CAS Christmas August Challenge – Tree

Hello again!  I’m back with a second post today and Trees is this month’s theme at CAS Christmas.  I think this may be the first theme where I have too many options to choose from! 😂   I ended up picking a die and made this easy card.



First off, a stitched frame was die cut from Bristol paper using two different sizes of stitched rectangle dies.  The larger die was then used to die cut a rectangle piece from Bristol paper.   Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch distress oxide inks were then blended on with a mini blending tool.  Spritz it with water, then with a DIY shimmer spray for some sparkle.  It’s super sparkly IRL.



Took the tree die next and die cut from that.  Heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder.  Assembled those two pieces together onto a regular stitched rectangle from my stash, then mounted it all onto a white card base to finish.



The fabulous Barb of Barb’s Studio Creations is back with us as our guest.  We also have two new talented designers — Colleen and Linda — joining our team and you can find out more on the blog HERE.  There you will also see more wonderful inspirations from the team.  The challenge runs till August 24th so I hope you will join us.  Thank you for stopping in.  Enjoy your day.







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18 thoughts on “CAS Christmas August Challenge – Tree

  1. Gorgeous, Trina! At first I thought the tree die was on top of the background until I saw your subsequent photos and saw you cut it out of the background. Wonderful! xx

  2. How cool to use both the positive and negative aspects of this wonderful die with your backgrounds as you’ve done on these 2 lovely cards. I think both are beautiful, but I especially like the way you’ve done the assymetrical treatment and framing layout with the negative space. TFS

  3. Trina, thank you for the welcome. I am honored to be on the CAS Christmas Design Team. Your colors is so beautifully sponged and love all the shimmer. Love that Christmas tree die.

  4. A fabulous christmas card, love it.
    Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge and i hope to see you again.

  5. Love this shimmery background and how you’ve die cut the tree from it, Trina! I’m thinking the die cut tree will find a perfect spot on another Christmas card! Love the framing!

  6. Hi Trina! This is so fun and the colors are just beautiful. Thanks so much for joining my Christmas in July blog challenge and good luck 🙂

    Jeannie T.
    Dragonfly Journeys

  7. This is so pretty, Trina! I love the color combo and you sponged the inks so smoothly and beautifully. The front panel looks super sparkly even in the picture!! The die design is so cute that I clicked the link, but it was already sold out! I guess I’m not the only one who wanted to buy this die. 🙂
    Placing the panel at an angle adds movement to the card and matches the whimsical and fun image of the tree. Hideko xx

  8. Wow Trina I have this die and have only used a couple of times as I wasn’t that inspired and here you show me this amazing design and how simple and clever and wonderful in this colour and straight away Im thinking of other colour mixes. How brilliant. Love it

  9. Trina, gorgeous ombre effect and love the sparkle of the shimmer spray. I love the crispness of the coloured background with the white, so beautiful.

  10. Such a beautiful card, Trina! I love your sparkly background and your color palette is really gorgeous! I also love all the stitching you included on the borders…a really lovely card design!
    Thank you so much for having me along as your GD for August!

  11. Trina, it is super sparkly looking at it right here, this is gorgeous and I love all the shimmer but especially the colors that are blended so beautifully! I also love that it is at an angle! Thank you for welcoming me to this fabulously talented group of ladies! I am honored! Have a wonderful weekend! Heart Hugs, colleen

  12. LOVE the beautiful blended colours, Trina. And it is really, really sparkly!! So pretty with the tree die-cut from the colours. The tilted frame adds a little whimsy. 🙂 xx

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