Carta Bella Paper: Counting Down with a Christmas Tree!

This week we are sharing advent calendar ideas on the Echo Park Paper blogv. I chose to create mine out of one of my very favorite Carta Bella products … the designer cardstock! It’s usually a part of every project I do here for the blog, but this time I wanted to make it the focus!
I found this darling cut file in the Silhouette design store and knew that the Evergreen Shimmer cardstock would make the perfect base for this tree. It’s hard to capture just how beautiful the sheen is on these papers with a camera, but trust me! They are the perfect choice for all of your holiday projects.
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 1 600
In addition to having a beautiful shimmery surface, this cardstock boasts a 111 lb. weight! It’s very sturdy and makes a great base for dimensional projects like this one … cardmakers will swoon over it’s weight, too!
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 4 600
Let’s take a closer look at this project, shall we! In addition to the Evergreen Shimmer cardstock, I also used the Gold Shimmer and Ruby Red Shimmer to create ornaments and a star for the tree. For each day in December, add an ornament to the tree. There is a spot for exactly 25 ornaments.
If you look closer at the star and jingle bells you can see that I added dimensional details with yellow pearl paint.
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 2 600
I also used the gold and ruby red cardstocks to create gifts for under the tree. The red gift bag holds all of the ornaments until they are ready to be placed on the branches. When the big day finally arrives, you or your child can open the small gift as one of your Christmas presents! The bow on this gift was created using the Mini 3D Bow die.
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 3 600
In addition to the cardstock, I used the Christmas Dots & Stripes 6×6 paper pad and colorfully, striped baker’s twine for more pattern and interest. Some of the ornaments are decorated with gems and die cut stars and snowflakes (Snowflake #6 Die Set). I added some Liquid Pearls (Buttercup) to the jingle bell for more dimension.
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 5 600
The gold shimmer cardstock tree stand rests on a gorgeous tree skirt cut from the Red Holly & Berries Gold Foil cardstock.
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 6 600
This sweet, little tree measures 16″ tall. It’s the perfect size to place on a desk, dresser, or adorning an empty corner on a counter. You are sure to feel the holiday spirit as you decorate it each day!
Jana Eubank Carta Bella Designer Cardstock Christmas Countdown 7 600
SUPPLIES:

Carta Bella Evergreen Shimmer Cardstock
Carta Bella Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Carta Bella Ruby Red Shimmer Cardstock
Mini 3D Bow Die
Poinsettia Die Set
Silhouette Die Cutting Machine
Various Gems
Red, Green, Navy Baker’s Twine

Happy Holidays!
JanaBold

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