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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135 Comments to “americana woodlands…”

  1. Rosann says:

    Genius ! Red, white and cool !!

  2. denise daniel says:

    Can’t wait to try these terrific trees! Thanks, Tim. 😀

  3. Wowzer! Love this and just bought 3 packs of the brush trees! Yippie, know what I’ll be doing today!

  4. susan salyer says: what you did with the trees..seems easy enough.I ordered some this am so I will test it out.Thanks for the awesome sharing.
    susan s

  5. Jen says:

    i love these!!!

  6. Katy Drogos says:

    Very Very Cool! 🙂

  7. Dee Bartlett says:

    Another fun creation!

  8. LOVE the Patriotic trees and what simple techniques to achieve a fabulous home decor piece! Thanks for sharing, Tim!

  9. Robin Parker says:

    Thank you once again for the wonderful ideas…Your the best! Wish I was going to Florida this weekend, to say hello to you and Mario…Robin

  10. Carol Watson says:

    Love it!

  11. Connie Pruitt says:

    Love it

  12. Karen says:

    Another great tip! – I’ve seen the entire tree colored but love the Red white and blue for Independence day!

  13. Cool! You’ve inspired me to create a tag based on this concept. Blessings!

  14. Lori Aragon says:

    LOVE this! Thanks for showing us how 🙂

  15. Maureen Chandler says:

    Very cool project – thanks so much!

  16. Sharon F says:

    What a great project! I would never have thought to use painters tape on the tree to get three colors. Awesome! Definitely going to try this one.

  17. Mary M. says:

    I never would have guessed by just looking at these that they are so easy to make! Some Halloween colored ones would be amazing….thanks so much for sharing this! =)

  18. Laura E. says:

    Oh darn now I really have to open up my packages and use them…i wasn’t hoarding…no really i wasnt…oh man now i will be out of them! the dilemas we crafters have to deal with! ;] love the trees!

  19. Mary Blake says:

    I love, love, love this idea. I will keep this on my to do list. lol I don’t have most of the items so hopefully by next year I will.. thank you so much for sharing…

  20. Debby says:

    Very Cool looking.

  21. Paulette says:

    These trees are great Tim! I love that they are new and easy to create, but look vintage. I love the way you think, Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s, Easter…me too. lol

  22. Angele says:

    Love the text flag, did you put 2 texts together so you have a text on the back too?

  23. Janet Castle says:

    Wonderful tree…thanks Tim for showing how to do this – easy and looks like fun!!!

  24. Noreen says:

    A patriotic tree – how fun!!

  25. Linda says:

    very cool

  26. Elaine Allen says:

    OMG! These are just so darn adorable!! I love how they turned out Tim!

    Elaine Allen

  27. Ali from Cali says:

    wow! so little work with such great and impacting results!!!!

  28. Nana says:

    You make everything look so easy. Love that you share lots of pictures.

  29. So amazing, you make it look so easy we want to make a whole forest.
    Love it Tim,

  30. Cathy Doerr says:

    I love the patriotic tree. So easy too. Thanks for sharing Tim.

  31. Shirley in Queen Creek says:

    Absolutely stunning. I have to give this a try.

  32. Ruby C says:

    So simple and easy and yet so dramatic! Love it! And the added banner flag…You think of everything. Now I’ve got to go shopping!

  33. Hetty says:

    I love it! What a fun project, Tim!!

  34. Gloria L. says:

    Such a super fun idea!

  35. Amy* says:

    Wow Tim these are fabulous! Go red white and blue!


  36. WOW! I loooove those 3 colored trees! great idea! Thanks!

  37. Sherly Giglio says:

    Cleaver way of using the tree beside Christmas ; )


  38. pamijean says:

    CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER…as Alice would say.
    Hmmmmmmm…which gives me yet another idea utilizing your fabulous trees.

  39. Sherly Giglio says:

    Cleaver way to use the tress beside Christmas.


  40. linda higham says:

    WOW! OMG! t!m
    just way to COOL & just in time for the 4th
    you out did yourself once again
    thxs always for new ideas
    you inspire me

  41. Heather says:

    I love these trees and this project. Candy corn would be so cute!!

  42. Sharon L-S says:

    Simple, but cool project for the 4th. tfs Have a great time at Ranger and in Orlando. Say hi to the Mouse if you have time.

  43. cheryl c says:

    That was easy! I can see ombre trees in the woodlands ….

  44. Shirl Boughner says:

    totally cool Tim. you come up with the greatest ideas – must dream them up in your sleep. those this on the old truck.

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