Sep 21 2011

Folded Christmas Trees

When I saw the sketch challenge today over on SCS, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  It is also for  the Paper Players Challenge #64 for plants or animals. 


I've been wanting to do a variation of the Folded Christmas Tree card that I originally made last year.  You can see it HERE.  That card is the MOST viewed card over the past 4 1/2 years that I've had my blog.  Even in the summer I get at least a dozen hits on it a day.  There is a FREE TEMPLATE over there, too, for the full sized one I did on that card! 



For this card,I used 3" circles of Holly Berry Designer Paper to make the trees and folded them according to the template.  I layered them onto the three Real Red panels that I ran thru the Big Shot with the new Snow Burst Impressions Folder in the Holiday Mini.  I added tree trunks and a small star from Silver Glimmer paper for their tops.  The red panels were layered on Early Espresso cardstock, then placed on a layer of Very Vanilla.  I stamped Season's Greetings from Stampin' Up!'s Curly Cute stamp set in Real Red along the bottom.  I wrapped the Old Olive Dotted Scallop Ribbon around and tied a knot.  Everything was layered on the base card of Pear Pizzazz.


Now, that was Version TWO.  Here is Version ONE that I started with.  This one was a little more streamlined.  I used the Very Vanilla in the background behind the trees and the Real Red for the panel behind them.  At the bottom, I left off the bow, but added score lines to dress it up a little.  The base on this one is Wild Wasabi.



So…what do you think?  Which one do you like better?  Would love to hear your comments!


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43 People have left comments on this post

Sep 21, 2011 - 12:09:24

Just love this card. You mention a template to fold the Circle, Where would I locate that?
Is it a full circle or half
Have just starteds my Christmas Cards this is so different.

Sep 21, 2011 - 02:09:02
Marisol Gutierrez said:

Love your artwork…My fave is Version 2 with the red background!

Sep 21, 2011 - 03:09:15

Love, love, LOVE this card and your fabulous folded trees!  I saw it for the first time a month or two ago and fell in love.  I can't wait to do this with my girls!  Thank you so much for sharing!!!
Smiles are contagious!

Sep 21, 2011 - 03:09:41

They both are great but I think #2 stands out a little more. Thanks for sharing!

Sep 21, 2011 - 04:09:56

Love these, especially version one.

Sep 21, 2011 - 05:09:31
Janet said:

Love it!  Version 2 is more vibrant – I like it best!

Sep 21, 2011 - 06:09:01
jaydee said:

Connie this is fabulous!  Me… I love them both, but think they pop off the version 1 better.  I love the texture that you got onto each layer… and, now… let's talk about those trees…. S T U N N I N G!   I have to go try this technique now.
So glad you joined the Paper Players again this week, I always enjoy seeing your wonderful creations!

Sep 21, 2011 - 06:09:39
jaydee said:

Connie this is fabulous!  Me… I love them both, but think they pop off the red base better.  I love the texture that you got onto each layer… and, now… let's talk about those trees…. S T U N N I N G!   I have to go try this technique now.
So glad you joined the Paper Players again this week, I always enjoy seeing your wonderful creations!

Sep 21, 2011 - 06:09:56
Donna said:

Love this card, first version with the ribbon is my fave, but both cards are fabulous!  Love your work Connie!

Sep 21, 2011 - 06:09:45

Both are very pretty but the one with the red behind the trees really pops the trees!!  Love them!

Sep 21, 2011 - 06:09:00
Gale Smith said:

I like version one better, but the trees do pop better on version two. My thought was to try to find darker DSP for version one to make them pop too. I think the red at the bottom of version one is better overall than the other one. Thanks for sharing the pattern to do these trees. I tried it before and really like how it turned out!

Sep 21, 2011 - 08:09:45

Fabulous trees Connie!  That folding technique is so cool–especially with our fantastic two-sided paper!  Love the mix of patterns it reveals.  My favorite detail might just be the glimmer stars–love the sparkle!  So glad you could join us at The Paper Players this week!

Sep 21, 2011 - 08:09:25
Louise said:

Love your trees, & thanks for sharing your pattern.  I prefer the one with the trees on the red bg.  especially with the green ribbon as well.  I checked out the one you did last year and I love that one as too!!!

Sep 21, 2011 - 09:09:35
Patti Willey said:

What a neat idea! I've downloaded your pdf and will give it a try! I think this dsp is showcasing those trees best on your red background of card #1. Plus, I really like the addition of your bow. I can't wait to make a Christmas card!

Sep 21, 2011 - 09:09:23
Chris R. from Iowa said:

Connie, I made your trees last year and they were just sooo cute.  I like all your versions but the one on the red background and green ribbon sure is an attention getter.  Too bad I didn't have the silver glimmer paper last year but then again a gold glimmer paper would be better!  Are you paying attention SU?  Anyway, thanks for showing us the trees again, I may have to make some more, they are fun to make and so cute!

