Creative Expressions MDF Christmas Tree

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This workshop shows how to make this dimensional Christmas tree using the Creative Expressions 2 part MDF Christmas Tree set, theCreative Expressions Phill Martin Premium Paper Collection papers , Craft Consortium decoupage papers, snow fibre paper and Cosmic Shimmer sea holly textured paste for 4 different looks to the tree.

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Here is the snow fibre embossed paper panel side for a soft feel to the tree.

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Creative Expressions 2 Part MDF Christmas Tree with Ornaments : CEMDFDECTREE

Snow Fibre Paper : FIBRE SNOW

Creative Expressions Large Snowflake A4 Embossing Folder : EF-020

Craft Consortium Holly Decoupage Papers : CCXDECP018

Cosmic Shimmer Gloss Glue, Seal & Glaze :  CSGLOSGLUE or

Cosmic Shimmer Matt Glue, Seal & Glaze : CSMATTGLUE

Phill Martin Decadent Damask Premium Papers : SYDDPPC

Cosmic Shimmer Sparkle Texture Paste ~ Sea Green : CSPASTSPSEA

Tim Holtz Festive Berries Distress Ink Pad : DGFESTIVE

  2 Tone Olive Green Ribbon : KN16

 Ranger Metallic Gold Dabber : DABGOLD

Creative Expressions Pine Cone Embellishments : CEPINECONE

Cosmic Shimmer Phill Martin Chic Moss Mister : CSPMMMOSS

Cosmic Shimmer Iced Crystal Glitter Jewels : CSGJICCRY

 Cosmic Shimmer Clear Glue : CSGLUE & Silicone Glue

 Glossy Accents : ACCENTGLOS

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. This workshop will show you how to make 4 different sides on a Creative Expressions MDF Christmas tree using different methods. For the project you will need the following : Creative Expressions 2 part MDF Christmas tree with ornaments set  ~ some snow fibre paper, a sheet of Craft Consortium holly decoupage papers, the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze along with the Phill Martin decadent damask premium papers and some Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste.

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Step 2. Take the Creative Expressions 2 part MDF Christmas tree with ornaments and slot the 2 main tree pieces together to create the finished tree look.

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Step 3. Mark in pencil the numbers of each side as this will help when adding the different finishes on the project. Also mark where the edge of the MDF falls. Repeat this on all 4 sides.

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Step 4. Take the 2 panels apart again and you`ll be left with the markings ready to be decorated.

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Step 5. Here are the opposite sides of the MDF trees and the panels will always have a left hand side and a right hand side when covering.

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Step 6. Select 1 sheet from the Phill Martin decadent damask premium paper pad. The lovely green paper works perfectly for Christmas look.

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Step 7. Lay the blank MDF single panel on the reverse side of the damask paper and draw around the whole tree outline with a pencil. Cut the tree out by following slightly inside the pencil line. Please note the tree won`t fit on the 8” x 8” sheet but there is a step later on to rectify this.

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Step 8. Place the right side back on the relevant number 1 on the left hand side panel and just press the edge of the paper down over the edges as often there is a slight difference.

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Step 9. Lift the paper up to reveal the excess that needs to be cut off.

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Step 10. Turn one of the corner off cuts around and place it on the bottom uncovered sections of the tree. Draw around the outside on the reverse of the paper and repeat the process on the other right hand side uncovered MDF section.

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Step 11. Now you have all the pieces of the damask paper tree.

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Step 12. Draw a line following the centre up to the top from the cut out base of the paper.

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Step 13. Select the Cosmic Shimmer dries clear glue to stick each paper panel to the number 1 marked sections of the MDF Christmas tree. Just place the paper on the tree to ensure you have the pieces in the correct place before gluing.

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Step 14. Add the Cosmic Shimmer dries glue all around the edges of the MDF tree and down the centre of the tree.

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Step 15. Use your finger to spread the glue out thinly as this will avoid any glue seeping out on the edges of the MDF.

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Step 16. Now stick the papers onto the MDF panels.

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Step 17. Once the paper / glue is dry slot the panels back together to see the finished paper section of the tree. Now take the tree apart again ready for the number 2 side of the tree to be decorated. Waiting for the glue to dry will avoid any tearing to the paper.

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Step 18. Place a piece of snow fibre paper into the Creative Expressions snowflake A4 embossing folder and run the piece through the Grand Calibur machine with the base plate and the Spellbinders raspberry plate either side of the embossing folder.

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Step 19. Here you will be left with a lovely textured piece of snow fibre paper for the 2nd side of the tree.

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Step 20. Place the number 2 MDF tree on the reverse side of the snow fibre paper ~ the debossed side of the paper. Repeat the process and draw around the outline of the whole tree.

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Step 21. Draw the line down the centre of the tree right up to the top.

