greeting cards

Cross stitch Christmas tree

I fancied a bit of a change from making the block Christmas tree cards — though I do have a plan for one other set using that basic design — so I dug through my stash of dies and found my, as yet unused, little cross stitch die.

Aside: so many of the “how to tidy your craft room” articles insist that you should get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last year; if I did that I would have very little stash left other than my Copic markers. A lot of my crafting depends on me remembering about that thing I picked up ages ago and never got around to using.

Anyway, back to the cross stitch. I wanted to keep the tree theme so I set about designing a Christmas tree that could be stitched within a 16✕16 grid. Once I had a design I was happy with, all I had to do was the actual stitching. Which always takes longer than I think it should. As did adding the decorations with French knots. But I do like how it turned out.

Eventually it was done and I had to figure out how to put it onto a card; designing the main element and designing the card layout are two completely different skills. I ended up trimming it down into a square and popping that up on top of a square of metallic card with some foam tape — necessary to make space for the thread on the back of the design. Then I wrapped a piece of red ribbon around a panel of pearlised card and fixed everything to a card base with double-sided tape.


  • cross stitch design:
    Christmas tree by me
  • dies:
    Marianne Designs – CR1454
  • miscellaneous:
    embroidery silks
    red satin ribbon
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – ivory pearlised
    Hunkydory Adorable Scorable – ruby ritz
    red mirri card
    plain white card

2 thoughts on “Cross stitch Christmas tree”

  1. So cute! I haven’t cross-stitched in years…not sure my eyes would let me now! LOL! I agree about destashing! I would probably be left with very little craft supplies! My plan was to buy before I retire so I would have plenty of supplies….LOL! Retirement in 3 months! We shall see if those supplies get used then. LOL! Thanks for sharing your cute card!


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