Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Fir Tree Cards by Rocky

These trees would look nice as a table decoration, various sizes grouped together as your own mini forest.
The idea is adapted from a recent craft magazine article, they used four triangles but personally I prefer three. I have used a die to cut out the shapes but you could use left over jubilee pre cut bunting or cut the triangles yourself. The two tall sides are 1.5 times the bottom edge, e.g. bottom 16cm, sides 24cm. Spellbinders have a fancy edge triangle die that would look rather special called Nested Lacey Pennants available at J&C Creations.

The small tree in the photograph is embossed using an embossing folder. One tip I would give for this is to score the side folds before you emboss your triangle as it's much easier that way round. The background colouring was done in the embossing folder, ink up the background grooved side of your folder and this will colour the background and emboss all in one pass through the machine. Some inks will stain your folder so test a small area first.


Score the side folds before you decorate, this saves putting a ruler on top of your decorated images which might damage them slightly. Score from the centre of the top corner to the bottom of the lower corner, do this on both sides. There is no need to score the bottom edge. Do not fold these edges until after the decorating is finished. It's much easier to decorate a flat surface.



Stamp your images and colour. I have used Penny Black Christmas Critters and Pine Silhouettes on this tree. The images are stamped in Archival Coffee ink and coloured with Distress Inks taken from my craft sheet with a water brush. The Pine branch was stamped in Distress ink Evergreen Bough from the Winter set. I also used Evergreen Bough to colour the edges of my triangles.
When dry fold up the edges ready to glue together. Cosmic Shimmer PVA dries clear is great for this as it's a very strong glue that dries quickly. You may wish to use little pegs to hold the sides as they set.
This tree has tiny gems glued on to the pine bough to add a little sparkle. The smaller tree has had Cosmic PVA trialed all the way down each edge and then covered with clear glitter. Using the glitter edge also helps cover up any edge that is not completely perfect!


Thank you Rocky this is fab cannot wait to have a go.



Happy Crafting

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