Friday, 28 September 2012

Oh Christmas Tree (Part 1)

The kids are back to school, there's a nip in the air, the trees are starting to put on there Autumn coat and the mince pies and big tins of Quality Street are stealthily creeping onto the supermarket shelves, all of which can only mean one thing...... Christmas is just around the corner.

I know from experience that many of you have already started your Christmas cards and some of you may have already finished so I thought I would start a little series of projects based around the theme of Christmas trees.

It would be so easy to pick a Christmas tree die off the shelf but I'm going to mix it up a bit and try to share a few techniques as I go along, all through the medium of Sizzix.

This week I am working with two dies from the Framelits Circles ,Scallop 8 die set (657552) and the Framelits Banners, Pennant 5 die set (657570) and a wonderful paper pack by My Mind's Eye called 12 Days of Christmas.

1. Choose your papers and dies, together with an A4 sheet of ivory cardstock. 2. Die cut a number of scallop circles using your Big Shot machine. 3. Take one of the die cut circles and place the Banner Framelits die onto it with the point toward the centre and cut a segment. you can cut at least 3 segments from each circle.

4. Ink around the edges of the segments to add a little definition using distress inks and an applicator. 5. Overlap the various segments to create trees of varying sizes. 6. Make the pop up centre, I cut mine by hand, but if you want instant results at the turn of a handle then the Bigz Die, Card, Scallop Circle 3-D (657130) by Karen Burniston is the one for you. It's so quick and easy to use and offers a multi platform base which can be adapted for any number of project ideas.

7. Once it is cut and creased use the On the Edge die Scallops (656627) to create a decorative edge. 8. Attach each of the assembled trees to the background. 9. Fold a blue base card and gently ink the edges before placing the pop up inside.

10. Use some of the decorative elements/phrases from the paper kit to add the finishing touches, throw in a few adhesive gems and there you have it...easy peasy!

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