After a recent holiday to Italy to visit relatives and learn more about my Italian ancestors I was inspired to make the Kaisercraft Family Tree as a way to display images of past generations of my family.
I wanted a fairly traditional, slightly European look for my Family Tree so chose the Duchess collection highlighted with stamped elements from the Peachy Keen collection.
Once all the MDF pieces of the Family Tree (SB2059) were separated and sanded down I painted the trunk and branches of the tree in Kaisercolour Raw Umber acrylic paint (KC032). I covered the front and back of the tree canopy with the Empire paper (DS204) from the Duchess Collection (the tree is fairly large so one sheet is needed for each side). I then randomly stamped the canopy using the Script background stamp (CS752) and the Flourishes clear stamps (CS721) and inked round the edge of the canopy with a Brown ink pad (IP708).
I am loving using the Peachy Keen Clear Stamps (CS739) at the moment, so decided to use the cute little birds and leaves on the Family Tree. I stamped about 10 of the leaves using the Kaisercraft Forest and Sepia Ink Pads and then cut them out. I also stamped the little birds in various colours and then cut out the wings and body separately and layered them to give the birds different coloured body parts.
Once I had chosen my family photos, printed them, cut them out and stuck them on the cameos, I used the frames from the Heiress paper (DS201) to finish of the cameos. I also added three small Chocolate Pearls (SB792) to the bottom of each cameo. For the centre of the tree I cut out a frame shape from a piece of scrap card and added the word “Family” in the middle.
Finally I arranged the leaves and birds on the tree and stuck them all down using foam tape ensuring that they neatly framed the cameos on the tree.
My Italian themed Family Tree now provides a long-lasting reminder of my trip to meet my relatives and my Italian family heritage.