Saturday, November 22

Day 22 - Foliage Stamps (tutorial)

On Day 15, I used a large leaf stamp to construct three dimensional poinsettias for my card.  Today I'm using a small leaf stamp, from the "Lovely As A Tree" set, to create a Christmas wreath.
 
 
YOUR TURN: Use a small stamp and three shades of ink to create a holiday wreath.
Upload your creation here.
 
 
You'll need a small foliage stamp and at least three shades of green ink.  If you don't have a small leaf stamp, consider using a fern, flower, butterfly or heart - as long as it's small it will work. 
 
Draw a feint circle on your piece of cardstock with a pencil.  This will form the basic shape of your wreath and can be rubbed out once you have finished stamping. 
 
Start stamping with the lightest of your inks.  Begin at the centre bottom of the circle and stamp up one side until you reach the centre top.  Repeat for the other side as shown in the photo below. 
 
Fill in the wreath making sure you tilt the stamp in different ways as you work your way around the circle.  Try to keep the wreath an even thickness all the way around. 
 
Now ink the stamp using the middle shade.  Starting in the centre at the bottom, stamp in the darker leaves working around until you're about half way up each side. 
 
Now re-ink the stamp in the first colour (the lightest shade) and touch the stem of the leaf into the middle shade again.  Stamp the rest of the way up the wreath on both sides.  This will help to prevent a sudden, and very obvious, change in colour. 
 
Repeat the process with the darkest colour, but only work about 1/4 of the way up each side of the wreath.  Re-ink with the middle colour and again tip the stem into the darkest colour to prevent sudden colour changes. 
 
Now decorate!
 
 

19 comments:

KT Fit Kitty said...

That's gorgeous! And thanks for the tut! So simple yet what an impact the finished card has! Enjoy your weekend

Sue said...

This is stunning Beccy. I love the way you have added the different shades of green and the coloured pearls look so beautiful too. Thank you for the inspiration.
Sue xx

Theresia said...

Love it, love it, love it. Beccy, thank you for your tutorial!
Cheers, Trees

Vic said...

what a perfect, lush wreath - just love it!! x

Marianne said...

Gorgeous card, Beccy. What a great way to stretch your stamps. Thanks also for showing us how to use the darker shades only at the bottom for a natural effect. Would love to give this a try after I have dug up my stamps from the removal boxes...

Donna said...

So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your crafty process with us. It's always so much fun to see how others make their cards. I love wreathes and your pop of colored pearls makes it extra special!

Debi said...

This looks simple enough. And hopefully I'll end up with a wreath as lovely as yours. Can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for the tutorial.

carla said...

Wonderful ! The nice thing is, that you do not need much material to create something beautiful. A love it.

Carla

cardchick's world said...

This Card is so gorgeous!!! luv your technique....

Colleen said...

That is stunning and thank you for the wonderful tutorial

Rene Stansell said...

So sweet and dainty, thanks Beccy.
Rene from OZ xo

Tieva said...

Thank you so much, this card is perfect!
Gabi

Olga said...

Wow, supercute and gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. )

BAstelfeti said...

Wow a Dream wreath and great colors.
I love green.

Greeting BAstelfeti

Gail said...

Super beautiful Beccy - wonderful technique

Judy V said...

This has to be one of the most gorgeous wreaths I've ever seen! Thanks for the great tutorial Beccy! I'm going to try this, but have my doubts that mine will come out anywhere close to looking like yours. I'm one of those people that can't draw stick figures, so we'll see how this stamping technique works out for me!

Jacee said...

How beautiful Becky, and a wonderful tutorial too
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Teresa said...

LOVE it!

crafty said...

Many thanks for the tutorial