I know it’s a bit early but I’ve decided to get into the spirit of Christmas, so my first Christmassy project this year just had to be the Holly Wreath made with some of the papers from the Be Merry Collection.
After separating and lightly sanding down all the pieces of the Kaisercraft Holly Wreath (SB2078) I arranged all the Holly leaves on the circle frame and, once I was happy with the layout of them, I then thought about which papers to use on the leaves. I decided that I wanted to use more than one colour of paper on the wreath and that I definitely wanted to incorporate the very cute reindeer from the fabulous Chirpy paper.
I used the back of the Chirpy paper (P559) to cover the largest of the three pronged leaves and then used a brown ink pad (IP708) to stamp with the Script Background stamp (CS752) over them. On the smaller three pronged leaves I used the Cheer paper (P558) and on the large long leaves with the berries I used the green side of the Happy paper (P560). I finished the edges of the all of the leaves using a brown ink pad. I then cut out some berries, approximately 25mm across, from a scrap of red card and used Crystal Lacquer on them. I also cut out two large Reindeer, two smaller reindeer and one Christmas Tree from the Chirpy paper, finished them all with a coat of Crystal Lacquer and then added some red Rhinestones (SB711) for a little sparkle.
The next bit may seem a little obsessive but its a great way of making sure you are happy with the final effect. Once all the pieces were decorated I rearranged them back onto the wooden inner circle and took a photo of the finished wreath. I then took a couple more photos removing a few pieces each time. I then used the pictures I had taken to reassemble the wreath, gluing each piece with PVA adhesive. Once all the leaves were glued down I used foam pads to attach the Reindeer and the Christmas Tree.
The finished wreath is a modern looking take on the traditional Holly Wreath. For a slightly different look, here is the Kaisercraft Star Wreath (SB2064) I made last year using the papers of the Belle Collection.