Monday, 3 September 2012

Asian Wreath Card

Hi bloggers!  Another wreath card from me (do you get the sense that I like these? LOL)  The first look at the new cherry blossom die set just had me thinking wreath among other things.  I started this card by embossing the background with the letterpress technique.  I inked my embossing folder on the negative side with Antique Linen.  I made sure that the ink did not go on to the edge of the folder where there is no design as I wanted to increase the size of my background and that would have left a line.  I placed my milk coloured card in the folder against the opposite side and carefully closed the folder and ran it through the machine.  I inked the folder a second time in the same way and extended the pattern.  I was using the "twig" side of the Tweets and Twig folder, which doesn't actually line up exactly, but it is busy enough that it isn't noticeable, especially with the wreath on top.  Next I cut four borders from the Asian die set out of our new gold card.  I don't know how to describe it, but it is a very subtle gold, you almost have to move it to pick up the gold.  I am not a real big fan of the metallics because I think they can overwhelm a card sometimes, but I LOVE this because of it softness.  I glued the four borders to the edge of my embossed background except in the very corners.  I cut them diagonally in the corners to get a mitred look, then glued them there.  Using the branches from the Cherry Blossom set, I cut out a bunch of them in my gold card.  A bunch is probably defined as 6 of each, but I did forget to count them, sorry.  I trimmed them down a bit and used the natural curve to form the base of my wreath and glued them in place.  Then I layered the more lacier looking branch on top and glued it in place going around.  Just keep adding until you are happy with the final shape.  I cut several of the small flowers in red to add randomly to my wreath.  I put tiny flatback pearls in the centres of the larger ones.  I stamped my sentiment on milk card, but I curved it just slightly before adding it to my acrylic black that I had a strip of sticky tape on.  The tape will hold it in place nicely while you stamp it.  I cut it out with one of the inside dies from the large ribbon banners, but it was still a bit too long, so I put the extra bit back in the die to just cut that side of it.  You could easily do this with scissors though.  I added this piece with mounting foam across the centre of my wreath.  I pierced the edges to complete the card.  I think this one could easily be turned into a nice Christmas card too with a change of sentiment, what do you think?  All for now, Sue x


171 comments:

Pam said...

A very pretty card and the wreath is very classy.

Rosie said...

That's lovely, Sue. I have the Asian sets on order and I am really looking forward to playing with them.

jayne denver said...

Hi sue this is really lovely
Soft looking fresh and clean
Thanks Jayne

Heather said...

Hi Sue
Yet again a lovely card. The stalks make a lovely wreath and with a poinsettia or holly leaves it would indeed make a lovely Christmas card.

The gold card is lovely!

Crafty Hugs
Heather Rogers xx

scottish crafter said...

Hi Sue, what a lovely card, the wreath looks so delicate with the cherry blossom flowers. Yes a change of colours would make a great Christmas card.

Wilma

nzillingworth said...

Hi Sue
What a cracker. I really like the gold tint card. I wonder why you didn't put pearls on the small flowers? Oh well sings to me anyway.
absolutely fabulous darling.
Born again spellbinder
Nadine hug xxx
nzillingworth@hotmail.com

Jacqui aka Morgana said...

Loved this card when it was shown on create and craft, as did my daughter. it is on her to dolist now I have the cherry blossom dies. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sue, how you keep bringing us these wonderful designs is amazing, I'm having difficulty thinking of a different way to say how much I enjoy them all....I just do!! Thank you!! Mabex

debs said...

Morning Sue I really love this card its so stunning I love the wreath it so classy. You are one talented lady.
Take care Sue

Debs Artliff

Debby Berry said...

Sue,
Happy Labor Day! This is a great card, I especially like the cherry blossom die used like this. It looks amazing. Cheers.

baconbits said...

Morning Sue,
This is another great creation, you really make us think of different things to do with the dies. I do not have this die as i thought it was not useful enough...
TFS
Hugs
Amanda x

Rose in Chester said...

