Snowflake Wreaths & Stamping on Custom Size Panels
I have several small snowflake stamps and thought it would be fun to create a winter wreath card with them. I don’t usually use pink, but I decided to try something a little different for me, and I like it more than I thought I would! The Gina K Designs wreath builder template helps you create a perfectly positioned and evenly spaced circular pattern with your stamps. A tutorial on how to use this tool can be found HERE (beginning at the 6:40 mark). While it is easier if you use a stamp positioner (like a MISTI), I show you HERE how to use the template without one.
For this card, I wanted my wreath to be on a 3 inch panel but was using a 4 inch template. It is super simple to use any size panel (the template size or smaller) with any size template.
Let’s say you wanted your stamped panel to be 2 1/8 inches square. In addition to the 2 1/8″ panel, cut a scrap panel to the correct size for the template. If you are using a 4 inch template, you need a 4 inch square panel. With a pencil and a ruler, draw diagonal lines from each corner to it’s opposite corner. Put a spot of removable adhesive in the center of this panel.
Take the 2 1/8 inch square you need for your project. Center it on the “adapter” scrap. Use the diagonal lines to help you position it; when all 4 corners of your panel touch the diagonal lines, it is centered.
Then, just rotate and stamp with the “adapter” (and your temporarily attached panel) as you normally would.
Remove your stamped panel when done. Save your adapter panel. If you used removable adhesive, you can rub it off and use this adapter again and again (although it is so easy to just make another one if needed)!
I used Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserves distress inks and Memento Danube Blue and Summer Sky.
While I had these ink pads out, I made another card where I stamped the wreath directly on the rectangular card panel (instead of on a smaller square). If you focus on the top edge and corners of the panel (and ignore the bottom half that hangs out of the template) and rotate and stamp as you do with a square panel, you can achieve the same result.
Both of these cards were made with just white card stock. I applied ink to some of the card stock to create the matching background panels and mats. I also added ink to white ribbon (on the second sample) to make the purple bow.
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