Saturday, December 17, 2011

A Wreath, a tutorial & a small give away!

Ok so I needed a little Christmas something to fill a spot on my wall. Was about to hit the stores on this crazy full weekend before Christmas. (What was I even thinking) Then it hit me........make something silly. You are crafty!! Looking through my stash I thought of how I wish I had the MS pine branch punch. There has been lots of talks about it lately. Well I do have the TH pine cone die. How in the world did I not realize that this looks almost the same only larger. So the light bulb went off & I began.....


Please read more for supplies used, the tutorial & how to easily enter my give away.
SUPPLIES
2- 8 ½ by 11 pieces of green cardstock cut into 2 by 2 ¾ pieces (light green & medium green)
5 inch wreath form cut from cereal box
Green acrylic paint
Tim Holtz pine cone die
Green distress ink & an applicator
Ribbon
Twine
White pearl adhesive bling
White glue & glue gun
Stapler

  • Cut 5 inch wreath from cereal box & paint both sides green. (Don’t worry too much over your cut, it will be covered up)
  • While drying begin to shade pieces of cardstock with distress ink. Do so by pouncing ink around edges. I inked it lightly, you of course can ink more if you like.
  • Mist with water. This will spread the ink a little & this is what we want.
  • Lightly crumple cardstock & open up flat. Allow to dry. (You can use a heat tool if you like) 
  • Don’t be too concerned with the inking. After the misting & all the layering “perfect inking” won’t be noticed. 
  • Staple a loop of twine to wreath form for hanging. (Do this now so it can be covered by branches) 
  • Layer 3-4 pieces of cardstock over branch part of die & run through die cut machine. Run forward & backward through machine to insure a full cut through all pieces of cardstock. 
  • Now begin layering branches all the way around wreath. Working with glue 2-3 inches at a time. Now if you notice on your die cut there is a “front” side with the paper bending down on the edges & a “back” side with the edges bending up. While layering turn some die cuts front side up & some down. Not only does this mix up the texture but also then you get 4 slightly different shades of the green. Inked sides & non inked sides. 
  • Be sure not to squish the branches down flat while gluing. Let dry & fluff out. Remember……just like the real thing, it can be trimmed if a branch sticks out to far. 
  • Tie ribbon into a bow & attach with glue gun.
  • Finally add the pearls & Tada…….a pretty wreath to hang.


  











Now for the giveaway. All you have to do is become a follower or already be following & leave a comment on this blog post. I will be giving away a little bit of my wintery stash. I will also be adding a surprise to this stuff on Monday. I will pick a winner using Random.org on Wednesday morning.



I added this to the give away
Some presents for you!!!!!



Good Luck & as always,
Thanks so much for looking!
~Jenn



9 comments:

  1. Your wreath is gorgeous! I'm going to have to look for that die and get one for myself. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

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  2. what a pretty wreath! Thank you for the tutorial, maybe next year I'll have more time to try this. Christmas always comes too fast.

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  3. Thank you for your directions! I've tried building a wreath and it just didn't work out right. I'm going to give your directions a go! It's so pretty and would make such pretty Christmas ornaments. Thanks!

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  4. OMG I looove this!!! You did an amazing job, thank you for sharing!

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  5. Your wreath turned on gorgeous. I love it. TH pine die is on my Xmas wishlist and I will give this a try is Santa brings me it.

    Thanks for sharing and for the great tutorial.

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  6. It looks beautiful! I am awaiting the arrival of my MS punch!

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  7. Great tutorial, your wreath is beautiful!

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  8. love, love, love the wreath!!!!! i signed up to follow your blog.

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  9. Thanks Julia! It looks really nice up on the wall. I hope you get to try it!

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