Nov 05 2010

Stamping 411 – Folded Christmas tree

UPDATE:  11/24/15:  It amazes and blesses me that so many people still visit this post on my blog to see this card!  I made this card FIVE years ago!  Thank you for stopping by!


Time again for the Stamping 411 sketch challenge!  When I saw the sketch, I started thinking about things that could go outside the rectangle panel to frame it.  Although flowers would work, I wanted to do Christmas.  I remembered seeing a folded Christmas tree and I thought the size would be perfect!  I adapted the sketch slightly since I didn’t use the curly label under the front panel, but it still works!  Just be inspired!


And here is my card:


EDIT:  The circle is 5 1/4, then cut in half.  Use the score lines on the template as a GUIDELINE on where to fold before you press in the score lines.  If you look at the card, I think it is pretty easy to figure out how to fold, but the short side is Mountain, then Valley, then Mountain again as you are looking at the right side of your DSP (larger polka dot in my sample). 


This is a Word Doc…converting it to PDF caused it to lose the shape. Tree Diagram.doc


Several have asked for a PDF, so here it is, however, the size may not be the same. Tree Diagram.pdf


Not a lot of stamping on it…mostly bling!  I started by folding half of a 5 1/4″ circle of Jolly Holiday Designer Paper into the Christmas Tree shape.  I like how the folds make it stand out away from the card a little!  I pierced a hole in the top and added a Gold Glimmer Brad and a small rectangle of Early Espresso cardstock for the tree trunk.  The base card is Old Olive and I ran Very Vanilla cardstock thru the Big Shot with the Petals A Plenty Impressions Folder.  I wrapped Old Olive 1 1/4 Stripe Ribbon (LOVE that ribbon!) around and secured on the back.


I stamped the greeting from Christmas Greetings in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla cardstock and layered it on Cherry Cobbler.  I added some Rhinestone Jewels in the upper right corner for a little bling.  I tucked this panel under the Old Olive Ribbon, then tied some Linen Thread around the ribbon to gather it.  Finally I added the folded tree with a couple Stampin’ Dimensionals!




95 People have left comments on this post

Dec 5, 2010 - 04:12:11
pierrotine said:

Génial!!! votre arbre  merci !

Dec 7, 2010 - 11:12:28
Ellis said:

Thanks for the diagram, I will try this later! =)

Hugs, Elenor

Dec 7, 2010 - 02:12:53
ombre said:

merci merci pour ce modèle il est trop joli !!!

Dec 12, 2010 - 08:12:34
Lila said:

Fantastic idea – so creative.

Dec 15, 2010 - 02:12:41
Wendy said:

I am in love with this!  Totally CASEing it!  Thanks for sharing!

Dec 16, 2010 - 11:12:44
Cigalonscrap said:

Hi Connie!
I'm Cigalonscrap, I'm French and I've find your Christmass Tree Diagram very beautiful! I test it if you whant to see my card with it you can come on my website:
I put your website adress as reference! 
I like your scrap work! I subscrive at your news!
Kisses from France

Dec 16, 2010 - 12:12:00
Renee said:

Thanks for the instructions, Connie. That size is perfect and once you have folded one with your directions, it takes nothing to fold them again and again. Really cute idea!

Dec 19, 2010 - 07:12:14
Jana said:

Such a cute card. Thank you so much for sharing the template!

Dec 23, 2010 - 02:12:57
Andrea Bouchard said:

What an awesome, clever idea!  I love it…thank you so much for sharing with us.  You are amazing!  

Dec 29, 2010 - 08:12:57

WOW fabulous your idea for this original folded tree. Thanks for sharing Connie !

Jan 25, 2011 - 11:01:06
Plain Jane said:

I found your site via a comment on SplitCoastStampers, and I wanted to say how much I like your asymmetrical folded tree! I am definitely going to try this one out…thanks so much for sharing your template!

Jul 25, 2011 - 04:07:28
Maree Long said:

Love the folded tree card and thank you for the template design I will be using it for our Christmas in July next weekend – I have all ready printed out some scripture verses relating to Christmas for the ladies….your template is just a little something extra and cute in their christmas stocking

Sep 21, 2011 - 11:09:15
Amy said:

Thank you so much for the template!  This looks like so much fun.  I'll have to try it out! 

Sep 21, 2011 - 11:09:54
Bette S said:

I absolutely love this card!  Always looking for something different and this is it!  This is one I'll be making for Christmas for sure.  Thank you so much for the template and directions  Thank you for sharing.

Oct 3, 2011 - 12:10:53
Valerie said:

Also found your site over at SCS and am so happy.  I am always expected to come up with something different each year for our Christmas Cards but this year has been quite a stressful one with our last tenants wrecking our rental home and the insurance company saying they weren't covering most of it….so thanks for the great idea and I really hope that you don't mind me using it.  I don't have a site so I can't give you credit it that way but I will direct anyone who asks over to you.  Thanks so much for sharing this idea.  You are very kind.

