Monday, November 2, 2015


Coming to you from the Global Design Project - a colour challenge!  This week, we have been challenged to use Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.  Not typically Christmas colours, but I thought it would be fun to try.

I wanted to use the pine branch from the Wonderland set, which has been my most used set for Christmas this year.  The pine branch however, had been sadly neglected and I need to change that!  I used a bit of trickery to make sure the wreath was fairly lush and not something about to be thrown on the fire, as the branch only has one pine cone.  Here's is what I did to create the wreath:
1.  Lightly traced a circle in pencil on my card where I wanted the wreath to go.
2.   Used a Tip Top Taupe and Mint Macaron Marker to ink up my stamp, and stamped my branch, using the pencil circle as a guide.
3.  Repeated the process until I have gone around the circle, changing the angle of the stamp each time.  It was never going to be a perfect circle!
4.  Cleaned my stamp really well, then inked up just one pine needle cluster.  Found a gap in the branches and stamped.  I repeated this a few times.
5.  Repeated step four with the pine cones.
6.  Once the ink was dry and using an extra soft eraser, I rubbed out the pencil circle.

The little ribbon was also a bit of trickery.  I used the lovely White Jute ribbon, but of course it is too wide for this little wreath.  I ran my Watermelon Wonder marker down the edge (about three strands in), then trimmed the edge off before tying it in a bow.  So there you have it!  I hope you feel inspired to make a wreath of your own with this method.  I rather enjoy selective stamping.  In addition to the three colours above, you can also use the following neutrals; Whisper White, Basic Black, Very Vanilla or Crumb Cake.

We have had such an amazing response to our challenges at Global Design Project and the support has been overwhelming.  I look forward to seeing what you have created with these three colours!
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  1. You are so brilliant! Can't tell you how much I love that wreath and I just read about all your extra trickery to make it so lush. Amazing!

  2. Oh Paula this is just so beautiful. Thankyou so much for the inspiration and the directions. I would love to CASE this if you don't mind. I loved this image in the stamp set but hadn't thought too much about how to use it. Now you have pointed me in the right direction. love it, thankyou

  3. Such a beautiful way to use these colors, Paula! I didn't even think of Christmas, but it's PERFECT. I love your projects.

  4. What an awesome idea. I've been looking at that under used stamp in the set and hadn't figured out what to do with it. I love this wreath!

  5. Love this! I had wondered about using that stamp in that way also. Great job!

  6. WOW not only beautiful but clever too! You are so talented Paula!

  7. Love this card Paula. Some very tricky (or sneaky) ideas. Thanks

  8. LOVE deeply your wreath . How a person can create so much with to little? 1 stamp to give life to such beautiful composition. I know how difficult is this and you make it look easy. TFS

  9. Ohhh what a stunning card!! Love that wreath and the ribbon and the simplicity of it but soooooo beautiful!!
    Well done lovely Paula!!
    Smiles Sharnee :)

  10. Oh Paula,
    such a great great idea, how you made the wreath. Love each detail. And the little bow makes it perfect.
    Hugs Tanja

  11. I love your creation Paula. And your step-by-step too. Thankyou for having me as the Guest Stamper this week too. D x


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