3D Christmas tree with SPINNING frames!Angela Poole
If our 3D Christmas tree caught your eye during our recent festive launch on HOCHANDA, then you’ll be pleased to hear that you can make it using our brand new products and what’s more, you can download the template here for free!
I used our stunning new Twinkling Mist card pack to make the tree base and spinning frames. If you print the template onto copy paper first, you’ll be able to fit more than one of the small-medium templates on a single A4 sheet. To make the tree, it will take approx 12 A4 sheets of card. It may look like one of those slotting 3D shapes, but it’s actually made up of three (very large) folded tree shaped cards. The folded edges are glued together to form the 3D standing Christmas tree.
Once you’ve cut the 6 pieces of card, you can then use our Slot & Spin Festive Frames die set and/or the Slot & Spin Vintage Frames die set to cut the apertures. I wanted all circular apertures for this tree, so I mixed the aperture dies from both sets. The largest template pieces will fill most of an A4 sheet. If you have a smaller die-cutting machine then you could always scale down the template – there are various aperture and frame dies within each set, so you can adapt it to make a smaller 3D Christmas tree if you wish.
Whether you use the template at 100% or smaller, you’ll need to make 3 tree shaped pieces like the one shown below:
Here’s how one of the folded tree shaped panels looks when all 6 pieces are glued together after the apertures have been cut. I’ve added a bit of shading to the edges using Ranger’s Stormy Sky distress ink and a blending tool. Adding shading is optional because the blended shades of the Twinkling Mist card pack look beautiful as they are!
I used the snowflake flurry stamp from the Winter Snuggles A4 Photopolymer stamp set and the Tsukineko Archival ink pad, Twilight (which is still one of my fav go-to ink pads). I partially stamped over the edges of the tree and apertures.
The colours work so well with the base card and it really adds a magical look to the tree!
Time for some fun with our festive stencils. I used our new Frozen Lace craft stencil and Ranger’s Opaque white texture paste to create 3D areas of…well, frozen lace! It was certainly a good name for this stencil! The stencil has both a negative and positive side to the hand drawn design which looks stunning with inks and texture pastes. I found the sections of textured lace also helped to blend the joins between the pieces of card. If you sprinkle the texture paste with iridescent glitter before it dries, then it really adds to the frosted festive look.
Once the texture paste is dry, you can then fold each of the 3 tree panels in half. I used a glue gun to apply hot glue along each of the folded, outer edges to join them together down the centre of the tree.
I glued the base of the tree to a wood slice. This added to the overall look but it was also a handy way to evenly space out the sides. I used tacky PVA glue when first adjusting the spacing and then when it was dry, I added hot glue along each of the bottom edges for strength.
In this photo you can see that I’ve added various spinning frames and solid panels to the apertures on the tree. The Festive Frames die set makes it so easy to connect the pieces as they just slot into place. We recommend using card at least 250gsm when using our Slot & Spin die sets and the 300gsm Twinkling Mist card pack works perfectly.
The polar bear stamps from the set are so sweet! I’ve added a sparkling frosted look to these baubles with White Twinkle embossing powder from Wow!.
And the die set includes bauble toppers because we know those finishing touches matter.
I hope you like our 3D Christmas tree as much as we do and please stop by again for more inspiration!