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Convertible Christmas Card: From Clouds to Tree

Posted on October 24th, 2016 in Crafts

This month, my friend and craft wife Eileen Hull gave those of us on her inspiration team an assignment of making a card. Well, that’s easy, right? I make cards with Eileen’s Sizzix dies all the time. But as I frequently do, I overthought it and came up with this Christmas card that’s kind of hard to explain. I’m not sure what to call it — a convertible card, a before-and-after card, an interactive card…. So let’s just go into it and show you what I made.

I started by using Eileen’s Romance Flower die with two different papers.diecut

The papers I used were from DCWV‘s new paper stack, “Cranberry Christmas.”paper

The individual flower section diecuts looked like clouds, so I attached them to the front of the card with removable glue dots. It’s important that they are removable! You’ll see why soon. I love how this paper I chose looks like rain. Well, a very stylish and colorful rain.front

And then when you open the card, this is what the inside looks like. Notice the left side. These are the directions for putting a tree together — using the cloud die cuts from the front.inside

So, following those directions, the recipient of this card would remove the clouds from the front of the card (thus the removable glue dots), and assemble the tree like this, with a 1/8″ diameter stick that would come with the card.tree

I didn’t forget the tree stand. This card would also include the large flower from Eileen’s Pansy die. (And who are you calling a pansy?) If you look again at the picture of the front of the card, you’ll notice this pansy diecut attached there with a removable glue dot, but it blends in so well you probably didn’t see it.pansy

Fold the petals, and you have a tree stand.tree standtree stand

And the finished tree looks like this. (The star is made with a star punch, and it would be attached to the star on the instruction diagram with, you got it, a removable glue dot.)tree

It would make a nice tree for someone’s desk at work. Or look cute on a fireplace mantel. So there’s my convertible Christmas card. I think I’ll send it to a few people this holiday and see if they can figure it out.tree card


Disclosure: I was given product to write this post, but all opinions are my own. Obviously.


  1. Eileen hull says:

    This is fantastic and just another example of your outrageous creativity, my genius craft husband 😘😘😘

  2. Anne R says:

    Jonathan, this is such a genius idea!! I love it and cannot wait to make some of these for the grandkids! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing inspiration…. Anne x

  3. Cindi says:

    So ingenious! WOWZA!

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