Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stylized Christmas Tree Card

If you like to make cards that tend toward minimalism, and/or need a design that goes together pretty quickly, this one's for you...

Quilled stylized tree card
Pardon the grainy photos - my camera rebels like crazy against metallics.

A rubber stamp inspired the stylized silver tree to which loose coil ornaments, and punched snowflakes and stars were added randomly. A paper cutter made short work of slicing metallic strips to form the tree. Because the large S scroll needs to stand firmly on edge, two strips were glued together for extra strength.

Quilled Christmas tree card
A gratuitous shot of my dining room table... am quite pleased with myself for decorating way earlier than usual as I'm typically the last minute kid - even if the holly leaves are already starting to curl and our tree (the trimmed tree, I mean, not this glass one) has fallen over twice - ack!

And more about Sephora holiday windows...

In the Sunday New York Times, Bill Cunningham's On the Street weekly photo essay offers a particular clothing category that's caught his eye on the city's streets. This past Sunday it was black coats and guess what?... he contrasted them with the all-white laser cut paper decorations that resemble lace curtains in the windows of the grand Sephora store on Fifth Avenue.

New York Times On the Street

According to Bill, they are the most elegant holiday windows in the city this year and they really do look lovely in the picture. (Of course it doesn't hurt that the building itself is pretty spectacular!) No paper flowers in sight though, so this store received a different treatment than the Sephora displays featured here on Monday. In Bill's On the Street video, he talks about the windows. You can catch a glimpse of them at about the two minute mark.


  1. New York City at Christmas time is a wonder. The Sephora window speaks to the elegant side especially.

  2. This tree looks so neat Ann. It looks simple but so effective. I love the elegant scroll decorating the tree.

  3. Oh, woow! I love this minimalistic card, looks so impressive!

  4. This card is beautiful in its simplicity!

    Where did you get those tiny snowflakes please? They are so cute!

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Okifolki, I used the Fiskars 3 in 1 Snowflakes Corner Punch for both the snowflakes and stars, and punched textured, silver foil from a yogurt container to make them.

  6. Thank you! They go perfectly with the rest of the design. :)

  7. That's a fabulous looking card. So simple yet so pretty

  8. love the minimalist look of the Xmas tree!

  9. so pretty, Ann! i love the glass tree, too :)


  10. Love that card. Simple and yet so elegant.

  11. Love the card and the detailing...

  12. the wonderful artwork and the color combination is wonderful!
    Greetings Baukje

  13. That building with th Sephora decorations is beautiful!!!!
    However....I still like their flowers you featured on Monday - LOL!!!

  14. I echo Suganthi-
    It looks simple but so effective. I love the elegant scroll decorating the tree.

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thanks so much for your comments, everyone.

  16. Love the card! And I can't believe your tree fell over TWICE! Ack! I hope no really special ornaments were broken.

  17. Thanks Melissa! Lost a few, but in the grand scheme of things, it's not worth getting upset about... more of a how the heck did that happen [again?!] moment.

  18. I loved reading your post and all the comments.
    Your card is great, as always. I'm sorry for your ornaments. I wish you a great Christmas, you deserved it.

  19. Merry Christmas Ann. Love your stylised tree!


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