OK - I get a day to breathe … well, half a day really … have to make more little pumpkin treats for a customer today, need to design 5 cards for a fundraiser tomorrow and need to design 5 more on Friday for my upcoming Stamp-a-Stack … oh, and maybe I should make Alicia that birthday card! Oh! That reminds me - SHE needs to make Thank You cards for all the gifts she got … then my brother and SIL are in town for Thanksgiving … then ahhhhh - never mind - no days off. Oh well - I'd just be bored anyway, right?? At least I get to go see my pal Elaine today to get my hair coloured and trimmed. Nothing like a new "do" to perk a gal up!
So I thought I share a quick little picture tutorial today on how to make the KEY-UTEST little Christmas tree! Here it is:
The picture doesn't really do it justice … you just have to touch it in really life! I was thrilled last week when Katie Adams from the Utah Home Office was in town for our stamping Team Meeting and took a shine to my tree - she even took pictures of it :)
It looks like it only took 20 minutes to put together … and really that's all it SHOULD have taken - alas - I didn't have enough of the Fancy Silver Vellum I needed so it actually took me over 2 HOURS to put together *lol* Here is what I did. I took my 3 sheets of vellum (but you REALLY need 6 sheets!) ...
I started by using glue dots to attach the three full pieces together on their fold lines - like this:
This is how it looked once the 3 full piece were stuck together on their fold lines:
I took my handy dandy hot glue gun and ran a bead of glue down the centre point and stuck in those extra half-sheets I had. Yes - painful on many different levels! It would have been WAY easier if I had 6 pieces of the darned vellum paper!
nce all of the pieces were in place I grabbed my fringe scissors and cut on an angle to get the tree fringes. Sounds easy, right? Ya no. A long, tedious, painful process as the scissors weren't deep enough to cut the fringe as deep as I wanted to … so that meant trying to manoeuvre the vellum in such a way that i could continue cutting … without cutting OFF the thin little vellum strips. NOT an easy task. If you tried this you would understand what I mean … but I was determined and I DID manage to do it. I'll never do it again, THAT is for sure *lol*
I love the final result but would definitely do things differently next time. 1) buy more vellum and use 6 full sheets. 2) score near the middle fold line to attach the pieces together more easily and securely 3) don't try to cut so deeply with the scissors - a little fringe is fine - NOT worth the extra time, effort and sore fingers from trying to go right to the middle fold line.
So there you have it - at long last - my fringe Christmas Tree. This would be cute in any DSP but I really like the soft, romantic look of the frosted vellum. Give it a try and let me know how you get on!
I have about 10 projects I need to post so keep popping back in. I can't promise WHEN I'll get them done but chances are I'll need to procrastinate on that long list of things I need to do so I'm sure it won't be TOO long *lol*. Until then - have a stampy day!