Home Decor with Houston – “Planted” Wall Art

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I was so excited to use the new Maya Road Trees and create some great art for our home!  Remember just because you bought it at Scrapbook Destination, it doesn’t have to be on a page, you can make wonderful art for your home with all of the amazing new papers!

The supplies that you will need to create this project are:

  • A 10″x13″ Frame
  • 1-12″x12″ piece of chipboard
  • A tin of Maya Road chipboard trees
  • Paper that mimicks wood grain I used the new Botanico line from Chatterbox!
  • Papers that strike you as spring, summer, and fall tree tops – All the paper tree backs are from Scenic Route’s Lyden, Providence, and Grafton lines
  • Colorbox Ink – Creamy Brown, Chestnut Roan, and three colors that say “bird” to you!
  • Ranger Crackle Paint – Shabby Shutters and Weathered Wood
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Shabby Shutters, Weathered Wood, and Walnut Stain
  • 1 piece of 12×12 creamy grid paper from Scenic Route
  • 1-2 pkgs of tiny alphas from Making Memories
  • 1 small flower
  • 1 mini brad
  • 3 snowflake brads or die cuts
  • White thread
  • 1 piece of 12″ lace
  • 2 leftover brown Thickers from American Crafts
  • Small scrap of green paper
  • Tools of the Trade : Paper Trimmer, scissors, pencil, glue stick, pop dots, Crop-a-dile, sewing machine (optional), and 1/4″ Super Tape, and Glossy Accents or a heavy duty wet glue.

Instructions

  • Begin by choosing patterned paper for the tree tops of your spring, summer, and fall trees.  Trace the tree top shape onto the paper and cut out using scissors (or a craft knife).  Adhere the patterned paper to the front of the tree tops and ink the edges if you desire.  Do the same thing with the tree trunks of your choice. 

  • Ink the remaining tree trunks using Colorbox Chalk Ink (Creamy Brown = Summer  & Chestnut Roan = Winter)  You can also stamp on the Winter Tree with the Walnut Stain Distress Ink to give the impression of bark.
  • Ink your birds in the three colors of your choice.  You can then cut out the Thickers with your scissors to resemble wings and a nest if you would like.
  • Paint the winter tree top with Weathered Wood crackle paint and the three apples with the Shabby Shutters crackle paint, let dry. 

  • While your apples dry you can trim leaf shapes out of your green scrap to glue onto the apples and give them a little more dimension!
  • Once all of your crackle paint is dry you can use the matching ink to give some depth to the cracks by sponging it over the paint.  I used the Ranger blending tool for this, but a makeup sponge works well too!  Just make sure that the paint is dry or it will react with the ink and turn an upleasant purple color.
  • Now it’s time to assemble the trees, I used Glossy Accents to put them together, remember you just need a little and that it is a really strong hold so make sure of your placement before attatching.  I used the same glue to attatch all of my embellishments except for the snowflake brads which I used the Crop-a-dile to make holes through the tree back for those.
  • Now you want to trim your chipboard to 10×12″ then trim the small scrap leftover to 10″x1″ and attatch to the larger piece with painters tape or packing tape on the back of the chipboard.  Remember while you are doing this to keep checking for fit within your frame! 
  • Trim the piece of graph paper in the same way as above and glue to the chipboard, you can use a good glue stick for this.  Don’t worry about the seam, we will cover that later with the lace.
  • Now lay out your tree and lightly trace them onto the paper so that you won’t overlap your words with them.
  • Choose a favorite quote or scripture for your piece of art!  Spell this out with the tiny alphas from Making Memories, remember it doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, a little off center here and there is great. 
  • Once your phrase is down, run it through your sewing machine at both the top and bottom of each line to give it a homespun feeling!  This is optional.

  • Next you want to run the super tape along the seam of your papers and attatch your lace.
  • Now you are ready to attatch your trees to the paper, just remember to erase the pencil lines.  Again, I used Glossy Accents for this, just make sure that the glue you use is nice and strong! 
  • Let your masterpiece dry and then you are ready to slip it into the frame and hang it up on the wall.
  • Next week I will post the second piece in this set using the Maya Road Chipboard Houses.  Keep these directions handy because you will do the same things for that masterpiece.

Have a great week,

Houston

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