I'm not!...but here I am anyway, faced with the inevitable...
Christmas is coming!
Cut lengths of ribbon: I used four lengths, 4.5", 3.5", 2.5", and 1.5". You may need to snip off a little here and there to adjust for placement and the size of your card. (The ribbon or paper doesn't necessarily stay these measurements once you trim it up)
Rip/Cut: Rip the paper into long lengths using the paper ripper or trimmer (depending on if you want a clean edge or a ripped edge). Make strips approximately 1/2" wide (it will be larger in areas and smaller in other areas - if you use the ripper). The paper strips can also have a straight clean edge - just cut the paper into 1/2" strips. Cut them into lengths of 4.5:, 3.5", 2.5", and 1.5".
Decide if you want the edges of your tree to be a straight cut or a pinking shear cut and if you want them angled (if so, cut from the bottom of the ribbon/paper up and in about 1/2"). You can lay the pieces out on a flat surface to do this. I find it easier to affix the paper strips to the card (with adhesive just in the middle), place the trunk and then using a ruler draw a light pencil line. The I cut. After cutting, apply more adhesive.
Decide what you want to use as a trunk. 1/4" ribbon - grosgrain or satin - works well, just trim each end off at an angle. Rick rack can be a trunk. You can also use a brown scrapbook paper cut into a thin 1/8-1/4" strip and then cut to the correct length. A paper bag will also work as the trunk. My original idea used brown thread and I actually stitched the paper and ribbon to the card with a sewing machine.
Place your paper strips on the card and when you are happy with the placement begin glueing from the bottom up. Lay trunk into position and glue down.
For some cards I used a star stamp and for some I used crystals, and honestly, the trees look great without a topper too.
I am printing a photo of the munchkins and using photo corners to affix it on the inside of the card (the photos are my favorite part of a holiday card). On the opposite side, I will write a personal greeting...I may cheat a little and print out a little something on the computer and glue it on the inside or even use a "Happy Holidays" or "Seasons Greetings" stamp and just sign our names. (see top photo)
I made a few different styles of cards to show you how much fun you can have and that is doesn't have to be out of Christmas paper.....and for those who don't celebrate Christmas, I am working on a design for that too.
Same paper - two different techniques, two different looks!
One with ripped edges and straight sides and
One with stragith edges and pinked sides
Black and White
Ribbon and Fabric Trims
The Original Idea...circa 1999