Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray by Cheiron Brandon

Tim Holtz Distress® Rustic Wilderness is the perfect shade of green to create holiday trees and decorations. Follow along with Cheiron Brandon as she uses this dark, vintage Distress® Spray Stain to create this holiday tree, ornaments and all, to create a great home decor piece for the season.



Hi there crafty friends, it’s Cheiron Brandon here and I have a fun holiday décor project to share with you today using the newest color of Distress, Rustic Wilderness. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect color for Christmas trees and that is exactly what we are going to make today.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray

To make this project, you will need a set of Vignette Trays, a Woodland half tree (the back is flat which is perfect for this project) and Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain. 

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 1

Step 1: Put a Woodland Half Tree inside a Splat Box, and spray with Rustic Wilderness Distress Spray Stain. Let dry.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 2

Step 2: Paint the Vignette Trays with Antique Linen Distress Paint. Paint the sides and the front and the inside walls of the tray. The main part of the trays will be covered with paper, and I plan to hang this on a wall.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 3Step 3: Cut pieces of paper to fit inside both of the trays. I used paper from the Paper Stash for the larger tray, and some Worn Wallpaper for the smaller tray. Ink the edges of the paper with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Then adhere them to the inside of the tray with Distress Collage Matte Medium.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 4

Step 4: Add trim tape around the edge of the smaller box.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 5

Step 5: Now it’s time to create the colored baubles. Put baubles into small disposable cups (thanks to Tim Holtz for this easy clean up tip). Add Alcohol Inks in Mushroom, Stonewashed, Dijon and Crimson. Gently swirl the baubles around in each cup, pour out onto a paper towel to dry.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 6

Step 6: Time to decorate the tree. Use Distress Collage Medium (Matte) to adhere to colored baubles to the tree. Adhere the small tray into the large tray using Distress Collage Medium.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 7

Step 7: Use Distress Paints to color the letterpress letters. I used paints in Rustic Wilderness, Weathered Wood, Fossilized Amber, and Candied Apple and used a foam blending tool to apply the paint by dabbing the tool into the paint, then dabbing off before applying to the letterpress. Adhere the letterpress letters.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 8Step 8: Add Distress Mica flakes to the tree by dabbing Distress Matte Medium on your finger, then onto the tree, then adhering the Mica Flakes.

Rustic Wilderness Vignette Tray Step 9

Step 9: To finish the piece, add hardware heads to the four corners of the inside tray. Paint an Idea-ology Adornment star with Fossilized Amber Distress Paint and adhere above the tree.






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