The idea for this card came from seeing one of those Christmas tree ornaments made from baubles. It got me thinking how I could make one using circles. Here’s the result! I think this would be a fun card to make with children.
I began by drawing a triangular tree shape on my card top layer. I used a tree stamp but any rough triangular shape will do. Then, after dry embossing a selection of card in Shaded Spruce, Real Red and gold foil, I punched circles of various sizes. If you wanted to use die cut circles, you’d have to cut first then emboss.
The circles were roughly arranged in the tree shape. To help me remember the placement for gluing, I took a quick shot of the layout and then removed the circles to erase the triangle.
I glued all the circles in place, stamped and heat embossed my greeting, mounting it on a layer of Shaded Spruce and a length of Real Red ribbon. To finish, I added a die cut star to the top on foam tape and rhinestones into some of the gaps to resemble fairy lights.
Sadly, two of my friends have lost their Dads in the past couple of weeks, one of those being due to Covid-19. The casualty figures are harrowing but it really brings it home when it affects people you care for. So, my post this week is dedicated to Dads, wherever they may be.
The love and thought that goes into any handmade card is magnified in a condolence card. I find them difficult to design but soothing to make. For this week’s card, I used Rooted in Nature and the ever-useful Peaceful Moments for the sentiment.
To begin, I used masks and sponge daubers to create a sun and mountains for my background on Very Vanilla.
I stamped the tall tree several times using my Stamparatus to ensure a solid impression. The tree needed grounding so, using another mask, I sponge daubed Early Espresso at the base of the tree. The panel was cut out using one of the stitched rectangle dies.
One of my favourite stamps in the set, the skeleton leaf, was used for decorating the liner and envelope.
The card was finished by mounting the focal image on a Crumb Cake mat and then onto a base layer embossed with the Woodland folder (retired).
I finished my week crocheting a rainbow to hang in my window in support of our NHS workers.