Saturday 28 November 2020

Sparkling Tree Tile


For Day 23 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is the letter T. 
I have chosen Tree

I purchased this tree die a good number of years ago before I had my crafty hiatus. I saw it on a blog and just HAD to have it..... you know how it is 😉 However this is the first time I have used it which I am embarrassed to admit. There I have come clean and no longer need to feel guilty as it has finally been used.

This card unfortunately didn't come out as originally intended though. The silver is a glittery self adhesive vinyl. My plan was to use the outline on one card and then piece in the waste onto another card. However what I didn't consider is that the die didn't completely cut through the plastic layer on such a material, especially being so intricate. Never having used this kind of sticky backed plastic before lesson learned....

So my initial idea ditched I put it to one side and forgot about it (as you do!) 

I have been following Hannelie's Desert Diva blog for years. She makes some amazing CAS cards and although my own style is not usually like that I really do admire her work. She did a recent post as brand ambassador for Uniko and it had some super cards that inspired me to dig out my tree and make something similar.

The base is a navy blue DL card blank. Long and thin cards are in fashion at the moment and seem to really work as a more CAS style. I cut a panel of good quality white card and cut a triangle window out of it to suit the tree. The vinyl I had trimmed down into a triangle and coloured the inside with a dark blue Promarker. This section was stuck down onto the blue card. The white panel is raised up on foam pads so the tree is in the background.

I have added a few star gems to the panel and some blue and clear to the tree for a bit more sparkle. To keep it simple I used a silver peel off sticker sentiment.

I am not entirely sure if I should have cut out a 'trunk' but thought it might make it less clean looking. I really struggle with CAS as I always want to add more to fill in the white space. That kind of defeats the style of card I guess so for now I am leaving it alone.

Card Details -

Size - DL/Slimline
Dies – Sparkling Tree Tile 98919 (Memory Box)
Colouring Medium - Promarkers
Embellishments – self adhesive gems, peel off stickers

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. This is lovely Mandy. I agree that Hannelie is a great inspiration on CAS cards. I like this card and how you rescued the silver piece by using your Promarker. I like the gems in the corners.

  2. This is super, what a great card, love the CAs feel to it. Off to visit the other ladies blog to be inspired too, thanks for sharing with me over on Fezziwigs, Hazel x

  3. I like it as is Mandy... I think adding a trunk would interrupt the flow of the card, and the beautiful tree definitely doesn't need anything else, it's gorgeous! Love the blue and silver, always a fabulous combination. Sorry to hear your plan didn't work, but there's always a next time!
    P.S. I hope you're starting to feel a little better. xx

  4. Hi Mandy,
    Happy Rudolf Days.
    Your card is very lovely and I love that tree it's gorgeous and the colour if and the wonderful work creating it.
    Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Such a pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at PIP Challenges.

  6. Simply beautiful Mandy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Winter Blues’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  7. Hi Mandy !
    Thank you so much for your sincere comment on my latest post ! I really appreciate it. I am so glad I could inspire you... I think you did a wonderful job with this card... it's beautiful!
    Thank you for following me and for playing along in the Uniko challenge!♥

  8. What a beautiful Christmas tree all in blue!! Thanks so much for joining us at Cut It Up for our Christmas challenge.

  9. What a lovely card. Coming to you via Fezziwig's!

    The more I think about it the more I think I have that die. I must go and see if I do xx

  10. It's so gorgeous Mandy! Love the blues!

    Thank you for sharing it with us and playing along at Creative Knockouts!

  11. Beautiful and striking Christmas card - full of festive sparkle and thanks for joining our Uniko challenge


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