Day 3 of Seven Days of Easy Christmas Cards w/ Stamps of Life Kit

I wanted to use the Stamps of Life kit that I bought at HSN.com and here’s the link to it. http://tinyurl.com/y7zcvfqe
The paper pad is called Merry Collection.
I wanted to make sure that you can make this card whether you have a die cutting system or not…so made two different cards with the same basic plan.

Card #1  I put papers in the top and bottom of the tree die and cut them out, then put paper in the middle section and cut it. I used all of the small dies for the accessories of the tree and cut several of them out, many with mirror papers.
I used a sentiment from Stamps of Life stamp set called Lights4xmas and put it in the inside of the cards with Real Red ink from Stampin’ Up.
I cut two strips of cardstock from the paper pad that were 1 3/4″ wide by 5 1/4″ tall and then a center piece that is 2 1/2″ wide by 5 1/4″ tall. I laid the two side pieces first, then laid the center piece on top and centered over the two side pieces.
I took the outer die for the tree and traced the inside of it with a marker on white fun foam, and cut it out to use as a backing for the die cut tree.  I started at the bottom and glued the die cut pieces onto the foam, making sure I cut off any foam that shows once the paper is applied. I had cut the long wire die cut strips with silver mirror paper and laid them on the tree where I thought you’d find wires, then added bulbs to the wires. i glued the bulbs and the star to the tree, then added Stickles to the bulbs to make them look like they were lit. If you use Stickles, put the card out of the way after you’re done so you don’t ruin the Stickles.
Card #2  I started with a card base of white Recollections heavyweight cardstock cut to   4 1/4″ wide by 5 1/2″ tall then glued a piece of patterned paper that was 4 x 5 1/4″ on top. I used an EK Success open scallop edge punch and cut the bottom edge of several patterns of paper from the pad that were each 4 ” wide.and since they were scraps, some were taller and some shorter….the shortest was 2″ tall.. I layered the four designs of card stock on top of each other and taped them together, then added tape runner and glue to make sure they stay together. I cut my own trunk and glued it to the bottom, then made a mark at the top of the tree at 5 1/4″ and then made a mark in the center at 2″ from the side as it’s 4″ wide, then drew a diagonal line from my center mark at 5 1/4″ tall to the bottom edges of the card. I hand cut the tree and fun foam in a triangle shape and glued it to the back of the tree, then glued the tree to the card. I added the fuzzy embellishments and a gold piece of card stock to the top of the tree..
I stamped the envelopes with a peg stamp Christmas bulb from pegstamps.com and here’s a link to it. http://tinyurl.com/y6uwov8o

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