Mr L’s parents are going on a cruise over Christmas and New Year. Since they won’t be at home, they won’t have a Christmas tree so I decided to make them a card with a dimensional tree on it so they have a little Christmas tree in their cabin over the festive season. Whilst surfing around on YouTube, I watched a great video by Jan Brown (link at the end) on how to make a tree using a teabag folding technique. I’ve never done any teabag folding so I decided to CASE Jan’s card and give teabag folding a go.
I started by cutting out 5 squares of patterned paper (I used Stampin’ Up! First Frost DSP) comprising squares of 1½”, 2”, 2½”, 3” and 3½”. Since the DSP is only 6” square, I had to use two sheets so went with 2 different patterns.
The next step was to fold each piece in half once, and then on each diagonal. The first folds go down to make valley folds and the diagonal folds push up into mountain folds.
The side folds were pushed inwards to make a triangular shape.
Next, I folded the points of the front triangle downwards, lining up the top edge of the triangle with the centreline.
Once all the pieces were folded, the pieces were glued together by inserting the point of the triangle into the next size down to form the tree shape. I mounted the tree onto a Real Red card base, embellished with some heat embossed snowflakes and a wavy sentiment. A ribbon bow finished off the top of the tree.
Gift cards are a marvellous invention! They’re easy to post/transport and recipient gets to buy exactly what they want. Win, win! What they are not is very inspirational to look at. A lovely handmade gift card holder solves this problem. The beauty about these is that the theme can be changed to suit any occasion so are great for birthdays, Christmas, thank you, congratulations etc., the list goes on. Here’s how it’s done.
You will need:
4⅛” x 10½” card base, scored at 2¼” and 5”
3⅞” x 5¼” card liner
3⅞” x 2½” patterned paper/DSP/card
4¼” x 2¾” mat layer (same colour as card base)
4” x 2½” card front
At the end of the card base with the extra score line, mark the centre of the short edge of the card base and use a punch to cut out a semi-circle.
Apply Tear ‘n’ Tape along the top and bottom edges of the section with the punch out, just to the first score line. Remove the backing from the tape pieces, fold down and press the edges well. This makes the pocket for the gift card. Glue the patterned paper onto the front of the pocket.
Decorate the card inner and the card front piece. I used the grungy dots and sentiment from Beauty Abounds. I then embossed the card front using the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.
Glue the card front onto the mat layer. Apply glue to the left half only of the reverse side eand stick centrally onto the card base, over the patterned paper.
I was using up my freebie goodies from the Sale-A-Bration so used the butterfly punch to cut out butterflies from the DSP. To add some dimension, I folded the wings gently upwards either side of the body and glued just the body onto the card front. I added a single rhinestone onto the large butterfly for a little bling!
Now that’s way more exciting than the generic card you get with your gift card purchase!
Here’s a Christmas version I made using the Dashing Deer set, Birch background stamp and Woodland Embossing folder.
With the Christmas season fast approaching, it’s time to get making your Christmas cards – although I have been making mine since July! The stamp set comes with a bow that you can stamp but I thought it looked a bit flat so decided to add a real ribbon bow instead.
The video is unedited and contains all my mistakes for added entertainment value! Please be kind, it was also my first ever go at a YouTube tutorial!! Apologies for the lighting, I’m sorting it out for future videos.
For this card, I used:
Green card base, 4” x 11¾” and scored at 5¾” in Always Artichoke (retired)
Red mat layer 5⅝” x 3⅞” in Real Red
White inner 5⅝” x 3⅞” in Whisper White
White card front 5½” x 3¾” in Whisper White
Strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5⅜” x ¾” in any design you like
2 scraps of green and white card for the labels
A strip of green card left over from cutting your card base. Cut an A4 sheet in portrait at 4” and again at 4”. You should be left with a strip just over ¼” wide. Cut it in half lengthways to give you the strip of card.
Stampin’ Up! Mistletoe Season stamp set
Real Red ribbon, about 10”
Everyday Label punch
Shimmer Ink – Champagne Mist
SU Garden Green ink
SU Old Olive ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Adhesive pearl embellishments
With a sponge dauber, apply a little (and I mean a little – it goes a long way!) shimmer ink to the green strip. Punch out a label from your scrap of green and cut it in half along the straight edge. Dab some Shimmer Ink on the curvy edges of the label. If you don’t have Shimmer Ink, you could stick glitter on or leave it plain.
Adhere the DSP to the left of the card front layer, setting it in about 1/16th from the left edge.
Stamp the open leaved mistletoe sprig with Garden Green and the solid leaved sprig with Old Olive (although I did this the other way around on the video).
Partially stamp the liner and the envelope in Old Olive by stamping off the edge of the page. Stamp the sentiment on the scrap of white card and cut out with the punch.
Your green glimmer decorative strip should be dry by now so stick it onto the card front, just overlapping the edge of the DSP.
Make the bow. This method of bow making is called the Bunny Ears technique and is used as the bow loops stay at the top and the tails go to the bottom naturally. It takes a bit of fiddling about but produces a nice-looking bow.
Begin by making a loop…
…and then make another the same size.
Tie the loops together in a knot. It will probably look a mess at this stage.
Pull the tails of the bow to make the loops smaller and pull the loops to tighten the knot. Keep repeating this process until you’re happy with your bow then trim the ends of the ribbon and use a glue dot behind the knot to stick the bow in the gap between the mistletoe stems.
Cut the green label in half and stick each half to the back of the sentiment label, allowing the glittered edges to protrude. Trim off any green that’s overhanging the top or bottom of the white label. Apply foam Dimensionals to the back of the label and attach it to the bottom of the card.
For the mistletoe berries, add a few self-adhesive pearl embellishments.
Finally, adhere the card top onto the red mat layer and then onto the card base and add the liner.