So now that my camera works (yay!) I can finally catch up on some completed projects!
The first that I wanted to share is a paper tree that I created for my sister-in-law, Lynn, for Christmas!
Isn’t it precious? I just love it. I also have to give mad props to Lolly Chops for her post here. When I saw that post and a picture of that tree, I knew I had to find a way to recreate it with out a Cricut machine. Enter the Martha Stewart Leaf Punch!!
Then, I just punched 2 12″x12″ pages worth of leaves in a green solid and green patterned paper and about half of a 12″ x 12″ piece of paper for the red. The solid green and red papers are from Core’dinations. The patterned green paper is from Basic Grey’s Origins collection in Seaweed Wrap.
Once I punched all the leaves, and there were a lot of leaves, I used a wider diameter pencil to shape the leaves so that they weren’t flat. I hop you can see how they looked in the following photo.
After that, I started gluing. This step took the longest……about a week. Yeah, that’s right a week. I would come home and worked on it while watching Conan. An hour every night isn’t that bad, especially when the results are so pretty. I dipped the longer tip of the leaf into glue and applied it to a cardboard cone that I bought at Michael’s. Thankfully, I bought the smaller cone. 🙂 I applied the leaves in rows starting from the bottom alternating between solid green and patterned green papers. I popped in some red leaves for flavor. One or two red leaves per row. It’s important to make sure the next row you add covers up the top of the previous row.
Once I got to the top, I painted it red, then I glued the last few leaves. Lets admire how the finished product looks again. Shall we? Yes, we shall.
Thanks for reading!
~ Laura McC