And another round of hopping for the 12 days of Christmas! I am loving all the great projects, aren't you?!
So here's what I did for today....a 3D Christmas tree! I started out with a simple cut file for a cone. You could use a file for a party hat or you could even get a styro foam one from the craft store. Then I set out to cutting LOTS of the Stitched Oval Die. Then, just start adding them in rows, and stagger each new row so the points aren't directly over the one below it. As you near the top, you will have to cut them shorter and trim the cut off end to a point or they won't lay very nice. After I got all the way to the top finished, I went back and tucked pieces in where I felt they were needed...where there were gaps. This entire project is just to your satisfaction. I don't know how full is full for you...if you see a spot that needs one, then put one. If you're satisfied then stop. I will say, when I went back to fill in, I had cut each oval in half. You don't need that much length.
After I had it as full as I wanted it, I had to hide the mechanics at the top...it isn't very pretty under there...lol! So I cut one Scallop & Stitched Circle Die. I cut in to just the center and cut one scallop out. Then overlap and glued to make a cone shape. I used hot glue to add it to the top. It looked a bit too open right under there so I used a Martha Stewart punch...the fern looking leaf...and tucked a few around to soften it a bit.
I also stamped and hand cut out some holly leaves and added some red berries right on the top. I think it finished off rather nice!
It needed some ornaments...lol. So, I gathered up some different colors of Stickles and added dots of glitter all around the tree. It really made a sort of dull green tree, come to life a bit. It just brightened it up. You could add bows of twine...which I was going to do, but changed my mind. That would be cute though. Another thing you could do is run each "limb" through a cuttlebug folder if you wanted to, and add texture. How ever you decide to do yours, it will be perfect. You could do traditional as I have, or go funky...which would be super cute too! I hope you like what I've made for you today. Don't forget to keep hopping and see all the other designers projects. Leave comments for an entry into the giveaway!