Nov 13 2013

Updated Folded Christmas Tree

THREE years ago, I made a folded Christmas tree from 1/2 of a circle and used it on this card.  See the original post HERE.

Folded Christmas Tree

That post has gotten the most traffic in all the years I've had my blog…over 130,000 hits on that one post alone.  Every day during the year I get at least a few, but around this time of year that jumps to several hundred a day!  That doesn't include the hits that come to my home page to find the template (see the right side column of my blog for the link to the template).  I know the folded tree was on the cover of Scrapbooks, Etc. magazine a few years ago with a credit to my blog, and has hit the Cricut board and, of course, Pinterest!  I'm in AWE!  I've done a couple versions of it…you can find them here:


Since that time, I've seen hundreds of different versions from different people.  So, I thought it time that I updated that tree for THIS year!  Our Season of Style papers are perfect for it.  TIP:  When you do the tree, make sure that the bottom of the tree is even across, then make the top folds accordingly.  That gives the tree balance.  Every one I do turns out a little different!

This time I used the largest Scallop Circle in Stampin' Up!'s Circle Framelits.  It measures about 4 3/4".  Here are the details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Old Olive, folded in half.
  2. I embossed the 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White with the Stylish Stripes Folder.
  3. I used a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 strip of the plaid pattern in Season of Style Designer Paper, then added a 1/4" strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper across the bottom.
  4. I cut the background circle from Crumb Cake with the Circle Framelits and stamped the greeting from Christmas Messages in Chocolate Chip on the right side.
  5. I added the Folded Christmas Tree along the left side made from Season of Style DSP, then added a Chocolate Chip trunk.  At the top, I cut the smallest circle from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, and added a punched star from Champagne Glimmer Paper.  (Star available on the carryover list!)
  6. I thought the circle needed a little something, so tied a small piece of Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Ribbon with a knot and placed with Mini Glue Dots.


What do you think?  Although I still love the original one, I do like my updated version, too!  Hope you are inspired!



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Oct 05 2011

Another Folded Tree

I can't believe the popularity of these Folded Trees!  Thank you to all who left such nice comments on my card from two weeks ago you can see HERE.  I also have the FREE TEMPLATE for the larger one I did last year HERE.  Since each circle makes two trees, I had a few of them on my desk left over from a couple weeks ago (messy desk!).  When I saw SCS sketch challenge today,  it looked like a frame to me, so I had the idea to "frame" one of my folded Christmas trees!



This card came together pretty easily!  The base is Real Red cardstock.  I ran the Wild Wasabi layer thru the Big Shot with the Snow Burst Impressions Folder and layered it on Early Espresso.  I cut a stripe of the glittery red dots in Stampin' Up!'s Holly Berry Designer Paper.  I hand cut the embossed Rectangle Frame Folder from Early Espresso cardstock and layered the rectangle of Real Red inside.  I added one of the Folded Christmas Trees and topped it with the small Silver Glimmer Star from the Stars Die.  I also added a little tree trunk of Early Espresso.  The Rectangle Frame is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Finally, I stamped the word Merry from Stampin' Up!'s Pennant Parade stamp set, then punched with the Small Oval Punch.  It is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals, too.


It came together really quickly because I already had the Folded Tree done.  I just took my colors from the Designer Paper.  Enjoy!



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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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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!