This workshop shows how to create a decorative Christmas card that will give instant impact but it doesn`t take a great deal of time to make.
The Creative Expressions embellishments are perfect for this tree. Using faux pearls & flat back pearls adds a different feel for the background.
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Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine : WIZCAL
M-Bossibilities Dainy Dots Embossing Folder : WIZEG-002
Tim Holtz Frosted Film : TH93048
Cosmic Shimmer Glue: Pearl PVA Glue : CSPEAWHGLU
Adirondack Pearl Dabber : DABPEARL
Creative Expressions Metal Corners : CHARMVICCOR
Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad : DPANTLINEN
Creative Expressions Non Stick Craft Sheet CRAFTSHEET
A4 Metallic Vintage Gold Card : 40984
Wonder Tape WH2, WH4, WH8 or WH10 are available
Step by Step Instructions
1 To make the Christmas tree take a piece of the antique gold card & trim the card to the length of the tree required. Then measure & place a pen or pencil mark in the centre of the top edge. Now cut from this point down to the both bottom corners of the card to make the tree base shape.
2 Select the different embellishments for the tree. Here the Creative Expression dazzlers, metal corners, flat backed pearls, white buttons & glass glintzs have been used. Also used are a few crystal buttons or add some of the wonderful Tim Holtz embellishment findings as they would be perfect. Just group together the items needed.
3 To add a lovely frosted feel to the card then cover the gold Christmas tree with the frosted film by Tim Holtz. Take the corner of the film and gently peel the film backwards. If you rush this it could cause the film to crease and mark the film.
4 Place the film over the tree & press it down firmly onto the card. Trim around the edge of the tree leaving a 1cm edge of the film.
5 Mitre the corners of the film at the 3 corner points & then fold the film over the edge of the card. This will just give a flush feeling to the film. Alternatively just cut the film the exact size of the tree.
6 To make the background of the card take a small length of the film the width of the card base & cut through the film whilst it is still rolled up. This will give you a straight line the same width rather than going off course cutting it freehand.
7 Take a piece of white card the same width as the base card used & place the film over the card leaving a 1cm edge free from film across the top. This is optional and only needed if a torn edge is required.
8 Now tear the card towards yourself so the rough edge is on the film side of the card. Swipe the antique linen distress ink pad over the torn edge to add a soft colour to the project.
9 To add a layer of film with curves on them is impossible by tearing the film. But it can be achieved if the card is torn beforehand, so lay the torn edge on the reverse of the film & draw the top outline onto the backing of the film. Now take some scissors & cut the film out following the line.
10 Place the film onto the card leaving the torn edge free to be inked with the old paper ink pad. Repeat this on a 2nd layer. Place the 3 prepared panel’s one on top of each other & tape or glue each section in place. Trim away any excess card to allow the card to sit inside a scored border on the base card. DO NOT stick this piece down yet as the backing panel has to be made 1st.
11 Place an A4 sheet of white card into the dainty dot Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder & place it in between the raspberry & base plate. Run the sandwich through the Grand Calibur machine.
12 Trim the dainty dot embossed panel to fit the base card & distress the edges with some antique linen ink. Glue to panel down & add the layered film panel using foam tape for added dimension.
13 Cut a tree base out of a scrap piece of gold card & emboss a line around the edge for added detail. Colour a small stick or floristry stick using the vintage photo distress marker & poke it under the tree & base, or a real twig could be used.
14 Take the metal corners and dab some of the pearl paint over the pieces to tone them into the project. Apply a 2nd coat for a whiter look once the paint is dry.
15 With the white back panel & the tree in place, start to build up the tree using the embellishments that were selected earlier. Place the larger dazzlers towards the bottom & add smaller items as you work up the tree.
16 Leave small gaps for the flat back pearls to be added & then fill in the design with small faux pearls which are made using the Cosmic Shimmer pearl glue. Practice on a mat till you`re happy to work directly onto the card.
17 Stamp & emboss the `Best Wishes` sentiment using a silver embossing powder, tear the edges & ink with the antique linen ink pad. Add the metal corners to the card.
18 Add some little white bows to the buttons & tree and add a wrinkled edged bow & a dazzler to complete the project.