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Old 09-29-2013, 12:02 PM
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Over on the Christmas Card Idea Exchange thread, I recently posted this tutorial.

I'm using the box idea to make triangle Christmas trees for some of my Christmas cards. Here's what I want to make with these trees. I think they are by far some of the most loveliest paper trees I've seen. And I get two trees for the price of one!

Not too long ago, I bought a paper stash by Tim Holtz called Holidays Past at Tuesday Morning. All the pages are double sided and include 12 x 12, 6 x 6, 2 x 2, ATC size and some borders. It's a lovely set. For this tutorial, I am using the 6 x 6 design.

My first set of trees turned out as shown below, which is why I am posting this tutorial.
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It's true, that since the paper is double sided, I can take the first tree and flip it over. Voila! But, if you're like me and have your heart set on a particular design, that doesn't always go over very well.

In the next few posts, I'll show how to compensate for those directional designs.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:11 PM
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Here is a full sheet of the 6 x 6 design. Each sheet comes with four designs on the front and then four plain designs on the back. This made it really simple to cut, which I did lengthwise (top to bottom).
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I'm changing gears here because I still had half my sheet left from the first trees I made. Here, you can see how I folded my sheet in half (keep note of the directional design which is 'Christmas Greetings').
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:19 PM
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To make the design be the same direction as the tree, I made a mark on the fold at the halfway point. This will be the top of the tree.
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Old 09-29-2013, 12:25 PM
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Since I want my trees to be more narrow than what my card will be, I chose to measure in an inch from either side after turning my piece of card stock end for end. This will be the bottom of the tree.
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Okie dokie. Now it's time to cut the cardstock and make the tree. Line the top marking and the bottom right marking where your blade will cut (if you're using a paper cutter the way I did). Don't worry if you don't cut off the markings. We'll take care of this at the end of this tutorial.
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Turn the cardstock end for end, line up the markings where the blade will cut and make the cut.
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If you still see your markings, you have two choices:

1) If the markings are at the bottom of the tree, line it up on your paper cutter and cut those babies off.

2) If the marking is at the top of the tree, it won't matter unless you're not putting a tree topper on it at which point you will need to retrim both sides of your tree.

3) You can always flip it over if you've decided you really don't like the design.

Merry Christmas and happy tree making!
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Now I really want to see the finished card!
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