I don't know about you, but I love trees. Big trees, small trees - all types of trees. I especially love to see a grand old tree all by itself in a field. Trees inspire new beginnings for me as well as the ability to change. So I decided to create a little wooden plaque using Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Layered Tree Stencil with her awesome sauce Embossing Paste.
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First thing was to put a coat of Dina Wakley's Black Gesso down. Once dry, I mixed some of Studio 490's White Embossing Paste with some Paints. Here's a tip: Next time you are at a thriftstore or yard sale and see mini cupcake pans - grab them. I started using these to mix paints and especially embossing pastes!
I didn't take pictures of mixing the paints and embossing paste, but it's like your cooking. A little of this - a little of that until I liked the color. Adding the embossing paste through the stencil was a two step process. I did the leaves first and let that dry. Next I mixed some more embossing paste with paint for the tree trunk which was then added through the stencil.
This time, it turned out! You'll notice that the colors are pretty flat - so I lined the stencil back up with the leaves, adding some tape to make sure it stayed put. Using my finger, I added Splash of Color - Silks Acrylic Glazes in Key Lime and Olive.
Next I mixed Black Soot and Frayed Burlap Distress Paints on my Craft Sheet and using Dina Wakley's #4 Round Brush, aligned the stencil over the tree trunk and tried to add some dimension so that the trunk didn't look so flat.
Then I decided to add dots of Ginger Peach and Sunflower Splash of Color Silks Acrylic Glazes with the brush and while it was still wet, sprinkled some Dristress Rock Candy Dry Glitter over the whole piece.
Inka Gold was rubbed around the edges and Matte Glue N Seal was used to seal the entire surface and that was it. I wanted the beautiful tree to be the main focal point which is why I didn't add any extra stenciling or stamping on the background.
I love how this turned out - simple, yet lots of shimmer and shine and a wonderful daily inspiration! I hope you enjoyed this project and came away inspired!