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Build a Tree Card!

Hi Everyone 😀

So finally… here are the step by step instructions to the Tree Cards (this is for you Pauline).

Tree Trunk (A)

Becki - Leaves&Owls

So here is the original I made last year when the falling leaves set was first released. The tree trunk was stenciled using Tim Holtz Wood Grain Stencil with acrylic paint

So obviously my first thought was a pile of autumn leaves and my second was I want to build a tree!

So here’s my original card template that I got made into a stencil. So I can easily repeat that base again.

Tree Stencil


Here’s the more recent make with the Tree Stencil using the new Forest Friends alongside.

This one I used the Wood Grain embossing Folder on the tree trunk. So depending which tree trunk you prefer will determine the accessory you need for the project.

Tree Trunk (B)


So I’m going to explain both cards as the only thing that is really so different is the technique for the base and I will show the instruction break off by Tree Trunk A or B.

Step By Step

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1. You will need to draw around the Tree Trunk Stencil onto card  I used Kraft Card as usually I have loads of it lying around and even though I’m using brown paint to colour you could just leave it the kraft card colour if you want to.  ( A+B )

Now I made this stencil to my standard size cards I use. However making the tree taller or wider would be easy just by drawing around the bits you want and then moving the stencil either way and making it taller or wider.

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2. Once drawn out just cut the Tree Trunk out (A+B)

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3. I used Frayed Burlap Distress Paint to colour my trunk (A+B) but obviously if you have used kraft card you don’t have to. And just because I have used acrylic paints doesn’t mean you can’t use other mediums like Distress Ink Pads etc… Experiment and go with what you like most!

So now you have the base here is where I will show the two different techniques…

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Tree Trunk A – Use the tim holtz stencil and paint or sponge a darker brown acrylic paint through the stencil. Stencil all of the tree trunk.

if you prefer Tree Trunk B the next instructions are for you…

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 Tree Trunk B – use the wood grain embossing folder and run the tree trunk through your Big Shot, Cuttlebug etc… this will add the grain as well as adding texture to your card.

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 Once out of the embossing folder use minimal paint the less on the brayer/roller the better. Roll the dark brown acrylic paint over the tree bark and it will adhere to the raised parts of the embossed card. Less is more so even if it doesn’t cover completely you can go back over it with more paint (still sparingly/thinly coated)

Now you will have your finished Tree Trunk no matter which one you chose.

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 4. Now cut a Circle Die as the base to adhere the leaves to. The size is up to you obviously the bigger the circle the more leaves needed but you want it relatively in proportion. Glue the circle to your Tree Trunk. (A+B)

Tip – use a similar colour card as you intend to colour the leaves that way if there are any gaps between leaves it won’t stand out.

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5. Stamp the Oak leaf from the falling leaves set I used a Brown Memento but any brown ink pad will do . I normally stamp quite a lot so I have the leaves in bulk.

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7. Distress all the leaves with Forest Moss. Add the colour relatively lightly, as once cut out you can go in and darken the colour.

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8. Now cut the leaves out individually.

Tip – Don’t cut all the way to the edge. You don’t have to be precious about your cutting. I did with my first leaf but when you darken the edges down with the distress inkpad – Forest Moss it wont show the outside lines. (See next Picture) 

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9. Using your mini blending tool just work the distress inkpad – forest moss from the edge in. I find you get a really natural look if the edges are all darker and the middle is only the original distress you put on. (Image above only half coloured)

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10. No-one will ever know you didn’t cut them out right to the line. I curled my leaves round a pen just to get that natural dimension and movement . Then attached them using PinFlair Glue to my circle die attached to my Tree Trunk. 

The only thing I will say if any of the outside leaves show past the circle cut out, I did distress some on the back just to make the back look neat. But that’s just me.

Decorate the cards with critters…and job done!

BECKI                Becki - Leaves&Owls

This one was just attached to a card.             This one had a Card stand supporting it.


Hope you have enjoyed the tutorial if there are any questions or something I have missed just leave a comment and I will get back to you.

Becki  x

What you will need

CS090D Forest Friends COPYRIGHT COLOUR Falling Leaves COPYRIGHT

Owls WEBTree Stencil


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