Wow I went nuts over wreaths this December! The best part is that next Christmas, I can pull them out again… and then craft a few more!
LOVING these twiggy wreaths and how wonderfully they take to embellishing. For this one, I die-cut and assembled several poinsettias and dahlias from Sizzix’s Susan’s Garden collection using a pretty Scarlet cardstock for the poinsettias and a soft Vanilla Cream for the dahlias, both from Core’dinations.
Friends, today I have stepped out tutorials for both flowers with hints to share so you can created these guys easily and with confidence! To save time for the poinsettia, I streamlined a few of the recommended steps, and I am really happy with the results. First, die-cut the petals. For mine, I used more of the largest petals, and very few of the tiniest ones. And in the interest of time, I just did one layer/round of petals. You’ll see what I mean as we go.
This loop tool from Susan’s Garden Toolkit is da bomb. I swiped twice down the base on the front side.
Once that dried, I then snipped the stamen die-cut into thinner, more stamen-like strips. I find it is easier to reach in with small scissors and cut at this point in the game. If you didn’t know, I’m going for a rustic/gilded contrast in home decor this Christmas, so I added some glitter to the tips of my stamens, and spread it out on some of the petals.
Pretty!!! I am happy that I was able to create veining just with my Core’dinations Colorcore Cardstock and a fast swipe of the sanding block. I also got a pretty poinsettia in basically a one layer flower.
*** For your pinning pleasure, I have created a montage of all these steps at the end of the post.
Roll up the stamen piece and adhere in the center. For this rather dimensional last piece, I used hot glue. I like this blossom a lot because it think it captures the dahlia’s spirit very nicely. Here’s a pinnable montage for the poinsettia…