Hey everyone! I’m super excited to share my most elaborate Artist Trading Block design to date! Without any pomp and circumstance I’ll get right down to it. Allow me to introduce to you the Artist Trading Block Fairy Tree!
As I said when Eileen Hull and I started the Artist Trading Block movement, “ATB’s are the building blocks of creativity,” this project is proof of that! It started with a few fairies and a rather plain artist trading block. (If you missed my Fairy Wing Tutorial you can see it HERE). As I continued to “build” and add to my design it grew into a beautiful Artist Trading Block Fairy tree!
It’s very exciting to see the popularity of Artist Trading Blocks “growing”. I’m constantly amazed by the unique and creative ways all of you are using to create with them. To those of you who continue to create and share the ATB love I thank you. If you are still on the fence about creating with Artist Trading Blocks I urge you to give them a try. Since ATB’s came into my life I have been on quite the creative adventure and have learned so much about myself, my art and the direction my art heart wants to go. If you have yet to jump on the ATB bandwagon I guarantee you will enjoy the ride!
The great thing about Artist Trading Blocks is that they can be used as single pieces of art or stacked together for larger designs with BIG impact. There’s no right or wrong way to create with ATBs just follow your art heart and go wherever it leads
How to make an ATB Tree
I did not glue my blocks together for this tree, I simply stacked them on top of one another to make it easier to travel with. It’s almost time to hit the road again for Eileen Hull’s #PaperTrail2 and my latest Artist Trading Block creations will be coming with us! It’s easier than it looks to create an ATB tree…trust! You can mix and match the Sizzix supplies you have on hand to make your own unique tree art. Here’s a list of Sizzix dies I used…
- Blocks/Cubes 3-D (2.5 & 2 in blocks)
- Little Sizzles Matboard
- Tim Holtz Wood Grain Texture Fade
- Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Circles
- Tim Holtz Greenery
- Sizzix Branch with Leaves
Faux Wood grain
STEP 1: Mist Artist Trading Block cuts with water and cover with Gathered Twigs Distress Stain. Dry Completely.
STEP 2: Cover the inside of Tim Holtz wood grain Sizzix texture fade with Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch Archival
*TIP* I cut a slit in the top of my embossing folder to feed the ATB pieces through. Do this at your own risk. Duck Tape works wonders for keeping your folders together when cutting slits through the top.
STEP 3: Ink Edges with Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival Ink.
Bird House Blocks
Add birds to your ATB tree with a few simple steps!
STEP 1: Cut a bird house hole with the smallest circle from the Tim Holtz circles Sizzix Movers & Shapers set.
Creating Tree Branches and Leaves
I used several different materials to create leaves and branches for my ATB tree to add texture and interest.
Grunge Board Branches- Grunge Board was cut with the Sizzix Branch with leaves die to fortify the other leaves and branches. Ink grunge board with Distress Ink and mist with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold. If you’re feeling fancy add Distress Glitter For Sparkle!
Rowlux Illusion Film Leaves and Branches- Rowlux Illusion Film is a plastic material perfect for adding texture and interest to your designs. Use it sparingly so it doesn’t overpower your project.
Coredinations Leaves- If you are looking for high quality, solid color card stock Core’dinations is personal fave! Tim Holtz Distress Collection is perfect for coordinating with other Ranger Ink products used in your design and the woven texture helps this paper stand up to shaping and distressing.
Scrap Book Paper Leaves- Generally I prefer to use double-sided scrapbook paper in my designs to avoid hard to ink white backgrounds. However, this pretty paper was perfect for my ATB Tree so I made an exception AND found a solution for “hard to ink” die cut pieces.
Simply take an Archival Ink or Distress Ink pad and stamp ink onto the back of your die cut pieces. Wha-la! Inky, grainy…almost realistic looking texture and color!
Glue on those leaves any way you fancy and Ta-da! You’ve got yourself a fabulous Artist Trading Block Fairy Tree! You can find a tutorial for creating winged Fairies HERE.
So what do you think? Are you ready to “grow” your own Artist Trading Block Tree?
Today is the last day of the Team ATB & Altered Pages Artist Trading Block Hop and WOW! What an amazing, creative ride it has been! Stop by The Artists on the Block for a full recap of all the incredible ATB designs created with Altered Pages collage sheets. You can find all the collage sheets used in my Artist Trading Block Tree and more HERE.
Have a Fairy Tale day!