Twofer Card Challenge #11 – Wreath

Hello … bonjour!  Welcome to our November Twofer Card Challenge!  If you look closely at our challenge badge above, you’ll notice there’s a change … yep, from now on, we will be accepting the use of stencils for the prompt element on your cards.  Yay for all you stencil aficionado’s out there!  Our prompt this month lends itself to lots of year round designs … though as Christmas is galloping up on us at a pace, it may just have you thinking of something festive for one of your cards … it’s …

My creative mind certainly took me to Christmas for one of mine …

My common stamp here is the Wreath Turnabout from Concord & 9th … let’s take a closer look at each design.

Isn’t that such a delicious colour palette for this autumn wreath one layer card … I was inspired to use it by the lovely Bev (thanks, sweet friend!), who gathered together inks of similar colours for a play session we had at the Lake House.   After turnabout-ing, I added the sentiment to the centre (from the same C9 set), covered it with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle … and stamped the side borders (Essentials By Ellen Winterscapes).  They were all done in espresso ink (to tie in with the autumn feel), though it does look decidedly black in the photo.  I finished off with lots of tiny copper Nuvo Drop berries … holding my breath as I went!  Here’s a closer look at them … and the shimmer …

My Twofer …

For my Christmas card, the vellum panel was offset on my turnabout ‘turntable’ so that the wreath could be stamped off the edge.  I heat embossed each of the four turns in different metallic embossing powders, plus white … and then added in some extra elements on the inner part of the wreath, using smaller stamps from the same C9 set, along with one from Pink Fresh Studio‘s Bird With Flowers.  The WPlus9 sentiment was heat embossed under the wreath, I added a Lawn Fawn stitched border and adhered the panel to a dark grey base.  A scattering of stars was added around the sentiment and wreath … and I topped each star with a dot of white Enamel Accents to make it shine.

Where will our ‘Wreath’ prompt take you this month?  We’d love to see what you make in our gallery!  All the details are over at the Twofer blog … along with lots of lovely inspiration from our fabulous DT … it’s just a click away!  Our talented Guest Designers this time round are Carol from Our Little Inspirations and Sybrina from Chapter Three. Do go and have a visit with them both … you’ll find their terrific Twofer cards, plus plenty of other delicious projects to enjoy and be inspired by!

My autumn wreath is joining in at  …

CAS On Friday – Brighten Someone’s Day

CASology – Compliment

Watercooler Wednesday – Feminine Anything Goes

… and my Christmas card is heading to …

Happy Little Stampers Christmas – Anything Goes (No CAS Option)

The Cat’s Pajamas – Winter Holiday

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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40 thoughts on “Twofer Card Challenge #11 – Wreath

  1. Claire A

    It always amazes me what a different look you achieve with the same stamps! The first one is fab with the stamped borders – they give the card a really elegant look. The second is so dramatic in comparison…loving the embossing!

  2. Jeanne

    Oh my goodness, Anita! These two cards are gorgeous! I’m in awe of just how beautiful they are. I have the turnabout stamps and have never achieved any looks close to as pretty as these are. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing and for inspiring me to keep trying with my stamps. Hugs!

  3. cmayne

    OHMYSTARS! Just when I’d convinced myself I didn’t ‘need’ this turnabout stamp, you create a duo of incredible beauty and my resistance has flown out the window! Added to the ‘wish’ list (and I suspect the move to the ‘order’ list will happen soon, especially as I can’t envision making wreaths any other way!). The palette on the first: beautiful! I’m marveling at your success with the Nuvo drops: perfect choice and perfect appearance (I’m very good at making Nuvo drop blobs *grin*). The embossing/design on the second: elegant, sophisticated and stunning! Once again, filled with joy in visiting! (Hope cold #3 is gone and you’re feeling 110% better!).
    hugs and love,

  4. Bev

    I haven’t picked up the turnabout set since the Lake house. Might give it another go, after seeing these beauties, though. LOVE the bright colors of that ‘delight’ful card, and the metallic embossing of your Christmas card. Way to Twofer, my friend!! Hope all is well with you and sending hugs. xoxo

  5. BarbGhig

    Two really gorgeous cards, Anita! I’m so impressed with the striking differences you’ve created by using ink vs embossing powder…WOW! Love the color palette on both cards, too! Thank you so much for inspiring me to play along again…and for encouraging me to buy this stamp set 🙂
    Hugs, Barb xx

  6. Mac Mable

    Such a pretty first card and love the beautiful colours on the wreath. Love how you did the tiny dots and the stamping on both of the edges too. Wonderful metallics on the second card, great stamping and heat embossing and absolutely stunning. Fabulous inspiration, thank you Anita X

  7. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Brilliant use of those turnaround stamps! I was wondering how you got all those colors, until I read what you used. Would have never guessed those little stamps could look so pretty! Now I have to stat thinking again what to make for the Twofer…..I can’t miss that one. I challenged myself to play along every time for the first year……

  8. Darnell Jean Knauss

    These are spectacular wreath cards, Anita! Those autumn colors are so spot on and you get the prize for patience adhering all those itty-bitty beautiful copper dots! It brings your card to another level, making it well worth the effort … still, I’m glad you didn’t pass out in the process! And your gold and silver and white on vellum for Christmas needs to be on a magazine cover somewhere! It is breathtaking! Again, a ton of work, but what a work of art in the end!! LYAMYAMA! ❤Hugs, Darnell

  9. noraln44

    Two stunning cards Anita!! I LOVE the fall colors of the first one with the little bits of copper accent. I think trying to create all those copper dots would have put me over the edge so I LOVE that you created them!! Your second card is lovely with the gold/silver against that gray. Lovely, lovely, lovely design!!