Sep 21, 2011 - 09:09:52
Faye J said:

This card is simply stunning.  TFS

Sep 21, 2011 - 09:09:16
Barbara Mulka said:

Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas with everyone!  I love the folded Christmas trees and really glad that you shared the pattern with us!  You are very talented!  =) 

Sep 21, 2011 - 10:09:10
Stefanie said:

This card is wonderful.  I'm going to say that the second version is my favorite but when I go back and look again I'm still undecided !! 🙂  I for sure am going to try this one out.  Thanks so much for sharing.

Sep 22, 2011 - 12:09:25
Dee Derbini said:

I love these, Connie but I would have to say version 2 is my favorite.

Sep 22, 2011 - 06:09:11
Kittie said:

Bonnie, this card is adorable.  Thank you so much for sharing the template for the folded tree.

Sep 22, 2011 - 09:09:51
Brenda Cash said:

As usual I love both cards. If I need to pick one I would pick the red background with the ribbon.  I made some of the folded trees last year and everyone that received one loved it.

Sep 22, 2011 - 09:09:22
Janet said:

OH my gosh how absolutely cute…will give this a try…so cute cute cute….thank you for sharing the details…Janet

Sep 22, 2011 - 12:09:51
Carol Carriveau said:

I think I like this new version with 3 small trees…but the large one is fabulous too.  Thank you for sharing the instructions for folding.

Sep 22, 2011 - 12:09:31
Samantha said:

Love these!  You are so amazing!!  Where oh where does your inspiration come from?  I have to say that version #2 jumps off the screen at me and definitely is eye candy for this 'ol Vermont girl!!  TFS!

Sep 22, 2011 - 01:09:11

These cards are so nice, I am going to try this technique.  Thanks so much for the template and instructions.

Sep 22, 2011 - 01:09:09
Mrs Blk said:

this is so  adorable. love it. I use stampin up materials for most of my cards.  TFS.

Sep 22, 2011 - 02:09:43
Tara Bilbao said:

Connie, This is absolutely brilliant! I love your paper choice and all the dimension and texture. I have to say i am with Nance – The sparkle stars are the perfect finishing touch. Thank you for playing along with the Paper Players CAS challenge!

Sep 22, 2011 - 02:09:38

I love this technique, I do have it bookmarked from last year, and thought about what I could do with it this year.  I like the look of three trees, and I have to say that #1 is my favorite!  Thanks for having fun with the Paper Players this week.

Sep 22, 2011 - 03:09:11
Ann Schach said:

Wow, Connie! These cards are just way too cute! I can't wait to try one! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

Sep 23, 2011 - 07:09:26
Jenny Young (YoungInker) said:

I love them both, but I like the one with the red embossed background!  Just Lovely! 😀

Sep 23, 2011 - 02:09:01
Barbara Edwards said:

#1 by a long shot! Love the red background plus the ribbon added. Way to go, Girl!! (P.S. I'm enjoying the ribbon order I got from you. Can hardly wait for bazaar next month to "show & sell" the "footnotes". Thanks.)

Sep 23, 2011 - 03:09:07
Lesley said:

Love these cards that you make Connie, I remember the one I saw last year with the bigger circle…such an awesome idea!!! Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

Sep 23, 2011 - 09:09:29

This card is fabulous!  I will definitely be trying this out.  Love the trees.  Thanks so much for joining us again this week at the Paper Players!

Sep 23, 2011 - 10:09:16

Wow!  What a fabulous card!  I'll head over there in the a.m. when I have more time to play so I can follow your tutorial!  TFS!

Sep 23, 2011 - 11:09:29
mary michaud said:

Love card #1.  I like red though, so that is not a surprise.  You have a wonderful imagination.  Thanks for the pdf. file

Sep 24, 2011 - 09:09:30
Mitzi Luttrull said:

My fav is the first one.  I like the ribbon. Thanks for the template. I'll try it soon.

Sep 30, 2011 - 08:09:50
Michele in IL. said:

Super cute cards! Version 1 with the red background really makes the trees pop!
thanks for sharing.

Sep 30, 2011 - 12:09:18
Melissa said:

Love your site. I just found you thru Pintrest….specifically these folded Christmas cards…I love them!!! Great inspiration! Thank you. I also LOVE the leaves falling across your website… LOVELY!

Nov 4, 2011 - 01:11:05
chaun said:

Oh gosh! Choosing my favorite is sort of like choosing my favorite child! But, I think I like the version with the red right behind the trees, because it seems to make the trees pop a bit more. This is such a cute idea! I am going to have to go dig out my Christmas papers. I know I have LOTS buried in this "paper factory" somewhere! Thanks for sharing your creativity and template!

Nov 16, 2011 - 02:11:33
Marianne said:

Found your card & template after clicking on your entry for MM215. This is such a great and simple idea and you have created some stunning cards with it.

Dec 14, 2011 - 04:12:32
Mirielle J said:

it's beautiful

Nov 5, 2012 - 10:11:57
Kim said:

both are cute, but i like the red with the ribbon best.  love the trees!!

Nov 27, 2012 - 08:11:25
Kel said:

Love the cards.  I've made a few of the trees, and they are just adorable.  Would you happen to have the cuttng measurements for the card mats under the trees?  I'm a baaaaad judge of sizes when it comes to paper play… LOL  Thanks