Friday, October 8, 2010

Cardstock, Punches and Paper Crimper - and Glue Dots!

*This is a recent post of mine over at the Create for Less blog.

I wanted to show that you can make a card without a scrap of patterned paper. All I used were a few different colors of cardstock, some punches and a few small simple embellishments. I love texture on my projects, but I always forget about my paper crimper, so I decided to pull him out for this project. It’s fun to rediscover “old” tools that you loved, but may have forgotten about.

Bazzill Blue Dotted Swiss cardstock. You can also use a plain blue piece of cardstock and run it thru the Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots Embossing folder.

Bazzill Cardstock - greens, brown, pink

Pebbles Thank You Rub-on

Making Memories Wedding Pearls

Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch

Martha Stewart Edge Punch Arch Lattice

Marvy Uchida Paper Crimper

EK Paper Shapers Circle Punch 1 1/2″

Buttons - green

Glue Dots

All Night Media Pop Dots


  • After creating the card base, it is time to make the tree trunk. Draw a tree trunk on the brown cardstock, cut out and run thru the paper crimper. Adhere the trunk to your card.

  • Next get out your 1 1/2″ circle punch and punch circles from two different shades of green cardstock. (If you do not have a punch, you can trace circles and cut or use a circle cutter).

  • Run the light green circles thru the paper crimper to give them added dimension on the tree.

  • Layer and adhere the dark green circles to the card – overlapping the trunk.

  • Layer the light green circles on top of the dark green circles, adding pop dots behind a few for dimension. Use Glue Dots on the other dark and light green circles.

  • Punch three butterflies from pink cardstock. Adhere two to the tree “leaves” and one to the trunk.

  • Add pearls to the centers of the butterflies.

  • Use your border punch on the dark green cardstock to make grass. Adhere to the bottom of the card.

  • Apply sentiment rub-on.

  • Adhere 3 buttons on each side of the sentiment using Glue Dots.


Tina said...

This is so cute, very clever.

Sarah said...

Very cute! I might have to try this one. TFS!!

K Andrew said...

Hi Jennifer--fellow Creative Charms Designer here stopping by to say hi! I also joined your blog as a follower.
This tree is adorable!

Gina Lideros said...

How creative! That came out so cute!