Monday, 24 November 2008

chipboard tree tutorial

I hope you enjoy this tutorial. I decided to show you how to make the trees I created. They are fun to create and they look very cute. You can use them on cards or in scrapbooks. First cut out your trunk shape from heavy chipboard. I made a pattern to use but you can create your own. Make it as simple or complex as you want.

Next ink the edges. This gives it more colour even after you paint it. Colour the dges with a brown marker. I used a stampin write chocolate chip marker and close to cocoa ink.

Paint the entire piece with your favourite colour of distress crackle paint. I used antique linen. Use a medium thickness depending on how big you want the cracks. Set aside to dry.

Cut out a "cloud-like" shape. This will be the leafy part of your tree.

This step is optional but if you want your tree leaves to have extra texture try using a cuttlebug embossing folder. I like the d'vine swirl for the tree but any of them would look great.

See how the swirl makes it look wintery and more tree like.

Next ink the edges however you want. I like to use a colour similar to the paper.

Your tree trunk should be almost dry by now. Plan out how you want to arrange your embelishments and then glue it all together. This was my first attempt at a winter tree (I know it shouldnt have leaves but its sposta look like snow) Spring summer and fall trees can be created too just with different colours.

Try using ripped leaves or small punches to add intrest to your trees. To find examples of my other tree creations go to:


Anonymous said...

I love your trees! They are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

i love tutorials haha it makes it seem so....easy lol