O Christmas Tree

how lovely are thy branches


10/21/20232 min read

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Let’s Get Started:

Card Base: 5.5 x8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Black Border: 5.25 x 4

Card Face: 5 1/8 x 3 7/8

Small piece of Cardstock for tree

Card Face:

I sprayed the back of the stencil with Pixie Spray, and then put it in place on the card face.

I inked up the stencil with a mixture of blue and green inks.

I wiped the stencil down to remove the ink, and then put it back in place.

I used a palette knife and DIY embossing paste*** over the inked pattern on the paper, applying it randomly, allowing a partial application on the individual pieces of the pattern.


I die cut two trees from white cardstock, and glued them together to provide stability.


I glued the black border layer*** to the card base, and then glued the card face on top of that.

I glued the tree to the card face, centering on all four sides.

I applied Puff Paint to some of the branches on the tree, and used my heat gun to set and "puff" it.

I added a clear star to the top of the tree.

I added a sentiment from my Ready To Go binder.

*** Stretch Your Pennies: see Cheating on Layers and DIY Embossing Paste under the dropdown in the header.

Final thoughts:

The embossing paste provides a lovely sheen, and the random application provides visual interest.

The puff paint is a fun, unexpected element.

I'm happy with this one.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they may be purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Armor, A Colorful Life Designs

Dies: Woodlands, Tim Holtz, Amazon

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Memento Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Mint Tape:Scrapbook.com

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up!

Puff Paint: Cosmic Shimmer, Simon Says Stamp

Black Cardstock: Dollarama

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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