Friday, November 16, 2012

Die Cutting Paper: Merry Christmas Evergreen Tree Tutorial

Hey there crafty friends! Gretchen here bringing you a new tutorial featuring the Sizzix Bigz Evergreen Tree Pop-Up Die by Karen Burniston. This cute tree adds just the right amount of fun to any project!

Start with a white card base that is 5-1/2” x 5-1/2”. To decorate the front, cut another piece of white cardstock that is 4-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Use the Christmas Words & Dots Textured Impressions to create the embossed look as shown in the example.

Cut a strip of red and white patterned paper that is 1” x 5-1/2” and glue down to the left of your card front. Adhere your embossed piece towards the right of the card overlapping the striped paper. Add a strip of red cardstock that is 1/4” x 5-1/2” next to the white embossed piece.

To finish the card front, die cut two holly leaves from green cardstock and six berries from red cardstock using the Holly & Berry Leaves Framelits set. After die cutting, outline leaves and berries and glue down to the lower left hand portion of your card.

For the inside, cut a 1-1/2” x 5-1/2” strip of striped paper and die cut the edge using the Scallops On The Edge die. Glue down to the left side of your open card. Trim a piece of patterned paper to fit into the right hand side of your card.

die cutting
Use your Bigz Evergreen Tree die to cut one tree out of patterned paper.

After die cutting, fold your tree according to package directions and adhere into the inside of your card. You will add adhesive on just the back folded edges, adding the right side of the tree first to the card and then the left. In my example, the back folded edge is the white part with trees of the patterned paper.

Almost done! Just to note, the card is not meant to fold flat once the tree has been added. It opens a little more than 90 degrees and that helps give the tree a nice pop-up appearance.

Next, use the Stacked Words: Christmas Sizzlits Strip to cut your sentiment out twice, once using red cardstock and once in white. Cut the red “joy” apart from the “to the world” and then glue the red “joy” on top of the white “joy.” Glue down sentiment to the right hand side of your card.

To complete the inside of your card, cut two holly leaves from green cardstock and six berries from red cardstock using the Holly & Berry Leaves Framelits set. Outline leaves and berries and glue down to the upper left hand portion of your card.

Your whimsical Merry Christmas Evergreen tree card is complete! I think this might be a new favorite card of mine. I adore the look of the white embossed paper and the pop-up tree.

I can't wait to see what everyone does with the Evergreen Tree Die!

die cutting

paper: My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland 6 x 6 Designer Paper Pad
cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper- White, Ivy; American Crafts- Rouge Weave
adhesive: Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive; Zig Two Way Glue Pen
pen: Zig Millennium, .01

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  1. this is really WONDERFUL! thanks for this tutorial. marta

  2. great card - love the embossing

  3. I adore how festive this card is, G! I especially adore the two-tone stacked greeting and of course the pop-up tree!

  4. Loved what you did with the die. I somehow missed it! Such a dramatic effect when the card is opened. The front is very joyous!

  5. Lovely, lovely. Can't wait to make it!

  6. This is a awesome Gretchen! The card is so happy, and even more so with the great pop-up and two-toned sentiment.


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