Traditional Christmas wreath on window

Hello crafty friends,

Wreaths are such a big part of Christmas decor and for the September release from So Suzy Stamps  my team-mate Terri Burson designed a wreath stamp.  I decided to use this stamp in this design showing a traditional wreath over a window.

I first stamped with the wreath stamp (in Versamark) onto ivory cardstock and heat embossed with Nuvo chocolate embossing powder.   Terri is the person I credit with influencing me to try it as I've seen it in many of her projects with beautiful results.

Once I embossed the wreath, I used alcohol markers to color in the branches for the wreath.  The berries were also colored with red alcohol markers then used Glossy accents to the berries to add dimension and shine.  I then fussy cut around the outside and inside of the wreath so the center of it would be open.

The window was die cut on Walnut Distress (Tim Holtz collection) h C'oordinations paper.  This is the type of paper with two or more layers of coordinating shades so when you distress the paper (by sanding for example) you see the underlying color.    I distressed the paper with a simple nail buffer after it was die cut.

The window panes are open from the die cut, so I used vellum right behind the window, then patterned green paper behind the vellum to give the appearance of fabric curtains and complete the window piece.

The window panel was layered on top of a 4.25" x 5.5"  piece of C'oordinations whitewash collection paper, which was dry embossed with a wood panel textured embossing folder.   I was unable to find a link where this can be purchased online but am reasonably sure the cardstock can still be found as single sheets at JoAnn's craft store.   I added some more texture by sanding the surface of the paper with a nail buffer to accentuate the effect.

Once the window panel was glued to the white, wood textured piece, the wreath was added on top of the window using pop up dots to separate it from the window.  The small bow stamp was used to create the bow using a red glitter embossing powder, which was colored in with red alcohol markers.

I die cut a smaller circle to go inside the wreath, then stamped with the "joy" stamp (also designed by Terri) on the circle.

I layered the whitewash cardstock and window panel on top of more of the walnut core'dinations cardstock used to cut the window as the next layer.

I layered again on top of a subtly patterned piece of paper (white and beige), then adhered to a 110# cardstock base cut to approximately 5" w x 6 1/4" l for the finished card.  It's not quite a standard size but close enough for my purposes.  Sometimes I do find standard sizes a bit confining and at times will adjust the overall size to fit how the overall design is working rather than trying to stick strictly to a standard size.

This card is fairly simple to recreate as the texture is more dependent upon the cardstock than a particular technique.

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Hope you are enjoying your weekend so far!

Until next time,



  1. Love how you used the wreath. Gorgeous!

    1. Glad you like it Terri - I have to say the Nuvo embossing powder you rave about is the real deal! I love it already.


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