Friday, November 23, 2007

Folded Christmas Tree Tutorial

I'm back with the Folded Christmas tree tutorial. I've never done this before so I hope it all makes sense. The best way for me to learn how to do something is by someone showing me and you might be the same, so here goes! The supplies needed to make this project are very basic. A 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper, the single sided works best because the thinner the paper the easier it is to fold. Especially the smallest square! You'll need your paper trimmer, a bone folder helps and an adhesive of your choice.
The next step is to cut your squares. The first square is 3"x3", the second square is 2 1/2"x2 1/2", the third square is 2"x2", and the forth square is 1 1/2"x1 1/2".
Now we get to the folding part.
I've drawn pictures for you because it was hard to see the fold lines on my patterned paper.

The first in the series of pictures is folding your square in half and creasing it.

The next picture is folding your square in half again in the other direction and creasing it.

The next picture shows folding the square from corner to corner each way and creasing it.

The next step is to fold the square in half after you've done all that.

Now, you will fold it to look like the first triangle shape pictured by pushing the top left and right outside corners toward the bottom center. You'll end up with a triangle, a puffy triangle.
Next you'll take the top section of this triange and fold it in to meet the center scored line and do the same with the opposite front side so it looks like the one in the center of the picture above.
You now have a "tree part". Fold the other 3 squares just like the first one and you can build your tree from the bottom up by stacking them one on top of the next, largest to smallest. Stick your tree together with the adhesive of your choice. I used a scrap of brown paper for the trunk of my tree, you can see my finished tree card pictured below.

The first Stampin' Up! background stamp I ever saw was Holiday Print, I loved it! It took me a long time to buy it and I haven't used it much. Retired as it is... The tree is from our tutorial of course, the star on top is from a package of star shaped sequins I have and I added "Christmas Stickles" to it because I was curious to see what it would look like. The Merry Christmas stamp is from Inkadinkado, my papers are White, Garden Green, Nut Brown, Red Light and the patterned paper is by Frances Meyer. I had to unfold part of the tree to find that out!
Now... how about if you try the tree folding tutorial you post a comment with a link in my comments section so I can see yours too. Audience participation time!
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, we had dinner out on the patio. If you know me you know I don't want to clean off my kitchen table! My kitchen is my stamping room. Besides, we're in Arizona and the high was in the 80's yesterday. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving too!


denise said...

Wow! Excellent tutorial- very well thought out and easy to understand!!!! Thank you so much- i'll give it a try soon as i can!

dd2njoy said...

I will try it too Jan,your tutorial
is so greatly explained,you're a
great teacher!!! Your card is beautiful,love that xmas stamp!

Heather Grow said...

Great tutorial. You make it look easy.

Rose Ann said...

Thanks for your wonderful tutorial! I hope I can try this sometime. :) Pretty card!

Joani said...

THANKS so much for the tut. It's so easy the way you spelled it out~Now I'm off to go make some more!

Maria said...

Wow! I love that tree! Thank you for the tutorial! You did a wonderful job! your card looks fabulous!


kathy said...

Whoo Hoo I did it. its not as nice as yours but I was able to follow the directions

azkimbo said...

YEAH....Thank you Jan!!! This is a great tutorial....

Deb said...

These are awesome too! Definitely have to give this a try!

nancy said...

great tutorial. Easy to follow said...

I just Love this tutorial it's wonderful. I had to try it out myself and post on my blog to share your link with others.

Carmen said...

Hi new sister... :-)
Thank you very much for this great tutorial, awesome work!

Diana said...

Lovely card and your tutorial is AWESOME!!

Thanks for share!


OBXdreaming said...

Well, I am going to try to make some of these wonderful looking trees. Thanks for sharing! They look great.

Linda Lou said...

Just so you know, three years after original post and your tree design is still making cards! Thank you for a great idea!

Shannon White said...

Love this Miss Jan! I just might have to try this out for some of my Christmas cards this year! Great tutorial and wonderful Christmas tree! 8-)


Anonymous said...

Excellent tutorial, I saw one on a blog,but no directions. Googled it and your site came up. Thank you for the clear instructions.
A Gal in Texas

Anonymous said...

Excellent tutorial, I saw one on a blog,but no directions. Googled it and your site came up. Thank you for the clear instructions.
A Gal in Texas