Thank you for stopping by. This post is for a challenge set up by The Paper Players. The theme is ‘Into The Woods’ and I was intrigued and was inspired immediately to create this card using some of the fun products from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday 2019 catalog. Here is my card.

I love all the masks that Stampin’ Up! has to offer and the Basic Pattern Masks in the Holiday 2019 catalog are fantastic. The bare tree trunks just begged me to try my hand at creating trees with dimensional trunks. I did discover that you have to be careful not to move the mask and not to put too much ink in the embossing paste. 

MEASUREMENTS (Supplies and Links are at the end)

  • Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″ plus scraps for sentiment
  • Early Espresso Cardstock: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ for the card base layer plus scraps for pinecones/sentiment
  • Soft Suede Cardstock: scraps for pinecones
  • Garden Green Cardstock: scraps for pine boughs
  • Real Red Cardstock: scraps for bird
  • Toile Tidings DSP: 6″ x 6″ will be trimmed to 3-3-4″ x 5″

PREPARE THE ELEMENTS (use any die-cutting and embossing machine)

  1. Tint embossing paste with Early Espresso reinker. After mixed add a drop of White Craft reinker and stir in gently leaving some streaks of white.
  2. Apply embossing paste to Toile Tidings DSP using the tree trunk mask. TIP: Appy thick in an upward motion with the palette knife until you have stencil full of embossing paste, Then spread embossing paste with your pallette knife moving horizontally across the paper to get the bands on the tree trunk. You may have to use the tip to ‘dig’ in a little. Set aside and let dry about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Die-cut 2 pine boughs from Garden Green cardstock and pine cones from Early Espresso/Soft Suede using Beautiful Boughs dies.
  4. Using a sponge wedge, pounce Garden Green ink onto pine boughs.
  5. Assemble pinecones. I used a light dab of liquid glue.
  6. Die-cut bird from Real Red using Botanical Tag dies.
  7. Stamp the sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas in Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and quickly cover with Clear embossing powder and heat set.
  8. Punch sentiment using 1-1/2″ circle punch. Die-cut 1-5/8″ circle from Early Espresso cardstock using Layered Circle dies
  9. Cut a 4″ length of Garden Green Double Stitched Ribbon.


  1. Cut the embossed DSP to 3-3/4″ x 5″ and adhere to the Early Expresso card panel.
  2. Layer sentiment circles.
  3. Fold the ribbon in half and attach it to the back of the sentiment circles. ‘Fishtail’ ends or angle cut.
  4. Adhere sentiment to card panel with Dimensionals
  5. Cut a single bough from clusters. 
  6. Arrange layers as it pleases you.
  7. Don’t forget the red bird! 

I hope you enjoyed this card. Please check out the Paper Players for other entries into the latest  Paper Players Challenge PP446. 

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