Handmade Christmas cards are a great way to send your love to family and friends, and the Pine Tree Punch from Stampin’ Up! is perfect for making them.

Today I want to give you two quick tips on how to spruce up the pine trees that you punch out. It really can be quite easy to take your handmade cards from nice to “WOW! You made that?”

Patterned Paper: 3″ x 3″
Real Red/Mossy Meadow mats: 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″
Real Red/Whisper White Embossed Backgrounds: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Supplies Used:

Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing Folder
*no longer available*

Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder
*no longer available*

Toile Christmas Cling Stamp Set (En)
*no longer available*

Christmas Cardinal Dies
*no longer available*

Most Wonderful Time Product Medley (En)
*no longer available*

Watch this quick video to see how easy it is to spruce up your pine tree punch…

How to Spruce Up Your Handmade Christmas Cards using the Pine Tree Punch:

  1. Emboss your pine tree with an embossing folder – I used the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder because it adds a nice tree-like texture.
  2. Add Shimmer with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush! It’s so easy to use, it dries quickly and glitter won’t flake off your card.


Let’s take a closer look at the Christmas cards…

Green trees are more “true to life” and traditional, so I punched this one out of Mossy Meadow card stock.

I love to use 3″x3″ squares of patterned paper on my cards because you can get 4 of them out of a 6″x6″ piece or 16 of them out of a 12″x12″ piece with NO WASTE! That makes it really easy to make a bunch of the same cards too.

If you are low on time, “mass production” of your handmade cards is the way to go. You don’t have to come up with an original idea for each card unless you have the time and desire to do so.

A white tree makes such an elegant card! 

For this one, I embossed my white background piece with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and layered it on a white card base for a clean, elegant look.

It’s amazing how you can change the look of something just by changing the colors. 


If you have the Pine Tree Punch, or even a similar tree die, try sprucing it up with an embossing folder and Wink of Stella.

Or take a card that you’ve made recently and try switching up the colors to see what a difference it makes.

Happy Stamping!


p.s. Don’t forget to pin this tutorial for later!

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