This week I had a lot of fun making dimensional holiday trees using a Brenda Walton for Sizzix Bigz die called 3D Christmas Trees. The trees are very easy to make, and turn out so very cute! The die makes three sizes of trees — small (approx. 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″ x 2-5/8″), medium (approx. 3″ x 3″ x 4″) and large (approx. 4-5/8″ x 4-5/8″ x 5-1/8″). The large tree is a frame-shape, so it is open in the center. You can also create an interesting effect by inserting a small tree inside the large one.
To make the large and medium trees, I selected the cardstock I wanted to use. It takes two 12″x12″ sheets to cut the 8 tree shapes needed to make a dimensional tree. I found that double-sided cardstock made a nicer finished result than single-sided, although both will work. I used matching cardstock for each tree, but you could also alternate coordinating cardstocks to obtain a different result. Trees made from metallic cardstocks are very cute (they’re just hard to photograph well because they’re so shiny).
The die is very flexible – you can use as few as four tree shapes to make a tree, and then add shapes until you’re happy with the look. After experimenting a little, I decided that 8 shapes would make a nice large tree, although with heavier cardstock (such as the gold in the picture below), 6 may also be enough.
I cut the two sheets of cardstock into eight 5-1/2”x6” pieces. These fit nicely on the die, and will cut both the large and medium tree shapes. This is a Bigz die and is made to cut through even thicker materials, so I cut two sheets of cardstock at a time. The die also scores each tree (you’ll need to fold them in half for assembly) so I didn’t want to cut any more than two sets at a time. After cutting the trees, I folded each in half (here the right side of the cardstock should be on the inside). I used a bone folder to obtain a sharp crease (this is necessary to facilitate assembly of the tree). These are pictures of the cut and folded shapes.
I used Scor-Tape to assemble each tree. I began by placing strips of tape (I found the 1/8” size worked best) on the outside of one of the tree shapes. (As an alternative, you can glue the tree shapes together. Use paper clips to hold the shapes together while they dry.) I pulled the liner from the tape, and then attached another tree shape – being careful to line it up carefully. I repeated this process until all of the tree shapes were attached. The final step is to attach the remaining edges together to make the dimensional tree. (An instruction sheet is available for download on the Sizzix website.)
For the medium tree, use either 6 or 8 tree shapes. You can see in this photograph below that both make a nice tree – it is just a matter of preference. (The green/brown/gold tree uses 6 tree shapes; the green tree uses 8.)
To make the small tree, I cut six pieces of cardstock 3” x 3”. I folded them in half (right side in), and creased with a bone folder. There is a half-tree on the left side of the die. I lined up the fold in the cardstock with the edge of the half tree and cut. I was able to cut two of the small trees at a time too, being careful to keep both sheets of folded cardstock lined up appropriately. I found that 6 tree shapes made a nice full small tree. Assembly of the small tree is the same as for the large and medium trees.
See the short video for basic instructions on tree assembly.
The die also has an angel shape and a star shape that can be used on the top of the trees. I purchased some small star-shaped Christmas tree ornaments to top some of my trees. The ring used to hold string or an ornament hanger slides in the top of the tree and holds it securely in place with use of a little glue or Scor-Tape. Of course you can decorate the tree with anything you have on hand – beads, rhinestones, pom-poms, etc. There are just so many choices.
You can also use the tree shapes to make a dimensional decoration for a card or a banner, etc. Instead of joining the backs to make a dimensional tree, just attach those to the card or banner. You can see from this picture that it is a very cute result (this is the small tree – the medium tree would also work).
What a fun die!
Brenda Walton for Sizzix 3D Christmas Trees Bigz die
Assortment of cardstock – you’ll need 2 sheets of 12″x12″ cardstock for the large and medium trees (2 sheets will make 1 of each), 1 sheet for the small
Adhesive – I used 1/8” Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Die cutting/embossing machine – I used my Sizzix Big Kick
Stars and other embellishments, as desired
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!