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!