Today's challenge showcases a fun holiday design technique that can be incorporated into all kinds of holiday projects: suggesting a tree shape. There are many different ways to suggest a tree, but the basic premise is to collect embellishments, squares of patterned paper, or punched or die cut shapes and use them to build a pyramid. This is easily done with six shapes or ten shapes; you are, of course, free to use more or less, whatever works for you and your project.
Today I (Vivian) will show you two different ways to suggest a tree on your projects - one more complex and another that's very simple.
First let's take a look at a layout I created that uses 2" x 2" patterned paper squares from the Daily Flash Eggnog collection and from the Very Merry December kit:
Six 2" x 2" squares and three 3" x 3" photos are arranged into a haphazard pyramid with stickers and other embellishments, including snowflakes die-cut from white cardstock, added to "decorate" the "tree." A title die cut and then colored with spray ink connects the patterned paper and photograph pieces of the tree shape. Let's get a closer look:
Now that we've seen the more complex take on this design challenge, let's look at the simple take:
What could be simpler than combining ten circles and one star punched from patterned paper atop a 3" x 4" patterned paper background, and then layering a greeting die cut over the top? This card came together in just a couple of minutes using the Very Merry December kit and is now ready for use on a greeting card, on a layout, or in a December daily album.
So, how will you suggest a tree on your next project? So many options! Please share projects inspired by this challenge with us in our October Afternoon Flickr gallery.