Cardmaking, Essentials By Ellen

Wreaths Two Ways with Guest Tracey McNeely

We are so happy to welcome our friend, Tracey McNeely back to the blog. Tracey is the founder of 25 Days of Christmas Tags and we think you’ll love her style as much as we do.


Hi friends! I’m super excited to be back again on the Ellen Hutson blog to share a couple more cards that I made with the Essentials by Ellen Winter and Christmas Release.

One of my favourite things to do with a stamp set that contain individual images of foliage is make it work to create a wreath, regardless of the season! Today each of my cards will have a wreath that I made using different branches from the Holiday Sprigs stamp set and the coordinating Holiday Sprigs designer dies. The first card feels a little more traditional and elegant where the second is a bit more artsy!

I usually begin a design by drawing a quick sketch of what I want to do, or in the case for this card I made a sample to make sure that my idea would actually work. Some days the recycle bin is full, and some days it’s back to the drawing board. The sample is usually quite messy by the time I’m finished with it, and there have been occasions when my sample turns out better than the finished product. Does that ever happen to you? My sample usually becomes an integral part of the overall creative process and before it hits the recycle bin for the last time it’s usually covered with stamping, embossing, Copic marker, inks and most times illegible scrawls—lol!

Once I knew that my design was going to work I went ahead and made my wreath base using the pine branch from the Holiday Sprigs stamp set. I cut a 5 ¼” x 4” panel of cardstock and used the Essentials by Ellen Circle Designer Dies to create a circle in pencil where I want to put my wreath. I used a 3” circle die and lightly traced around the outside of it with a pencil. The branches and embellishments typically cover the pencil lines pretty well so usually there isn’t a need to erase.

With my magic bag I rubbed it over my panel well so that I didn’t end up with embossing powder where it’s not meant to be. Now this is where I go a little wild and I freehand stamp the wreath using a watermark ink pad and an acrylic block, no MISTI. I embossed the wreath with Hero Arts gold embossing powder.

A sentiment from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set was masked, stamped and embossed with WOW Bright White Opaque embossing powder on red cardstock and then added to the card with foam tape.

TIP: Use your magic bag for more than just embossing powder to keep the surface slick. Your embossing bag helps prevent other powders and glitter from sticking to everything.

I added a few gold sparkle jewels in various sizes on and around the wreath. Then I dotted a ZIG Squeeze & Roll 2 Way Pen around the outside of the wreath and sprinkled Studio Katia Gold Fever Glitter over the card. Just the right amount of sparkle!

For my second card I used the mistletoe branch from the Holiday Sprigs stamp set to create a die cut wreath.

Just like the first card I created a pencil circle for my wreath shape but this time a bit higher up on the panel. This was so I would have enough room to put a sentiment below the wreath. I stamped the outline mistletoe branch 8 times using black ink. Then I stamped the co-ordinating solid image over top using Concord & 9th Evergreen ink. Using the Holiday Sprigs dies I cut the branches. The dies for this set are so easy to line up with the stamped images! That is such a game changer for me.

Working clockwise, I started building my wreath by adhering the mistletoe branches one at a time to the pencil line. I tucked the stem of the next branch under to top leaf of the bough to give it a little dimension. I used 8 branches for my simple wreath but you could add as many branches as you would like for a fuller wreath.

Once the wreath was complete I added some berries from Holiday Sprigs. They were stamped on white cardstock and cut with the Holiday Sprigs I tucked a few of them along the wreath and then added some of the elusive, clear ZIG Wink of Stella. over them. That is for the eye of the beholder.

I used the same masked sentiment from Holly Jolly Christmas. This time I embossed it with Hero Arts gold embossing powder and then added it to the card with foam tape.

A staple for me with my holiday card and tag making is May Arts metallic gold string and May Arts metallic silver string. I love having something so simple to make something a little more special. So I finished it with a simple bow and called it done!

Thanks so much for crafting with me and so much love to the team at Ellen Hutson for inviting me back to the blog today.

~Tracey

If you’d like to see more of Tracey’s beautiful work, you can find her at @traceymcneely on Instagram.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Surekha Galagoda November 4, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Dear Tracey
    Thanks for the ideas. I love wreaths.Tc stay safe

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