Monday, October 25, 2021

Thanksgiving & Christmas

I had something else in mind for the October PFS challenge, but then I saw the Layered Wreath in my stash.  I've always made Christmas cards with it, so thought it'd be fun to use Autumn colors for a Thanksgiving card.  
I die cut the wreath from watercolor paper & used Altenew watercolor markers.  I just dabbed on one color at a time & lightly spritzed.  The berries were die cut from a scrap watercolored with the 2 brown markers in my set.  I used gold Tansai Gambi watercolors on the scrap from the center of the wreath so I could die cut the additional leaves.  The sentiment from Delicate Wreath was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn & clear embossed on a vellum strip.  I used a brown scrap for the mat.  The Classic Kraft card & the wreath were splattered with gold paint.  Several of the Small Butterflies I gold embossed are still on my table, so I painted one to match the wreath.  
I used a small paint brush & a bit of water with the ink from the markers.  Decided it needed to be softer, so I brushed on the gold watercolor.  Finished off with PFS Espresso Jewels.  I'm also entering The Snippets Playground.
As you may know, I love wreaths!  I have many stamps & dies, but I also like to make my own.  Decided to use my Gina K Wreath Builder template & SSS Peaceful Christmas for a kraft & red card to enter Color Hues challenge, Rudolph DaysSSS Flickr 186
I stamped the little branch & the poinsettia in Avery Elle Cherry pigment ink.  The 3 dots were stamped in white pigment ink, but you can't tell because I decided they needed to sparkle!  
The sentiment from the set was stamped in Versafine Clair Acorn.  I used direct to paper on the edges of the card front & the mat using the red & white inks so everything would match. 


I've seen so many beautiful tree cards lately, I pulled out my old IO Fir dies.  I colored the trees with Sparkle pens & mounted them to a Lil' Inker quilted panel that had some Distress Oxide speckled egg blended in the center. 
The old Penny Black word die was cut from silver metallic cardstock & I used alpha stickers for the sentiment strip.  One of my sequin mixes includes little silver stars which I used instead of dots or sequins.
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27 comments:

  1. What stunning cards Greta. Both your wreath cards are really awesome and love your tree card.

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  2. Beautiful cards. I share your love of wreaths and these are both great. I also love the trees and their subtle background. Well done. Kate x

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  3. A gorgeous trio of festive makes Greta.
    I've got some hot chocolate on the go in the Playground Treehouse if you need warming up!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  4. You have been busy Greta, always love a floral or leafy wreath and top one really ticks all my boxes.

    B x

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  5. Your Thanksgiving wreath is elegant and ever so pretty! The Christmas wreath has a coziness to it and a little sparkle never hurt anyone! Those trees are beautiful also love the font on the die cut 'peace'. Three amazing cards!

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  6. Greta, you are doing a great job of getting those Christmas cards made. Loving the fall wreath too. Great colors.

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  7. Such a great variety of cards, Greta! For your first card, I am swooning over that butterfly! As for your second card...I too love wreaths and yours is just perfect with the pops of sparkle! And your last card, Love those tall trees and that great background! I enjoyed this post! Thanks for playing at Color Hues!

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  8. A trio of loveliness Greta! I like the vellum sentiment tucked under the wreath on the Autumn card. Red and Kraft make a gorgeous combo on the Peace card and the trees really pop on the third card. I like the touch of colour behind the trees. TFS

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  9. You've outdone yourself! All three cards are gorgeous! I totally forget to use my Gina K wreath builder, but you've inspired me to get it out. Thanks for joining us at Color Hues!

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  10. Beautiful cards Greta! Love your pretty wreath in red and craft I spotted in the Color Hues gallery!
    Thanks for joining us !

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  11. A gorgeous collection of cards Greta, I love both of the wreath cards and the tree too. Thank you for joining in the Rudolph Days Challenge this month.

    Sue xx

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  12. I love that fall wreath and it's great when you can stretch your stamps like that. The red and kraft is so beautiful and I really am loving that quilted background on the tree card.

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  13. Greta all of your cards are beautiful and I love that you were inspired to make that gorgeous thanksgiving wreath! Your red and kraft is a perfect clean and simple Christmas card, I may have to CASE you! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Color Hues Challenge!

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  14. Hi Greta... Sorry I haven't been around... Beautiful cards and I think my favourite is the red and kraft... gorgeous!

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  15. As always a Super collection of cards Greta, beautiful designs, I love the wreaths, I've made a couple to show soon.
    Keep safe
    Faith x

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  16. all three cards are just lovely, greta. i especially like the first card. the wreath is so pretty and that butterfly just puts it over the top!

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  17. What a fab trio of cards Greta. The red and kraft wreath is such a good idea, so thanks for linking it up at Color Hues. :)

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  18. Perfectly lovely cards, Greta!! Your wreath card is so pretty and the added butterfly makes it even more appealing! Your second wreath card is CAS perfect against the kraft background! And, your last card with the sparkly green trees and quilted background is another beauty! Love them all!! Well done as always!!

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  19. Fabulous cards Greta - each one is so lovely. But, for me, your snippets card is a real stunner!. Those Autumn/Fall colours - wow!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  20. All three of these cards are just stunning, but I am particularly drawn to your 2 wreath cards. They are both just fabulous xx

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  21. Simply gorgeous wreath cards Greta, love the autumn shades and then the three colours on the second one, beautifully made, Robyn

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  22. Beautiful cards Greta, I love the autumnal colours on the first one, and the gold splats! Xxx

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  23. Hi Greta,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Beautifully created cards and such lovely designs too.
    They all look very colouful and gorgeous.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  24. Beautiful cards with nice words.
    Kisses.

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  25. Beautiful cards Greta. I always enjoy seeing your wreath cards and what a fabulous third card. The sentiment looks amazing and so are these three cards x.

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  26. I love your cards with the wreaths, Greta, they are beautiful.
    And I ADORE the card with the Christmas tree. The background is amazing.
    Hugs, my dear friend.

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  27. You have made some beautiful wreath cards, Greta. The Rudolph entry wreath is so pretty!

    Thanks for taking part in the Rudolph Days Challenge.

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