12 Days of Christmas Inspirations, Day 12: Paper Poinsettia
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Family Thankful Tree


For today’s project, I wanted to create something a little bit different for me.  When I am seeking inspiration, I look for a project with a minimum number of “strange” products.  In other words, I love to use something I currently own or something fairly inexpensive and easy to use.  That being said, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I got the whole family involved and created this tree on canvas using mostly just Gelatos® and water.  Here’s a look at the completed project.


I started by sketching the tree onto a 16”x20” canvas using the gray Gelato® from the Neutrals pack.

I colored each branch of the tree with all four Gelatos® in the Neutrals pack.  I applied a stripe of each color, overlapping just a bit.  I made sure I started and ended with the darkest brown on both sides to give the tree some dimension.  I dipped a paintbrush in water and used it to blend the colors together.  I worked my way through the tree one branch at a time.


To add a few extra highlights, I used the new Stamper’s Big Brush Pen in white.


I used the same technique on the background using multiple shades of blue and green Gelatos®.


When blending the blue with water, I added some texture by stamping immediately after wetting and blending the canvas.  By doing so, it removed some of the Gelatos® color.


I created a wavy template out of copy paper to make sure my title lined up correctly.  I hand-drew these letters, but I copied them from the Stampin’ Up! Notable Alphabet stamp set.


Here’s a look at the final canvas, before applying the “thankful” leaves.


I used scissors to quickly cut out random sizes of leaves from white cardstock.  I used a variety of distress ink colors to give them a rough look.  

Finally, I had each member of my family take about 9-10 leaves and write what they are thankful for.  We all used the same black pen for consistency.   And of course, “candy” and “donuts” were submitted by my girls!  My 8-year-old spelled “our” as “are”.  I love it.

I adhered them to the canvas using foam adhesive.

I added “2012” in the lower right corner.  I plan to hang in our house so we can enjoy it for years to come! 

I hope you enjoyed my post today – thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful Thanksgiving season! To see more of my cards and videos, visit my blog.  



  • 16”x20” canvas
  • Color Gelatos™ 4 ct – Neutrals (#770160)
  • Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, White (#770013)
  • Various blue Gelatos™
  • Various green Gelatos™
  • Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencil, yellow (I didn’t have a yellow Gelato™!)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, Spiced Marmalade
  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock (leaves)
  • Stampin’ Up! Foam Dimensionals


DarleneDarlene DeVries is an avid video blogger and papercrafter.  She shares a new how-to video every Wednesday on her blog.  Over the last 2 1/2  years she has posted over 160 videos!  She introduces new techniques, tips, and products in a fast-paced fashion.  She can also be found on Facebook.






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Holidaying in Hawaii and was so excited when I checked my emails to see you had another great project. Love your work and this is such a great idea. Just love it!

Diane Jaquay

This is such a wonderful project! I do have a question though. Is it necessary to seal something like this so it doesn't smear when touched? And if so, what product would work?

Patti J.

What a wonderful idea, Darlene! I would not have thought that the foam adhesive would adhere to canvas - good to know! Thanks for sharing...you are so creative!


Awesome idea...would be fun to set out and have guests complete a leaf at Thanksgiving dinner!

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