Sunday, November 19, 2017

Triangle Tree

Attending crops is always a learning experience. I attended a crop yesterday and one of our members taught us about using Gelli Plates. I have owned a gelli plate for a white but had never used it before. The blue and white background on the card was created using a gelli plate. The background was trimmed to size and adhered to a white card base. I like the way the blue paint combined with the white paint to create slate undertones in the background.
The card has no red tones... the red in the above photo is the reflection of the red shirt I wore while taking the photograph.
The tree was die cut from silver patterned foil paper covered in stars then adhered to a triangular panel of blue foiled cardstock. Notice how the cut triangles are folded outward to show the darker blue foil. The tree unit was backed with foam tape for dimension. The star was die cut from silver foil cardstock and adhered with foam tape. The tree was added to the card base with the background paper. The inside was decorated with a matching strip of the background paper and stamped with a holiday greeting. I see the card as masculine so purposely avoided adding glitter, sequins or gems.

My card has been submitted to the following challenges:

1. Cardz 4 Guyz #182 (Create an interesting masculine Christmas tree.)

2. Color Throwdown #469

3. Watercooler Wednesday #145

4. Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge #360 (Option: Use the color blue.)

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, Gelli Plate painting
Size: A2

Inks: Folk Art acrylic paints in blue and white; Delicata silver ink for inside sentiment
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, DCWV Foiled Cardstock
Paper: Darlee Holographic
Dies: Paper Smooches "Triangle Tree"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape); Gelli Plate, brayer


  1. Hi Melanie, that's happened to me before. I've had a reflective surface on my card and then had to deal with unwanted reflected colour in my photograph. But Gelli Plates? I've never heard of them and am intrigued, especially after seeing that wonderful background you created. Great work on that triangle tree. What a great idea to create such a gorgeous masculine Christmas card. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. Oh wow, that is just beautiful Melanie! Love the background and that foil tree is awesome! Great card! :)

  3. This is a great design to appeal to a man, with the metallic tree and partial cut-outs. I have yet to play with a Gelli plate - looks like fun! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

  4. Fun card and glad you got to play with your gelli plate!! Isn't that interesting about the reflection of your red shirt!! So happy you joined us at CTD!

  5. A great background and wonderful tree - I love the folded out triangles giving a hint of what's behind. Thank you for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz

  6. Great card. I love your background. Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Sian.