Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Card Idea #4...O, Christmas Tree!

I was working in the Sassy Studio yesterday coming up with some cool card designs and everything I did had a tree on it. I guess you could say I had a "Tree-mendous" day. Okay, enough with the silly puns. I made two versions of the same card design. Here's the initial design...

I'm still using the CTMH Mistletoe collection. I promise I'm going to be change collections real soon. There's some Basic Grey calling out to me from my stash. This is a tricky little tree to make, but once you get the hang of it, it's easy. It's just a folded half circle. If you're using a cutting system like Coluzzle or Creative Memories, you can cut a whole circle and then cut it in half on your trimmer. Then you have enough for two cards. That's like multi-tasking :)

For the bow (and this is SOOO SIMPLE), just take a length of ribbon and make a double loop (four loops total). This is a NO TIE bow! Hold your pieces together in the middle and insert the ribbon in between the prongs of a brad. You can also use a button and baker's twine or embroidery floss. You would do that by taking the floss/twine and making a knot around your ribbon loops, thread the floss/twine through the button holes and tie a double knot or a bow. Both ways look really cute.

If you'd like more detailed instructions or a folding diagram for the Folded Christmas Tree, please email me or leave your email in a comment.

Now for the second design...

For mass production or the folding-challenged (and I'm one of them), I replaced the folded tree with a diecut tree. These trees are in the Silhouette store. You can cut them out with the electronic machine of choice. I always use my Cricut. I also added a bow to the side for a little different look. (I added the ribbon to the card and then tied a separate piece into a bow and attached with a glue dot.) The shaped layer is one of Penny Duncan's Shaplies sized to fit the card, which you can download for FREE at It's cut out of plain CTMH ivory cardstock. I took a sheet music background stamp and stamped it in CTMH chocolate ink. I then too a sponge dauber that I'd been using, and without applying more ink, I smudged the edges for a distressed look.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Sassy Scrappy Day!

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