Two terrific trees – Andrea Ockey Parr

Hi everyone,

Today our DT member Andrea is going to show us a few ideas on how to create Christmas trees on a project.

‘Tis the season for all kinds of tree-laden cards and tags.  If you’re looking for a couple of trees that are a little different than just a stamped tree image, check out these two designs.  They add a bit of dimension and texture to any paper project you might have on your list.

The first is a fabric tree that’s quick to make and that looks great on gifts and packages.  I attached mine to a gift card tin.

Tree 1

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • A Sharpie or black thread
  • A piece of cardstock or chipboard
  • Ink
  • Yarn
  • A tree topper such as a puffball

Start by drawing a triangle on a piece of fabric.  Then sew around it with black thread or draw “fake stitches” around it with a Sharpie.  You can see on this example where I started to sew around my penciled-in tree image.

Tree 2

Once your tree is outlined either with thread or drawn-on stitches, cut out the tree and glue it to a cardstock or chipboard triangle of the same size so it has some stability.  Ink around the edges of the fabric (I used Tim Holtz’s Mowed Lawn ink).  All that’s left is to take some fancy yarn or ribbon and wrap it around the triangle to simulate tree ornaments or garlands.  Add a puffball or star sticker on top and you’re done!

The second type of tree, a corrugated or accordion-folded tree, is even easier!  Here’s what some of them look like on a card I made:

Tree 3

Here’s what you’ll need for these fun trees:

  • Cardstock
  • Ink
  • Paper crimping tool or a scoring board

Cut out a triangle in the shape of the tree you want.  Run it through the paper-crimping tool (I used Marvy Uchida’s Corru-Gator).  In this picture, you can see how much dimension is added by one simple pass through the crimping tool!  But if you don’t have a paper crimper, you can also just score the accordion fold lines using a scoring board.

Tree 4

After you’ve folded your tree, rub across the surface of it with various inks to make the folds stand out even more.  Adhere it to your card or tag and you’re done!  Easy and unique!

Fantastic ideas, big thanks to Andrea!

Watch this space for more Christmas craft ideas,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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