The silhouettes of evergreen sprigs adorn homemade greeting cards.
Photography: Gentl and Hyers
Martha Stewart Living, December 2000
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.
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.
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.
Colored construction paper
Heavy card stock
Flat evergreen branches
White spray paint
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.