Thursday 3 October 2019

Cornflower Wreath

     A wreath isn't just for Christmas and with these gorgeous cornflowers and a couple of poppies it's perfect for Autumn. All the flowers and foliage are die cut with John Next Door dies, you can find a full list at the end.

     I  cut two rings out of a cereal packet and stuck them together, print side in, but I wanted something more substantial to hang up.
     I cut my plaque from mount board using an MDF one I found in the bottom of my stash box.
     It was coloured with Distress Ink Weathered Wood, scored to give a grain effect and then coloured again with the same ink.
    A small length of cord was added to the back to make hanging easy.
     The cardboard ring was coloured green with an alcohol marker, then I set about cutting out lots and lots of foliage in various shades of green using thin card.
     All of the foliage was also coloured with Distress Inks to give it shading before working it all with a ball tool.

     I started working my way around the ring adding foliage as I went, working in one direction only and making sure not to make it look symmetrical.
     The Elderflower leaves become a cross between flower and foliage if you colour the tips of the fronds, a bit like Gypsophelia.
     Once all the foliage was stuck down, and there was a lot of it, I left the wreath to dry off completely while I die cut the flowers.
     The Cornflowers are cut in three different shades of blue card, two of them are pearl card. I also cut some extra centres in thin black card to add that extra oomph to them. The poppies are stamped in red on red card, then die cut and coloured around the edge with black ink to tone them down a bit.
     I placed flowers around the ring before I stuck anything down, just to see if it looked alright. Spending a few minutes doing this was well worth it as I moved them around a few times before I was happy. I made sure they weren't uniform in size and position and with such pretty foliage a few gaps looked just fine. The last thing was to stick the ring to the plaque, again making sure the flower positions looked random and off line.
     With a big die cut Thank You in the centre it would make a very nice remembrance wreath, though sadly being card it's not weather proof.

Materials List    Available from your local craft shop
JND115 - Cornflower Die     (Cornflower Stamp JND116 - not used on this project)
JND053 - Blousy Poppy Die
JND054 - Blousy Poppy Stamp
JNDAD016 - Elderflower Dies
JNDAD015 - Rose Leaves Die set
JNDAD002 - Starflower Leaves Die
JND129 - Mini Ivy Leaves Dies
Stix2 3D PVA Glue

I would like to enter this project in the following challenges:
World Wide Open DT - Anything Goes   (JND Design Team for Hochanda)
Classic Design Team Open - Anything Goes   (JND Design Team for Hochanda)
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes


  1. This is so very pretty! I cannot stop looking at it. I love how you achieved that wood grain look with your score tool.
    Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous project you have created here.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I so appreciate you sharing this beauty with us at Crafting by Designs!


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