Here's my challenge design for the Creative Cutting Challenge - Christmas, not a card #43!
With Christmas just a few weeks out, it's CRUNCH time to finish up some gifts - though I'm not sure who this will be going to yet.
I used the Skinny Tree from this set available at Cut and Create - Thanks Cindy, it's a fun file to use.
The tree file has two layers. The base and the top layers. I did remove the star from the top of the tree after I cut it with the eclips. All paper in the project started out white and was painted with Craftwell's eBrush. I love the look and depth in my finished piece.
My finished project measure 8.5 x 11 and fit perfectly in the gold certificate frame I had in my stash.You'll need:
5 -6 pieces of 8.5 x 11 in white cardstock
eBrush (SN and SP adapter)
Spectrum Noir markers (DG3 and EB4 [trees])
BIC Mark-It markers (dk blue, med blue, light pink, med gray, and dark gray [background]
electronic die cutting machine and software
You'll need to resize the Skinny Tree file to w: 3.001in h: 6.323in. Then break apart. You can delete the top layer star from your mat and move the top parts of the tree and arrange on the mat as desired. (I got 2 trees on one sheet of paper) When you've got your trees cut, trim the stars from the tree base layers and set aside.
Add another page to your mat and choose a font you would like to use and spell out your words and size as needed aligning the left edge of each word leaving a small margin on the left edge starting with the largest word at the top of the page, and your smallest word at the bottom. HINT: Check your background frame and see how much of a margin you need to leave before you align your words to the cutting mat. Cut 3 of each word. Hang on to one of your sheets of paper to use as a placement guide.*
I wanted some additional dimension, so I put 1 layer of each word through the embosser using a snowflake embossing folder. To make things much easier to stack, I ran all the layers through the xyron; stacked them and had all the words ready to place on the background when it was time. While you have the embosser out, run the trees, tops and bottoms through as well with an embossing folder of your choice. I used a Sizzix folder called Snow Globe I got on clearance recently.
Now the "painting" begins. I love my ebrush -- and it makes coloring so much fun. "paint" your background as desired. I kept it simple, but you could dress it up a bit by using a stencil and mask and paint on some addiitonal trees or even a few houses on a hill. Set the background aside and paint your trees. It's best to paint them at an angle for a little more dimension and highlighting the embossing and add some depth at the same time.
Carefully, fold the tree base in half lengthwise using a valley fold (right sides together). Carefully using a bone folder, round the tree top layer pieces as shown above. Apply a very thin line of glue to the wrong side of each top piece and glue in place .
Carefully secure your background to your work area and then place that sheet of paper you saved earlier after cutting your words -- and noting your margins, secure that piece on top of your background. You'll now get your lettering down in a straight line and placed exactly where you want them. When you have your words in place, carefully remove the guide. You may find some of the letters are really snug, but you should be able to remove the guide without moving your letters.
Place the trees on the background as desired and adhere. I used some pop up dots on the tree in the front to allow more dimension. Remember your margins on the right side as well. I place the bottom right tree so that the right edge was lined up with the edge of my background piece. Secure your trees and place your piece in the frame and secure.
Thanks for dropping by! Hope you'll check back often... I've got several projects lined up and waiting in the wings!