Monday 17 November 2014

Pyramid Pear Trees

     Welcome to another Creative Expressions project, this time I have chosen to make a festive decoration rather than a card.  These trees make great table decorations, as they are not very tall you can see over the top of them.  The different sizes all stack inside each other for easy storage if you choose to keep them rather than let your dinner guests take them home.

      Using a banner/pennant die cut three identical shapes, this will make one tree. You may wish to make a four sided tree, the construction principal is the same.
      Score along the two long sides of the triangle to help with folding after you have embossed. There is no need to score the bottom as this will not be folded.
      Use an anti-static bag to wipe over your card before stamping with Perfect Medium and sprinkling with embossing powder.
     The small green tree is stamped with the music background from the Partridge In A Pear Tree set and then embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Bright Gold embossing powder.
     The medium tree is Foundations Vintage Gold card stamped with a script stamp and embossed in Cosmic Shimmer Golden Meadow Blaze.

      For the large tree I have used Foundations Card Taupe, from the neutral multi pack. The branch is from the Partridge set and I have used the Golden Meadow embossing powder again. You can see in this photo the difference between melted and unmelted, the magic happens when heated.
     I usually heat from below as this gives a nice smooth melt, heating from above can sometimes give a tiny dimpled effect.

      The sentiments are all embossed in Bright Gold, the partridge and pears are embossed in Cosmic Shimmer Ancient Copper.
     Once all stamping is done gently fold along the score lines and glue the sides together along the little folded edge with Cosmic Shimmer dries clear PVA. If some of the edges appear a little messy then put glue down the edges and sprinkle with glitter to disguise it.
     Cosmic Shimmer embossing powder does not crack easily, fold gently and it should not fall off.

      The pears come as one stamp in the set, I have cut the stamp apart carefully, but I have not trimmed them. This is so that I can put them back together again as one stamp if I wish, once joined on an acrylic block they will stamp as if they were one again. I have also done this with the partridge, who comes attached to the 'and a partridge' sentiment. It's a way of getting more out of your stamps and they can be used more easily than trying to mask bits off.
     These trees are something that could be made with children as long as they are supervised during cutting and heating, you could leave out the heat embossing altogether and use mica powders instead. Medium sized trees as place cards for a large family dinner would be something different.

     I do hope you enjoy making these trees, please let me know how you get on. I do read all my comments and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.

Materials Used 
Partridge In A Pear Tree stamp set
Perfect Medium Ink Pad
Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders - Bright Gold / Ancient Copper / Golden Meadow Blaze
Foundations Card - Taupe / Vintage Gold   (green from stash)
Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear PVA Glue

I would like to enter these trees in the following challenges:
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas Is Coming
Challenge Blog By Creative Shopping - Christmas Tree
Allsorts - Anything BUT A Card
Anything But A Card - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - Anything BUT A Card


  1. You have created a lovely seasonal decoration.

    Thanks for sharing your lovely work with us at Allsorts challenge this week.

    B x

  2. I have just bought this stamp set and the ideas are endless for using. I love your tree settings. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Great idea, love the embossing. Andy x

  4. Wow, sehr kreativ. Toll gemacht.
    Danke daß du bei der KE-C mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

  5. They look fab and a great idea, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

  6. Lovely decorations, a great idea.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Anything But A Card' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  7. Looks fab , thank you for joining us over at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) xx

  8. gorgeous work my sweet Eclectic girlie. Fan of your work as you well know but with my DT hat on - Thank you for joining in with us over at Anything but a card this time.
    Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu DT

  9. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme am Kreativeinkauf-Challengeblog.

    LG, Ilonka


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