Tea Bag Fold Christmas Tree Center Step Card

Tea Bag Fold Christmas Tree Center Step Card


I absolutely love the rich colors and beautiful patterns on the card stock from the Recollections “Classic Christmas” pack (retired?) that I purchased a few years ago but had not opened/used until now.  (Not sure what I was waiting for!  LOL!!)  I thought it was striking against the white card base.

The tree was made with “Pine Green Plaid” paper by Hot Off The Press.  (Click HERE to see how to create a tea bag fold tree.)

The star was made with the 1 inch Fiskars Thick Star Punch and Recollections Printable Glitter Paper (that I left white).

Here is a template for making a 5 x 7 inch center step card:


I had made a similar card with the “Merry Christmas Deer” die  from Gina Marie Designs (retired?) before trying it with the tea bag fold tree.


The word portion of this die cut is very delicate and was lost on the patterned card stock, so I put it on a scored, white panel instead.

I  also made a few A2 cards with a basic fold …


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Folded Tree Sketch Card

Folded Tree Sketch Card


I don’t use sketches all that often, but when I do, I wonder why I don’t use them more!  They are really helpful for unique layout ideas (I tend to create a lot of “matted rectangles centered on the card base” kinds of cards) and for ideas on ways to use some of the patterned paper I have accumulated.  The above layout is based on the following sketch:

sketch lesson pic

(found HERE)

Here is another sample with different paper.


This card also features a folded Christmas Tree that was made with a 6 inch semicircle.  You can see how to make one HERE.

Below are a few links to some sites with card sketches in case you are looking for some layout ideas.

{MOJO} Monday (past sketches)
{MOJO} Monday (current sketches)
Operation Write Home
Felt Magnet
I Spy Sketches
Stamp TV

The patterned paper used for these cards was all from American Crafts (#320370 Holly Berries, #341310 Music, and #341345).  I also used Core’dinations “Kraft Small White Dot” card stock along with Bazzill “Butter Mints” for the panels behind the trees and “Pomagranate Splash” for the card bases.  I cut the stars with a Fiskars Thick Punch and added the speckles with a Tim Holtz marker spritzer tool and a Walnut Stain distress marker.

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Layered Die Cut Hanukkah Card Made with Wrapping Paper

Layered Die Cut Hanukkah Card Made With Wrapping Paper


I have trouble finding supplies for Hanukkah cards every year, and the selection of patterned paper in the craft stores near me is very limited (if I can find any at all).  For this card, I ended up using a scrap of wrapping paper.

I used the “Hanukkah” die from Gina K Designs, and the “Contemporary Diamonds” die from Spellbinders.  Gina K Blue Denim and white card stock was also used.

I cut and layered several of the word die cuts on top of one another to create some dimension and to help it stand out against the diamonds behind it.

The wrapping paper has silver foil on it.  This view shows the shine a bit more…


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‘Tis The Season Shaker Card

‘Tis The Season Shaker Card


I had purchased a BUNCH of holiday paper packs at Michaels a few years back.  Although I’ve used a few sheets here and there, I still have quite a bit of it left!  (I know… it seems like I tried to use ALL of it on this card – LOL!!  I don’t usually make such busy cards, but once I started playing with this cute paper, I just couldn’t seem to stop – YIKES!!)

I did try to tone it down a bit on this one…


HERE is a video tutorial by Gina K showing how to make the shaker panel.  After showing some products she sells on her site and how she created her focal panel, she shows the shaker panel assembly (at the 8:26 mark of the video).  She uses foam tape in this video.  To see how to use pop dots or foam pieces, HERE is another video that may be helpful.

Gina uses dies to create her frame.  I used my paper trimmer to create the frame for my shaker panel.  (HERE is a tutorial showing how this is done.)

I let the paper do most of the work on my card – from the focal panel to the greeting!

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Distressed Christmas Tree (and a few variations)

Distressed Christmas Tree (and a few variations)


I had shared a few distressed card samples I made a little bit ago and thought I’d play around with the same layout and techniques using some holiday images.

The tree is part of the Penny Black “Wonder Collection” stamp set that was a free gift with the Papercraft Essentials Magazine (issue 113) from September 2014.  (The tree is called “A Splash of Winter” which is available by itself.

Here are a few more variations:

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The nativity stamp used on the left is by PSX D-209 (no title).  (The greeting on this one is from the Penny Black set above.)  The “Swirly Christmas Tree”  in the center is by Rubber Soul.  The snowflake on the right is from Stampin’ Up; I purchased it by itself on ebay and am not sure what set it originally came from.

French Script” from Stampin’ Up (retired) was used behind the “smooshed” background.  The splatters are from the SU “Timeless Textures” set.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa and Desert Sand or Summer Sky and Blue Danube for these samples.

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