Nov 05 2010

Stamping 411 – Folded Christmas tree

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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!


92 People have left comments on this post

Nov 5, 2010 - 07:11:52
Vicki said:

Connie — WOW! What a cute idea and fabulous card!  I'm curious — 1/2 circle seems rather small.  Am I missing something?  I'd love to case this idea if it's ok.  Thanks for sharing your creativity. — Vicki

NOTE: Use only half of a circle…not 1/2″ circle. The circle size can be any size.

Nov 5, 2010 - 07:11:24

This tree is so awesome Connie…I have never seen one like it!  Great card!!

Nov 5, 2010 - 08:11:10
Marsha said:

LOVE your folded tree! I will definitely use this creative idea…thanks for sharing :0)

Nov 5, 2010 - 08:11:35
Cookie said:

dang Connie, that is sooooooooooo cute.  There goes the house cleaning and again, it's all Connie's fault…grinzzzzzzzzzz   I too was wondering about 1/2" circle.  Don't know if I could even fold anything that small….  perhaps a tutorial would help us right minded ppl…or is that left minded….  Thanx for sharing

Nov 5, 2010 - 08:11:54
Lesley said:

Hi Connie,
I LOVE this cool tree technique!  Will you please share with me how you folded it?
Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

Nov 5, 2010 - 09:11:31
NancyL2648 said:

Wow…this is such a unique card idea. May have to CASE this one.

Nov 5, 2010 - 09:11:05
Rose Kerry said:

Wow, I love your folded tree, I'm with Deidre, I'm not seeing a half inch circle there.  Cute trick!

Nov 5, 2010 - 09:11:57

Connie – I LOVE this folded Christmas tree.  how creative!!

Nov 5, 2010 - 10:11:28
Candyce Mathews said:

Wow,  That is so cute. I was looking for a simple card I could make for my inlaws to us this year for Christmas.  I never know what to get them & they always send out xmas cards…  I think I may try this on MDS & then add the folded tree & tree topper.  Thanks for a super idea!  if you don't mind me using it.
Love it

Nov 5, 2010 - 10:11:28
Lynda said:

So creative! I love it! How did you fold the tree…amazing!

Nov 6, 2010 - 12:11:13
Terry said:

Lovely card! That tree is really cute and different from anything I've seen.

Nov 6, 2010 - 12:11:41
Rene from OZ xo said:

Hi Connie, I can't for the life of me work out how you folded the circle into the tree, I love the idea.
Rene from OZ  xo

Nov 6, 2010 - 07:11:01
debhorst said:

I would love to know how you folded that Christmas tree…..darling!!  Would you mind sending me some details???

Nov 6, 2010 - 07:11:17
Denise M said:

Love your folded Christmas tree but folding half of a 4 inch circle just isn't working for me.  Help!  Can you tell us your secret?

Nov 6, 2010 - 08:11:12

OMG, Connie — I love this folded tree. Combined with the ribbon and embossing, it's a definite winner! I will be CASE'ing for sure! Thanks once again for your inspiration! Blessings, Gretchen

Nov 6, 2010 - 08:11:40
Sue O. said:

I love this folded tree,  Connie.  Would you be willing to share how you folded it?  I see others are wondering as well.  :)  I love the look of it on the card.  Thanks for sharing your talent!!!!

Nov 6, 2010 - 01:11:16
Kim P said:

Wow…what a creative tree!!  Gotta try this!

Nov 6, 2010 - 02:11:50
Cookie said:

thanks for sharing the template….. After I finish you-know-what, I'm gonna give this a try….lol.  Thanx again for sharing your wonderful creativity and I hope you have a wonderful weekend

Nov 6, 2010 - 02:11:37
Robin said:

So super cute Connie – love this idea for the tree!

Nov 6, 2010 - 04:11:18
Donna W said:

Totally love that tree. Definitely will be trying that.

Nov 6, 2010 - 04:11:16
Lee said:

Totally awesome Connie. Love this idea and this card is too cute!

Nov 6, 2010 - 05:11:50
Kim said:

Thi8s is an awesome card.  Thanks for sharing your creativity7.

Nov 6, 2010 - 06:11:46
Chris R. from Iowa said:

Hi!  I agree with everyone – what a great card.  I just tried a sample from your template and it actually worked!  I was so impressed!  I free hand cut the circle and had a little extra piece but it wrapped around and couldn't tell the difference!  Thanks so much for showing the template.  I totally even missed the 1/2 circle that was a mistake.  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 6, 2010 - 11:11:30
Laura Turnmire said:

I love the folded tree card. It's beautiful and easy!! Thanks for all the fantastic things you share!

Nov 7, 2010 - 09:11:38

Love this idea Connie!  Thank you!

