americana woodlands…

DSC06232today i have a fun project that i’ve really been wanting to try since these woodland trees were launched last year.  i’ve seen these in decorating catalogs many times, but it wasn’t until my friend margie shared her finished tress that i knew i had to try it myself.  i definitely had to find a way to include distress ink so i thought i’d share my process and the finished results: simple and fun – gotta love that…

supplies: woodlands, distress reinker/festive berries/faded jeans, distress ink, ink blending tool, mini misters, glossy accents, gem clips, seasonal chitchat stickers, scissors, masking tape

DSC06109step 1: create a mixture using distress reinkers and water in a mini mister.

DSC06110step 2: apply one dropper full of distress reinker into empty mini mister.

DSC06111step 3: fill 3/4 with water and shake to mix.

DSC06108step 4: remove a large woodlands tree from the packaging.

DSC06112step 5: create about a 2” diameter ring using 1 1/2” wide painters tape.

DSC06114step 6: slide the tape ring over the tree covering the middle section.  place it on a paper towel and mist the top portion with blue distress ink.

DSC06115step 7: mist the bottom portion of the tree with red distress ink.

DSC06116step 8: wrap the tree with the paper towel to remove excess ink from the masking tape.

DSC06117step 9: remove the tape ring.

DSC06118step 10: wow – look at that!!! set the tree aside to dry completely.

DSC06120step 11: start with a gem clip.

DSC06121step 12: unbend the clip to create a straight piece at the top.

DSC06122step 13: choose word from seasonal chitchat sticker.

DSC06123step 14: snip the end of the sticker with scissors to create a flag.

DSC06124step 15: ink the edges of the sticker with distress ink using ink blending tool.

DSC06125step 16: adhere the sticker flag to the top of gem clip with glossy accents and let dry.

DSC06126step 17: cut the gem clip with scissors.

DSC06269step 18: apply glossy accents to gem clip and slide into top of tree and let dry.

how easy was that?  i just love these trees, and can’t wait to make more for other holidays like halloween…then christmas…then valentines…then easter… such fun!   i hope you try to create some of these for yourself, you may even want to dust them with rock candy glitter?  check back tomorrow and i’ll show you a cool way to use our stamps to make something “useful” for summertime – curious?…t!m

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