Good morning Sue,
Didn't know until I saw the comments, but HAPPY LABOUR DAY, Sue.
And I saw you demo this card, thought it was lovely then. Haven't changed my mind, seeing it on your blog. Especially the trick with the mitred corners, VERY useful. Had been battling with corners and borders but now know what to do. Thanks for all that.

Anonymous said...

GM Sue - I dont really like the cherry blosson die set - sorry! It just doesn't do it for me for some reason....
Rgs
Clare W

Linda said...

what a gorgeous card
hugs Linda

Karen R said...

I wasn't sure about the cherry blossom die but think that the twigs part would be very useful for all sorts of designs. Love the wreath effect xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Sue,
wonderful card. As you say so easily adapted to a Christmas one.
Have a great crafty day everyone.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

jean.phillips1 said...

Morning Sue, I love the Asian borders and love the wreath! This is another beautiful card Sue. love Jean x

Christine Harrop said...

Like the commenter above I'm not too sure about the cherry blossom, but that doesn't detract from the gorgeous card. It's our differing tastes that makes the craft so interesting I think. Love from Christine x

Olga said...

The card is awesome!Love the frame!

BridgetCG said...

Hi Sue, this card is so simple and lovely. Really like the gold card, as you say it is a soft gold. Bx

hazel said...

Gorgeous card Sue love the gold card so subtle. love this design and the colours there is so much that can be done with the cherry blossom dies love them xx hazel

hauiline said...

Hi Sue,

you made such a wonderful card. The gold has a really nice tone.

Greetings from Germany
Anja

norma said...

morning sue,
a really nice card,
i liked this one when you demo on c&c
best wishes
norma

happy2craft said...

Good Morning Sue,
A very pretty card, love the colour choice, I like the wreath effect, could adapt for different occaisions using the Cherry Blossom dies. Just lovely.
Have a great day everyone.
Happy2craft

Chrissie J Lui said...

Morning Sue......another lovely card I love the colours..

Have a great day.

Chrissie x x x

dutchess said...

morning Sue seeing you demo this card on C&C made me buy the dies I had resisted thinking I has stamps very similar but this is just a stunning way of using them and it could be any colours to make a seasonl wreath! again an amazing card Sue thank tou for the inspiration take care Margaret

dutchess said...

morning Sue seeing you demo this card on C&C made me buy the dies I had resisted thinking I has stamps very similar but this is just a stunning way of using them and it could be any colours to make a seasonl wreath! again an amazing card Sue thank tou for the inspiration take care Margaret

Jan.moogie said...

What a different card and so pretty. Lovely Sue.x

Cazann49 said...

Hi Sue, this is a lovely card. I like the way you've used the Blossom twigs for the wreath..:)..Have a great day..:)..xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Sue, Another gorgeous card, I love the wreath out of the branch die and the pretty flowers from the cherry blossoms die. I love the gold card aswell, will we be getting this in tv soon ? I also think that this could be a beautiful christmas card. Lots of love from Patricia xx

shirley said...

goodmorning sue another beautiful card i love the wreath i also love this dies set
have a lovely day shirley xxx

Julia Watts said...

Lovely card Sue. Julia xxxx

Carole Z said...

Good Morning Sue, the wreath is absolutely delightful, a very light and fresh looking card, beautiful! Carole Z X

HiggiSue said...

Lovely design Sue.
Have a great day
sue H x

Maryann said...

An absolut stunning creation from you here again Sue, just gorgeous.

Ladock girl said...

This card is lovely Sue, love the colours you have used. It's made me think it will make a very nice christmas wreath hummmmm off to have a go catch up with you tomorrow. Take care Linda xxxx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Sue, just Gorgeous.Hugs Sheila.x

Marleine said...

Morning,
Pretty. Love the design. Would like to see live. X

AdrienneQ said...

Sue
Love the card and how you did the corners. I must also remember they way in which you bend the sentiments up.

auscrafts said...

another lovely card Sue ,as you say would make a great christmas card

Ann said...



