Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Sounding Joy Wreath

Stampin' Up! Medallion Stamp Christmas Wreath

This pretty, hand-stamped and embossed Christmas card was yet another of our "shoebox swap" cards created during our Stampin' Up! team meeting in October. I ended up finishing the card later because I needed to re-stamp the medallion. This led to the realization that I didn't have all the supplies on hand to create the exact version of the original - I had to tweak it just a bit.  So . . . my apologies to SUE DILLON (my friend and fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator) for tweaking her lovely original design!

Of course, there is NOTHING wrong with using whatever craft supplies you have on hand to re-create something that inspired you. I do it ALL the time. In fact, that's part of the FUN of the creative process - stretching your creativity (and your imagination) to create your own version. This is how new ideas and techniques are born every day! I must admit though, I still find PLENTY of new stamping supplies and goodies that I simply MUST HAVE on a regular basis. Hee!

Christmas Card With The Sounding Joy Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Back to our card . . . The Medallion stamp was used to create the wreath. I stamped it using Old Olive Craft Ink, then embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. The "berries" were cropped using the Cupcake Builder Punch (the sprinkles). HIP TIP: Crop the berries from the Cherry Cobbler layer - no one will ever know and it saves on card stock!

The sentiment, from The Sounding Joy stamp set, was stamped using VersaMark ink and embossed with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder. It was cropped with the 2-1/2" Circle Punch, sponged with Always Artichoke and layered in the center of the wreath.

Stamped Embossed Christmas Greeting Card

The double bow of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon is held in place with an Antique Brad. HIP TIP: Be sure to stamp the Medallion low enough on the card stock to allow room for the bow. Otherwise, you'll have to re-stamp the Medallion (like me).

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:

Stamps: The Sounding Joy (W-121967, C-121979), Medallion (115223)
Ink: Always Artichoke (105219), VersaMark (102283), Craft Stampin' Spots - Brights Assortment (119718)
Card Stock: Always Artichoke (105119), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Confetti Cream (102835)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005), Cupcake Builder Punch (121807), 3/16" Corner Rounder Punch (119871), 2-1/2" Circle Punch (120906), Sponge Daubers (102892)
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Emboss Powder (122949), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130), Antique Brads (117273), Cherry Cobbler 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon (120992)

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