“O Christmas Tree” – One Die, Five Cards

The custom of the Christmas tree began in Germany and was traditionally decorated with such things as apples, nuts, or other foods. In the 18th century, candles were added to illuminate the tree. Candles were eventually replaced by Christmas lights with the discovery of electricity.

When we lived in Connecticut, I heard the story that the first Christmas tree in America was in Windsor Locks in 1777, where a Hessian soldier put up a tree while imprisoned at the Noden-Reed House. There were also tales of the first German settlers to Pennsylvania erecting a tree in 1816. I’m sure there are even other cities that claim fame to this tradition to celebrate the season.

We put our tree up about a week before Christmas, although with the addition of three kittens (dropped in our neighborhood) we didn’t have one up last year. I’m hopeful they will settle down this year so  I can once again decorate with my favorite ornaments.

So, it’s no surprise that today I did five cards with my CountryScapes – Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093). One die created five looks to this simple die. If you’re stressed, like I am, realizing there are just 50 days until Christmas (eek!) then quick cards are the answer.

Let’s get started…

Card #1 – Country Tree

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Step 1:

Cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) from 100lb. white cardstock. Cut a rectangle from Soft Finish 85lb cardstock 6” x 4 1/4”. Adhere rectangle to A6 card.

Step 2:

Die cut Els van de Burgt Studio Fitted Frame 1/Lace Rectangle (1061) using a paper from Graphic 45’s “A Christmas Carol” collection with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back. Die cut CountryScapes – Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093) in a contrasting paper, also backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Click here for a helpful video on how to die cut.

Card #2 – Embossed Tree

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Step 1:

Cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) from 100lb. white cardstock. Cut a rectangle from Soft Finish 85lb cardstock 6” x 4 1/4”.

Step 2:

How to emboss using a die: Instead of using a cutting plate on the bottom of your die cut machine, replace it with 6 Leaf Pads (Susan’s Garden Club). Use a piece of tacky tape to hold the die in place on the rectangle and lay it on top of the Leaf Pads. Place a cutting plate on top and run it through your machine. The die will make an impression in the paper. Adhere this rectangle to the card.

Step 3:

Card #3 – Silver & Gold Trees

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Step 1:

Cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) from 100lb. white cardstock. Cut a rectangle from Soft Finish  85lb cardstock 6” x 4 1/4”. Use embossing folder Sprig (E127) on the rectangle. Die cut CountryScapes – Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093) in gold and one in silver paper backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Click here for a helpful video on how to die cut.

Click here for a helpful video on embossing folders.

Step 2:

Adhere rectangle to A6 card. Adhere the trees. If you would like an “entwined” look, lift up the silver branches before adhering the gold tree, then criss-cross the branches.

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Step 3:

Add a Peel-Off Stickers (1016), two sides in Gold and two sides in Silver. Use Peel-Off Sticker ‘Merry Christmas’ in gold (2576) to add sentiment.

Click here for a helpful video on Peel-Off Stickers.

Card #4 – Glitter & Watercolor

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Step 1:

Cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) from 100lb. white cardstock. Cut a rectangle from Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Watercolor paper 6” x 4 1/4”. Die cut CountryScapes – Woods 4 – Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093) from a sheet of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape (save the sheet to use as a stencil for Card #5). Adhere the Evergreen tree to the watercolor paper and press down. Lightly draw a horizon line with a pencil.

Click here for a helpful video on how to die cut.

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Step 2:

Mix Ken Oliver’s Color Burst/Ultramarine Blue in a mixing tray with water. Use a water brush to apply watercolor for the sky. Allow to dry completely.

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Step 3:

Adhere the rectangle to the A6 card. To add “shadows,” I use Copic B000. Peel away the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape carefully. Mix Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Silk Microfine Glitter – one part Turquoise (626) with two parts Forest Green (633) and apply to the Evergreen as directed. Final touch –  a Red Cardinal from CountryScapes – Country Critters 1 (989).

Click here for a helpful video on Silk Microfine Glitter.

Card #5 – Stenciled Evergreen

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Step 1:

Cut an A6 card (6 1/4” x 4 1/2”) from 100lb. white cardstock. Cut a rectangle from Soft Finish 85lb cardstock 6” x 4 1/4”. Use the negative area from the Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape  as a stencil. Dab Distress Ink/Peeled Paint on the rectangle card. Allow to dry.

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Step 2:

Emboss rectangle with Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Lots of Dots embossing folder (E114). Adhere rectangle to A6 card.

Click here for a helpful video on embossing folders.

Step 3:

Use Beacon’s Zip Dry glue to apply small amounts to branches and sprinkle with Flora Craft’s Twinklets/Diamond Dust.  Add Peel-offs #1064/Silver to edges.

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