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Artist Trading Block Fairy Tree

by Amy Bowerman

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!

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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!

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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…

Sizzix Supplies:

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.

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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.

STEP 2: Add a perch with a toothpick and cover the inside of the block with collage sheets from Altered Pages. (I used Black Color Collage & Brown Color Collage Sheets)

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STEP 3:  Print Birds with Hats collage sheet on Craft Attitude and adhered to Tim Holtz Mirrored Sheets.  Hot Glue to perch and add Tim Holtz Greenery die cuts to cover glue spots.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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So what do you think?  Are you ready to “grow” your own Artist Trading Block Tree?

Team ATB & Altered Pages Block Hop

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!


{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 prerna Ashwani Negi March 10, 2015 at 6:37 am

Hi,Thank you i like this very much
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2 prerna Ashwani Negi March 10, 2015 at 6:13 am

Hi , thanks for joining us at altered pages and shared this wonderful tutorial Thank you very much
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3 Julia Aston June 3, 2014 at 9:46 am

What a fun creative design Amy! love the woodgrain embossing on the box – nice to know that heavy mat board will emboss! Wonderful images and foliage on this. Thank you so much for visiting me on my blog and leaving me your lovely comment about my circus ellie ATB! I have recently been bitten by the ATB bug (!) and have made 5 creations so far!! L-O-V-E them!!!
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4 Barbara May 30, 2014 at 11:40 am

Absolutely fabulous fairy tree, and all the embellishments and details are just awesome. TFS all the how-to’s with us.
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5 Ink Stained Roni May 30, 2014 at 9:21 am

What a fun ATB tree!! I love the wood grain effect and your assortment of materials used for the leaves are great. Such a beautiful creation!
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6 stamping sue May 29, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Oh Amy, what a great fairy tree!!!
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7 Lyneen May 29, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I LOVE ThiS!!!! WOW!!!! Wonderful TREE with all the beautiful fairies!!!!
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8 Lisa H May 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

WOW, that’s amazing Amy!
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9 Claudine Criner May 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Wow, wow and more wow Amy!! This is just chock full of things to look at and I love every bit of it! Amazing!
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10 Anita Houston May 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

COOLEST project ever! Pinning!!!
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11 Anne Rx May 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Wow Amy, this tree is fab-u-lous! Quite stunning in fact…. I love the embossing, it truly does look like tree bark – just fantastic. This is going to be a real hit on the Paper Trail! Love it. Anne xx
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12 Tracy Evans May 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

Fabulous fairy tree Amy I adore the embossing and rich earthy colours and the abundance of foliage. The fairies and birds just sit beautifully. Fantastic idea. Have a fun trip with Eileen. Tracy x


13 Eileen Hull May 29, 2014 at 11:48 am

I love this tree. You are amazing. That is all. Glad it is coming on the PaperTrail- it needs a special box!
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14 Oxana May 29, 2014 at 11:43 am

wow! Amy this is TREEmendous!!! ^.^
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