Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Altered Jigsaw Piece - ‘Home Tweet Home’

One of blogs I follow is Clarky J’s Play Space and when I saw her post called 'Are you feeling generous' on my Blogger Dashboard, I was intrigued and had to investigate further. 

Janet was asking if anyone would like to alter one of her jigsaw pieces to the theme of ‘Home’. Well, as I love altering jigsaws this was a bit of a no brainer for me and she sent me her jigsaw blank which measured approximately four by five inches.

I desperately wanted to use my newly acquired Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix ‘Caged Bird’ die and eventually came up with the tweet, I mean twee wording ’Home Tweet Home’!

I covered the background with scrapbook paper which had the look of old fashioned wallpaper, I thought this would fit in with the ’Home’ theme. However, by the time I’d finished with it, it looked as though the caged bird had escaped and done it’s best to alter it itself!!! I painted some cream acrylic over it, then wiped it off immediately leaving it thicker in some places. The main damage was done with some distress ink though. I smeared some on my craft sheet, spritzed some water on it, then pressed the jigsaw piece into it. It became a very grungy background, but I think it works.

The cage and bird I cut from Grungeboard.  I painted the cage with dark green, then black acrylic and once dry, rubbed some metallic paste over it. I bent it around a little to give it a 3D look and amazingly it stayed in shape! The bird was coloured with gold acrylic dabber paint and when dried, had some text rubber stamped onto it. I used a Glossy Accents to attach the bird to the cage and the cage to the background. The text was just printed off onto copy paper, coloured with distress ink and edged with gold ink and stuck with Liquitex gel medium. A few beads, piece of chain and ribbon and that’s it - home tweet home for the cute little gold bird!

As a thank you Janet sent me this gorgeous little friendship hanger.

Thanks again Janet!


Anonymous said...

This is great, love the 3d effect, I also love the friendship hanger, I would be delighted with it as well.

Meggymay said...

Its fantastic, she will love it.

Maureen said...

Sherry that is absolutely fabulous - truly!!!

Clarky J said...

I do love it! its truely awesome! Its only the 2nd piece to come back so I have a way to go before the finished article but wow this must be a wonderful piece of art when its done!
thanks so much Sherry x Janet

Belinda said...

Hi Sherry This house and birdie is stunning, I love it. My friends sells scrapbooking products and she just showed me this cage di and I so want it now more than ever.

Gez said...

WOW! truly stunning Sherry. I love your altered piece. The colours are FAB & I love your thinking. :)
Sorry for not calling sooner been chaotic here! :(
I have missed your fabulous blogging.
Thank you for your blog support your comments mean so much.XXX
Wishing you a lovely Sunday. Gez.xx