custom stamped wreath...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I hope that you, your family, and your friends all have a WONDERFUL holiday week! 

Are you ready for a little LDRS Creative holiday inspiration?

Paper: Neenah Classic Crest Solar White; DCWV Holiday Glitz; LDRS Creative Country Christmas
Stamps: LDRS Creative Hanging Out, Artic Snowfall, Love In Bloom
Ink: LDRS Creative Raven, Evergreen
Coloring: Copics
E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, W1, YR23
Dies: LDRS Creative Happy Days
Other: rhinestones; LDRS Creative Stamping Mask Paper

To start, we need need to block in our basic shape... VERY lightly draw a circle on your card stock... If you aren't good at free handing a circle, don't worry, just find something the right size to trace. I'm using a baby food jar.   Be sure to keep your pencil lines as light as possible so they won't show though the stamped images later on. 

In order to figure out exactly where our owl needs to be, I like to use my MISTI and a sheet of acetate. Line the acetate up in the corner of the MISTI and stamp the Hanging Out stamp using Memento ink (I like to use memento because it stamps beautifully on the acetate, and cleans up easily later).

Leave the stamp on the lid, and slide your cardstock under the acetate. Line up the owl so he is sitting  inside the circle near the bottom.

Next we need to prep our owl. Since the owl is part of a larger  stamp, we need to do some masking on the stamp. Use some clear tape to cover all of the stamp except the owl. 

 Ink up your stamp with Raven ink, then carefully remove all the tape. Once the tape is removed, stamp your owl.

When you are ready to clean up the acetate, simply wipe with a damp cloth or baby wipe. The ink comes right off and is ready for the next project!

Now it's time to add a bit of color to your owl using your preferred coloring medium.

Next up we need to mask the owl... Stamp the owl on the matte side of the Stamping Mask Paper, and cut out. Peel off the backing and stick the mask over your colored owl.

Now that the owl is protected, it's time to create the wreath.  Start by stamping one of the leafy branches from Love in Bloom around your penciled circle. 

Once you have your first layer, you can go around the wreath again staggering where you are stamping to help fill it in.

You can also use the second leafy branch to add in more fullness. 

Varying the angle you stamp at will help add a more random and realistic feel.

When you remove the mask, you will have something that looks something like this.

Now it's time to decorate!  I layered my cardstock on some plaid cardstock from the Country Christmas, added a glitter paper bow using the Happy Days die, and some tiny red rhinestones as berries.

To finish off the card, I stamped this sentiment from Arctic Snowfall on a strip of white cardstock layered on more of the plaid cardstock. 

For a bonus tip, be sure to check out my post over on the LDRS Creative blog!

I hope your holidays are amazing this year! 

See you soon!

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