By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
One of the well-loved products seems to always be the branch punch. It is a very basic punch even though we often don’t think of it. It can be used to create simple embellishments or even entire trees like this one for all of your holiday cards.
Punch a pattern in the paper using one of the All Around the Page punches by Martha Stewart Crafts.
Cut a piece of white cardstock to fit behind the pattern.
Assemble the card using a tape runner.
Create a triangle for the tree base using a white piece of cardstock. The size of your tree will depend on the size of the card base you have created. This tree measures 5 ½” tall and is 3 ½” wide at the bottom.
Run lines of tape from top to bottom to completely cover the tree base.
Begin punching branches from white cardstock using the branch punch. Start placing some of the branches onto the base to cover it. Lay some of them so that they extend over the sides and bottom of the tree slightly. Once you have covered all of the areas, continue adding the layers to cover any open spot and to make the tree fuller. For the layers use glue (Aleene’s Tacky Glue used) to adhere them.
Once the tree has been completed, add some glue to the back and attach it to the card base.
Finish the card by adding a piece of ribbon across the bottom to give the tree a place to sit. Also, add a star to the top. This can be done by using a star punch, a button, a stamp or even a simple sticker.
The next time you are looking for a card idea remember that your branch punch can be more than just a branch. It can create a whole tree! It’s perfect for any card theme or season.