"Feather Your Nest"
The background is dry-embossed black card rubbed with different colours of gilding wax to bring out the texture. The top layer has the centre cut and ripped open to reveal a second layer beneath. Gilded diecuts were added over the background using Claudine Hellmuth matt multi-medium, which adheres to the wax and dries without leaving any glossy streaks.
The bird is stamped using jet black archival ink onto card that was previously decorated with distress paints. After cutting out, the bird is dipped into molten clear UTEE in a melt pot. After setting but whilst it is still warm, Perfect Pearls is rubbed onto the UTEE to give a metallic sheen. Straw, eggs (some gorgeous turquoise beads I picked up at Belfast Craft Fair) and the bird are fixed to the card, and a beaded jewel hung from the bird's beak.
Now, it was a rare, Sunny day here in Northern Ireland yesterday, so I couldn't resist seeing what Mr. Birdy looked like perched amongst the apple blossom...
The sunlight really brings out the shine from those gilding waxes.
Finally, some flowers for Tom's bees to feed on!
I thought I'd leave you with a picture of some of the newest members of our family, who hatched over the weekend. No wonder I have birds on the brain today :-) Maddy x
M-Bossabilities Embossing Folder: Tweet and Twigs
Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Folder: Wood Grain
Creative Expressions Gilding Waxes: Enchanted Gold, Patina, Amethyst
Martha Stewart stamp set: Birds
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Beads & Findings
adhesives: Claudine Hellmuth Matt Multi-Medium, PVA, Glossy Accents
Entered for the following challenge:
Craft Stamper Make It, Take It, Challenge Two - Rip and Tear Technique