Saturday, 25 August 2018

Pop up Christmas Tree

When I first started card making I dabbled in making different shaped cards. I used to watch Create and Craft far more than was sensible and there were often demonstrators on there showing fancy folds and selling templates. That was before die cutting templates really took off. I soon settled into my shape of choice, which is square, with rectangles and circles now and then for good measure. This week Lucinda wants to shake us out of our comfort zone at 52CCT and is looking for pop-up or cube cards. 

As usual I searched online for inspiration and one of the first things I saw was a pop up Christmas Tree which I rather liked. The video I watched about how to make it is here. It is really very simple. Just concertinaed paper cut into lengths. 
Here is my take on it:

I made a 'galaxy' first. I stamped some snowflakes onto coated paper, with Versamark and then inked over. Using a spray bottle I perfected the technique of tiny droplets rather than great blobs. Holding the bottle over the bath (or you get a wet carpet) I spritzed then waved the card through the droplets. I repeated this many times to build up the look. Patience is needed. 
I used white paper scrunched up then ironed flat before folding to give a bit of texture. Gluing is slightly tricky, especially as any stray glue will spoil the inking. 

I used the same paper on the front and added a little die cut. There is also one on the back to write on. 

I hope you like it an will be inspired to have a go too. A pop-up card can be very simple or very complicated - you choose! 

I'm linking to 
Scrappy Mo's Rudolf Days Challenge - August
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - #400


  1. elle est top Alison! quelle délicatesse et quel effet a l'ouverture! biz

  2. This is great Alison and very effective. The tree looks lovely done in white with your background x

  3. This is just amazing, Alison, I love your pop-up design and the papers are beautiful. xx

  4. Hi Alison,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Oh my what an excellent design and very lovely idea.
    This looks so stunning and very effective and unusaul.
    I love it.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  5. Hi Alison,
    i love your christmas tree inside the card! What a surprise to found it after opening the card. Thanks for joining us at CHNC.

  6. I love this concertina Christmas Tree card. It is so unique and really lovely! The way you did the galaxy technique sounds great and it sure produced a beautiful sky for your special tree.

    Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

  7. WOW that is one stunning inside of a card and thanks for the tutorial too, I might have to check it out, thanks for joining us at Augusts Rudolph Days Challenge, luv Sam x

  8. Gosh, how pretty. Love the blue & white soft colors (very wintery!) and that is a fabulous dimensional tree. Looks very delicate too. TFS

  9. fabulous! Thank you for sharing!


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