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Project

Evergreen Cards

The silhouettes of evergreen sprigs adorn homemade greeting cards.

Introduction

A light layer of white spray paint highlights the shape of the branches against the colored paper. With a bit of glue and touches of glitter, you can create your own sparkling messages.

Materials

  • Colored construction paper
  • Heavy card stock
  • Flat evergreen branches
  • Spray mount
  • White spray paint
  • Glitter
  • Craft glue

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut rectangles of colored art or construction paper. For thin paper, mount it to a card cut from heavier paper -- apply a thin layer of spray mount (available in crafts stores); press papers together until dry.

  2. Step 2

    Choose a small, flat evergreen branch. (Arborvitae is naturally flat; spruce or another fuller type will need to be pressed first. Place branch between heavy books, and leave in a dry place for about a week.) Spray a thin layer of spray mount onto branch to serve as a temporary adhesive, then press it onto paper. Cover entire card surface with white spray paint, pull branch off, and let paint dry.

  3. Step 3

    For a glittery card, realign branch; apply spray mount to entire card surface, then sprinkle with glitter. To add "berries" or a written greeting, make fine details with a fine-tip glue applicator, and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry completely.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 2000

Reviews (30)

  • IzziGirl 5 Dec, 2010

    This took a few tries, but the end effect was good. Final set-up: Stick a nail through a piece of cardboard and lean it up against the wall; clip the card with a binder-clip and suspend from the nail; adhere evergreen to card by banging on it through wax paper; spraypaint gently

  • IzziGirl 5 Dec, 2010

    This took a few tries, but the end effect was good. Final set-up: Stick a nail through a piece of cardboard and lean it up against the wall; clip the card with a binder-clip and suspend from the nail; adhere evergreen to card by banging on it through wax paper; spraypaint gently

  • Bridgetteciaj 12 Dec, 2008

    Definitely need to do all your spraying OUTSIDE. We sprayed the adhesive into a trash can to avoid making anything sticky. You need to use a light hand with the spray paint and several coats to get a nice even finish. We hand tore the edges of our prints and mounted them on a card. DEFINITELY love a hint of glitter. I did some with lots o glitter and some with a hint. Both are pretty! :)

  • ATeaLeaf 25 Nov, 2008

    I think I'll have to try this! They look great.

  • MarthaMaven 23 Nov, 2008

    TO DIANEMF what browser do you use that gives you a enlargement feature? I'd be really interested to know, THANKS!

  • LADYDREA 22 Nov, 2008

    TO MAKE THIS QUICKER AND EASIER,USE DARK COLORED CONSTRUCTION PAPER IN MAYBE DARK GREEN OR RED.GET A BRANCH OF EVERGREEN LEAF,HOLD IT AGAINST CARS AND SPRAY PAINT VERY LIGHTLY NEAR THE TREE BRANCH/FLOWER WHATEVER USING.PICK BRANCH UP AND VIOLA! U GOT THE SHADOWING AFFECT X-MAS CARD IN 5 MIN...DONT 4GET TO LET DRY BEFORE PICKING IT UP,OF COARSE.FOR THE POOR OR PEOPLE ON THE GO. ;-)) DOES WORK,ONLY IF DONE JUST RIGHT.TRUST ME.

  • dianemf 22 Nov, 2008

    Ive been making greeting cards for a few years now and this is a great project...the possibilities are endless when making greeting cards...love this idea....

  • dianemf 22 Nov, 2008

    The construction paper underneath is colored any color you want....thats how you get the color or you could use colored card stock......

  • dianemf 22 Nov, 2008

    To make the pictures and instructions larger, there is a zoom feature on your browser ..in the upper right hand side there is a page icon and the word Page (or there is on mine) press that, it will drop down and you should see the word (zoom) press and hit from 100% to 400% Huge and you should see everything alot bigger....good luck......

  • dianemf 22 Nov, 2008

    you can go to stores like Staples and buy boxes of envelopes in all colors and sizes...I just by a card stock and envelopes its less expensive than blanks.....