Hi Sue

Very Pretty card love the design so fresh. I think in green would make a gorgeous Christmas card as well love the way you have your sentiment raised.

Hugs Annx without an "e"

Anthea said...

Morning Sue, you are just too clever....:) I am in awe of how you always manage to see so many different ways to use the dies. Awesome card. Hugs xx

beachie said...

A beautiful card Sue, must admit I love the border, so effective. How do you get all your brilliant ideas ?
Audrey x

lydia jordan said...

Morning Sue,
Love your wreath cards, this one is very pretty the gold has come out as grey on my screen but it still looks great.
Have a good day.
Lydia
X

June Fletcher said...

Morning Sue

Another stunning card. It's beautiful, I love the whole design.

June x

Jess Watson said...

Morning Sue, another lovely card, so fresh. Take care.
Jess

Ruthie said...

Hi Sue, I like the card and as you say you could change the colour and make it for xmas or how about all white for a wedding. Or done in the right colour a bereavement card.

sarah hyett said...

Hi Sue a lovely card love the use of the branches from the cherry blossoms dies. I actually have these dies so I will have to give it a try. X

marg said...

Morning Sue
I love the subtle gold... on my PC !
it looks like Taupe (LOL)
Still a lovely intricate card Sue!
LoveMarg

Wendy L said...

Looks gorgeous. xxx

Marion said...

Hi Sue yet again another lovely card ,i agree it would make a nice christmas card .
Marion

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Gorgeous, love the splash of red.

Joesgrandma said...

Lovely card and colours Sue. Many uses for that Wreath. Birds' nests, Christmas etc. Love the frame too. Thanks Sue.

martine said...

Hi sue what a lovely card,its very pretty xxx
all the best martine xxx

nattyboots said...

Yes i agree it would make a lovely Christmas Card Sue.

Elaine H X

Jackie D said...

Hi Sue,
What a pretty card, so effective
love from Jackie D

Clare said...

Gorgeous card, love the colours you've used.

Clare x

yorkielass said...

Good morning Sue, Loved this card on C&C, so delicate and classy. Am awaiting arrival of the cherry blossom die set and the Asian dies are top of my wishlist.
The gold is very sublte and love how you have curved the sentiment.
Have a great day everyone.
Hugs June x

nancyd said...

Morning Sue, Great Christmas card
Didn't manage to log on yesterday
but had a peek this morning and just love
this card colour is fab. going to try
this one.
Nancyd xx

lesley said...

Hi sue love this card it was this card that made me realise that I NEED the asian dies!! Lol as I love the way the border frames the card I'm going to have to get the blossom die too as it can be used all year round love lesley xx

Sandra F said...

lovely card Sue. xx

lesley sinclair said...

Hi sue love this card and its made me realise I need to get the blossom and asian dies!! Lol love lesleyxx

guffie said...

good morning sue and allthe other bloggers ... what a beautiful card and i agree it would make a lovely christmas card and perhaps a easter card as it could take on the laurel wreath that was placed on jesus's head if your imagination stretches that far xx gail in eastbourne

sue said...

Morning Sue, lovely card today as always. The little red flowers really give the finishing touch.
Hugs Sue M x

evis said...

Hi Sue.
I really love the card as it is so understated but so classy.
I don't have the cherry blossom die but will see what I can come up with on the cricut.
Evis.

kimberley said...

Do like this one Sue and again could be used for many different occasions,take care,x.

fame01 said...

wow what a great idea will have ago at this one , love the card stunnng .. hugs sarah

Tres said...

Hi Sue. This is a very nice card. I like the idea of making a wreath card and may have a go at this one. The colours are nice. I especially like the red flowers because it seems to bring the card to life!! Definitely a card for many occasions. Have a great day Love Tres x x x

Roma said...

beautiful,love the gold card.Great idea for a Christmas card

Carol S. said...

Hi Sue, Love this one. A great idea with the border to make a frame. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Rosemarie said...

