This Tree | Missy Whidden

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friends!  Missy back with you today.  I have another holiday layout to share using the beautiful 2015 November Hip Kits!  I’m obsessed with all of the awesome tree die cuts this month, and so I decided to create my own little forest of trees.  I used the November Moodboard as my inspiration for this…I love the bottom right corner picture of those triangles.  I used a square punch from my stash and created squares from patterned papers and some from cardstock that I colored with the gold Color Shine and silver paint dabber from the Color Kit. I then cut the squares diagonally and recreated those fun triangle designs.  I made them into trees!  I show all of this detail in my process video down below.  Here’s the moodboard…
Nov Mood Board
I used the Basic Grey paper as my background.  I used a lot of white gesso to fade away some of the pattern and prepare the paper for my mixed media.  I used gelatos and spray inks to create some color behind the die cut trees.  I layered the trees all over and placed my photo on top.  I also tore some papers to create a “ground” for all those trees.
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I love these colors!  I love how they look layered together.  I fussy cut Merry & Bright from a 3×4 card.  I love the gold color here.  I also topped each tree with a gold glitter star sticker.  So cute!
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These Thickers…omg!  They have to be my favorite.  I used some pink ink and a small paint brush to color them…I love the result!  You can customize these any way you want, and they are very sticky, too.
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Here’s another close up of the trees near the photo.  I really love the darker teal on the background.  I think it makes the light teal cardstock pop a little more.
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I used this cute little Pinkfresh Studio deer puffy sticker and this flair button.  I didn’t want to go too crazy with embellishments since the trees are pretty busy themselves.
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Have you tried tearing your paper instead of cutting it?  I really like the look of uneven edges…it keeps things interesting for me 😀  I added this cute wood veneer heart and did some gold machine stitching through the Thickers as well as all those triangle trees.
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One more close up of the top of the layout.  I LOVE these acrylic shapes…they are such a fun and unique embellishment!  I also added in some of the Pinkfresh puffy hearts and a wood veneer.
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Here’s my process video if you’re interested in seeing how this layout came together.   I hope you enjoy!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Missy Whidden

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