  • Los-creations 22 Nov, 2008

    You can find blank cards with envelopes at Micheals and JoAnnes. They come in different colors and sizes.

  • Kassey 22 Nov, 2008

    Where do you find envelopes for these projects?
    Great Suggestions
    Agree need more in depth instrux w/MUCH LARGER PIX

  • naoko53 22 Nov, 2008

    I agree with klpsnow, I'd like to see larger photos. It seems like this site always have smaller photos. it's hard to see you know.
    at any rate, I love this idea! I always try to make Christmas cards (if I have time) it seems like i have a time this year, so I might try this one!

  • janetlallen7 22 Nov, 2008

    I have Kodak Easyshare on my computer and when I saved the picture above to my computer and clicked to view it, it came up full screen via the Easyshare and I could see the detail quite well.

  • scrappinfairy 22 Nov, 2008

    I agree, the pics are much too small.

  • klpsnow 21 Nov, 2008

    The cards look lovely but I do wish this site would show larger pictures or at least have the option to zoom in.....it's hard to see the details of the projects.

  • dawngloss 21 Nov, 2008

    Do you have to glue the branches down first or can you just hold them and spray? I wonder...

  • LyndaDenise 21 Nov, 2008

    Same technique with doillies for snowflakes - Lol

    Lynda

  • Choffman 21 Nov, 2008

    Thanks Planty - was just trying to duplicate what I saw (picture) on this page. That's why it didn't make sense to me....do we have evergreens in Arizona? ;-) ha....palm trees it is!

  • katiejohnson2002 21 Nov, 2008

    I think this could be very pretty with a spray ink such as glimmer mist or moon shadow

  • Gramzie23 21 Nov, 2008

    Green fern leaves laid on a green background and then speckled white with paint, look like a forest of Christmas trees when the fern leaves are removed, The largest one can then be decorated with sequin "ornaments."Leaves can be removed one at a time and a light dusting of paint to each, gives the forest dimension. The front tree remains green to be decorated.

  • planty 21 Nov, 2008

    Choffman: Use colored paper then lay the branch down and spray the card and branch. When you lift the branch the color of the paper is below it

  • dreama1947 21 Nov, 2008

    This is very pretty, but an alternative would be to use MS branch punch to get almost the same effect. Plus, you would have some dimension to your card if you just used the cutout versus the paint. Just a thought. (No, I do not work for MS.)

  • Choffman 21 Nov, 2008

    Am I missing something? I don't understand how you get the "green" color effect if you are covering the entire card surface with a white spray paint, then pulling the branch off - it doesn't tell you to paint the branch/leaf onto the card - so how do you see your branch if your card is white also?

  • vvad53vvSugar 21 Nov, 2008

    Well said 'Inazzaro!' Martha Stewart does not seem to be very eco or environmentally concious with her craft ideas. I too, am sensitive as to what toxic substances we bring into our home.

  • Meggan 20 Jul, 2008

    Absolutely gorgeous! I thought the same thing as "Inazzaro" about the spray paint - I paint with acrylics anyway, so I just thinned down the paint with water and it looks great!

  • lnazzaro 3 Dec, 2007

    I love this idea, but I really cannot tolerate the smell of spray paint. Imagine opening an envelope and smelling the fumes that are released as part of the chemical composition of the paint and propellant. I would suggest as an alternative, using acrylic paint or white goache on a toothbrush or other stiff bristled brush and "flecking" the paint to cover the area instead. You will get a lovely, snowy effect.

  • 77chocolateangel 1 Dec, 2007

    These are beautiful.

    JanineM, palms would be just as beautiful and very fitting for the area you live in. It would not work if one lives in a cold wintery climate.

    I would just add a little glitter to the pams so it would look more festive.

  • JanineM 30 Nov, 2007

    We live in Florida, so I wonder if a small palm on a soft green paper would be festive enough?

  • dylansgranny 30 Nov, 2007

    I love this card, seems to me you could make it to fit any occasion, or use any flat type of greenery, ferns would be lovely also