Stampin’ Up! has some fabulous new Designer Series Paper packs in the new holiday catalog, and I could hardly wait to get my hands on it. When I received my annual catalog back in May, I immediately made a note to myself to copy the paper leaf wreath in it. But then the day my fall DSP arrived, I didn’t have a wreath on hand, and I didn’t want to drive to a craft store to buy one. I just wanted to make pretty leaves, man!
A couple of years ago a friend gave me a frame with chicken wire across the back, along with some pretty, pretty clothespins she covered with paper. I’ve been using it as an inspiration board in my craft room, and when I spied it while looking for a wreath, I knew it was just the ticket.
As I said, this was really fun to make. I simply cut a bunch of leaves from the Sweater Weather DSP, Pool Party and Early Espresso Coredinations cardstock, and plain old burlap for more texture, using my Big Shot and the Autumn Accents die. WIth the leaves cut from Coredinations, I then ran them through my Big Shot using various embossing folders…Woodgrain was my favorite result. After sanding them a bit, they looked ah-mazing.
I tied twine across the top and bottom and ran glue along it, then arranged larger leaves along it. I continued to layer leaves until I was happy with the results. For the banner, I cut more Sweater Weather DSP to 2”x3-1/2”, punched a border, and stamped the letters in Early Espresso. After tying a piece of Pool Party Seam Binding across the center, I simply used some Mini Library Clips hoarded from a few years back.
See, sometimes it pays to be a “collector” of all things crafty! This project took about half an hour, and makes a perfect, cozy fall welcome to our home (and I love the fall leaves reflected in the fan light…what a happy surprise when I downloaded the photos!).