ivy leaf, and that was where the inspiration for this wreath came from.

The Retro Grunge card stack is one of my favourites (I'm onto my 2nd one), and the back side of several of the pages have great distressed greens, perfect for the leaves.  I traced around a plate to cut a big circle from a sheet of card stock and then cut out the centre, leaving a two inch ring to use as the base.  (I didn't trace around anything for the middle, the leaves hide any wobbly cutting so it's no big deal!).  I found a set of battery operated red led lights in my local pound shop (or dollar store if you prefer) and used my crop-o-dile to pierce 20 holes around the base to feed the lights through then taped all the wires in place on the back side.

Next, I stamped lots of hearts and cut them out.  Did I say "lots"?  I mean "LOTS" lol.  I swiped some with Tarnished Brass distress stain for a little variation and then fixed them in place with my ATG gun, at various angles, making sure to hide any wire showing from the bulbs, just leaving the tip peeking out.  The berries were cut from white card with a circle punch, coloured with Festive Berries distress ink used a Black Soot distress marker to add a calyx (ooh, science!).  Finally they were given a coat of Glossy Accents for extra shine.

The ribbon I had was too bright so I gave it a good soaking with Aged Mahogany distress stain to knock the colour back a little.  I twisted some wire through the back, used my craft pick to pierce a hole at the bottom of the wreat and fastened it in place.  And there you have it :)  I'm really pleased with it, it looks great with the lights on, now all I have to do is decide where to put it!

Supplies I used included:

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misteejay said...

Dan this is fabulous. The hearts really work well as leaves and the colours are super.

Love how you stained the ribbon.

Toni xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Hi Dan, hope you are well. Love your rustic wreath. Very clever use of the heart stamp, loos very striking used together in mass in this way. Love the added bow. Tracy x

Candy C said...

Dan, your wreath is amazing! I love your idea of using the hearts at foliage on the wreath. Genius! Love how you've added the little festive. And the little berries....what a nice finishing touch! You've thought of everything! Great project! <3 Candy

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Dan, you wreath is gorgeous! It looks nearly real. I like how the berry's bring it to life. It would be just as wonderful w/o the lights.

Sandra said...

your wreath is stunning, so wonderful to make them out of heart shapes! Hugs, Sandra

Julian said...

That is such an incredibly clever idea! The lights set it off so well too. I'm feeling very Christmassy!

Grace Galdo said...

I love this wreath! I just found your blog for the first time today, I will be a regular here! I love how you show all the materials you used. Thank you!

Andrea said...

that looks just fantastic Dan and I am sure you will find the perfect plae for it to be displayed x

Words and Pictures said...

Perfect! Love the heart-as-ivy-leaf... a wonderful wreath!
Alison x

Gillian .... said...

Hey Dan ... who knew hearts could look so good as leaves, I'm majorly loving this faux rustic wreath. Hope you are well. Hugs Gillian x

Unknown said...

This project made my own heart do a little flip-flop! It's the kind of thing I'd leave up all year. VERY nice work!

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Dan this project has heart AND is super festive! Loving the combo! I really love that you added twinkle lights too :)

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Sandra said...

Love it, great use of hearts

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