Autumn wreaths

Much as I hate to admit it, things are beginning to feel distinctly autumnal. I don’t have any autumn wreaths to hang at home but if I did I think I would like one a bit like this, soft colours and delicate leaves.

I worked in my stamp positioner to create this panel on hot pressed watercolour paper but I think you could easily do it with the stamp on an acrylic block, it might even be faster. I started by tracing a circle on my panel with a pencil. Using the circle as I guide I positioned the branch stamp from Penny Black’s new ‘All Natural’ set so the base stems were on the circle. I inked with rusty hinge, stamped, moved the stamp around the circle a little, stamped in bundled sage, moved it again, stamped in frayed burlap and then repeated until I was all the way around the circle. I used a small watercolour brush to blend inside the leaves adding extra ink when necessary. I love the combination of colours; frayed burlap is new to my collection and I like the way it gets along with the other two inks. Once the blended ink was dry I stamped just a section of the berry stamp around the centre of the wreath in gathered twigs distress ink then blended it to fill the berries.

I used the same sentiment for both cards, it’s from another new and cute PB set called ‘golden delight’. I stamped both times on a little tag from the PB ‘a pocket full’ die set. To finish off the card I wrapped some twine around the panel, added a bow and popped the tag on top.

For the second card I grabbed another stamp from all natural and used the same process but needed a leaf mask cut from post-it note a couple of times where the leaves would have stamped over previous ones. This little stamp has both leaves and berries as well as a curved stem which just happened to conveniently match the curve of my traced circle. I used the same technique of blending the leaves and berries after stamping with forest moss and aged mahogany distress inks.

Both cards requested the splatter treatment and the second card wanted a olive green mat as well.

Hope the days are warm and sunny where you are.



10 Comments on “Autumn wreaths”

  1. Lagene says:

    Awesome creations, I love your watercolored wreaths, Distress Inks are so awesome!

  2. Donna says:

    especially love the softness of the first wreath! both are beautiful

  3. Elizabeth Jones says:

    Yay, autumn cards! Love the softness of the colors in the first card, especially. Thank you!

  4. Bonnie says:

    Both of these are gorgeous and so perfect for Fall, Heather! We are still having summertime weather so these are a breath of fresh air for me.

  5. they are both so lovely!

  6. Em says:

    Just have to say I would never have seen such beautiful wreaths in the stamp set. Yes, wouldn’t it be lovely to have that beautiful fall wreath right now to hang on the door.

  7. jellybeanerz says:

    Wow. These are really beautiful!

  8. Karen Jackson says:

    I love both of these wreaths Heather and I love that they are stamped off centre. They are more interesting this way, somehow. Beautiful colours as always. Well done.

  9. Clelie says:

    These are beautiful…you see ‘Magic’ in the ‘ordinary’! I don’t think I would have thought of making wreaths. Absolutely LOVE your coloring!♥♥♥

  10. Pat says:

    Both wreaths are absolutely beautiful Heather. I love the loose look to the first with the pretty brown berries which stand out so well, and then the second with those strong green and browny tones and some wonderful red berries this time, and some great spattering to the backgrounds of both. x

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