Monday, 5 October 2009

the reveal...

Warning - These are VERY, VERY addictive to make...I now have a little forest of paper trees on my mantelpiece!
We saw this idea at the Woodware day, and I was really taken with these cards. I chose to make them in pastels, though. The first one uses Basic Grey 'Two Scoops' - not Christmas paper, I know, but I like it for this.
The Stamped Greeting is a PSX stamp I've had for a few years, stamped in Versamark, then used with pastel chalks. The side view shows how dimensional these trees are, and I've used Woodware "Pearly Stuff' on the tree tips, then dipped the tree into white glitter.

And this one uses some very old Basic Grey paper that I've had for years - I'm still using up that paper mountain!The 'snow drifts' are edged with the 'Pearly Stuff' again, and I've used it for the snowflake dots in the background.
If you use this, gently flick the underside of the card, and the little (whispers the next word) ...nipples (!) on the pearly dots will flatten out.

Don't do what my 11yr old did, and flick it as hard as you can- I'm sure you can imagine where that leads to...Side view again...
And because more bling is GOOD, once the pearly stuff was dry, I ran around the snowline with my Quickie glue pen, and threw a bit more glitter on.

And how did I make these little trees? Well, it's a floral craft punch - the 'lilium' punch (I forgot to get a photo, sorry, try this link to have a look here, but please support your local shop by ordering it through them, the supplier is Woodware).
It punches out a 6-petalled piece, with glue tabs which you snip off. Each tree has 5 punched pieces which you reduce by 1 petal, down to a piece with 2 petals for the tree top.

Using a large embossing tool each piece then gets curled from each petal tip up towards the body, and glue each one onto a tree trunk. They're definitely not something to make in a rush, but I spent a very pleasant few hours making these.

A big thankyou to everyone who left lovely comments recently - it was absolutely lovely to read through them!


  1. OMG these are AMAZING! I love the papers you've used too - so what if they're not all Xmas papers, they look fab!
    I adore the dimension - I can just picture these trees swaying in a snowstorm! Betcha had an ickle bit of glitter on yourself after making these beauties! LOL!

  2. Ohhhhhhhhh Alison! These are so pretty! I love them! xxxx

  3. Hi Alison, they are simply gorgeous,and I would imagine very addictive!!

    Hugs Liz xx

  4. How lovely! Looks like you had fun with that Jane then..and don't you love a puch that'll do more then one thing!

  5. Wow, these trees are gorgeous. Why waste time just watching TV when you can craft at the same time?!!
    Louise x

  6. Oh wow these are amazing!
    What a fabulous idea and so effective!
    Your creations are just wonderful I have loved my visit to your blog!
    kim x

  7. What amazing cards Alison, truly beautiful and I love the papers that you've used.

    Thanks for sharing the link to the punches and your cards.

    Alex x


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