fabric collage cards and stitched the eight half trees into four whole trees by zigzagging them together down the middle. I added a zigzag garland in red and then used straight stitch to attach gold sequins over the garland. I was looking for a cool but subtle background paper for them in my stash and eventually resorted to creating my own using*" leftover paint paper". I added some music notes (SU) at the top and bottom and a script (IO) in between in a beige coloured ink. To give it all a bit of a collage look I stamped a portion of a collage stamp in the upper left hand corner - just enough to get a bit of colour up there. Really happy with the way the background paper turned out!! I stitched my trees to the background paper using green thread and then added a gold sequin with a gold brad to top the trees. I used a sharpie marker and scribbled in a trunk. I stitched this element to my red card front on my sewing machine using beige thread. That really worked out well!!
I added JOY in little red punched out letters. My daughter had this punch set - one handle along with 30 or so little punch inserts - she was liquidating from a lot she purchased a while back. They were the perfect size for this card!! I will be hanging on to this set!!
*What is "leftover paint paper"?? I always apply any leftover paint from any project to paper - either clean white paper, the insides of bags or papers, junk mail or newspaper or any other sheet of left over paper I happen to have on hand. This particular one was created when I was painting trim in our last house. I just brushed out onto the paper as much paint as I could from my brush then cleaned up the brush. I keep adding paint to the papers until I am happy with them and then they get incorporated into art.