Nov 7, 2010 - 04:11:17

Thank you soooo  much for the instructions for this beautiful tree. It is the cutest..
My plans for Xmas cards went out the door after I saw this.  I just cut a bunch of circles with my  Cricut and am on my way to do my cards, with Clay Aiken singing Xmas songs!!! My grandaughters think Grammz is nuts>>>>  but that's ok.  I'm having fun.  And I thank you again..
Happy holidays
hugs, bobbi

Nov 7, 2010 - 11:11:36

This is fantastic Connie!  Thanks for sharing!

Nov 8, 2010 - 02:11:01

Oh SNAP!  this is just AWESOME!  What a cool idea!  thanks for sharing!  😀

Nov 9, 2010 - 07:11:56
Kerin said:

This is just too stinkin' cute!!! Thanks for sharing how you made it too, I'm going to be needing that 😉

Nov 9, 2010 - 12:11:11
Patti Chesky said:

You win the "wow" award for the week!  So cool Connie!

Nov 10, 2010 - 11:11:55
Terry Schultz said:

Love your card!  Amazing how a simple fold can put a big "Wow" to a project. TFS :o)

Nov 11, 2010 - 09:11:17

Wow! This is fantastic … I guess you are expecting that EVERYONE is going to want to CASE this! I have already filed the template! Thanks so much for sharing! And … thanks for popping by my blog to encourage me! Hugs xxaxx

Nov 12, 2010 - 08:11:21
jbeth said:

I just had to give it a try!!  I made my tree smaller….so that it would fit on the sketch I was working with.

Nov 15, 2010 - 11:11:22
Brandi said:

Hi Connie!

I love your card, BTW!

Nov 15, 2010 - 11:11:33
Connie said:

No…that wasn’t the one, but it is CUTE!

Nov 15, 2010 - 11:11:12
Marisa said:

This is fabulous!  Thanks for the diagram.  Can't wait to make one :)

Nov 17, 2010 - 11:11:11
Christy said:

Wonderful and BEAUTIFUL!!  I'm working on this with some scrap paper.  the 5 1/4 doesn't seem to work.  I think it's because I can't figure out how much to fold the first fold.  I used your guides, but I think it only works for that circle.  So, I'm going to just trace yours.  Is there some secret to figuring out the fold lines?  I understand the basic concept.  You find the "pivot point" and go from there, but I can't get mine to work for the life of me! :(

Nov 18, 2010 - 06:11:24

Love this card – the christmas tree with the using the designer series paper looks great.  I think I have to give this a go! 

Nov 18, 2010 - 08:11:21
Nancy said:

Such a lovely card,as everyone before me said, the tree is fabulous.  Love the way you used the designer paper, one of my favorite ribbons, the embossing folder and the matting, great design.  Many thanks for the template also,I'm sure I'll be CASEing this one!
Thank you

Nov 24, 2010 - 09:11:10
Robynbyrd said:

When I opened the .doc folder, there was nothing in there…Can you please help me?? Thanks…It's adorable!!

Nov 24, 2010 - 09:11:26
Karen said:

Hi….just found your site…..and saw the folded tree card….LOVE IT, however, I left your site briefly and when I came back to it….all I see now is a red x…no photo of the card…
I have refreshed, closed my browser, and nothing helps…checked for allowing popups…can’t think of anything else to try….

Nov 30, 2010 - 11:11:29
Hetty said:

Wat a lovely tree idea, Connie. Great card.

Nov 30, 2010 - 03:11:38
Jacki said:

What a great little tree!  I love this, thanks for sharing!

Nov 30, 2010 - 03:11:23
Edie said:

This idea is being used in the quilting circles to make napkins. Of course the circle is much larger and two half circles of material is sewn together to make it two sided. I love the idea of using it for a Christmas tree on a card.

Dec 1, 2010 - 09:12:09
Monica Massanyi said:

Very Cute!  I first saw this folded tree done in fabric as a napkin about 20 years ago, but it has come back and is now the rage in the quilting world.  How clever to use it this way too!  I love it!

Dec 1, 2010 - 04:12:58
Kelli D. said:

Thank you for sharing the diagram and your creativity.  I saw this posted on a blog a few months back but wasn't sure how it was done.  I will definitely be CASEing this to use of retired holiday DSP

Dec 2, 2010 - 12:12:27
Carol said:

Connie B.:  Thank  you so much for the folded tree and the pattern, directions and unknown author of the idea!  And thanks to Hettie for recommending your site!  Love the tree!  It will be easy and fun to make.  The tree would be fun & simple for children to make and give….Many thanks!  Carol

Dec 2, 2010 - 10:12:35
Meredith said:

Love the tree, thank you!

Dec 2, 2010 - 11:12:49
Tina said:

I love your idea for the folded tree.  I want to let you know that I am sharing it on my blog and also adding a link back to your post.  Thanks for the inspiration!  (

Dec 3, 2010 - 02:12:33
katou said:

Very cute card and a so original idea.,I love so much your Christmas tree.
Great job.

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

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