Festival of Trees – Finally, it’s Christmas!

Today’s post features the Festival of Trees stamp set and punch used for Christmas.  To show extra uses for yesterday’s  Age Awareness stamp set, I used the flourish on the inside of the card.  This card was actually very easy to make, and I can see this being one of the designs I use for my Christmas card recipients.  I never make just one style, because I get bored.  It would be very easy to make 20 cards in this design in an hour.   Cut all your pieces, stamp all 20 of each item, and then put them together, assembly line style.

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Keep it Simple – I knew right away I wanted to use the green flourish page of the All is Calm Designer Series Paper (DSP).  It’s simple but stylish, and Stampin’ Up! makes it easy to come up with color combinations that work with your chosen DSP.  The coordinating colors are listed right on the package.  I took my cues from the All is Calm color scheme (I used Pear Pizzaz, Soft Sky, and Lost Lagoon), and then added Basic Black.  I happened to have a piece I had cut previously with the Top Note die, waiting for a home.  It did not work on a previous card, but looks great on this one.  The outside sentiment is cut with the wavy die from Bitty Banners Framelits.

Jazz it up – I added a bit of bling to the four corners of the DSP mat with the largest Rhinestones, and rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder.  Each tree got a little different treatment.

  • Ornament Tree – While the single stamped ornament tree is very cute as is, I liked how the soft sky ornaments (the same dots stamp I used in yesterday’s card) changed the look , and the smallest Rhinestones here and there helped add a little sparkle.
  • Flourish Tree – I stamped with Silver Encore ink, and then embossed in Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  I could have used VersaMark ink as well, but using the silver under silver helps to ensure my image is more complete, just in case my embossing job isn’t perfect (what, me not perfect?  Perish the thought).
  • Plain Tree – For the third tree, I stamped the image in Pear Pizzaz, and waited just a bit to make sure it was dry before using the same Silver Encore pad for the tinsel image. But this time, I used Heat & Stick powder instead of silver embossing powder, so I could use the silver Stampin’ Glitter.  I just think tinsel should be super sparkly, and the glitter is shinier than the embossing powder.

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A little wonky – To create interest, I made my tree layout a little wonky.  The trees are at varying heights (top to bottom) and I adhered one tree flat against the black, one uses a single Dimensional, and the middle one uses stacked Dimensionals.  My middle tree actually looks wonky, because I adhered it on a little crooked, but we’re pretending you don’t see that.

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Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see what Paper Pumpkin is up to these days (it’s all great!).

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