Saturday, December 29, 2012

Joyful Tree

Sharing a 3-D project with you today that was an inky, glittery delight to make!  Sometimes it's so good to just get messy!  (Although my studio looked like it had been hit by a glitter bomb and you know how hard that stuff is to clean up...ugh!  Oh, and I now own a box of latex gloves for when I want to get super inky. J)

The Details:
  • This tree stands about 8" high including the base.  To create the tree, I cut two pines from The Creative Pointe's 'Pine Trees & Pine Cones' SVG set from cardboard.  
  • This is where things get messy.  I embossed the trees with Basic Grey's 'Flowers' embossing folder, then added layers of color with Starburst Sprays and Distress Inks until I was happy with the piney color.
  • Once completely dry (they were pretty saturated), I aligned the trees and marked my center points on the tops and bottoms of both.  I drew a center line from the top to halfway on one tree and from the bottom to halfway on the second tree and then used my craft knife and a metal ruler to cut along the lines.  This allows you to slide the two trees together to create your dimensional pine tree. I used Glossy Accents to glue the two pieces in place.
  • A light coat of Future floor polish and a dusting of crystal glitter works well for the frosted look.
  • For the icicles, I found that the best technique is to use GA and glitter.  I applied heavy lines and drips of GA along the branches and then sprinkled on mostly crystal and some white-gold glitter.  For best results, do not apply Stickles for your frost or icicles.  It will look good at first, but as it dries it sucks up the green ink.  You can see some of this still on my tree.
  • Now for our base.  I recycled an empty ribbon spool to create the tree base.  First painting it with brown acrylic paint, then adding patterned paper circles to the top and bottom, and finally wrapping some jute twine around the center.  I just love the look of it...and it was so easy!
  • The tree is attached to the base with generous amounts of Glossy Accents...that stuff is amazingly strong!  I added a bit of reindeer moss and more glitter along the base of the tree.
  • "JOY" was stamped on light green patterned paper and embossed in red.  I cut the sentiment apart and into tag shapes and punch small holes in the tops.  A piece of twine was strung from limb to limb and the individual JOY tags were tied to it with more twine.  To keep everything in place just as I wanted it, I applied more GA to the twine near the knots and on the tree limbs and added glitter.  Two birds with one stone:  the twine is now frosty and it locks the banner in place.

Simon Says Stamp Challenges: Simon Says...Anything Goes

Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey Figgy Puddy ‘Nestled’ 12x12; My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found ‘Christmas’ 6x6
SVG:  The Creative Pointe ‘Pine Trees & Pine Cones’
Stamps: Stampin’ Up! ‘Merry Merry Messages’
Inks: Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays ‘Ponderosa Pines Olive’, ‘Cattail Copper Brown’; Distress Ink ‘Peeled Paint’, ‘Forest Moss’, ‘Walnut Stain’; VersaMark; Delta Ceramcoat acrylic paint ‘Dark Burnt Umber’
Embellishments: Glossy Accents; LSG micas ‘Oak Leaf Olive’, ‘Pine Cone Brown’; LSG two-toned embossing powder ‘Terra Cotta Rust’; jute twine; Papertrey Ink rustic button twine; Martha Stewart glitter ‘Crystal Fine’, ‘White Gold’; Distress Stickles ‘Clear Rock Candy’; reindeer moss
Tools:  Sizzix Texture Boutique; Basic Grey embossing folder ‘Flowers’; SCAL; Cricut Expression; Future floor polish; Makin Memories ribbon glue; heat gun
Misc: Cardboard; empty ribbon spool


  1. Wow! I love this glittery tree! Your glitter mess was sure worth it in my opinion :)

  2. Fabulous project! Love the glitter and wonderful design! Thanks for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!

  3. A stunning creation - such an adorable tree and so beautifully glittered!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp challenge


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