Thursday, 19 June 2014

In Full Bloom {with JoFY Stamps by Designer Jo Firth Young}

Hi everyone, Jo here with another project using JOFY stamps.  This month I've been inspired by my garden to create a tree that will always be green and in bloom.

I started with this plain plywood tree (from artemio) (I've laid a ruler alongside to give you an idea of the scale of it.  The tree comes in 2 parts - the main tree and a small base that slots in so that it can stand independently.

I painted the trunk and branches of the tree with French Roast Fresco Finish paint - keeping the paint quite thin so the wood grain was still visible.

My plan was to cover the tree with leaves created from paper and JOFY stamps - so I gathered up papers in shades of green - PaperArtsy Chatsworth papers, a misc sheet of scrapbook paper and book text.

I tore up the book text,glued it to a sheet of card, and painted it with various shades of Fresco Finish green paints (above) to tone in with the other papers (below):

Next I gathered up some leaf stamps from various JOFY sets:JOFY24JOFY15,


  JOFY12JOFY22, and mini JM12

JoFY Mini12
Stamped them onto the gathered papers:

Stamping the images onto the different papers would give visual texture and interest. I cut them out ready to attach to the tree, when done I started laying them in place - trying to make sure no two patterns or designs were side by side.

I realised at this point the substrate's leaves would need to painted green too to hide/disguise any edges (I really liked how the tree looked here - the green (a mix of Tinned Peas and Hey Pesto) and brown,  such a great shape).

Here are the leaves laid in place ready to be attached - I took a photo and used it to refer to when gluing the leaves into the final positions.

I glued them down using Matte Medium painting the substrate's leaves rather than the paper leaf (I always try to add glue to the smaller item when attaching things together - avoids excess glue showing)... this glue allows time to make adjustments to position and placement.

In the photo above you will see flowers that I created using JM34: stamped onto pink scrapbook paper and colour 'puddles' of Amethyst JOFY Fresco Finish paint - I used the 2 smaller flowers for the tree... attaching to the tree in amongst the leaves.

JoFY Mini 34

I thought the tree should have a birdhouse (JOFY15) and of course a feathered inhabitant, so I used one of the lovebirds on JM20.  I glued these two images onto corrugated cardboard so they would be more dimensional on the tree.  The bird is painted with Elephant, South Pacific, Haystack and French Roast.  The birdhouse in Lake Wanaka, Little Black Dress and French Roast.
JoFY Mini 20

JoFY 15

This is a JOFY tree - it has flowers, booktext, a birdhouse and to finish my ticklist of favourite things I created small tags to hang on the tree - using the word blocks on JOFY11.  I stamped the words, cut around them to create simple tag, turned them over and stamped the same word on the other side (so that if the tag rotated words were on both sides), then threaded very fine string through the hole and tied them to the tree.

JoFY 11

Here is the tree again this time out in its natural environment...

.... and at this point I thought my tree was finished and so I put it on the shelf where I put all my newly finished pieces... and I looked at it...  and I kept thinking it was missing something.... I left it a day or two... and looked again ... and then.. lightbulb moment!!... it needs GRASS!

I retrieved a piece of the coloured text paper (you see - always pays to create more than you need 'just in case') and stamped a line of grass - using JOFY21

I added some detail to the leaves and ground with Hey Pesto paint.  I cut the panel in half, cut around the detail, checking the sizing against the tree trunk..

 ... and glued it in place at the bottom of the trunk, being careful not to block the slot where the second support fits, and making sure it is level..

ooh thats much better! Tree looks finished now, and grounded.  The line of grass makes such a difference.

Definitely finished now.

I hope you enjoy my project this month - I created my dimensional tree using a wood substrate but something similar could be created on a canvas (could use the tree/branch stamp on JOFY15).

See you next month.


A huge thanks to Jo from all at PaperArtsy HQ, wow what a fabulous tree. Another great project, full of whimsy but done in such an elegant way. These soft colours make it so dreamy. Jo you should be illustrating children's books. 

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Helen said...

Jo, this looks fabulous! Even with all that fussy cutting of leaves... gorgeous work.

massofhair said...

Love your dimensional tree Jo, lots of cutting and gluing but worth it. Stunning reation, hope you are going to plant it & see if any come up next year :-) xxx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Really lovely Jo! Love your tree x

Anonymous said...

Jo, it is GORGEOUS. You must have endless patience to do all that cutting out, but every second was completely worth it.

Hazel Agnew said...

What a fab tree Jo, and was genius to hang liccul tags from it. Lovely ideas, loving the whole concept! Xx

margaret said...

Lovely Jo a beautiful piece!!!

Keren Baker said...

I love this. What a gorgeous project. That little bird is the perfect finishing touch! I quite fancy a little bird house like that!!

Ruth said...

Fabulous tree, absolutely love it!

yoursartfully said...

Genius idea Jo, that tree is beyond cute....I love it!!!

L. x

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Fantastic,I absolutely love it!

Donna x

craftimamma said...

Oh Wow Jo this is lovely and incorporates lots of my favourite things. JoFY stamps and fussy cutting stamped leaves and flowers definitely fall into that catagory. Love the teeny tags!

Lesley Xx

Linda said...

WOW!!! This is amazing Jo ..... love the tree and the little birdies are soooo cute! Linda xx

laury55 said...

your tree is fantastic, it is so creative ...

Christine Kiehl said...

This is without a doubt the COOLEST 3D tree I have seen crafted thus far!!! Thank you so much for sharing every little detail with us! I really enjoyed it and have a fantasy of crafting my own 3D tree now!

craftytrog said...

This is gorgeous Jo! xxx

Unknown said...

I'm in love! Truly...just so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this great process. YOU ROCK!!

pennylopes54 said...

I love making these trees too. The word tags are lovely and the bird house looks right at home. Great project !

Cocofolies said...

Fabulous tree, really cute and very inspirful!!! Coco x

Jacqui Chimes said...


rachel said...

soooo cool - I love this xx

Colleen said...

I love, love your tree and that is a great idea to take a pic when you get a layout your happy with, then glue.

The Hardy Stamper said...

What a treemendous tree! I have two of those wooden trees ready painted that I used for our wedding reception in 2012 - think I'll have to embellish them further now and a birdhouse is going to be a must! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...


Unknown said...

Incroyable idée, Jo cette arbre est fabuleux.
j'adore, je vais tout acheté pour le réalisé merci pour ce partage,

Sid said...

Fab tree Jo !!

Living to work - working to live said...

Some real inspiration here!!

Paula Whittaker said...


Rupa Swaminathan said...

Such a fun project and the outcome is Stunning!

Julie Lee said...

What a fabulous fantasy piece of art! It is just magical! Julie Ann xxx

Steven said...

Love a bit of fussy cutting! This is fab great colours and a brilliant idea

Linda M. Cain said...

Simply adorable!

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