You know I love watercolor, so of course I had to have a go at painting a wreath! I started by lightly marking a 2.5" circle on a piece of watercolor paper, mixed a little Lime Green ColorBurst pigment powder with water and painted rough V-shaped branches all the way around the circle. When my paper was completely dry, I took a little bit of fairly concentrated Pthalo Green pigment, and used a fan brush to create a pine needle effect.
When that was completely dry, I added a few details in pen, cut around the wreath with scissors, and attached the beautiful Poinsettia Brads, a few tiny red "berries" from a Pearl Bling Strip, plus a sentiment fashioned from Merry Christmas Washi Tape stuck to plain white cardstock and trimmed into a neat little banner shape. And that was that!
If you hate to paint, here's another way to go: Use two circle punches to create a green cardstock ring, this will be the base of your wreath. Diecut or punch a dozen or so of your favorite greenery (I've got some Spellbinders' Mini Greens here) from several shades of green cardstock or patterned paper. Use a tape runner to attach the branches to the cardstock base in layers, trimming as necessary.
When the wreath is complete, add Poinsettia Brads and a washi tape sentiment and affix it to your card with a bit of foam tape, for dimension.
My third card started with a Pebbles cardstock wreath sticker, which was very lovely, but alas, quite flat. Until... I added Poinsettia Brads, Tiny Red Pearls and one more Merry Christmas sentiment! (Ok, yes, this one's admittedly a bit of a cheat, but we're into December now, so it's time to get the Christmas cards in the mail!)
I hope you'll be inspired to grab YOUR favorite Eyelet Outlet Holiday Brads and think up some fun new ways to use them.
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PSS: I used Freshly Made Sketch #265 on all three cards, though I'm not sure the watercolor one is entirely CAS enough, so I'll understand if I'm disqualified. It's a great sketch though... see?