Wednesday 13 January 2016

A Tree Is Not Just For Christmas

     Getting value for money is important to us all, so take another look at your Christmas stamps and see if they could be used for everyday cards. You may have seen some Christmas cards I made last year using this stamp, it's a bare tree with separate sentiments so it's easy to find another use for it.

      To make my blossom tree I made each flower using hot glue and a silicone mould, it didn't take very long, because they're small they set quickly. When you squeeze the glue into the mould lay an acrylic block on top so you get a shape with a flat back, making it much easier to stick on to a project.
     Once set and cool each flower is trimmed (don't throw away the trimmings, I'll show you another use for them in different post). It's then dusted with pearl mica powder on the top and coloured with a peel off marker underneath. The glue sets opaque, just as it is in stick form, but it will allow colour to show through.
     The stamped image has been embossed in gold on white card. Each large bubble has been covered with a flower, all the other bubbles have been filled in with the same marker pen and then covered with either transfer foil, coloured peel offs, glitter or micro beads
     The centre of each flower has a tiny gold holographic peel off stuck on, they stick very well despite the mica underneath.
     The image panel is mounted on a layer of pink mirri card before going on to a white card blank. The greeting is from a set of die cut sentiments from Craftwork Cards mounted on small foam pads.
     Not all Christmas stamps are adaptable but I'm sure this one will have some more uses before December 2016.

Materials list - available from your  local craft shop
Woodware Craft Collection - Stamp - JGS355 Bubble Bloom Festive Tree
                                          Stampendous Embossing Powder - Detail Gold
                                          98091H  Holographic Dots Silver/Gold
                                          Permipen Peel Off Markers
                                          Craftwork Cards Messages
                                          702108 Medium Flowers Silicone Mould
Stix2 Anything -  Glue Dots - 3mm / 6mm
                         Glitter / Micro Beads
                         Transfer Foil
                          Hot Glue Gun / Glue Sticks

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Crafting Your Passion - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes   (Top 3)
Tuesday Throwdown - Add Dimension
Sweet Stampin' - Flowers


  1. I love it when my stamps can be tweaked for other occasions! This is amazing; I love the colors and those flowers are so pretty! Great tutorial on this card! Thanks for sharing at TTCRD!

  2. I'm always on the look out for money saving ideas. Your silicone flowers look fab. would never have thought to use glue sticks to make them with. Now where did I put my glue gun and spare sticks!! Lol. Hugs Mrs A.

  3. Great card and just right for our challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. debbie X

  4. Gosh that's so clever and so striking. A beautiful card. Thanks for joining us this week at Sweet Stampin' for our 'Flowers' challenge. Hope you'll play along with us again soon. Hugs, Wends x Sweet Stampin' DT

  5. Great card thanks for joining in at Crafting from the Heart good luck x

  6. Such a pretty card and design. I also love your brilliant tutorial - very clever (I definitely need to try it out). Thank you for sharing your card in our 'Flowers' challenge and joining in with the fun at Sweet Stampin’ this week and good luck. Hugs Janine xx

  7. This is so cool! How nice of you, that you explain, how you made your flowers. Such a lovely and very special card. Thank you very much for joining our challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. Creative regards from stempelfrida

  8. myyyy god, I love those flowers! Amazing work, thanks for joining Craft Your Passion challenge this week, hope to see you again! :)

    Katie from arteKatie, Craft Your Passion DT


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