Monday, November 21, 2011

Sweet Season's Greetings

I have been itching to use my new supplies from the very talented Laura Pryor's newest Lil' Inker Designs release!  I finally finished my card today, so I thought I would share.  When I first saw this ca-ute lil' tree, it just begged to become 3-D.  I found later that my idea was far from original :[  This lil' tree has become 3-D at the hands of some very talented designers...BUT, I still went with my initial idea!

To create my 3-D tree, I cut 7 trees using the Holly Jolly Dies.  I scored 6 of the trees down the center and folded them in half.  I adhered each half to the next, one half at a time (does that make sense?!).  After I adhered my 6 folded trees, I adhered the 3-D tree to the remaining die cut tree (to give it a flat base).  I created my "frame" by tracing the die cut tree with my SU tool (can't remember the name of it and I can't find it in the catalog) and cutting with my exacto knife.
I stamped my sentiment from the Holly Jolly stamp set, using VersaMark and dark brown embossing powder.  I must say that I am in love with Laura's stamps!  They are the highest quality acrylic on the market and produce a crystal clear image every time.  I was so pleased when I embossed this sentiment...nothing got muddled like some of my other stamps do.  Here's a closeup to show you how clean the sentiment is:
For my border, I used my new Recollections punch, some pretty lace ribbon, and my multi color earthy twine.  I tied my button down with the twine after adhering my ribbon and decorative border, and added my pearl tree topper (by cutting the prongs off the back and adhering with a glue dot).  I then popped up my frame layer with 1/4" foam tape, to give a lot of dimension around my tree that I adhered directly to the base of my card.

My tree trunk is actually three die cuts popped up with 1/16" foam tape.  You can kind of see it in this photo:
That's really all there was to it!  I love dimensional cards anyway, but this one just makes me smile :]  Probably one of my favorite Christmas cards made to date ♥  I have a ton of ideas for this lil' tree, hopefully I'll have time to bring them to life.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you are having an amazing week!


dpkennedy said...

Ooh, love this Kristin! Great colors and papers! I got mine today and I can't wait to play with them!

Andrea M said...

This rocks my world Kristin! Love how you made the tree 3D!!! LOVE! Thanks for the inspiration!

Cheryl Wright said...

Wow, this is fabulous! Love that card!!!

Broni said...

Geez! What a fabulous tree, Kristin!! LOVE this card! Hmm. Does it lay flat enough to mail?

LeAnne said...

Oh, I just got mine and this is such a great inspiration! I CAN'T WAIT to try it out!

Jen Carter said...

This is gorgeous!! Love what you've done with that die!

Laura Pryor said...

Hi Kristin. I think this design totally ROCKS! I just love love love what you did with the tree. Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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