Wisteria tunnel

WisteriaThanksWisteria looks amazing however it appears in your garden – but one of the most beautiful displays I have ever seen was a tunnel of wisteria, grown over metal arches. This card reflects the same feel.

You need a set of nesting dies – there are many that would work, it just needs one of the ends to be curved. You could use any arch window die – or as Sylvie did when she made this particular card as a sample for my July TV show – a Spellbinders labels 10 die and then hand cut the straight pieces with a good craft knife.

Thomas Kinkade is an excellent choice for the cottage at the end of the tunnel but there are images in our Sung Kim pads too – or even a stamped image if you prefer. Build the tunnel as you go along, place the first layer and then add some wisteria onto that (I like Glossy Accents and a cocktail stick). I find the easiest way with our flower dies is to cut loads out of good white card – I use Elegance Satin 300gsm from our website, and then use pens (Promarkers work brilliantly on Elegance Satin) to tint the flowers to the shade you want.

Gradually build the layers adding wisteria as you go along, remembering that the bottom has to remain level. Finally, add a little sentiment at the top.

2 replies
  1. Susan says:

    What a pretty card. I planted my wisteria over 22 years ago and is one of my garden stars. I was inspired by an ancient wisteria tunnel which you can see at Grey’s Court, a National Trust house and garden just 3 miles from us. (It was used in Downton Abbey as the house Downton Place – when the family thought they may have to give up the Abbey) You can walk underneath what I believe is only two plants (different species) and is glorious every April/May. The scent nearly knocks you off your feet! That and the wonderful fruit and vegetable gardens takes me there several times a year – not to mention the cream tea afterwards……

    Good luck with your forthcoming programmes Joanna.

    best wishes


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