Monday 16 December 2019

2019 #20 A Bit of Sparkle: Bling Wreath with JOFY {by Keren Baker}

2019 Topic 20: A Bit of Sparkle

What a blingy beauty from Keren...sparkles, lights, stars, red and green - the totally perfect Christmas combination! ~Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Keren Baker with you today, and I'd like to share with you a little wreath courtesy of some sparkly embossing powder plus some other sparkly details. I wanted to do something that was a little more subtle..although it didn't quite end up like that and is rather more 'blingy' than I ever would have chosen. Good job that Christmas often is a time of lights, sparkle and glitter, so this wreath might not appear quite so over the top! 

I'd wanted to try creating my own wrapped wreath using some greenery from my garden, so this project seemed the perfect opportunity to give it a go.

I selected some long branches- the sort that are spindly with little foliage; exactly the ones that should have been pruned already (oops!). By joining a couple together and securing with some gardeners wrapped wire, it started to take shape. I worried that the circle would be misshapen, but the more branches I added, the better the shape became. I went a bit gung- ho with wrapping the branches but have ended up loving the textural effect.

I needed to stamp and heat emboss a lot of images. I used WOW! Metallic Gold Sparkle embossing powder with a combination of JOFY floral and Christmas Stamp sets- JOFY 75 and JOFY84.


To put the wreath together it involved a lot of wire. I used Heavyweight Smoothy as I knew I couldn't successfully glue the elements on and needed a substantial surface to support wire. I'd coloured the images with alcohol markers and then found little anchor points to place the wire on. With the large flowers, I poked a hole and used a bead to stop the wire from disappearing back down the hole.

Once the elements were all coloured and wire added, I just needed to add them in the order of the background ones first and work around the wreath.

Onto some more detailed shots. When you're using cardstock for a dimensional project, it really does need some added extras. These little wire berries were perfect for the job.

It really was quite 'sparkly' (quite hard to capture) but I wanted to add sparkle by way of reflective surfaces to make things sparkle. I had some rings of flat wire and created some spirals to help bring another dimension.

The lovely trees from the JOFY 84 are so perfect for trimming out separately. They made surprisingly good fillers and I added some beads on a wire wrapped around one of the trees. I love creating tiny details.

Truthfully, I didn't entirely love the end result. I wished I'd added sparkle using glitter or mica more sparingly but once I'd begun, I just had to continue. I thought one more type of sparkle might reduce the overall bling; it did! The tiny lights add a wonderful seasonal warmth and I just might put it up in my home now!

It's great to create something that's not just a card or journal page. I think that the topic title was completely right; a 'BIT' of sparkle! I loved creating my own wreath base and suspect my garden might look a bit more sparse by the end of the Christmas season! I definitely  recommend combining natural products from around you with your favourite PaperArtsy products! Thanks for joining me and I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year too!
Keren x

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I Card Everyone said...

Keren, this is fabulous!! What a delightful way to greet your guests during Winter!

Words and Pictures said...

Oh, Keren - this is just glorious!
Alison x

Miriam said...

This is amazing Keren!

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is stunning, Keren! Xx

Pearl said...


adablog14 said...

MERAVIGLIOSO...Ada said...

Love it!

Helen said...

That's fabulous!!

A Pink said...

Your wreath is gorgeous! Keren. Such a great idea and the Jofy stamps you have worked were the perfect choice. Love the design and your execution of it is superb. Lit or unlit its a beauty!
TFS and inspiring x

Etsuko said...

Such a beautiful Christmas wreath Keren!! with Jofy's stamps. xx