Trend Watch – See the trees for the forest

I just love trees.  I have pictures of trees on my walls.  I like watching the leaves turn and I like the look of the snow and ice on the branches.  And now that it is officially Christmas time, for those who celebrate, there are trees everywhere.  Maybe it has something to do with the symbolism of the tree.  They last for generations and almost seem wise with all of the changes they have seen over the years.  They also have growth and changes we can see in the leaves and branches as well as what we can’t see underground.  There is so much to love.  So enough of my love affair with trees.  Let me show you some of the cool cards and tags I have found that feature one of nature’s awesome wonders.

Appropriately, I am going to start with Winter.  Well, at least a card that shows off nature’s splendor at its best.  Check out this card from Tamara.  This Stampin Up! stamp allows you to capture the bones of the tree (bare branches and trunk) and you can dress it up for any season you choose.  The contrast with the white snow and snowflakes against the dark brown of the tree is so nice.


card by Tamara Bertram photo courtesy of Tamara’s Paper Trail

Next is another take on the same stamp with a blue stormy sky background.  I love how different the looks are with the same stamp in the same season.

snow tree

card by Lisa Brown photo courtesy of Ink and Inspirations

I just love how cleverly Diane combined her embossing folder and the tree stamps.  I need to remember this sometimes that it is a great look together.


card by Diane Dimich photo courtesy of DDstamps

You don’t even have to have tree stamps to make a great tree card.  Look what Jessica created by using a craft knife and two colors of green card stock.  Its a great look, right?  If you check her blog, she also has a pattern there you can download.


card by Jessica Jones photo courtesy of How About Orange?


card by Jessica Jones photo courtesy of How About Orange?

Becky takes us into fall with this awesome Stampin Up! stamp and you can see the versatility in it by using different colors you get this warm look.


card by Becky Roy photo courtesy of Artistic Embellishments

In addition to shaker cards, I am obsessed with acrylic in cards.  I like the peek a boo look in Paula’s Christmas card.

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card by Paula Reid photo courtesy of Yellow Bear Stampin

And look at this next peek a boo acrylic card.  Alanna used the tree as a background so the banner on the front of the card acts as garland too.  The present in front is super cute too.


card by Alanna Wharf photo courtesy of Sleepless Stamper

Jo’s tag is just gorgeous.  I love the look of craft she brings in the the tag and in the background of her trees.  It adds nice texture.


tag by Jo Nevill photo courtesy of Rambling Boots

I love Dorota’s style and this card shows off the many winter white and blue trees she uses so well.  You can almost hear how quiet and peaceful the scene is that she created.  Just gorgeous.

winter scene

card by Dorota Kopec’ card courtesy of Handmade By Dorota Kopec’

It took me a second to realize that Laurie used the die cut she created and the negatives to make it look like there are several more trees in her scene.  How clever.  I love the way this turned out.


card by Laurie photo courtesy of Stamping Up North

Using a cute style can also work really well with trees too.  The sweet polka dot layered look of this tree is so sweet.


card by Lucy Abrams photo courtesy of Lucy’s Cards

Trees are such an evergreen trend (just had to work in a pun) that you can incorporate them any time of the year and especially this season.  I have found a few products below you can look to for inspiration or just raid your stash to create your own version of a tree.

So go ahead… make something pretty.

mama elephant stamps

Mama Elephant stamp set from Simon Says Stamp


Hero Arts stamp from Simon Says Stamp


Paper Smooches tree die set from Simon Says Stamp


Stencilgirl Windswept tree stencil from Simon Says Stamp


Sheltering Tree stamp set from Stampin Up! 

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