Snowy Forest Day

It’s a snowy day as you walk through the woods of white birch trees and here the red cardinals singing their sweet song, and then he appears. The majestic stag, who quietly walks to the ridge and surveys his kingdom. Finally, you come to a small fir tree that has been decorated for Christmas. You know this is your destination and the faint tune of “We wish you a Merry Christmas” hums through your head.

This is the story I hope the recipients of this card have when they open the card.

Stag XMAS-front

I fell in love with the Creative Expressions Paper Panda Forest Stag die the first time I saw it and designed my card around this large die creating a 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches card using two pieces of heavy white cardstock. I went through my dies to find a large enough opening to go behind the stag that still left a sufficient border to keep the card sturdy. I used one from the Crafters Essentials I by Kat Scrappiness.

Having scored and folded both pieces of 8 ½ x 11 inch white cardstock in half, knew I had to cut the rectangular aperture in three of the four panels. Laying out how I wanted the front of the card to look with my dies, I cut two of the panels at the same time by putting the sheet folded in-half through the die cutting machine.  Once the front and middle were cut, I laid-out how the second folded sheet of cardstock would overlap on the middle panel and traced the aperture opening onto the overlap panel. I cut this aperture with the cardstock fully open so a wide format die cutting machine was needed.

Stag XMAS-Extended wide

I didn’t have any birch trees long enough to fill the apertures so I scoured my favorite on-line crafting stores and found on my favorite discount die store Dies R Us the Impression Obsession birch trees with the tiny cardinal dies. I cut two sets of trees out from the same white cardstock as the card base. I cut two sets of cardinals (front and back) from red scrap cardstock.

To make the stag, I cut the shape three times from brown cardstock. The last of the three stags was cut from brown cardstock covered on one side with double-sided adhesive and then when the backing paper on the adhesive was pulled off I laid the piece on scrap paper and shook ultra-fine glitter over the adhesive to ‘frost” the stag much the same way you would cover an inked image to be heat embossed. The excess glitter should stay on the scrap paper so it can be put back into its storage container. Once glittered, I glued the three stag shapes together off setting, the glittered one on top to create a slight shadow.

Stag XMAS-front-CU

Being new to heat foiling, I practiced some on scrapes before using the Christmas tree foiling plate on my good paper. The Glimmer Foiling System by Spellbinders is easy to use if you watch a lot of videos on how to use the system and follow the instructions faithful. I do not recommend doing heat foiling when you are tired or in a hurry, that’s when mistakes happen.  Because the card is a large size, I had to foil the tree through the cut aperture to fit it through my die cutting machine. The season’s greetings sentiment is foiled in silver and die cut out using a dotted sentiment banner die that comes in the same Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments set. I placed scrap red cardstock behind the dots before gluing the banner in place.

Stag XMAS-inside back

Once all the elements had been cut and foiled, the assembly began with laying out how the layers would look when the card was closed. Four birch trees were glued behind the stag then the four birch trees were glued to backside of the middle panel. Then the two middle panels were glued together sandwiching the trees between them. Then the stag was glued to the front with the antlers glued to the trees.  A cardinal was laid-out on each of the tree panels and each glued down with its matching back piece glued on the back side of the trees. The “Season’s Greeting” banner was glued on the front to anchor the stag.

Stag XMAS-inside middle

Supplies

Dies & Glimmer Foil Plates

Paper

Foil

Miscellaneous

Sue Small-Kreider ©2020

See the video at https://spark.adobe.com/video/oYtdMGCXyVNe9

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 9

Each day for 12 days, I will be showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Plaid Joy-Inside

My inspiration for this card was my working on a platform challenge card as well as needing a masculine card.  I had just picked up Ms. Sparkle Camping paper pad and saw the two plaids used in the card. The green, white and blue plaid reminded me of how the snow often is in the weeks leading up to Christmas – kind of spotty with some grass picking through it.

Plaid Joy-Front

The cover for the card is made up from extra pieces from the trees, the cardinal from the tree set, plastic confetti stars and a die-cut “Joy” from the Impression Obsession die “Joy to the World.”

Plaid Joy-CU Inside

The platform is something I had seen Karen Burniston do for a Halloween card and thought it would create a hill for the tree to stand on which the matched plaid paper helps camouflage in the photos. I cut two of the platforms from KB’s House & Fence Pop-up set and adhered the sides with the center pop-up together to make one large platform. Next, I placed the plaid paper where I wanted it to be on the base of the card and then played with placing the platform to make sure there was enough room for the tree to fold down inside the card when closed. Turning the platform upside-down onto the back of the plaid paper, I tracked the outline of the platform. Then I cut out the platform plaid paper and adhered it to the platform. Next, I flattened the platform to cut the tree-stand flaps into the center of the platform. I adhered the tree-stand to the platform before I attached the platform to the card base. (Before adhering the platform, I installed the plaid paper to the card base matching the plaids.)

The Merry Christmas and snow swirls come from an older Karen Burniston die set called Merry Christmas Pop-up. The holographic star and cardinal on the tree are in the Christmas tree set.

Follow the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees with a new post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 8

Each day for 12 days, I will be showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Nutcracker-inside

After using lots of Christmas and winter themed papers, I decided to look at other paper collections in my stash though I would challenge myself to use the Bo Bunny Garden party Collection which includes many cacti and succulent plants as well as white roses.

Nutcracker- front

For the card base I used two layers of a mosaic design in green. Because the cardstock is coated on the front, it makes it harder to get a sharp fold. I should have folded the outside and cut the inside into two pieces. To make for a flatter card when opened. The tree is cut from a striped paper in the collection and like other trees in this 12 posts blog, because the paper is print only on one side, I had to cut two of each of the center tall tree pieces and glue together. The smaller side tree pieces are a single thickness since the inside isn’t visible. The red cardinal and gold holographic star are cut from the Christmas tree die set.

White Christmas inside cu

Stickers from Echo Park’s Home For the Holidays collection finish out the decorations and sentiments for this card.

See all the of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees by clicking on one below.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Click Here for video of all 12 trees

 

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees – Day 3

Each day for 12 days, I will be showing card variations made with Karen Burniston’s Christmas Tree Pop-up die.  I recommend watching her assembly video before attempting to cut and assemble the pop-up tree.

For all of these cards I started with an A7 size card base (10 x 6 ½ inches), but because my die cutting machine can only accommodate 6-inch-wide pieces of paper, I had to trim the cards down to 10 x 6 inches.

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Holly Joy - inside

With such a busy background paper as the red holly is, the inside decorations are simple. The bird and “with love” tag are from Papercrafter Issue 126 Snowglobe Shaker Card Kit. The white rectangle is from a patterned die. The tree’s star is cut from gold holographic card stock.

Holly Joy - Front

The outside of the tree pop-up cards need to have a cover paper on both the front and back to hide the holes cut for the inside mechanism. I used a kraft paper for the front and back covers because it matched the “joy” sentiment topper. The half circles are the cut outs from the tree skirts on the inside. The green zig-zag trim is the scrap from between the big trees die.

Two different stamps were used on the front and back of the envelope. The Studio 112 stamp of four trees acts a seal to the envelope while the Disney Vintage stamp gives a hint as to what is inside the card from the front of the envelope.

Envelope Front -CU

Holly Joy - CU Iinside

Follow the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas Trees with a new post tomorrow.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Click Here for video of all 12 trees

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

Stamps & Ink (on envelope)

Paper

Miscellaneous