Good Morning Sue, Really like this card, the wreath is lovely and as you say could be used for Christmas as well.

Love Rosemarie xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue,
What a pretty card - it already looks like a christmas card to me and I think with a change of colour would make a nice sympathy card too (you know the ones we all hate to have to make for obvious reasons).
Best wishes
Beverley W

Cornish Emma said...

I loved this card when you demo'd it on C&C. I think just with a change of sentiment it would make a lovely xmas card.
Emma

Anonymous said...

Hello Sue,
Yet another lovely card, the wreath could be changed to fit many other occasions.
Have a lovely day, Love BrenLel

Lacelady said...

I agree, this would make a Christmas card too - in fact with different colours I think it would be an all seasons card, in spite of it only been twigs, you could still add leaves.

nannapat said...

Fantastic Sue! A clean and simple design with a real wow factor. I am going to have to get the Asian sets just to have that border - it's really stunning.

valerie said...

hi sue
what a great card, so unusual,yet so simplistic.love it
valerie

valerie said...

hi sue
what a great card, so unusual,yet so simplistic.love it
valerie

Margaret said...

Good morning Sue
What a classy card I love the idea of the mitred corners, many thanks for such clear instructions as always.
Margaret

Debbie Tinks said...

LOVELY CARD SUE

Jackie Calvert said...

Hi Sue.
I do like the wreath idea, I haven't seen that before.
Jackie Calvert

lynda said...

A very pretty card Sue love the wreath. Lynda xx

Fuchsia said...

I really love the frame round the card and it is set off lovely by the red flowers Stunning !

Christine Hussey said...

A great design and use of the cherry blossom branches Sue and I am usually a big fan of the wreaths but for some reason this one reminds me of the crown of thorns even though you have added the flowers. Must be just me. Hugs Christine H xx

Sue Yorkshire said...

Beautiful card Sue

I love how you have used the borders and made the wreath. I dont have the dies that made up the wreath but I must have something similiar in my stash lol

Sue xxx

Felicie said...

A very pretty card.
Greetings
Felicie

lindyloo12 said...

I love the clean look of this card and the colour of the flowers on the wreath stand out delightfully.

Droxie said...

Stunning card Sue, I just love the wreath
xx

Sue Lewis - Paynter said...

Stunning card Sue love the border wouldnt of thought of mitering the corners like that will have to practice to get it like yours lol

salem said...

wow love wreaths fab "!"!

Claveh said...

This is such a delightful card Sue, it looks almost vintage. Thanks for sharing. xxx

Vee Cassidy said...

A beautiful and delightful card, Sue xx

hollyberry said...

Hi Sue
Such a lovely card and with some colour changes would also make an excellent Christmas card.

Vick said...

Hi Sue,

I love the fact that you used the cherry blossom in this way i would have never thought of this, love it love the colours, clean and simple lines, so wish i had that Asian die set another one on my wishlist!!Hugs, Vick xxx
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Oksana said...

Simply wonderful!x

Bosquie said...

Super card Sue. Lovely use of diesXX

Shahab said...

Hi Sue,
Another lovely card I watched you Demo this card on the show,
It's amazing what you can create with this dies and the wreath is such a nice way,especially with the blossoms, the whole card is very classy
Thank you for Sharing
Shahab x

MARGARET said...

Hhi Sue
A Lovely card
great for christmas
Margaret L

Meg said...

Hi Sue,
I love the wreath card. Trimmed with different flowers elements it can be used all year round.
Will you be having a restful Labor Day? Knowing you probably not. Have a good day anyway.

Margaret O xxx

Cassieajh said...

Sue
What a pretty card who would have thought that just using red for the cherry blossom would lift this card & make it so fresh & clean looking. Hugs xx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Afternoon! This is such a pretty card, Sue. Take care Zo xx

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
I love the wreath card. The colours are beautiful, love the pop of red. Just goes to show a wreath is not just for christmas.
Joan B.

JoanB said...

