Winter Wonderland Wreath: Use stamps to make some abstract trees with a glittery backdrop!
I can’t resist making wreaths during the holidays! I made my Winter Wonderland wreath in a blue and green color scheme featuring a sparkly forest of abstract paper trees.
- Clearsnap Colorbox Chalk Queue Stamp Ink (Bouquet)
- Clearsnap Colorbox Background Basics Stamp by Ann Butler (Diamonds)
- Xyron Creative Station
- Xyron 5-inch and 9-inch Permanent Adhesive Refills
- Xyron Glue Stick
- Xyron Glue Dots
- White cardstock
- Glitter cardstock
- 12-inch styrofoam wreath form
- Baker’s twine
- Pencil, ruler
- Hot glue
I chose a blue shade and two green-ish shades from my Clearsnap Chalk Queue stamp inks. I covered the Clearsnap stamp with each color…
…and stamped a few squares of each color onto white cardstock. The chalk inks already have a bit of distressed look about them, but for the blue ink, I first blotted the ink and then stamped it again, resulting in a further distressed, slightly uneven look that I thought was quite pretty, like it was snowed on!
Then I just followed the white lines in the stamp to cut out large and small triangles.
I layered two large triangles on top of each other, and three small triangles, using a glue stick to secure them.
Next, I traced the triangle pieces onto the back of some glitter cardstock, leaving about a 1/4 inch border all around, and cut out the shapes with scissors.
I ran my stamped pieces through my Xyron Creative Station with the 5-inch adhesive refill, and centered them onto the glitter cardstock pieces. Set those aside for now.
Now to make the sign. Save the image below and print it out on white cardstock. For my 12-inch wreath, I printed mine about 9 inches long. You can either print it out and cut around it with scissors. Or, you can upload the image into Cricut Design Space and use Cricut Print Then Cut to cut out the image. I also cut out some glitter cardstock in the same shape but larger. You can cut it out in the same manner as before, leaving a border around. Or, you can save the image again but as a regular cut image in Cricut Design Space, enlarge the image so there’s a border around the original image, and cut it out of glitter cardstock with your Cricut Explore.
Run it through the Xyron Creative Station with the 9-inch adhesive refill, and adhere it to the glitter piece.
Now to assemble the wreath! First, cover up the wreath with baker’s twine. Start by tying the end of the twine into a knot, leaving a tail. Then, wrap the entire wreath with the twine. When you have gone all the way around, trim off the end, leaving a tail, and tie it to the first tail.
So I realized I forgot about tree trunks! But no problem, I just cut some skinny rectangles and glued them to the back of the trees. Then, I hot glued a bamboo skewer, pointy end down, onto the back of the tree and the trunk. Poke it into the inner curve of the wreath form. The skewer will be covered by the sign. Repeat with the other two trees. Hot glue the sign to the wreath.
And finally, I cut out some abstract snowflakes out of the stamped paper, following the white lines like so. Then, I snipped along the white lines, not all the way to the center.
Then I folded the V’s in to give the snowflakes some dimension.
Last step! Apply snowflakes to the sign with glue dots. All done! Pretty and sparkly with a modern touch from the stamps. Love my Winter Wonderland Wreath!