Inlaid Pine Tree Card

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Here is the project that I have made for our hop today…

I hadn’t heard of ‘inlaid embossing’ until a few months ago but it has quickly become one of my favourite techniques. Here I have used it to combine the Pine Tree Punch and Pinewood Planks embossing folder.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Cherry Cobbler cardstock. I have then cut a layer from Whisper White cardstock and adhered one of the punched Pine Trees, also cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock. This layer is then embossed using the Pinewood Planks folder which embosses both the background and the Pine Tree! I think this looks fabulous and people always seem to be impressed as they can’t quite work out how you have achieved it.

The sentiment piece is created by heat embossing the ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment, from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set, using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder. This is cut out using the Stitched Rectangle dies and layered onto a larger rectangle cut from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP. I adhered the sentiment piece using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final touch is accomplished with the addition of a few gold Metallic Pearls around the tree.

What now?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post. If you would like to purchase any of the items used to make this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click one of the links at the end of this post and you’ll head straight to my online shop. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Please click on the next person on the list (the one after me, Helen Chapman) to continue hopping! Enjoy! Happy crafting, h x

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Clean and Simple Merry Christmas

Today I would like to share with you a card I created for the AAA Cards Clean and Simple (CAS) Challenge #149. The criteria for this challenge was to use one third or less of the card front to achieve the Clean and Simple look.

You can find out more about these challenges here. You’ll find lots of inspiration from the design team and other crafters to spark your creativity.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and is followed by a layer of Whisper White cardstock. I have stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid stamp set in Cherry Cobbler multiple times on the left hand side of the card. The Pine Tree Punch has been used to cut out a piece of the Wrapped in Plaid DSP and this has been adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A length of Metallic Silver Thread has been coiled behind the Christmas Tree and the final touch is provided by a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

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I hope you like this clean and simple Christmas Card. Don’t forget to check out the AAA Cards website for more details and inspiration.

If you would like to purchase any of the products used in making this card, simply click the link below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

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Pine Tree Punch Garland!

In the first part of my Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid bundle showcase I went all out with the glimmer paper to create a really sparkly Christmas card. You can read the blog post here.

This week I have a really cute home décor idea for you (and a little bonus project at the end!). We all love a good garland, right?! Well, take a look at this Christmas Tree garland using the Pine Tree Punch. Its so simple to make but it looks fabulously festive.

I have used the Wrapped in Plaid DSP which I think works perfectly. But I’m sure it would look great stamped in different colours or using some of the other gorgeous DSP in the new Stampin’ Up! Autumn / Winter catalogue.

Let’s make it…

To make it easier to attach the trees to the Whisper White Baker’s Twine, I folded the DSP in half and then punched. Make sure the fold is towards the top of the tree but slightly inside the punch outline. This will effectively give you two trees joined at the top.

Lay out a length of Whisper White Baker’s Twine and slip the trees on so that the twine sits in the crease. Apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to one of the trees, fold over and adhere. Repeat at regular intervals to produce your garland.

Bonus idea…

Here’s another quick and simple project that will help to create a Christmas-y atmosphere around your home. Why not punch out the Pine Trees and use to decorate a candle? Obviously, battery operated tea lights are the safest option, but this is what I had at hand!

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Join me next week for another Stampin’ Up! Perfectly Plaid bundle project!

If you would like to add the Perflectly Plaid bundle to your craft stash and make a start on your Christmas crafting, simply visit my online shop by clicking one of the links below.

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