Saturday, July 1, 2017

Altered Tree Bark

Hello all! My have the hands been busy this summer! Between my crafting and my power tools, I don't know what keeps me more happy. I have decided to alter a piece of a tree trunk that was leftover from a recent cut down. The tree was dead and needed to be taken down because it was so close to the house. This piece is for my guest spot over at Xanderous Crafty Stash. She has everything from metal trinkets, bling bling, rhinestones, lace appliques and so much more!
I started with applying a white wash to the bark just to lighten it up a bit.
 After the wash I used multiple stamps with black Archival ink and added some more interest to the bark. 
While that was drying I started heat embossing all of the wonderful metal trinkets from Xanderous Crafty Stash. Each metal piece got at least two coats of embossing powder just so I could make sure none of the metal peeked through.
I layered the metal pieces to create a butterfly and some metal coral colored flowers. Then I added some moss and grass. The sign "This Way" is from Prima. 
Hugz and Carpe Diem! ~Niki
The stamping is subtle but in real life it pops more. Hopefully this picture below shows the stamping okay. 

I would like to share this design with:

I was inspired by all things nature


  1. What a fabulous project! (P)awesome! Hugs, Valerie

  2. What a fun spoon butterfly Niki! How lovely to use the wood in this way. Thanks so much for joining in with my things with wings theme this month as our challenge over at Country View xx

  3. Amazing .... I just love everything you have done to this .... very inspiring ♥️♥️♥️ Tina xxx

  4. Oh my gosh, I'm in awe!! This is spectacular, Niki!! I never would've thought to use bark as a medium!! You are so creative!! I love the stamping and the details you added!! It truly is a work of art!! My house is completely surrounded by trees and now you've inspired me to go find some bark and get crafty!! Love, love it, my friend!! Congrats on your guest DT spot, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. You really made a beautiful job of altering that piece of wood Niki, the whitewashed background really shows up the beauty of the embossed embellishments you added!! Love this. Congratulations on your GDT spot too!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. Amazing creation wow wow wow Thanks for playing at mmp challenge this month!!!!

  7. What a great use for a tree limb! Giving it the white wash really shows off the intricacy of those altered metal embellishments! Great idea to add the embossing powder, but I see in that one photo, they are beautiful in their original state, too! My favorite is the little spoon! Congrats on your well deserved GDT spot! Hugs and great to see you in the craft room again, Punkin'! PS those plants in the background are lookin' good! Wish I could see your garden!

  8. Lovely ! Thank you for joining us over at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  9. WOW stunning piece of artwork. I would never have thought of doing this myself-thank you for giving me the inspiration to try for myself.Thank you for joining in with this month’s challenge over at Altered Eclectics and hope to see you in our future challenges

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  10. What a super cool idea! I just love this and am so inspired. Hugs, Autumn

  11. what a great piece you created out of your tree branch Niki! Love the stamping over the wash and your colorful embossed metal pieces! Julia xx

  12. Sounds as though you've been having lots of fun with the power tools - and I love that the leftovers get to come and be part of your artwork. This is fantastic - I love how the metal filigree contrasts with the natural elements.
    Alison x

  13. Your tree bark project is a stunner! Thanks for playing along with Mixed Media Place.

  14. It's cool idea! Such an amazing project!
    Thanks for playing with Mixed Media Place!

  15. fantastic proyect!!!!!wowwwww!
    thaks for playing with us at MMP!