Thursday, March 6, 2014

Wood Tape Trees

Trees Self Adhesive Wood Tape
Imagine my surprise when I visited the blog on Tuesday, and found that Kay was also blogging about the amazingly versatile wood tape goodie that came in the Trees kit. I want to share what I created using this fun embellishment!

Trees Collage Stencil
It all began with the stencil. I loved it from the moment I saw it. I loved the collage feel and felt that it could be turned into a unique three-dimensional piece of art by adding some special details to the tree.

Here is how I created my artwork.

Step 1. Lay the stencil onto a piece of watercolor paper which takes mists very well, and tape off any areas of the stencil you do not want the mists to sneak through.

Step 2. Spritz with your favorite colors of glimmer mists. I used yellow, green and blue colors made with the Creative Concoctions recipes from Retreat 2012. Remove the stencil from the paper. Lay the stencil, wet side up, back into your spray tray (pizza box bottom) and lay another piece of white water color paper onto the stencil and burnish. Two pieces of art for the price of one!

Step 3. Allow the mists to dry. Stamp the diamonds from the Trees Borders & Backgrounds UM with CS® Earth Ink onto the image.

Step 4. Use the stencil to trace the image of the trunk and branches of the tree onto the wood tape and trim out with fine detail scissors.

Step 5. Ink the edges with CS® Earth Ink, remove the adhesive backing and place onto the misted image.

Step 6. Punch a lot of tiny leaves (over 160) using both shades of Trees green cardstock. Adhere each leaf to the misted image with the help of a sticky tool* and CS® Bookbinding Glue.

Step 7. Allow all the glue to dry completely. The piece can be used to embellish a page, adorn the front of a card, or stand alone as a framed piece of art.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know in the comments how you plan to use your wood tape.


*Sticky tool back story- My good friend Cherryl Greene had been to a trade show a few years back and told me she found this fun tool with a sticky tip on it. We discussed how you could probably make your own by using dental wax and a dowel, so that is what I did. I use my sticky tool to pick up very small items when applying adhesives or placing items onto my artwork. This tool comes in especially handy when I am creating paper flowers with a hot glue gun.

Sneak peak for Trees Blog Hop coming 3/26/14


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  2. Wow! This is really fabulous Julie. I think the wood tape used this way is a wonderful touch. Way to think beyond the stencil.

  3. Toooooo many have the patience of a saint. (I'm glad I'm not the only one already cooking something up for the blog hop!)

  4. Julie, you have the creativity gene like Kay - and that's a high compliment! Lovely!

  5. Julie, what a beautiful piece of art! And like Janet said, you have the patience of a saint.

  6. Julie this is so special and you are so patient to do this. I could never sit that long with such tiny leaves doing them one at a time!

  7. That is so fun Julie! Thanks for the blog hop sneak peek - can't wait to see the rest!

  8. Thanks for the sticky to tip... Beautiful artwork!

  9. You amaze me, girl!

  10. THis is so beautiful Julie. And the stencil? Well, hard to believe that CS has outdone themselves with this goodie!!
    Janice from Evansville

  11. Love the cutting out of the tree on the wooden tape, great idea that I wouldn't have been able to come up with for sure!! Love it Julie!

  12. Beautiful, Julie! Thanks for the inspiration!!


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