3D prick and stitch Christmas tree card

Sunday 14 September 2008

Christmas tree cardI made this card using the free Christmas tree pattern available from the Form-A-Lines web site. The cut out tree is hinged on the front panel of the card so that it gives a 3D effect when the card is displayed open.

I started by stitching the Christmas tree on a sheet of hammered white card. I kept in mind that the tree would eventually be cut out so made sure that the taped ends of the threads were within the boundaries of the tree shape. Particular care is needed when stitching the star as I found to my cost when I cut out the shape. Some of the threads on the back of the star were cut as well, so had to be re-stitched. The stitches on the back of the star should follow the path of those on the front.

Using a ruler and pencil I marked up the shape of the tree. Then I cut out the shape with a craft knife using a metal ruler on a cutting mat.

Score a line from A to BI took a red greetings card and drew a vertical pencil line at the mid way point of the front panel. This is shown on the diagram marked A – B. I then used a scoring tool with a metal ruler to score this line.
 

I mounted the tree on the front panel of the card with its centre on the vertical centre line.

Fix the treeI fixed the right hand side of the tree in place with double-sided self-adhesive tape. This is shown on the diagram as area 1.

Cut away the surplus cardWith the tree in place I cut away the surplus card, marked as area 2 on the diagram, with a craft knife on a cutting mat.

The card is folded along the vertical score lineThe card is folded along the vertical score line on the front panel to make the tree stand out.

Related links

Prick and stitch for beginners – a guide to making stitching cards

The tree pattern is a free download from the Form-A-Lines web site.

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3 thoughts on “3D prick and stitch Christmas tree card

  1. Paula Tulkens

    I have just discovered your site and want to congratulate you on such nice ideas. I would love to recieve any other patterns you wish to share. Keep on pricking.

  2. Ruth Baker

    I am very new to carding and am looking for ideas. It is nearly four o’clock in the morning and I couldn’t sleep. So I went searching and found you. Thanks for a great card idea. I will try makling the Form-a-lines Christmas tree card.

    I would appreciate any others you would like to share.

  3. Paula Tulkens

    Hi Ruth, I am very new to carding also. I just wanted something to do that was different from what everyone else was doing. I totally enjoy doing cards, but I do not have much of an imagination. But I do love the time I spend especially when something nice comes out of it. You might also enjoy spirelli. It is not that easy but is done with Form-a-lines. I did the exact same Christmas tree using it. Just search the web like crazy like I did and you just might be surprised to find out how much is there. Actually I happened upon a few new sites just lately, but also it can be an expensive craft. I try to compromise for ways to do the craft in a cheaper but nice way. Thank you for your letter. Paula

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