Doodle Blossoms make Wreaths all Year

Dear Crafty Friends,
I used to buy just any little stamp that was trendy and caught my fancy, but I soon discovered I rarely used them.  They are tucked away in an adorable vintage drawer that I put my less used stamps in.  Now when I purchase a stamp, I'm looking for a work horse.  One that can get the job done for many occasions.  Let me recommend my Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set.  It is friendly with other stamps and I keep finding more and more ways to use them.
Lately I've been seeing adorable wreath stamp sets, and I love a good wreath.  I wondered if I could use my Doodle Blossoms to make one.  I was beyond pleased.  They make the most adorable wreaths.
My Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set make wonderful wreaths!
I began making wreaths by punching a circle out of sturdy card stock scraps.  Using my 2 inch circle I traced around it on some Finch Bright White card stock near the top center.  Lining up the blossom bud stamp, I followed the circle stamping with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.  I buzzed it with my heat tool and then used colored pencils to add the cool, early spring palette to the card panel. I added a sentiment to the center (maybe a Lawn Fawn or Avery Elle).  To keep that late winter/early spring feel I put the card panel on more Finch card stock.  Then I squealed a little because I made a delicate willowy wreath.

It started with a circle.
Spring wreath
A summer wreath had to be next.  Beginning again with a circle, I stamped around it with the tiny aster flower stamp in the Doodle Blossoms, using Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Carved Pumpkin, Aged Mahogany), alternating the colors.  I used Tuxedo Black Ink for the  the sentiment.  The sentiment came from one of my lovely crafty friends.  Sorry I don't remember who made it.  Then I sprayed with with Tattered Angels Spray to give it  a shiny orange happy glow.  This was a quick one layer card.

Time for Autumn.  There is a little leaf in the Doodle Blossoms Stamp set.  I stamped around my traced circle again this time with Memento  Rich Cocoa Ink.   Stamping the leaves in a random pattern gave my a loose and more natural looking wreath. I impatiently dried the ink with my heat tool and used my colored pencils to color in the leaves.  Covering the leaves with yellow first, I began to add darker colors.  Orange, red, tan, brown, dark brown  pencils in a row, I shaded a little less of the leaf each time the color got darker. For good measure I then colored the leaves yellow just like at the beginning.  The leaves looked all warm and glowy.  Spell check doesn't think glowy is a word.  It should be!  I cut around the outside, leaving the inside white.  I embossed Hello from my own stamp. Then it hit me!  The finishing touch was embossing the little leaves falling in clear embossing powder.  Now I had a breezy autumn wreath card.
Autumn Wreath

Since I had the embossing gun warm, I decided to emboss my winter/Christmas wreath card.  Choosing the twiggy bud stamp, I stamped around my circle (who is my new best crafty pal) with Versa Mark Ink. on Bazzill Blue Paper. Then I used Ranger white embossing powder on the card front.  Of course before embossing I dusted it with my little  anti static pillow to help control where the embossing powder went.  Using Ranger Red Stickles, I dotted on little berries.

I have an old cigar box with odds and ends from previous card projects.  Often times I find just the right embellishment in there.  I found a flower that could be a poinsettia once I Doodle Blossoms and Copic Coloring.
Winter Christmas Wreath
trimmed it down.  It came from an earlier blog post.  Click here to solve that little mystery.  Hint it involves my Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set:

Tacking the little flower on with some Ranger Enamel Accent dots was just delicious.  I used some of my Vintage Gold Paper to make a little banner.  Then I embossed a Be Merry Lawn Fawn greeting on it.  It's a little hard to read in the picture because the paper has a subtle shine, but my phone's flash doesn't.  Think papparazzi,

I think my little wreath making experiment paid off.  I have a few more wreath ideas to play with.  I think I'll share them soon.  In the meantime...

Happy stamping,


All materials used either come from my little Etsy shop or from Amazon where I buy most of my crafty supplies.