Christmas Tree Window Card

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I know, I know…Halloween was just the other day and I’m already sharing Christmas crafts?!  Apologies, but last year I didn’t get started early enough and some of my friends and family were sent store-bought cards as a result.  So, I promise to share a few more autumn projects soon, but lately I’ve been in Christmas-mode!

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This card features dies from several new collections in the Crafter’s Companion store, but the main elements are part of the new English Country Garden line.  Although the colors and bold florals in the collection are very spring-like, when I saw that cute Cottage Window die I couldn’t help but imagine seeing a Christmas tree through it.  I started by adhering a panel of blue woodgrain patterned paper from the 12×12 pad that I had inked around the edges with navy blue ink to a white A2-sized cardbase.

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The window and tree border were cut from White Pearl Shimmering cardstock  and inked with light blue ink, while the tree (“Around the Tree” dies) and flowers (I attempted to make them look like poinsettias) were cut from Forest Green and Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock.  I cut a slit in the window die-cut where an embossed line had been to slide the stems of the greenery into the box, then popped the whole piece up over the tree with foam adhesive to give the scene a little depth.

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To give the house a warm glow, I inked a piece of white cardstock with yellow and green inks and placed it behind the die-cut tree.  The finals touches were some self-adhesive gems (Hero Arts) and a sentiment from the “Festive Sentiments” stamp set.

Tell me…is it too early for Christmas crafts or have you started yours already too?

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