Monday, November 2, 2009

An Experiment with Circles

As you can tell by the past two posts, I draw a lot of inspiration from fellow crafters. Squareheadedstamper (her term, not mine), Brandi Wiggins-Cote of Canada provided the catalyst for this card.

I used a 3.25" circle of Garden Green card stock, which I cut in half and folded, freehand, to create these little cuties. I haven't perfected the technique enough to show you step-by step how I achieved these trees, so I'll work on that and post pictures when I get it better figured out. These were beginner's luck.

I decorated the trees with 1/4" circles in Real Red and Metallic Silver card stock. I also strung them with "garland" made with the silver and gold elastic cord currently available in the Holiday Mini Catalog. For the center tree's "ornaments", I tacked glue dots in place and then sprinkled the entire tree liberally with Dazzling Diamonds. That didn't seem flashy enough, so I dug back through my other Christmas stamp sets and found a tiny poinsettia in Season of Joy. I stamped it on Cameo Coral and cut them.

The background "snow" on Not Quite Navy card stock was made using a stamp from the Snowflake Spot (retired) set. It was inked with white craft ink, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder, and set with my heat tool. I tore a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a "snowbank", and stamped "all spruced up" from Fun & Fast Notes in Garden Green. This card reminds me somewhat of the Charlie Brown Christmas special, where there were all kinds of beautiful trees and then there was the sad one that Charlie ended up loving.


Beedubya said...

Fantastic, Jenn! I'm so glad you got it figured out! Thanks for the shout out!


paperpotter said...

What a cool technique! And a friend of mine just gave me her circle cutter saying she didn't like it. Just wait till I show her the cards she COULD have made if she'd kept it! heh heh heh