Happy Saturday! Today, I wanted to show you how to make your own tree using a heart-shaped punch. First, I started out by hand-drawing the tree trunk onto patterned paper (don't worry for any non-artists out there - it's a pretty basic shape). Then I cut out the trunk and taped it to thick chipboard and cut it out once more (the chipboard is optional but I wanted the tree trunk to have some dimension on the card).
Now, choose a green paper or several papers in different shades of green and punch out as many heart-shaped punches as you like. I ended up punching out about 22 hearts, but didn't end up using that much for my tree.
To add texture to the heart-shaped leaves, I used my white gel pen and traced around the edges of the heart and added veins to about half of my leaves. Then I used a brown chalk stamp to ink up the edges of a few leaves for some shadow and more dimension.
Then, to start the branches of the tree I attached a few leaves directly onto the background paper to get the shape and size of the tree's leaves (this will be my outer layer). Then, I used foam tape for the rest of the leaves for dimension and continued adding layers of leaves starting from the outside and working my way in.
Other: Puffy Clouds; Orange Stickles; Khaki Glimmer Mist; Rub-On Sentiment; Uni-ball Gel Pen in White