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Oh Christmas Tree... Oh Christmas Tree...

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Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I wanted to share the little Christmas tree that I made using the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. It was a fun and easy project to make. I started with the following supplies: 2 sheets of CTMH cardstock, a plastic straw (the kind that bendy at the top), Liquid Applique, Glitz, a cropadile (hole puncher), heat tool and of course the MUST have Art Philosophy Cartridge.

I cut each shape in 1/4" increments from 1" to 5". The image I used was <shape12> on page 13. You can make it larger and fuller if you'd like. I had no idea how it was going to turn out or the size but the idea came to me so I just went for it. =) I had all the pieces cut and then sprayed them with some water (2-3 spritz on each side), then crumpled them up into little wads, then I unfolded each piece leaving it a little crinkly (as you can see in the pic above), then let them dry a bit keeping them in order from largest to smallest. Once they've dried a bit use a hole puncher (I used my cropadile) and punch a hole in the center of each one. Get out your bendy straw (bend it) and layer them on the longer part of the straw (biggest at the bottom to the smallest at the top). Make sure to rotate them so the points face all different directions.

I then cut out 2 red stars using the Pear & Partridge paper at 1 1/2" using the Art Philosophy Cartridge. Before attaching it, I trimmed the straw so that it didn't show beyond the top of the star. I attached them together around the star using some glue dots.

Now comes the fun part.... grab your liquid applique and frost up the tree. It comes out just like paint so go around the tree until you feel you've added enough, then get out your heat tool and heat up the tree. In just a few seconds you'll start seeing the liquid applique rise up and will appear to look like snow. I added some glitter but didn't get the look I was going for, so I just added sparkle using the CTMH Glitz. I glitz up the star too (hard to tell in the pic).

As for the base... I just trimmed the bent part of the straw (so it didn't show) and then used the cut part on the other side and adhered it to the bottom on the opposite side to help it stand up.

Tada!!! It was rather simple and doesn't take too long. I think I may make another one and do it a little larger. I should have taken pictures along the way to share but I truly had no idea how it was going to turn out. If my directions confused you in any way... just ask what you have questions on and I'll do my best to clarify.

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Posted by: karen
Saturday, December 22, 2012 @ 12:23:22 PM

Just wanted to let you know I could not find this shape on page 13, but found it on page 38.

Posted by: Charlotte C
Friday, December 7, 2012 @ 6:26:58 AM

Fabulous. This will be perfect as a decoration on my cookie tray for our cookies swap. Don't quite understand how cutting and reattaching the bottom of the straw makes it stand, but I'm sure I'll figure it out. Thanks for a quick doable project!

Posted by: Cheryl
Thursday, December 6, 2012 @ 4:19:06 PM

I luv, luv, luv this tree! I would like further details on how it is made. I am a fellow CTMH consultant.

Posted by: Melissa Cano
Thursday, December 6, 2012 @ 9:46:19 AM

Super cute tree!! I love the snow on it, great job! :)

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