Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, October 28, 2011

A little Christmas tree.

I had a bit of bother with the post I have just done for my other blog, so I hope I am more successful with this one. I thought I would just show you the results of my labours all yesterday afternoon and evening! This isn't my design. Anyone who went to the recent Ally Pally show, may have seen it on Kay Rutter's stall. She had made one to show off the verstility of her Hougie board. I was impressed enough to buy her board, and it is proving to be quite a useful piece of kit, so I was keen to give the Christmas tree a go.

It is of course, a similar idea to Tim Holtz rosettes, but with the folds scored at the regular intervals on the Hougie board. It would have been far easier to make if I had a 'grass' border punch, but I don't, so I managed with my Marianne die 'icicles'. What I hadn't taken on board until I came to make it was that this is a finite die; i.e. it is a set length, (short), and it cuts right across at each end. I didn't want to be joining lots of little pieces together, so I tried to cut it about three quarters of way down its length, move the die along, and start cutting below the edge blade, stopping before the end again, and so on .. Needless to say this didn't always work and I did have to join some pieces, but I kept going. I also had to guess what widths I needed to make each rosette smaller than the prvious one, and what length of paper would make the best rosette. I found that particular die quite difficult to use because it either didn't cut quite well enough and I had to help it in places with my little decoupage scissors, or else it cut beautifully but the paper was too well wedged into the die and was difficult to remove without tearing it. No amount of changing shims seemed to help with this. But in the end I had my six rosettes which I joined with pieces of foam tape. Then I lightly brushed PVA glue all over and dusted it with irridescent glitter, and made the star on top from a wooden die-cut snowflake, heat embossed with Queen of Diamonds UTEE.

I am quite pleased with the end result, but I won't be repeating the exercise too often. It was too time consuming. If I do eventually get a border punch I might give it another go, because it is very pretty. Incidently I was surprised to find it took just over two A4 page of heavyweight paper to make it.

I will link this to Inspire me Fridays linky party 30, where Anything goes.


Jean Straw said...

I love the little tree even if it did take a long time to make.Jean x

veronica said...

this is really lovely Kate, and I think it was worth all the fiddling to use the icicle die

Maria Matter said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! you did an awesome job with this design!!
Thank you for sharing @ Inspire Me Fridays!!

Di said...

Totally gorgeous Kate - you must have endless patience! I've got the Icicles Die too (unused as yet) but think others have had problems removing the cut outs from it as well. Mind you, I won't be making a tree like this little beauty - I'll just come back and peek at yours online over Christmas! It certainly was worth all your hard work :) Di xx

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Its totally WOW!!
I love it, hmmn, off to play with the silhouette me thinks, gorgeous!!!

Made by Mandy said...

Wow this is lovely, well done for your perseverance, it does look like there is a lot of paper in it. Are you going to decorate it or leave it as it is.

Fab decoration :)

Love Mandy xxx

Saskia said...

That does look like a lot of work. Well done! It's a beautiful little tree, I love it.

Michelle said...

Hi Kate

Thought I would swing past both your blogs to say hi!

Oh wow, you are very patient! Your tree looks amazing, so worth the effort.

Michelle :o)

Chris Powell said...

what a lovely decoration . keep up the great work

cg said...

Gorgeous! Congrats on being featured at Inspire Me Fridays!
I see that you're living in Andulucia?! I grew up in Rota/Puerto de Santa Maria. I'd love to go craft shopping down there! I'm going to follow your blog, because I love your work & also maybe you'll share some photos of my favorite place on earth :)