There is a new swap using the
Tim Holtz 'Caged Bird' Sizzix Alterations die on
As this is one of my favourite dies I couldn't resist joining in!
The base is mountboard (6" x 4") covered with assorted book pages and music sheets. I then distressed it with paint and distress inks using the brayer
and craft sheet.
Around the edge is metallic rub on paste.
The birdcages are cut from Grungeboard and coloured with
acrylic paints and more of the metallic rub on paste.
As the Grungeboard is very flexible, when I stuck it onto
the backgrounds (using E6000 adhesive), I was able to bend it
making it a bit three dimensional.
The words were printed off the computer onto ordinary copy paper
and stuck onto the background with Liquitex matte medium.
The birds were cut from scraps of leather,
I used the reverse (suede) sides
as it is softer and looked more like feathers (not a lot, but a bit!!)
The wings were attached with a small stitch
and the eyes are beads and sequins.
I finished them off with sari ribbons and beads
and think they look quite tweet!
If you want to join in with swap but don't have the Tim Holtz die,
you can use other birdcages - all the details can be found on
Dragon's blog along with some of her own beautiful examples.