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Autumn is my FAVORITE time of year. I love the smells, the colors, the cool temps, the crunch of the leaves. I decided to bring some autumn into the house by creating my own tree!
I punched out some leaves from yellow cardstock using my Fiskars Oakey Dokey squeeze punch. In case you are not a regular follower of my blog (and why aren't you?), you may not know that I NAMED THIS PUNCH!!! Isn't that cool? Just one of the many reasons I love Fiskars!
To re-create the rainbow of fall colors on my leaves, I wiped inks on my splat mat and misted them with water. Then I dragged the leaves through the colors to get that real-leaf effect. While they were wet with ink, I squished and folded them and let them dry overnight.
When they dried, I punched tiny holes in the leaves using my Fiskars 1/16" hole punch. I made the tree by cutting 25-30 pieces of different lengths (approximately 5-7 inches) of wire and twisting them together at the bottom. I then wrapped the "trunk" with twine. I stabilized the leaves onto the wire with Zots glue dots and curled the ends of some of the wires using a round nose pliers.
I sanded and distress stained a 5x7 wood frame that I got from The Dollar Store. I popped out the glass, and I placed my tree on some patterned paper (from Kaiser Craft) that I "swiss-dot" embossed with my Big Shot and a Cuttlebug folder, and then distress inked. I added a Tim Holtz "autumn" sticker and I AM DONE!
This is the fastest and easiest way to grow your own tree! Ok, you still need water, but no seeds! And, you won't ever need to rake these leaves!