Have you seen all of the triangle designs in Stampin’ Up!’s two latest catalogs? What fun it is to have all those triangles. I have especially been looking forward to making triangle Christmas trees with the new Tree Angle Stamp Set. You’d think I’d never made triangle trees before. And that’s what I thought, too. But it turns out we were both wrong.
Going WAAAAY Back for This Thursday!
I made this card way back in December 2009. And it’s got triangle trees. Who knew? But this stamp set, Patterned Pines, was the first stamp set in the 2009 Holiday Catalog. They are just gorgeous and I wish I had them today. (But you know that, if I kept every stamp set I’ve ever bought from Stampin’ Up!, we’d need to buy another two bedroom apartment!) I believe that the color that I used to stamp these trees was Taken With Teal. But I have no idea what the ribbon is, unless I used ink to color some Whisper White satin ribbon. But that’s a mystery I don’t have to solve. What I do have to do with a Throwback Thursday post is think about CASEing this card!
Stitched Triangles Dies to the Rescue!
I love the idea of different patterns to make up trees. And I’ll bet I’ll come up with some beauties as the season progresses this year. But for today, the second piece of printed paper (we’ll talk about the first later) that caught my eye wasn’t a print, it was a plaid.
This piece of plaid paper is from the Tis The Season Designer Series Paper set. When I laid my dies out over the paper, it came together so well that I just couldn’t resist. The die set has isosceles triangles (the two on the left) and equilateral triangles (the one on the right), as well as some right triangles. I couldn’t make any of the right triangles look like a tree, at least not today. But these shapes are fairly close to those that were in that long ago stamp set.
I Love Satin Ribbon
I would love to have had some wide ribbon to copy the 2009 card more closely. But then I saw another die in the set that made that lovely little row of triangles at the bottom of the card front. To that I added some Real Red 3/8″ Double Stitched Satin Ribbon. Just to keep the style the same, I simply tied a knot rather than make an entire bow.
Helping The Triangles Look Like Trees
While I’m sure that, if I added a Christmas greeting to a card, three triangles just sitting there would make you think that it kind of looked like a tree. But I’m a bit more literal than that in my artistic style. So those trees had to have trunks, and they had to have a topper – at least. For the trunks, I pulled out the Tree Angle Stamp Set, which quite properly has a trunk for its trees. So I stamped the trunk using Soft Suede Ink.
For the toppers for these trees, I used some Red Wonderful Gems. I really wanted to use the red rhinestones, but I thought they were just too small for this card. These really do sparkle nicely in real life.
Now About that First Piece of Printed Paper
I originally thought that I’d put some green triangle trees on one of the gold star patterned cards that come with the Most Wonderful Time Product Medley. The first paper that I saw that seemed to go with it is also from the Tis The Season paper set. But once I got it put together, I just had the hardest time figuring out what else I was going to do with it. So I scratched that paper and card and went looking for something else. That’s what I just finished discussing.
But I’d already cut the triangle trees, and I HATE to waste stuff I’ve already cut or stamped. So I went back and made it work. I don’t care for it as much as the one I chose for this post. But it will be a fine Christmas card to send out.
The Bottom Line
Just because it’s not a favorite doesn’t mean it’s not worth anything. I like this card and I am gladly including it in my 2020 Christmas Card stash. It’s just not my favorite.
Happy Stamping – and I hope everything is your favorite!