Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #229 – Fabric Strip Christmas Trees

Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday for this week was making a fabric strip christmas tree.




Although pretty, I was thinking retro, like the Christmas tree my Grandmother use to have.  A Tinsel one.   I thought it would be cool to have an all tinsel tree but in soft pastel colors.

This is similar to the tree my Grandmother had, including the color wheel that made the tree sparkle with different colors.


To get the base of the tree I took a straw and covered it with metal tape used for plumbing.  This way the base was all silver

To make the tree, I used some tinsel ribbon.  It was strange ribbon as it had two rows with little brackets every few inches, but it worked.

The original tinsel ribbon was silver, but I took a variety of Alcohol Inks to color the tinsel.   The colors came out a muted, retro color.

Then I tied them onto the straw.  After that I trimmed the tree to be more tree shaped.    I decided to use a silver foil background.  I used the Papertrey Ink Holiday Plaid paper.  They actually had a muted one that matched the colors of my inks.   Can you say lucky!!!

I then placed a foam cushion behind the silver rectangle to give it some dimension.   I then glued a Tim Holtz Idealology Star to the top.   The card base is made from Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist paper.

Sadly this picture does not do it justice.  The lighting is really bad today.


tinsel tree card copy


Thank you for looking at my card.

I will be selling it shortly on Etsy, but in the meantime, please click on the etsy button on the right to see the cards I currently have on sale.

Thanks so much!


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One Response to “Papertrey Ink Make it Monday #229 – Fabric Strip Christmas Trees”

  1. Oh my!!! I love, love, love your tinsel tree! How clever to use the alcohol inks and what lovely colors they created on the tinsel. Your tree is definitely one of my favorites from this week’s challenge! 🙂

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