It’s time for a new Crafts-U-Love design team post from yours truly and today I’m playing with Studio Light trees and some Echo Park patterned paper.
The Studio Light set has 8 individual trees and matching dies – usually I would be stamping and die cutting straight away but you’ll have to wait for later to see that!!
Now you know I rarely use patterned paper even though I have a MOUNTAIN of it! I received a few sheets from the Echo Park Christmas Gingham 6×6 pack in my DT supplies this month and decided to use a technique that I haven’t done in a long while – paper piecing!
Step 1 – stamp and fussy cut images
I decided to use four of the tree images that are roughly the same shape for my card – much easier to fussy cut a simple triangle! I stamped the images a few times on the red and green papers and cut them out, making sure I cut into the black outline.
The simple spindle tree was the only image without a bold outline, but I just cut a triangle around the image and hoped for the best… It actually turned out better than I dared imagine in the end!
Step 2 – stamp the base images
I then cut a panel of lighter paper and stamped out the trees using black ink.
It’s difficult to see in my photo, but some of the centres aren’t perfectly stamped – that’s fine as soon they’ll be hidden by the fussy cut trees.
Step 3 – stick the patterned trees
Once the ink was dry, I stuck the cut trees onto the corresponding images on the panel – it’s very easy to line up the images and as I cut into the black stamped outline, the ‘join’ is quite difficult to see.
Before adhering the base panel to my card, I stuck it to a strip of grey paper. I also cut a little star from the same paper and stuck it above the centre tree to act as a focal point.
The Studio Light set doesn’t contain any sentiments, but I don’t think you always need them for Christmas cards! If I were to add a sentiment to this card, I’d probably stamp a small strip sentiment to the right, just under the panel.
Thanks for stopping by!
Here are the links to the products I used on my card. Products marked with an asterisk (*) were kindly sent to me to use.
Studio Light tree stamps and dies*
Echo Park Dots and Stripes Christmas Gingham 6×6*
Archival Black ink