Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stampendous Chipboard Challenge ~ Trees

Over at Stampendous Blog  there is a challenge to use chipboard.  I wasn't going to enter as I didn't have any chipboard die cuts or anything.... but reading the blog post, I realised I could just use some sort of heavy cardboard.  My son got  a new clock radio alarm and I thought the box would be perfect... it's patterned on one side and kraft on the other and a bit corrugated in between.   Out came one of my earliest Cuttlebug die and emboss sets.. Christmas Trees.  I ended up making two cards.

Three trees


For the first one, I cut out and embossed the trees, then used Peeled Paint distress stain to colour them.  The background was a piece of stamped card I had lying around.  I had used a shadow stamp and some distress inks to make a watercoloured look.  I used the sketch from CAS-ual Fridays to make a CAS card.

Black and White Christmas Trees


My second card came about as I cut a few extra trees and realised the coloured side of the cardboard was intriguing.  I layered the skeleton trees over one of the other trees.  I cut out a Spellbinders circle die and stamped Hero Arts Musical Background, made some snowy hills and stuck on my trees.   Really pleased how this turned out.

Recycling really does pay off..  A real case of waste not, want not...

Adding these both to the Our Creative Corner's Christmas Tree Challenge

I've just spend the last two hours addressing my Christmas cards as the NZ Post cut off date for guaranteed arrival in Canada, USA and Europe, is this Friday.  Still about 10 cards to do, then onto making some more for my NZ and Australia friends and family.

Take care all
Cheers
Dawn

11 comments:

cardcreationsnz said...

Both are great cards. I like the way you were able to use the cardboard from an alarm clock box. Very clever.

I still have to finish off making some of my cards to send England and the US and then write them out! A job for tomorrow.

Lisa said...

Very clever Dawn :) I really love the first card. The trees look like metal the way you've finished them- very cool!! The skeleton trees are very intriguing- agreed! Love the unconventional colors as well :)

Barb said...

Fabulous recycling, Dawn! Love both cards! :)

Maureen Morton said...

Good for you for recycling! Love it. Both cards are adorable - love those trees and both wonderful backgrounds.

Elizabeth Allan said...

Dawn your chipboard die-cuts are waaaaay better than any premade design! You are one creative gal!

Nancy said...

Beautiful cards, Dawn! You've certainly created treasures with some clever upcycling! I really love your pretty black and white layered trees!

Lin said...

Well done, Dawn! Love the way you solved your problem! I'm going on the lookout around here for something I can use instead of chipboard, too - thank you for the inspiration!

Isha said...

This is amazing Dawn. Love your recycling...what a clever idea. I actually like the circle card more....looks special. TFS
Hugs

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

These are both terrific, but I really like the red and green one with that touch of black - it really pops. Love the trees on that one and the way you did the background. Great work making your own chipboard die cuts. I'm a real DYI-er and never buy precut - always use whatever cardboard is at hand. Terrific work on the Christmas tree challenge. So happy to have you joining in the fun with us this week at Our Creative Corner.

Tiffany said...

Very cool looking effect on these trees, Dawn, I would have never thought that was cardboard! The trees on the first card look like real metal!

Brenda said...

I love your beautiful Christmas trees Dawn! Love the dimension!