Peace Tree Card

25 Days of Paper 2015, Day 18

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I designed this card several decades ago. I think it was for an assignment at the School of Visual Arts, where I took a few classes. I remember that my instructor was impressed!

My assistant made the denim paper this past summer. That’s right, you are holding 100% blue jean paper in your hands. Cool, huh? I had to fold it to fit it into your paper pack, but the fold aligns with that first fold between the P and the E.

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You might want to make a mock-up before cutting the actual blue jeans paper. There are a few things that could go wrong… like accidentally cutting on a fold line.

For this project you will need:

  • This template
  • Blue denim paper
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Bone folder
  • Cutting mat
  • Tape (to adhere template to paper)
  • Decorative items (optional)

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Step 1: Tape Template: Rough cut the template and tape it on top of the paper, making sure that you line up that first fold to match the score line between the P and the E. Also make sure that the tree top isn’t sticking up over the edge of the paper (I almost chopped mine off)!

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Step 2: Score: Cut along all of the solid lines.

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Step 3: Score: Score along all of the dashed lines.

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Step 4: Fold: Accordion fold your card!

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Step 5: Trim the Tree: This is optional. I stitched snowflake/stars onto my tree, but you could also punch, stamp, draw, … you show me!

I’d love to see what you create! Share your ideas in the comments box below.

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If you like paper projects, you’ll find 12 more in the 2019 Twelve Months of Paper How-To Book & Calendar.

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