Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Snowy Trees

We’re having a heat wave here in Ontario and I’m busy making Christmas cards! Too funny. This week’s challenge at www.alwaysplayingwithpaper.blogspot.ca was to make a Christmas card using white and green and wood grain. Well, I have Tim Holtz’s pine tree die so I got busy and die cut three trees. I figured I would likely mess one up so why not die cut three. Turned out I didn’t mess any of them up so I went ahead and made three cards. Here is the first one I made.

 


I made the card base from green cardstock and cut a piece of designer paper to fit, leaving the 1/8” edge. I don’t have a wood grain embossing folder but I found one of those old thick Fiskars embossing plates that sort of had a wood grain and ran it thru the Cuttlebug on a piece of brown cardstock that I had misted with water and was pleasantly surprised to see how well it embossed. I have a whole slew of those and I never use them but that could change real quick now that I know they work. The tree was run thru a Tim Holtz pine embossing folder and then I added some liquid appliqué and glitter and heat embossed it. I know, I know you are suppose to wait for the liquid appliqué to dry over night – not gonna happen here! It was attached with think dimensional dots from Paper Wishes. The sentiment was stamped with an Inkadinkado stamp on white and I notched the corners with a punch. I used a label maker template from Paper Wishes to draw the green line around the sentiment.
 
I liked it but the more I looked at the brown the more it didn’t look like wood grain. So I made another card.

I turned a piece of scrap paper from another project over and lo and behold the reverse side was wood grain! Amazing coincidence for sure. This time for the snow I used some fabric paint that was sitting on the shelf and of course, some glitter. The sentiment is a peel and stick. Well, this one should meet the criteria but I had one tree left over so instead of trying to file it away somewhere, I made a third card.

I had this piece of red paper and the small piece of paper left over from the two previous cards so I added two green strips to the white patterned paper and glued it to the red. Then glued it all to the card base and added the tree. At first I just glittered the tree but it looked blah so more white fabric paint and more glitter added. Much better. I decided the top needed something so I added the peel and stick sentiment and fancy scroll up there.

So, three more Christmas cards made. So much fun!

Cheers

Violet

 

 

11 comments:

Lindsay Weirich said...

Love the christmas card ideas, great job! I am enjoying the heat today too!

jinxxxygirl said...

Violet i LOVE all three of these cards! The last one with the red paper REALLY pops!

Your having a heat wave and we are staying in the 80's today which is cool for us! Yippee... Maybe i can leave the windows open all day today. Hugs! deb

Lesley said...

Love the glimmer and shimmer on your tree, Violet! Lovely work! Thanks for joining us at the Merry Monday Christmas Card Club!

Notes by Nina said...

Fabulous cards Violet, the papers you used are so pretty. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

SchnauzerCrafts Creations said...

Those embossing plates are such a great way to add texture, aren't they? I haven't added water to my paper before embossing so I should give that a try - thanks for the idea! Love the TH die you used and the snow effect you added - so clever!

Loll Thompson said...

Three beautiful cards Violet. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday.

LeAnne said...

Very pretty....you did a great job with that embossing folder! So happy that you played with the MM inspiration this week!

Karren said...

Beautiful textured cards! Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful tree die, Violet! And you've made 3 beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing them with us at Merry Monday!

the primitive country bug said...

Pretty, pretty card! Love the textured trees.

Marie B. said...

Wow, three great cards!! :)

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