Saturday, December 22, 2012

O Christmas Tree!

My sister loves Christmas trees and so I sometimes buy stamps because I think, "my sissie would like that one".  So back in November my local Archivers store had a free make and take weekend and it happened to start on my birthday.  So, I gave myself a whole morning at the craft store as part of my birthday present.  I know, I know...most people go to a spa for the morning but if you are a crafter, the craft store is like the spa but different...anywho.  Normally when we go to these there are long lines and lots of people and normally I am going on the last day so the stamps and paper for the projects are usually sold out but NOT this time.  I was one of the first people there and I made the projects and then proceeded to buy everything for the projects that I needed to buy.  I had so much fun and then I made some of my own and changed them up a little bit.  That day we made a treat bag and a card.  Today, I am showing you the card we made. We used a new set from Hero Arts that is exclusively sold at Archivers called Christmas Trees Stamp & Cut set -- Archiver's/Hero Arts (6098357).   It comes with 3 stamps and a die-cut.  On this card, we used all the stamps and the die cut.  This is a standard size card so the base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  The white card stock is cut smaller at 4 x 5 1/4.  The first thing you do is stamp the trees.  I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink called Peeled Paint.  You want to stamp the trees so that they are overlapping a little bit.  You can see in the picture that mine are touching.  I started stamping from the left side and the first tree you stamp off the card stock a little bit and then when you stamp the next tree keep in mind that you want it to show on the right side of the flags so these two trees won't touch.  Stamp your next tree so that it touches and so on.  You can use the die-cut 2 different ways.  You can cut the tree first and then stamp the tree and emboss it or you can stamp the tree, do your embossing and then cut it out.  Of course, I did it the harder way which was to cut my trees first and then emboss, so my tree might look a little off center.  I used a gold embossing powder from Recollections which is carried at any local Michael's store.  I did learn a little trick from the demonstrator at Archiver's.  When we were embossing the tree, she said to emboss our project from the bottom because then we aren't blowing the embossing powder off.  I had a little "well,duh" moment because I never thought of that. The other trick we learned was when we were cutting the flags.  I used a solid color on top and then a patterned piece underneath.  We cut both flags at the same time.  The solid colored flag is 1 1/2 inches wide by 6 long.  The patterned piece needed to be the same width but doesn't need to be much longer than 2 1/2 or 3 inches because you only see a little of it.  To cut the "flag"-put your two pieces of paper together so they are flush and lined up at the bottom.  Your first cut will be in the center of the two pieces, your cut will be about 1/2 inch, the you are going to cut from the bottom left corner to the cut and do the some thing on the right side.  Viola you have your 2 flags.  Layer them how you want show as much of the patterned paper as you want and adhere the patterned piece underneath the solid color.  Once you have your flag together lay that aside for a moment.  Adhere your white cardstock to your card base.  In my card, I used a burgundy.  Once you have the white adhered, attach your flag, make sure your flag is flush with the top of the card base.  I also added some small snowflakes that I punched out of some white leftover glitter paper.  The punch is from the Martha Stewart, it is part of the punch around the page set that I bought, Alpine Snowflake.  I attached those with a pop dot.  The sentiment is from an old Stampin' UP set.  You can use any colors and any sentiment.  I have not stamped anything on the inside yet.  There is a closer picture of the snowflakes, hopefully you can see the glitter shine on it.

Thanks for stopping by and keep calm and craft on.


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