May 8, 2012

Christmas Wreath

Our Design Team Creative Challenge is a monthly feature, where we challenge our design team to explore their creative side using a specific theme, product or technique.
This month, we're creating wreaths. Be sure to check the MFT Blog for a list of all the designers who have put their MFT stamps and/or Die-namics dies to work to create a wreath for you today!

 
I've created a Christmas wreath using the Royal Leaves Die-namics and the gorgeous new Mini Royal Roses. I photographed each step - here's the how-to! (click photos for a larger view)

 Using Circle STAX, create two (or more) frames that graduate down in size.

 Layer the two circles together. This gives your wreath more strength, and also gives a little shape rather than having the form be so flat.
 Start wrapping with twine.
 I covered approx a third of my wreath, I was going for an asymmetrical look to my finished wreath.
 Cut a bunch of Royal Leaves. I love how many leaves this cuts with each pass!
 I've used Tombow glue to start adhering the largest leaves to my wreath.

 Continue layering on the Royal Leaves.
 To add the last two layers of leaves I used glue dots. A glue gun would work well too.
 Tie a length of ribbon and a big bow using satin ribbon around the top of the wreath.
 I used the smallest of the Mini Royal Roses to cut four roses from red felt.
 Group the roses on the wreath. Again, I used glue dots.
Add sticky backed pearls for a little contrast and classic shine. 

I finished my wreath with a tattered and inked banner with a sentiment from Clearly Sentimental about Christmas.
Here are the Die-namics I've used today:

Thanks for stopping by!
 
Stamps: Clearly Sentimental about Christmas (MFT Stamps) Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) Dies: Circle STAX, Royal Leaves, Mini Royal Roses Die-namics (MFT Stamps) Other: Twine, Felt, Pearls

8 comments:

Kiwi Sarah said...

This is tooo cute, got a fright seeing a christmas decoration so early in the year tho :)

Sally said...

This is just gorgeous Sarah, great idea, love it.
Hope you are doing ok.
Hugs Sally xxx

StampOwl said...

So pretty

Dawn Easton said...

Sarah, this is gorgeous! Wonderful idea! Love all those leaves...can't wait to dig into that die this week!!! Beautiful wreath!

wendy said...

these are so pretty...can't wait to make some this year for the tree..thanks for the step by step!

Karen Giron said...

What a fun idea! I love how you've left some of the twine peeking out and the red roses really pop - it's just perfect!

Debbie Carriere said...

Adorable!! Love all those leaves!

Leslie Hanna said...

This is so great! I'm glad to see the twine only wraps part-way around. :) I'm going to try this one! Thanks!