O Christmas Tree Pop up die: Create a Forest of your own and a few tips

Hi All,

An alternate post title might be….Christmas Inspiration:  What’s on your desk?

Thought I would share a few of the Christmas Trees I’ve been making using the new O Christmas Tree Pop up die from Stampin’ Up’s Holiday mini.  This time it’s actually the trees and not stencil projects using the trees die cut leftovers as shown here and here.

I’ve been enjoying lots of inspiration from my corner of the desk since I started churning these little goodies out in October.  Just looking at the miniature forest makes me happy!  Now after being trucked around to events and other venues as decor and samples they’re a wee bit ragged and have been folded a few too many times but they still make me happy.  I’m thinking though that the slight decrepitude is what convinced Sandycat to add to it by back kicking the little beauty’s right off the desk on a regular basis the last couple of days.  Bad Sandycat!

Here’s a few more pictures including some of the bases I also made for some of the trees to sit on.  Mostly I tend to just leave them in groupings without the bases since I can then put them closer together like a real forest.  If you want the bases though they were cut with the Scallop Circle Bigz die and then either stamped using the Medallion background stamp or with individual stamps and then sprayed with my home made shimmer mist made using the Holiday mini shimmer paints.   The whilte base was cut from Shimmer Cardstock and the others from Very Vanilla and Real Red cardstock.


O Christmas Tree Pop up tips:

Shimmer paint spray directed down from the top does a great job of spreading the sparkle to the inside of the tree if, as often happens with me, you forget to shimmer the individual pieces before assembly.

Texturz plates and Impressions Folders kick them up a notch but do thin the cardstock and make it a bit more fragile to work with as well as bending the  pieces a bit.  Not so much the colored cardstocks but the Whisper White and Very Vanilla that are a tad thinner and finer grained to begin with.  After trying the Petals a Plenty and the Finial Press folders I thought the Finial Press had a more delicate look and it had less tendency to have rough torn edges.

Textured Cardstock is a perfect medium and the heavier weight makes for the easiest construction of the tree itself.

Double sided DSP has its pluses and minus’s:

To get all one color pattern you’ll have to glue two sheets together or on either side of a piece of cardstock  and watch which direction you run through in the die.  If you don’t mind the two tone look (see my green and mustard tree using the retired Junto’s paper) it can be fun but the thinner paper makes for more fragile trees and a bit trickier to put together as it keeps collapsing as you work with it.  Much the best choice though for a thinner mailable tree inside a card.

Flocked paper from Christmas Cocoa DSP set is amazing though a tiny tad tricky and will require more paper if you want all the images to be going the same direction.  I like it best with the dsp glued back to back with a sheet of cardstock in between.  Just make sure that the paper is oriented the same direction on both sides.   And as you cut out the extra pieces make sure the pattern is going the same direction each time as you cut the die pieces.

One thing I forgot to show was a tree using only the two larger base pieces fitted together.  In the flocked paper with a cardstock core its very cute and has more room for draping chaines or ribbon around.

For use folded flat in cards you really want at least a 6×6 card and envelope.   Or a box with fold down sides.

Check out the pdf’s I’ve posted in my SCRIBD download file section for Karen Burniston’s cutting directions, step by step construction tips and sample ideas.

I’ll be posting a listing of links to terrific tree samples later on in the week for this die.

Happy foresting and at least these don’t have leaves waiting to be raked up.

Hugs and Blessings – Jean




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