Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Interlocking Tree Card

I need to return to the library " Handmade Greeting Cards".. Before I do though there were a couple of cards I wanted to try out. One of them was the interlocking Christmas tree card. Well I ended up making some changes but more on that later.

 It took longer for the glitter glue to dry than for me to design the cutting file and put the card together after it was cut out.
 First I looked at the diagram in the book and thought it won't be too difficult to design the stump part on one side of the card and a triangle with a star on the other side for the tree. After I got the triangle done I went in search of my star cutting file. While looking for it I found a tree file which had been a free file at one time. So I decided to see if that would work instead of the triangle.  In less than a minute I had the file modified for my purposes.

I was going to have the tree patterned and the background solid so I could do some sponge painting for stars. However, I put the pattern side up on the mat so I ended up with the tree solid. The cardstock is Dollar Store brand double sided. I wish I could find more of it even though sometimes it has some imperfections.

Earlier I had bought a package of an assortment of  Elmer's jumbo glitter glue in a bargain bin so I decided to play. First I took the silver and outlined the tree. Then I took some Martha Stewart coarse crystal glitter and dumped over the silver so it would give more of an illusion of snow. I had fun then painting the star and drawing my garland and small dots for ornaments with the glitter glue. I used a fine point Sharpie to color in the trunk.

I wanted to put a sentiment on the front but wasn't sure how I was going to do that. Then I saw the scrap of card stock left over from cutting the card base out. I was able to cut a rectangle out it the perfect size. The stamp I used is an old Hero Arts stamp. I did not see it in their catalog but did see it on e-bay. Both a used one and a brand new one. I used Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink. I decided to place the sentiment on an angle and to clip the edges that were over the card edge.

I think it would be fun to make interlocking cards with other shapes. Perhaps one of these days I'll play around with that.

I'm not sure what I'll do next. As I said I want to play around with a few more card ideas in the book. However, my friend Alice from Golden Moments shared her quilted Christmas stocking card as well the pattern and I would love to make one of those. If you are looking for some inspiration to make a Christmas card go over and check out her blog as this is the cutest card ever.

Are you starting to get ready for the holidays? I don't know why but today I was actually ready to go put some Christmas music on and it hasn't really snowed much yet.

Hope all is well in your world. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!


  1. What a great card. You are so talented.

  2. Love the glitter on your tree. Such a cute card. Yes, I'm ready for Christmas. Presents are all bought and wrapped and my cards are all addressed with stamps waiting to be mailed.


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