I love my die cutting machines but sometimes you just have to punch things ya know? I like to use up scraps if I can and punches are a great way to do that. So here’s how I made my punched leaf wreaths that I used on the gift bags I shared yesterday as well as some cards.
For this project you will need:
Punch an assortment of leaves from your paper scraps. I had some embossed papers and some patterned papers in my scrap stash.
For the wreath base, punch a large circle from another scrap. This one is 2 inches. Then use a smaller punch and punch out the middle of your circle.
Voila. Wreath form. Glue your leaves so they cover the wreath base. I kind of angled mine and used Ranger Glossy Accents but any quick adhesion glue will do. You could use glue dots or foam dots too.
This one I adhered to a card using foam dots. The one below I used on my gift bags.
I’m finally getting around to some Fall projects. I’m a late bloomer. This is something that’s super easy and can stay out from Halloween through Thanksgiving. You will need:
Paper Mache Pumpkin (the one I used is about 6 inches across)
Tissue paper (I used 2 sheets, 12x12)
I started with a paper mache pumpkin I found on sale after season last year. I’ve seen them this year at Michaels, JoAnn’s etc.
On one of my recent Michaels trips, I discovered packs of Recollections printed tissue papers in the scrapbook paper aisle. They were $1.99 for a pack of 5 regular price.
For this project, I chose the script paper. This is a good project to do if you’re in a bad mood. Not saying that I was, just saying. Why? Because you get to scrunch and tear stuff! Tear all four edges of your papers first. Then:
Wad, scrunch, ball up your paper. Unwad, then tear into smaller pieces:
The reason you’ll want to have torn your edges first is that they blend better when podging.
Apply Mod Podge ( I used Matte Finish) to the back of your paper pieces, then apply your paper to the pumpkin. Since tissue paper is thin you don’t want to oversaturate but it’s also very forgiving and gets in the creases of the pumpkin unlike stiffer paper would.
I was conscious but not OCD about making sure the script was all going the same way.
In some spots, paper got layered making things more opaque, and in others it didn’t and I liked the effect of some of the naked pumpkin showing through.
Once you’ve got all of your paper on, coat with Mod Podge and just wait for it to dry. I’m working on another variation so check back soon.