Hi Sue,
I love the wreath card. The colours are beautiful, love the pop of red. Just goes to show a wreath is not just for christmas.
Joan B.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, I think this would be lovely as a non-religious sympathy card. For me these are one of the hardest cards to make. Thanks for the inspiration. With love & light Theresa.H

Maid of Kent said...

A very nice card. I agree with other bloggers this could be used for other occasions. Hugs Ann

Lynn said...

Hi Sue,
Loved this when I first saw it, I think it'd make a brilliant christmas card, perhaps adding a few holly leave and white flowers to represent christmas roses
Lynn xx

franzesjoi said...

LOVELY card sue!!!!!!!! stunner card as always... lovely details...

Christine said...

I saw this demonstrated, and loved the clever design.
Thank you, Sue
Christine
x

nmty said...

hi Sue, this is truly a stunning card, i just love it. I can't believe how precise you have mitred the corners of the frame, you would never have belived this had not been cut in one piece. I am also not a huge lover of metallic or mirri card, but you are so right the gold colour of this card is so subtle, will have to have a look out for this.

lv norma

Vie Carter said...

Great use of the dies - would not think of using them this way - will do from now

Vie
x

Ita said...

Morning sue another work of art I have to start saving for more dies,or put them on my santa list
Smiles
Ita

gwen70 said...

Really lovely card, and yes I think it could be turned into a christmas card quite easily. Love the borders

lainey said...

a stunner Sue. lainey x

Sandybee said...

A lovely Sue,

xx Sandra

"Talk to the Tail" said...

What a lovely card and a good idea making a wreath from the branch die.I love the softness of the gold as well xXx

SusanP, Kent said...

Hi Sue,
Love the wreath. This is a very unusual colour combination too - heading towards Autumnal perhaps. Amazing what you can do with a few twigs! The Asian borders look very elegant cut from this subtle pearly/metallic card.
Sue

Julie said...

Hi Sue, I never would have thought about using this die to make a wreath. I need to be able to see beyond the obvious with dies :o)

Julie and Phoebe
xx

Jane said...

Its so good to have different ideas / uses for the dies.

Jane xx

Barbara said...

Lovely card Sue! Love the asian Dies, would get more use out of them than the cherry blossom.

lilygee said...

An original way of using these dies Sue - it is amazing just how much you can do with Spellbinders if you take some time and experiment. Liked this card when I first saw it on tv and yes, the die really could make a lovely Christmas card.
Lovelilygee xxx

Linda said...

Stunning wreath and loving the design of your card. The little bit of red on the flowers from the Cherry Blossom Die really make this card "POP".

Hugs
Linda xxx

Taaleedee said...

Love this card. I thought of Easter straight away - the twigs are so like a crown of thorns.

Jane in Spain said...

Loved this card when I saw you demo it - just stunning!

mags said...

A lovely card Sue. The dies look lovely used in this way as a wreath.
Mags
x

Victoria said...

A great card Sue, and a very clever way of using the Cherry Blossom dies.

vanessa said...

Hi sue, another lovely card, take care vanessa xx

Simone Elizabeth said...

I found this particularly beautiful card! It was very elegant!

Heidi said...

I love this....the red of the blossoms almost reminds me of red poppies - so very appropriate for Rememberance Day/Veterans Day. xx

Heather T said...

Hi Sue late posting because my internet is down so have to try and comment via my phone. Fabulous card as usual.
Hugs

ang said...

really pretty card angxxx

Maggie said...

This is my favourite card this year! I love the cherry dies and the asian dies and will have to give this a go. Doesn't the gold card show up well on the photo. Thank you Sue. xx

foxyg said...

This card is lovely. The corners are amazing. I'm sure my corners would never look that good.

alimecca said...

Hi Sue
What a pretty card and very clever. I agree it could make a lovely Christmas card.

Nanna Tina said...

Hi Sue
Lovely card again, it is nice to see all the different things you can do with each set of dies definately money well spent with spellbinders, I have a punch simlar to the border, this set is on my wish list.
Happy crafting to all Love Tina x

Phil D said...

