Monday, November 10, 2008

Guest Designer, the fabulous Heather Nichols

I am so excited about this month's Guest Designer. Heather has such a wonderful style, it's clean, fresh and always inspiring to me! Please read on to learn a bit more about Heather and to get her step by step instructions for creating your very own 12 Days of Christmas Wreath (is this an adorable project or what?!)

Most people know me from my blog as pine (which came from my online username pinefeather) or in real life Heather Nichols. I live in St. Cloud, MN with my husband Chad and daughters Tacy (8) and Hana (5).

I began stamping when I was about 12 years old. I was given a tackle box of stamps and supplies for Christmas that year and have been going ever since – needing more of a room now than a tackle box to store all of my supplies! I majored in graphic design in college and have always had a huge interest in printmaking, bookbinding, and paper arts in general. I went to my first Stampin' Up! Workshop in 1997 and became a demonstrator in 2002 (and continued until this past summer.) Soon after I joined the online community www.splitcoaststampers.com and had the honor of being a guest designer and then a part of their Dirty Dozen design team. After being on the team, I started doing design work for other paper crafting companies and also was published in Card Creations and Stamp It! magazines. In 2007, Nichole Heady approached me to be a part of the design team for her new company, Papertrey Ink, and it has been a perfect fit. This past August I launched my own stamp line with Papertrey Ink called Pinefeather Press.

You can find out more about me and the projects I love to create at my blog Pine is Here

I was excited to be asked to create a project as a guest designer for Say it with Letters! I hope you enjoy this project creating a 12 days of Christmas Wreath!


.

.

.

.

.

I colored the wreath shape directly with my ink pad. Rub the pad all over until you have the coverage you want. You could also color your wreath by painting it or covering it with patterned papers.

.

.

.

.

.
To color the edges of the wreath, squeeze some reinker onto a sponge brush and paint it right on. After your wreath is colored the way you want, let it dry.



.
.
.
.
Next, I stamped snowflakes onto the wreath in a darker green acrylic paint.


.
.
.
.
.I also stamped dots with white acrylic paint and brushed the edges of the wreath with a white paint dauber. After all your painting and stampin is complete, let it dry.
.
.
.
.
.
I created 12 tags for the 12 days of Christmas using cardstock, punches, number stamps, other embellishments, ribbons, eyelets, buttons, and other fun holiday embellishments. I made all of my tags differents, but you could keep them all the same too. To hang them on the wreath, you will want to layout the tags where you want them on the wreath, make a mark where the nails should go, and then hammer nails right into the wreath. [edit: we recommend lightly starting a pilot hole to not crack the shape.]


.
.
.
.
The bow part on the wreath is covered with a patterned paper and then the ribbon bow and button is attached to the top.

.
.
.
.
.
.
.
And that’s the finished wreath! During the holiday, I will take all of the tags off of the wreath and then add a tag for each day for the 12 days of Christmas countdown!
What a fun idea. This wreath shape is one of my new favorites. We'll be posting design team projects all week. Wait'll you see how different (and gorgeous) each one is! You can find the wreath shape HERE if you'd like to create your own.
A special thank you to Heather for the inspiration. You can visit her blog to get your stampin' fix! :)

8 comments:

LaurieStar said...

What an inspiring bio and tutorial! I love her wreath and all the different tags - what a great idea. Thanks for sharing this! :)

Jenniwren32 said...

Love what you came up with Heather!

Julie Masse said...

Oh what a neat project! My children would just love putting those tags up - of course they would fight and I'd have to make 1 for everybody! :) Great job Heather, love having your visit! :)

Kory said...

Super cute idea!

Fink said...

Cute wreath! How fun

Scrap for Joy said...

I've been reading Heather's blog for some time, she is super-creative. This is a charming project and I love the colors!

Jennifer Paganelli said...

amazing designers..You find the best deb...

denean said...

such a fun project!!