How I made this card:
I started by first stamping the wreath using the largest floral cluster and the largest single flower stamp in the set. I used the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder Stencil to help me position my stamps and stamp them in a circle. I started with the largest floral cluster and stamped it twice on opposite sides of the cardstock. I then created two masks of each end of the floral cluster, so I could stamp the large single flower in the two gaps, but it overlapped a bit, so that's where the masks came in handy. I stamped the other flower into the gaps, then I used the tiny flower trios in the stamp set to fill in any areas that looked a bit barren. I set this aside to work on my background paper so I would know what colors to use when I colored my wreath.
For the background paper I found this lovely pink 6 x 6 paper that had some variation in color to it. Not quite ombre, maybe closer to a watercolor look. I decided to use the Layered Stencil Floral on it from W & S in slightly darker pinks than the paper (but I did not want it bold). I started by using the floral stencil's solid flower shape and used Distress Ink, Spun Sugar on both the large and small floral shapes. Next I shifted the stencil so that the stencil flower petals lined up with what I just colored. I started with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Pink Flambe' on a rag and rubbed it in. It needed additional color, so I grabbed my Distress Oxide Ink in Picked Raspberry and very gently pounced it on with my mini ink blending tool. Once a section was done, I quickly ran over to my embossing station and put some Ranger Holographic Embossing Powder over the freshly inked flowers and heat set it. I repeated those steps until my entire pink paper was done. I then trimmed it down to 5.75" on both sides, as I didn't want my card to exceed 6" on any side.
I returned to my floral wreath and practiced colors on a scratch piece of paper before I just dove in. I wanted 3 colors of roses, one matching the background paper, the other two variations of pink. I also wanted 1-2 flowers between any same color flower. Fortunately the numbers of flowers worked! I started by coloring all the same color flowers first with my Copic markers (I used a 3 color combination on them- but did I remember to write down which ones? Yikes! The answer is no 😞
(that's something I have to work on before I clean up my space!) Anyhow, then I colored the leaves, again I masked a few areas and tucked in some leaves from the large single rose where I thought it needed more for balance. I used 3 Copic markers in the BG family, then used C5 to make the leaf crease down the center. I colored the small dainty flowers a deep red, then went around with my Sakura Jelly Roll pen in Clear Star to the centers of all the flowers in the wreath. Then I used Clear Wink of Stella on all the roses. Last, I decided to heat emboss the 3 small circle clusters as a single stamp from the You are Beautiful stamp set. I didn't want them to be too overbearing, so I only stamped them 3 times with Versamark ink, then used my Stampin' Up! Gold Embossing Powder. I trimmed my wreath cardstock to 4" x 4", rounding the two bottom corners. I then went about fussy cutting the inside of my wreath using my handy #11 Penblade (the yellow, pointed one).
I placed my wreath cardstock onto the pink background to where I liked how the background flowers showed and left enough reveal on all sides. I cut down my pink layer a bit more and rounded the bottom two corners.
Very Important step: If you secure your bow with a brad, do it now before proceeding any further, or it may be impossible to use a brad at all! I made a 3 piece bow from some Stampin' Up! ribbon I had that matched my card nicely. I made a hole through all 3 pieces of ribbon with my pokey tool, put the brad through it, then poked a hole about 1/4" from the top of my floral wreath, in the middle and pushed my brad through the hole and opened the legs on the back side to secure.
Next I picked out some foiled white cardstock from DCWV to frame and support my pink paper (it was not the heaviest of papers and I was making a shaker card, so I wanted more rigidity). That layer ended up being 5.75" x 5.5" (well below my 6" max.). It also brought out the gold elements in my card. I then adhered that to my card base, that was a top folding card of 11" x 5.75" total (I wanted not to have to cut into a 12" x 12" piece of my cardstock, I prefer using my 8.5" x 11" cardstock for my card bases.)
Next I lined up my wreath paper onto the pink paper, then marked very lightly in pencil the corners. This would help me when I finally adhere my wreath paper onto the pink paper. Next I marked a few points of the inside of the wreath onto the pink paper, then removed the wreath paper and drew a very light almost round circle. I would eventually add my adhesive foam tape around my marked pencil line, ensuring none of the tape would show. But first I needed a piece of acetate for my shaker window. I decided to use one of the floral stamp's sentiment on the acetate. It just barely fit! So that I got the sentiment centered, I went ahead and glued the acetate in place on the backside of the floral frame. Once secure, I stamped the sentiment inside the middle of the wreath, using the help of my MISTI for perfect positioning and no slipping around with the ink. I used Ranger's Archival black ink and did double stamp it to make it darker (not a problem when you use a great stamp positioner!) I set it aside to dry, while I made my shaker element.
I used Scotch 3M foam adhesive tape around the circle I had drawn on the pink paper. I decided to make it double think for more dimension and room for more goodies inside the shaker. I carefully used an antistatic tool along the inside of the tape ring so that my shaker elements wouldn't stick to it. I used several products on the inside, all light pink, gold, white, holographic/rainbow, and a few tiny hexagons in those colors and a few blueish-green ones that matched the leaves and ribbon on the wreath. I also used a few pink gem stickers from DCWV inside and outside on the pink paper. I feel that a few elements glued in place inside the shaker helps keep all the shaker elements from falling to the bottom (unless that's what you want, of course!). So once all the shaker bits were added...drum roll please... I very carefully laid down my wreath paper onto the foam adhesive ring (using my corner markers as a guide. One thing I forgot to do was put more double thick foam tape around the rest of my wreath paper. The edges sagged a bit. I had to fix it. I very carefully cut the foam tape lengthwise in half and measured approximately the length I needed. I stacked them up double, removed the release tape and gently wedged them in place along the outside edges. Harder to do this way than to have had it done before I placed the wreath paper down, but you can't tell the difference, so only you and I know!!
Last, I chose 6 of the shaker elements and glued them to the pink paper, 3 each on opposite corners. Now, finally, this card is done. Though a little time consuming, I love how it came out, I hope you do too! I can't help myself but shake my card around and look at all the pretties inside!
Thank you for visiting my blog (this one more lengthy than usual), I know! I hope to see some of your shaker creations using Witt & Sass products. Remember if you are following a challenge from an order you received from W & S, use #wscardchallenge on Instagram so we can see what you create.
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Thanks again, and happy crafting!!
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