Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Trees of Christmas Day 8...

Happy Day, Everyone!

Today's tree is an adorable little framed piece that I whipped up using some of my vintage dictionary paper.  I really am getting lots of use out of it this season! 

I cut three simple and identical tree shapes from my paper, stacked them, stapled them down the center with my Tiny Attacher stapler, and 'fluffed' the layers.  I sprayed on a touch of Gathered Twig Distress spray (Re-inker plus water in a spritzer bottle) to age the paper a bit more.    I dug this little dollar store frame out of my stash.  It was originally a metallic deep red color, which didn't suit my project at all, so I put my Distress Paints to work.  Have I told you lately how much I love Distress Paints?   I dabbed on three different brownish colors; Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain.  I dried each color with my heat gun before moving on to the next.  Then I added touches of Forest Moss and Peeled Paint.  Now it is all grungy and layered looking, and is a much better match for the dictionary paper tree. 
While disassembling the frame for painting, I discovered a lovely piece of corrugated kraft paper.  I sponged on a light layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint, and added a layer of Fired Brick.  I'm loving the candy stripe effect.  Once this was dry, I glued on the tree element, and added some Scrabble tiles, and Voila!  another tree is ready!   
Happy Christmas Crafting to you!


  1. I think this is my fave so far!! Love it!

    1. Thanks, Lisa. I'm loving this one, too. Best of all, it was super easy to put together.


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