Thats is so nice Sue as all your cards are.

Phil D

brenda said...

Hi Sue love the border,and the cherry blossom dies are so versatile x

Laura O said...

Beautiful card Sue, still waiting for dies to be delivered .Very pretty card like the wreath design .Laura O

Evas Pyssel said...

How beautiful !! The red flowers made it feel Christmas.
Love Eva

Tracie Carmody said...

Lovely card x

Petula said...

A super card, and definetely could be made into a christmas card.
simply lovely x

nutcake said...

Really elegant!

Hazel

Lynn Jackson said...

watched you demo this on C&C and thought it was a great card. I have my dies now so will give it a go.

fluffycat said...

Hi Sue, a lovely card that I would not have thought of making from those dies, it shows their teriffic versatility.
Christmas wreath, ok; funeral wreath, definitely; but I still think this type should be called a garland,so much prettier to match the card! :-)
Frances

Ayelet said...

Beautiful card!
I love the wreath :)

Lara B said...

Good evening Sue
Subtle but gorgeous!
Clever use of the cherry blossom, love the colour and composition!
You give us so much inspiration, thank you!
Enjoy the rest of your evening!
Lara xxx

yorkie said...

Hi Sue
What a lovely card the colours work so well together need to have a go
Take Care
Theresa x

Christine B. said...

Great card love the wreath. Hugs x ChrisB

CraftyJo said...

Gorgeous!

sheila said...

I agree this would make a lovely christmas card.

jordiegirl said...

Beautiful card Sue.

Craftychris said...

ooh your wreath is fabulous - I agree with Sheila, would make a lovely Christmas card xx

SUZYD said...

REALLY LOVELY CARD.SUZYD X

nikkib said...

Love this Sue, I have this die on my need list as I think it would work well at Christmas with holly leaves, poinsettias etc on them in a wreath shape..... x

Keefyd said...

Beautiful card Sue, love t he way you've used the cherry blossom to form the wreath.

Janice K said...

A classic and very classy card.

angiec said...

p r e t t y.

Marion Turner said...

Very pretty card, will be having a play soon my dies are on the way hopefully tomorrow.
Love Marion x

Lynn (delphinoid) said...

Another lovely Sue.

I'm not a fan of wreaths, but this one is pretty.

Happy Crafting!!! :) X X

Sue Parish said...

A very attractive card and yes, would make a lovely Christmas card,
Sue xx

CathyinMN said...

Very pretty card. Love the border you made with the Asian die set.

Rufus said...

Would make a fantastic Christmas card! The red flowers just it just the right pop of color.
R/

Anonymous said...

so simple but affected for many occasions lovely Sue Hugs Corinne

melanie said...

what a beautiful card love what you have done with the border .melanie

Sue Thom said...

Bore Da Sue, What ever card you do they are all fantastic. I missed out on the banner dies,so I must have these.Thank you once again Sue

cebelica said...

I like how you placed the sentiment in the middle of the wreath. Beautiful! Hugs! xx

magpie said...

Hi Sue, this is a really pretty card. Love the subtle gold metallic card, it looks a bit like mink. The twigs are so nice. They can be used for so many ideas (a Christmas wreath) & adding red flowers really make it stand out. Lovely xx Love Karen xx

marg0006 said...

Wow,what a beautiful wreath.

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Snuffy Snoo said...

Hi Sue, this card has a simple look to it, but very pretty - I might even be able to do a version of this card!! Love Sam xxx

Buttons said...

Watched you do this on C&C - talk about unravel a mystery!! Who would have thought eight branches could be combined in this way to look so amazing! Love it. Hugs, Buttons x

Sharon said...

Wow what a stunning card. The bow is fabulous.I am going to enjoy viewing the rest of your blog now.
Love Sharon. x

The Die Cut Diva said...

Love how you've used the border, Ive got this die set but havent really used them much, but this is a great idea Helen O xxx