Friday, January 25, 2013

A Loving Heart Is The Truest Wisdom.

I love how this turned out and there was a bit of a learning curve involved.  I used the Tim Holtz Hanging Sign die and The Bird and the branch die and cut them using chip board (the type that comes at the back of paper tablets).  I cut two of the hanging posts and glued them together to get a longer post to hang my sign from.  I found this idea on the following youtube video  The learning curve came when I tried to add the eyelets.  I never used the crop-a-dile big bite for anything other than punching holes.  It required a phone call to my sister who immediately asked me if I read the directions.  Well, how could I when I threw them away.  Who needs to read directions when you have a sister that can walk you through the steps.  Anyway, I figured out how to do the eyelets after a few attempts of crushing several beyond use.

I covered the sign with Adirondack "Espresso" paint dabber.  I used "Pool" and "Gold", applied them to my craft mat and used a dry brush here and there to add an aged look.  I stamped the sign with a textured stamp and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I typed the quote and printed from my computer.  I distressed the paper by tearing it, covering it with scattered straw distress ink and then using vintage photo around the edges.  I glued it to my sign with good ole Elmer's glue.

I cut the bird and branch from chipboard that I covered with scrapbook paper.  I cut the bird from the branch with scissors and inked the edges with "Vintage Photo" distress ink.  I colored his beak with yellow copic marker (can't remember which color).  Then I added some bling for his eye.

I inked my background by covering it with scattered straw distress ink and using various stencils and sprays.  I stamped the white square pattern by rubbing Gesso on my stamp and randomly applying it to the page.  I did some stamping with black archival ink.  Then I glued down the sign and the bird.  I added a flourish stamp to show his singing.  Then I added stamping using "Sepia" archival ink.  I don't know if you can see it in the picture but I also randomly stamped a crackle background stamp using "Tumbled Glass" distress ink.  I tried to put a little blue in the background to pick up the bird.  The final step was outlining the bird with "cool gray No 3", to help define him a little.  I added the silk flowers with a glue gun and there you have it.....done.

This next photo is from some experimenting that I did tonight.  I bought a new embossing powder today (aged teal).  I was hoping that it would give an aged look to some of my die cuts.  I saw a tutorial for distressing and aging the Tim Holtz Jalopy and thought that this embossing powder would be perfect.

I cut two pieces of chipboard and coated them with the Espresso ink dabber.  I stamped the whole thing with the textured stamp and clear embossing ink.  I added the embossing powder and heated it.  The first attempt came out too blue.  So I used the same method but rolled the stamp in small spots.  I liked this one better but it also came out with more blue than I expected.  The powder looks like a mixture of turquoise, gold, and brown.  I didn't think the turquoise would be so dominate.  I will probably still use this method but go very light handed with the stamping.

1 comment:

  1. Good job! Reading directions is a novel idea, I think that is why they include them with your purchase. lol Love it! And your sister is a smart girl, just saying. hahaha