Oct 3, 2011 - 04:10:14
Rene from OZ xo said:

Hi Connie, thanks for the folded Christmas tree template, this is going to be my Christmas card for this year.
Rene from OZ  xo

Oct 29, 2011 - 02:10:37
Sheila Wood said:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the template! I saw this card a few Christmases ago and was dying to have a go, but couldn't find a template to make it.  This year I shall be in production, whoopeee :0)

Nov 4, 2011 - 12:11:39
chaun said:

I just printed it out, and it came out to be a 5 1/2 in. circle, which was great Sometimes it doesn't print exactly the way it was designed, but this did.
I folded it, and adjusted the folds a bit, and it worked! It is my turn to show my friends how to make a card, and I think I will show them this card.Thanks so much for sharing!

Nov 7, 2011 - 12:11:28
Adele said:

So fun!  Thanks for the pattern!

Nov 12, 2011 - 11:11:44
NatQuebec said:

It's a very nice card and thank you for the tree tip, I will definitely try it 🙂

Nov 19, 2011 - 12:11:03
Sabine said:

Thank your for this wonderful idea. I will try it this weekend.
Greetings from Germany,

Nov 20, 2011 - 02:11:18
Terri said:

Thanks so much for the tutorial.  I love this tree and have been trying to figure out how to make it.  I think I saw it on another site, but don't remember where, I just remember I loved this tree.  🙂  Hugs!

Nov 21, 2011 - 08:11:03
Nicole said:

Superbe,j'aime beaucoup ça,je vais essayer de le faire.Merci pour le tutoriel c'est gentil de nous l'offrir.Bonne journée.

Nov 27, 2011 - 10:11:56
Jaki said:

Thankyou so much for the inspiration, I have used your tree for my card group swap 🙂 I know they will all love it and want to make their own so I will direct them to your blog.

Nov 29, 2011 - 09:11:13
Rita said:

I absolutely love this tree, I am a Stampin' Up demonstator in Australia……I am using this template in my upcoming workshop….so thank you!

Dec 1, 2011 - 01:12:05
AmyJRockstar said:

Love this technique!  My friend Suzanne shared it with us on FCCB today and led us to your site!  Love this idea!  TFS!
XO ~ Amy Jo (FCCB Coordinator)

Dec 3, 2011 - 08:12:01
sandyh50 said:

Thanks for sharing your template! Love it!

Oct 3, 2012 - 02:10:30
elaine said:

Beautiful another great tree fold. Cant wait to try it
Thankyou so so much for sharing it with us.

Oct 29, 2012 - 10:10:26
Siskards said:

Thank you!! You made my day!!

Nov 2, 2012 - 05:11:47
barb hendrickson said:

Hi Connie, Can't wait to try this tree fold.  I hope to use it for my November stamp camp.  My ladies would love it!

Nov 27, 2012 - 12:11:00
gwen408 said:

Très très joli, Thanks for sharing the template.
I'll try it out this week
add your site on to my favs, will be back for more inspiration
greetings from France

Dec 13, 2012 - 01:12:28
Silvia said:

Hi Connie, love the folded tree so much! Thank you for sharing.

Jan 30, 2013 - 06:01:58

Hi Connie,
I'm a SU Demo in Australia. I can't remember how I stumbled across this wonderful way to make a Christmas Tree, I simply love it and wanted to thank you for sharing.  May I use it in a class, one day ? I've been a demo since 31st March 2010…so I'm just a baby in the family, hehehe. You have some lovely projects, I'll be back to get inspiration…hugs, Colleen.

Aug 4, 2013 - 02:08:36
natalie sheaves said:

WOW I love the folded Christmas Tree .I made 18 one afternoon so everyone will be getting the same card this year..Thank you

Nov 6, 2013 - 05:11:10
Sarah Little said:

I love this card!  Very beautiful! Thanks for the great idea.

Dec 1, 2013 - 07:12:46
Cheryl Chambers said:

Love, love, love this card. I am using it as the inspiration for my Christmas party invitation. Thanks for sharing.

Jul 27, 2014 - 03:07:30
Darlene said:

I’m not sure how anyone got 1/2″ circle out of cut a 5 and 1/4″ circle in half but there it is folks. I’m sitting here trying this with loose leaf and it’s perfect. Double-sided paper is a great thing to have on hand. Some of mine is foil on one side and plaid on the other.

Jul 27, 2014 - 04:07:37
Connie said:

Half of a circle, not 1/2″ circle…

Dec 20, 2014 - 11:12:32

Good blog post. I definitely appreciate this website.
Keep writing!

Jun 30, 2015 - 01:06:48
Megan said:

Hi Connie, we are still coming! I love your tree card, thank you for creating a diagram for us! I have seen similar idea using paper plates for kids craft! Have a great day…Megan

Nov 8, 2015 - 07:11:50
Lisa Bradley said:

Just read the intro for this post, and just wanted to let you know, its November 2015 and we’re still looking!:-) A Fabulous card, easy to produce but has the WOW factor. Thanks for the template. Regards

May 4, 2016 - 05:05:51
Gail L said:

Thanks you for the instructions, this is going to be my
2016 Xmas card 🙂

Oct 27, 2017 - 10:10:09
Helen G said:

Last Tuesday I asked my instructor if she could help me make a tree like this. Her name is Annette. She started laughing and told that she knew you! Hope you make it down to Florida one of these days and I get to meet you! Thanks, Helen October 2017

Nov 19, 2017 - 02:11:46
scrAPpamondo said:

Amazing card! Thanks so much for sharing!! I’m in love with this idea!!

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