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Step 22. Cut the tree out using the same method as before and the glue the snow fibre paper to each of the number 2 pieces of the MDF tree.

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Step 23. Now you have the 2nd side covered once the tree is slotted back together.

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Step 24. Add some detail by adding some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue in a faux pearl droplet to each of the centres of the embossed snowflakes on the snow fibre paper pattern. Then add some of the Cosmic Shimmer diamond snow glitter jewels whilst the glue is still wet. You will have to do each panel separately and flat so the pearls dry nice and formed.

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Step 25. You could have added a layer of Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer under the snow fibre paper panel to make the paper pop more but this is optional. Now for the next 2 sides, this works best if the tree is now fitted together in place so the texture paste can be added and left to dry. But it`s up to you if you want to continue in working with the panels flat so they can be taken apart and stored flat. Use the Cosmic Shimmer gesso to prime the number 3 sections of the tree.

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Step 26. Place some of the Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste onto a non stick craft mat and cut a piece of cut`n`dry foam to use to apply the paste onto the tree.

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Step 27. Dab the Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste over the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primed tree.

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Step 28. Continue to stipple on the Cosmic Shimmer sea green sparkle texture paste leaving some areas higher than others.

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Step 29. Here is the completed 3rd section of the tree. Set aside to dry before moving onto the last section or carry on but just be careful how where you hold the tree so you don`t remove any of the texture paste.

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Step 30. Here the last section of the tree has had the Cosmic Shimmer gesso primer added and then a layer of the Cosmic Shimmer matt glue, seal & glaze is painted over the dry gesso.

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Step 31. Select a piece of the Craft Consortium holly decoupage paper and tear a piece to roughly fit over the tree MDF section. It doesn`t matter if it`s done in pieces as the glue will adhere the pieces to the MDF seamlessly. Please note this photo was taken whilst the MDF was still flat but I just wanted to show the holly decoupage paper.

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Step 32. Place the holly paper onto the glue making sure the centre of the paper is pushed right up to the fold of the tree so it doesn`t tear when smoothing the paper down.

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Step 33. Remove some of the excess paper so that it makes it easier to work around the branches of the tree.

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Step 34. Now use a sanding block or as here the reverse side of an emery board is great as it gets into all those hard to places. Just sand the edges off the papers as this keys the decoupage paper into the glue below and makes the paper have a lovely finish on the edge of the MDF.

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Step 35. Use a gold Adirondack dabber to cover the thick edges of the tree and also use the gold on just a small amount of the paper for a lovely feel to the piece.

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Step 36. Continue to do the same on the snow fibre section and the damask paper sides of the tree.

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Step 37. Now for the decorating the 20 MDF ornaments. Take the bells stipple the gold Adirondack paint onto them.

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Step 38. Apply some of the festive berries distress ink on a piece of cut`n`dry foam and then dab onto the festive stocking pieces.

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Step 39. Spritz some of the Phill Martin Cosmic Shimmer chic moss mister over the baubles on a non stick craft mat.

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Step 40. Dab the baubles with a piece of cut`n`dry foam or a piece of kitchen roll to remove the excess ink. You can also use the cut`n`dry foam with a little of the festive berries ink still on it as this will transfer onto the green and give you a lovely 2 tone to the baubles.

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Step 41. Apply some of the glossy accents onto the baubles and set them aside until they are dry.

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Step 42. Add some Cosmic Shimmer pearl PVA glue not the dries clear glue as you need the depth of colour underneath the jewels across the top of the stockings before adding some Cosmic Shimmer iced crystal glitter jewels over the glue.

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Step 43. Now you will have the 20 covered ornaments. Once they are dry repeat the process and cover the backs of the ornaments in the same way.

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Step 44. When the glossy accents is dry use some of the gold Adirondack paint to colour the depth of each piece on the different groups of ornaments.

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Step 45. Take 3 of the Creative expressions pine cones and cut off the long wire ends making sure they were twisted tightly beforehand.

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Step 46. Add the pine cones down the centre of the damask paper side using some 3d glue for ease of sticking.

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Step 47. The ornaments can be added to the tree with a thin piece of wire or ribbon but here i’m using John Lockwood’s idea of an earring finding as I had some spare and they work perfectly. Just poke the finding from the back of the ornament so the loop comes back on itself and then it will go through the hole in the tree.

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Step 48. Use a pokey tool to make sure the holes are not covered as this would have happened when the papers were added.

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Step 49. Add the stockings and baubles onto the damask side. Add 2 small 2 tone ribbon bows to the top of the tree to compliment the design.

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Step 50. I have used the gold bells on the snow fibre side of the tree. Using this method means you can turn the tree area to whichever side you feel like and as your mood takes it. Just turn the ornaments as you wish.

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Step 51. Here is a close up of textured side of the tree. Have fun decorating your tree. Alternatively just choose one method throughout the MDF tree project.

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