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Christmas Tree Card

Replicate your Christmas tree with this enchanting holiday card.

What You Need

  • Pine tree stamp
  • Merry Merry Christmas stamp
  • Beveled-edge paper punch
  • 30-gauge copper wire
  • Assorted seed beads
  • Green and gold background papers
  • Single-fold brown kraft paper card
  • Heavy-duty white paper
  • Ink pads in cranberry, evergreen, and cocoa brown
  • Scratch paper
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Heat gun
  • Glue stick
  • Ultra-fine Prisma glitter
  • Tape

How to Make It

1. Cut the papers in graduating sizes. Use the paper punch to create corners on the white paper.

2. Apply evergreen ink to the tree branches and cocoa ink to the tree trunk. Stamp to the white paper.

3. Stamp Merry Merry Christmas with cranberry ink. Highlight the tree with glue stick and glitter.

5. Insert 30-gauge wire through three branches of the tree and thread with the desired number of beads. Insert the other end of the wire through the card and secure with tape.

6. Glue the gold paper to the brown card, glue the green paper to the gold paper, and mount the stamped white paper to the green paper.

7. Use five strands of wire to make a treetop star. Glue in place.

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