I am part of a group of cardmakers and we do exchanges. My project for this blog entry was to make ATC's with a flower theme. I really have no idea how I came up with the idea to make a flower tree.
I first cut out of recycled cereal boxes the cardboard bases for my ATC's. I then added book pages to the front and back. A layer of gesso was added . I then went through my tree stamps (I do have lots of tree stamps) and found a good one for my project. It had the trunk of the tree and the basic circle for my design. This is what the ATC looked like before I added the flowers and sentiment.
I very carefully separated my little flowers into color piles and started layering them. (sorry there are no pictures - I was not home while I did this process) I spend lots of time at my daughter's and always try to take projects along with me. I sit outside and work while the dogs run around in the yard. I first used distress paints watered down to create the background for the trees. I glued the flowers to the ATC with Glossy Accents. I built layers until I was happy with how the tree looked and the base was all covered. As you can see from the image above I had a stamping boo boo so I covered the boo boo with a flower and then added a couple more to resemble falling leaves. A sentiment was stamped, fussy cut and adhered to the ATC's with gel medium. As a final step I added a glass/bead gel medium brushed lightly on all the flowers to give them a little sparkle.
I had used up the majority of the flowers but had a bunch of burgundy flowers left so I decided to make a little canvas. I covered the canvas with book pages and gessoed it. This time I had to free hand a tree. Luckily this is not too hard. I painted the gessoed background. Once again I started adding layers of flowers on top to make the tree shape. I did my own sentiment and cut it out. It was an experiment. I had fun I did add some gesso around the edge of the canvas and the glitter/glass gel medium on top of the flowers.
Dig out those flowers and go to town. Make them into something unusual.