Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Red and White Christmas

Here is a red and white Christmas Tree Card that I made for the Kards for Kids Christmas Card Challenge.  I got this new Memory Box Christmas Tree die and have been meaning to try it out.  BOY, is this tree ever finicky to work with.  The one pictured on this card is actually not how it is supposed to look.  However, I could not get the die to cut through the mylar paper.  (Mylar is more like a plastic than a paper.)  I bought this red mylar with the intention of embossing it for cards, but I wanted to try it with the tree.  Since the tree did not cut it, it looks embossed.  I still thought it was a pretty pattern, so I used it on my handmade Christmas card!

Since the challenge is red and white, I wanted to use a white layered background.  I have some oval shapes on my custom locket die, so I decided to use one of those to make a halo behind the Christmas tree.  The oval has some debossed criss-crosses in it.

I am still experimenting with this tree.  Below, you can see it cut from silver foil paper.  The outlined version of the tree on the right is the way the die is supposed to cut.  I've had some trouble getting it to cut though, possibly because the foil paper is adhesive backed.  (I've had no trouble with cardstock.)  When it does cut, wow, is it ever painstaking to pop out all those little pieces and apply adhesive on the back!  (I know I said it's adhesive backed, but those lines are so skinny, the adhesive doesn't work well so I have to apply glue.)  The patience it takes is worth it, though, for such a pretty effect.  The sentiment is from my new set of Stampin' Up! holiday sentiments (More Merry Messages).
The two on the left, I made a mask from my locket die oval and inked the halo.  The one in the centre is decorated with teeny flower punches.  These are the discard from a border punch that my mother-in-law has.  I used it on a scrapbook page and saved these little bits with this Christmas Tree Card in mind.

Some version of this tree is going to end up in my Christmas card making class later this month.  Which one, however, will be decided when I have finished playing with the Christmas Tree die.

1 comment:

  1. there very pretty, love them, I think its worth the trouble!!!


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