Project: Family Tree Birthday Card


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I like the simplicity of this tree die and the open leaves give scope for experimenting with lots of techniques.
The leaves can reflect the seasons, sparkle or be left open white on white.
I decided to use guilding flakes, however the photo's don't do them justice, take my word they look amazing in real life.
I used:

  • Creative Expressions Family Tree die set by Sue Wilson
  • Tim Holtz Tag collection die set
  • Distress Ink: Pumice Stone, Ground Expresso
  • Greeting stamp: Woodware Topiary Trees set
  • Background stamp: Creative Expressions Horticultural Script by John Lockwood
  • Card stock: White card stock, Dark brown card,
  • 5 cm double sided tape
  • Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes, Autumn Leaves
  • Foam Pads
  • Big Shot Plus die cutting and embossing machine




Make ready an A6 card blank.
Cut a mat 14.25 cm x 10 cm from dark brown card.
Cut a panel 13.75 cm x 9.5 cm from white card.
Finally die cut the Family tree from dark brown card.




Put some 5 cm wide double-sided tape onto some brown card stock and die cut 6 sets of leaves - there are 6 mid sized leaves on the tree.




Put the cut leaves behind the tree leaves so the sticky side shows through.




Apply the Cosmic Shimmer gilding flakes through the tree leaves, press down, then rub off the excess. I find a stencil brush, a toothbrush or a bit of Scrubbit works well. Don't be too vigorous or you will find yourself covered!




Stamp the greeting from the Topiary set onto a scrap of white card using Ground Expresso Distress ink.
Die cut the greeting with the label die from the Tim Holtz tag collection set.




Stamp the Horticultural Script onto the white panel with Pumice Stone Distress ink. I must admit here that I gave in and bought a Mini Misti which does help in positioning.
sponge the edges of the panel and the greeting label.




Stick down the tree in the centre of the panel.




Wrap some brown cord around the lower part of the panel and glue down on the back as flat as possible.




Position and stick the greeting with foam pads over the cord.



Layer the panel on the brown mat.




Then put the completed design onto the A6 card base. This would make a great male card.