When I bought the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Watercolor Words, I really only focused on the greetings and sentiments in the set. But yesterday I wanted to make a card that had a wreath of flowers, yet wouldn't be too delicate. I wanted a card with some bold color, and the wreath stamps I have just weren't going to work. I then proceeded to look at all of the stamp sets in my bookcase to see what I could find – and out jumped Watercolor Words – with a bold flower and leaf!
This ended up being just the wreath I wanted, even though I wasn't sure when I started if it would work.
I stamped the flowers using Pacific Point Classic Ink, and the leaves using Cucumber Crush Classic Ink. To create the wreath, I used a non-Stampin' Up! tool that's been in my craft room for over a month now, but which I haven't used a lot. It's called "MISTI," which is an acronym for "Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented." It really is incredible! If you're interested in finding more about this, you might just want to look around in YouTube to find one of the dozens of tutorials on its use that are out there.
Basically, what happens is that I position a square on which I've drawn a circle in the tool. Then I position the flower stamp where I want it on the circle. The tool keeps the stamp in position, and all I have to do is rotate my square cardstock (in this case, Stampin' Up! Whisper White) and apply the stamped image on all four sides. Then I reposition the flower stamp so that it's between two of the first four flowers, stamp, turn the square, restamp, and so forth. I repeat the same process with the leaves. Then I erase the circle with a white eraser and, poof! a beautiful circle of flowers!
Now that I had that wreath, which is kind of bold – as I wanted it – I needed a background that didn't have much in the way of delicate lines. So I decided just to place the one layer of the Pacific Point Designer Series Paper Stack onto the Whisper White Thick Cardstock card base. But before I did that, I embossed the card front using the Stampin' Up! Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, and tied a short length of Pacific Point Stitched Satin Ribbon around the top of the Designer Series Paper layer.
The only thing delicate about this card is the sentiment in the middle of the wreath. That stamp comes from the Watercolor Wishes Stamp Set, which is part of the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit that I mentioned in my last blog post. It was delicate but (1) it fit and (2) it was just what I wanted to say.
I finished the card off by attaching some of the smallest in the White Perfect Accents embellishment pack. I thought about coloring them, but then realized that I liked the monochromatic look of the card. Maybe next time!