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Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Cardmaking 201, Stars and Stamps, Tutorial | 12 comments

Tutorial – Folded Trees – Two Ways

I hope everyone enjoyed this weekend’s World Cardmaking Day Blog Hop. There was a lot to see, and I know several people have said they are still hopping.

If you missed it this weekend, please take a moment to answer my poll about our Tuesday Tutorials and the Cardmaker’s Glossary.

Ok, on to our tutorials – yes! Two tuts in one! Jan had a great tutorial on her blog for how to fold her Christmas tree, and I hinted I’d be writing one about how to make my tree as well. There are a couple other folded trees out there, and I’m hoping we’ll be able to show you those soon.

Meanwhile, here’s Jan’s. Remember you can visit her blog at She’s Gone Digital.

Jan writes:

The supplies needed to make this project are very basic. One 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 the 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 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 triangle 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.

Thanks, Jan! Excellent as always! I love how dimensional the tree is, but it still smushes down to avoid lumpiness.

Everyone ready for another tree? I was inspired to make my card after watching this video:

You will need:

Whatever base and background you want to use. My base is an A2-sized card 4.25″ x 5.5″. My red mats are 4″x 5.25″ and 2.75″ x 4″. The striped designer paper is 3.75″ x 5″ and the vanilla center panel is 2.5″ x 3.75″.

Several scallop circles. I used a 2-3/8″ punch. You could use a smaller punch, or a die cut of whatever size.

An isosceles triangle. (Hah! Geometry flashbacks anyone?) Mine is cut from a 4″ square. Mark the center on one side and cut from the two lower corners as illustrated here. Note – this triangle is going to be completely covered, so you can use scrap paper.

Cut each of your scallops into 4 quarters – one side you’ll cut in the valley between two hills, and the other you’ll cut the middle of a hill (as shown).

When You cut the middle of a hill it will make a pointy edge. You will use those on the outside of your tree to make the branches.

You can leave your branches green, but I like the flocked look. If you want a flocked tree, drag the scalloped edges directly across a white ink pad.

Adhere your circle quarters to the bottom of the triangle. Notice the pointy parts are on the outside to make the branches of the tree.

Just keep layering to the top. Depending on sizes, you may have to trim the top piece so it will fit.

Decorate your tree however you like. I cut out the star from a dry-embossed piece of cardstock and then heat embossed it with gold embossing powder for the top, and used some striped twine for garland.

It’s your turn! Make some trees and link them below. Remember you can do a Tuesday Tutorial! Just email me at kate@operationwritehome.org.



12 Comments

  1. OH! What a fun surprise to see my card and tutorial, thanks Kate! I knew you were going to post it but thought it would be later 🙂

  2. Thanks for two great tutorials, ladies! These were really fun!

  3. Thanks for this tutorial Kate, I love both yours and Jan's versions. I especially love the use of bakers twine on yours, and I have to try making one of these real soon!

  4. Great tutorials. I do the first one but the scalloped one is new to me.
    Thanks!

  5. Nice job on both tutorials, ladies! They both make marvelous looking trees.
    R/

  6. Thank you very much for the great tutorials, Jan and Kate.

    Jan, your two cards are wonderful! I especially liked the colors you used and the way you mounted the tree on the first card.

    Kate,
    Such a great idea adding "snow" to your tree.

  7. Great tutorial Jan – I also really like the variations – I couldn't post comments on the cards that came from Flikr – but I really like them!

  8. Really neat. I love how you 'frosted' the leaves.

  9. Thank you so much for the amazing tutorials. WIll be sure to try both as they are both so neat looking.

  10. Great tutorials! Thanks.

    Amazing what a few folds, a couple of snips, and a little ink can do. And people wonder why we love playing with paper!

  11. Thank you for the great tutorials! I finally got around to making a card using Tree Fold #1 and I love it! Thanks so much! –Yvonne

  12. Thanks for the information. Really good work. keep it up!

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