Medallion Wreath Tutorial

Hi everyone!  I know it's been awhile, since I've updated my blog, I'm sorry about that.  I'm hoping to get back on track now.  I was looking at my front door yesterday and I realized that I needed to make another wreath and so I thought it would be a great idea to use the designer series paper from this year's sale-a-bration catalog. 

The brads and designer series papers are both sale-a-bration choices this time around.  I have the SAB catalog posted on the right side of my blog if you would like to look through it.  Remember from now until March 31st you can earn free merchandise for every $50 you spend.  Plus if you place a $150 show you will earn $25 in free merchandise and a free Stampin' Up! tote bag. 

I have made these wreaths before, but this time I used my new Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die that's available in the current occasions mini catalog (item # 125594 $42.95) .  I found it quicker and much easier to make my rosettes using this die plus the die has two designer edges and it can cut rosettes up to 10".  The spacing between each fold is 1/2".  The few steps I have posted below for you are how I made my wreath.  If you have any questions about this project feel free to send me an email at

The first thing I did was to cut my 12x12 designer series paper in half.  You have to use 12x12 paper for this die.  I ended up using an entire pack of dsp to make my wreath- I wanted my wreath to be large.

This is a close up picture of the Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die.  I wanted to try and show you the two designer edges and the score marks.

This is the stack/sandwich I used when cutting with this die.  You'll need the extra large cutting pads for this die.  The sandwich is- extra large cutting pad, die cutting side up, designer series paper, extended cutting pad.

For my big shot machine I needed to use a shim.  I saved the long thin cardboard that came with my die and it was just perfect for the shim I needed.  If your big shot machine is new you probably won't need a shim.  Don't use a shim if you do not need it- you should not force anything to go through your big shot.  If you use a shim and you really don't need it, the scoring part of the die may end up cutting your paper instead of scoring it. 

On the other hand if you are running this die through your big shot and the score lines are not scored enough you might want to try using a shim- you can also use a piece of card stock for a shim.

In this photo above I tried to show you what your paper should look like after you cut it using this die.  Each end will have a different edge and every 1/2" there is a score line.

Since this die cuts 2 decorative edges you will need to run this die through your big shot twice to get 2 strips with the same edge, but this works out perfectly since you will now have made 2 rosettes.  The designer series paper I used is double sided and so when I'm cutting my rosettes I try to use 2 sheets of the same paper and this is perfect because it takes the guess work out of finding papers that match. 

In my photo above I cut the designer paper in half (after I ran it through my big shot).  If you want to make smaller rosettes then you will need to cut a little bit off of your straight edge.  I did this just using my scissors since the straight edge will be in the middle and you really won't be able to tell if it was cut straight.  You can use your paper cutter if you wanted as well.

Once you have 2 strips of designer series paper with the same edge all you need to do is to glue them together.  I used my snail adhesive for this part.  If you would like to see more information on how I assembled my rosettes please see my blog post found here.

To create the rosettes simply flatten them out keeping the straight edge in the center.  I used a large 1 3/4" circle punch to punch out some circles and then using my glue gun I glued the rosettes to the punched out circle.  For my larger rosettes my paper strips measured 2 1/2" and my smaller rosettes the paper strips measured 1 1/2". 

Here is a photo of my finished wreath.  This is a large wreath and it's approximately  20" round.  I ended up making 12 large and 12 small rosettes.  If you wanted to make a smaller wreath all you need to do is to make less rosettes or cut the strips smaller.

Here is a close up photo of some of the rosettes on my wreath.

And here is one more close up photo.  I used brads for the centers of my rosettes.  I simply glued them in the centers using my glue gun.

Thanks to all of you for takign the time to stop on by.  I hope you liked the wreath I made.  Have a great rest of the day!  See you tomorrow!

Stamps: None
Card Stock: Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper- 2012 Sale-a-bration
Ink: None
Supplies: Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die, Big Shot, Extended Cutting Pads, Everyday Enchantment Ribbon & Brad Pack- 2012 Sale-a-bration, Glue Gun, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Cardboard- for wreath back & twine for the hanger
Technique: Paper Folding

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Carolina Little said...


Athina said...

What a great idea! I really like the feel of the spring colors

Melina said...

Wow this is so pretty! Thanks for showing how the new die works! :)

Barb said...

What a cute project Patty--and a sweet welcome sign that spring is coming soon...............

Heather B said...

I love your wreaths. I really want to make one, but it's on my "someday" project list. I also really want that DSP!! But, I'll get it before the end of SAB.

Kristina said...

Love your wreath, it turned out gorgeous!

Tiffany said...

Patty- what did you use as your wreath frame? Lovely!