  10. conil

    Genius…offsetting that wreath makes it look totally different from the full on one. I’m impressed by the metallics in it, too. They always look amazing on vellum, I think, and the white is a excellent contrast. The other one is so fresh and friendly. Love the colors you chose…reminds me of Spring (which I’m already looking forward to). This time the challenge is going to take me a while to finish…my head is currently a complete void. Oh well, I’ll figure it out.

  11. catcraig

    Gorgeous Wreath cards Anita, love them both and fabulous second non Christmas card. Figuring out the second sentiment will be a brain teaser.

  12. Heidi Weaver

    Two beautiful cards, Anita. I love both versions of the wreath and especially the one which you’ve entered into our challenge. What lovely colours! And those tiny Nuvo berries! Amazing that you had the patience and steady hand to manage them all without a faux pas. The sparkle on the sentiment and elegant border striping are the perfect finish to a lovely card. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  13. Marcia Hill

    Two absolutely BEAUTIFUL wreath cards Anita!! Those turnabout sets are fun to play with, aren’t they?!! Your Fall wreath is so lovely with all the colors and for some reason the orange really stands out to me and I just love it!! And all those copper Nuvo drops…well done!! (I would have been sweating it too!!) Your Christmas wreath with all the embossing is STUNNING!! The different embossing powder colors are SO elegant and love how you softened it all up with the vellum. Two lovely, lovely cards Anita!! :0)

  14. Leslie Miller

    Oh, my! Your Christmas wreath was taking my breath away and then I looked more closely at your autumn wreath and now I’m smitten with both! Love the gold and silver embossing and off the side stamping on the Christmas card, and the beautiful colors on the autumn card. I know what you mean about holding your breath as you applied the Nuvo drops. I should use mine more. Two beautiful cards, Anita!

  15. Joyce

    Wow, Anita. These are both stunning, and so clever how you used that stamp in such a different way. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

  16. Carol L

    Everything is stunning! I’m just loving the offset wreath in silver, gold and white colors! It’s divine! Loving the great wreath you created in the “delight” card with beautiful colors, stamps, and droplets of metallic sparkle! Well done on both!

  17. susannev2014

    What a sweet and delicate wreath! It looks so pretty in those fabulous colors and I love the b/w stripes! And then in shimmering metallics on vellum – how elegant and festive it looks! Fabulous layout (wink, wink) and choice of sentiment there… Yes, great minds, etc… 😉

  18. Greta H

    I adore wreaths & both of yours are so beautiful, Anita! I absolutely love the metallics for the Christmas card! You’ve inspired me to ink up my Wreath Turnabout. Not sure why I’ve been intimidated to use–silly! However, I have already started a wreath card so I can enter this time.

  19. Kara Lynne

    Both of your cards are drop-dead gorgeous, Anita! I thought that color combination was amazing too when I saw the process of your wreath coming to life at the lake house! I’m so thankful you demonstrated the turn-about there. Your metallic and white ep make that wreath a real show-stopper! How in the world you kept that vellum from warping from heating it 4 times is beyond me!

  20. Rosemary Dennis

    both cards are simply fabulous, anita! I know I say this a lot, but you are the perfect ambassador for the two-fer challenge!

  21. Gerrina

    Oh wow; both look so elegant and fresh! Love the autumncolours in red and green, but the techniques on the gold-silver one with the velum is so origina’that is my favorite! l! Hugs, Gerrina

  22. lollthompson

    Two STUNNING cards using this beautiful wreath image Anita. Love your first card with the gorgeous autumn colours. So much shimmer and shine. And those little tiny copper dots really make it special.

    The partial metallic wreath on the vellum is amazing. Wonderful design. Love the white detailing. Beautiful and elegant Christmas card! xx

  23. Izzy Scrap

    Oh la la, comme elles sont belles ces couronnes. Et comme ils sont pratiques ces tampons “giratoires”. J’aime beaucoup les couleurs automnales de ta première carte, tout à fait de saison. Et quelle merveille cette demie couronne sur le papier vellum avec l’embossage métallisé, superbe ! Deux magnifiques inspirations, maintenant il n’y a plus qu’à ! Bises

  24. Brenda in IN

    I could not pick a favorite if my life depended on it. They are both gorgeous. I love the fall colors and those copper drops just shine. The Christmas wreath is simply beautiful. I love them both.

  25. Hilary Wright

    You have done it again, these cards really stand out. I particularly like the embossed one. I love turnabout stamps but haven’t quite mastered them yet! xx

  26. Brenda

    Both are gorgeous cards but, the holiday wreath is drop dead gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it over atThe Cat’s Pajamas TCP Tuesday Challenge!

  27. sybrina

    Anita, These cards are stunning, and I’m blown away by the gorgeous embossing on that holiday card! How fun to be playing along in this month’s Twofer Challenge!

  28. Sharron Gregory

    Both are so amazing, Anita! The turnabout stamps work so perfectly for your wreaths. Love the fall colors and those wonderful copper dots! And the metallics on the holiday design are absolutely stunning!


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