Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Watch The Birdies!

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.


Createology said...

Sherry these are just fabulous. The birds do look feathery and the 3D effect of the birdcage really adds the right dimension. Happy Creating my dear...

SusanLotus said...

Very beautiful artwork!
Have a nice day!

Dragon said...

Woo Sherry you are quick off the mark!!! Keep them safe until everyone gets up to scratch!!! Partner soon... just doing the list now

Healing Woman said...

I'll bet your friends and family love getting cards of all types from you. Who wouldn't want to receive the little bird in cage and birthday card from previous post. I also enjoyed hearing the fairy bell too!

Meggymay said...

They are fabulous, love how you did the birds. Yvonne x

Maureen said...

These are great Sherry, i'll go visiting as you suggest!

Angela said...

Super cool, Sherry! The birds are awesome!

Unknown said...

Wonderful birdcages with lovely birds inside!! Fab job Sherrie! Hugs, Ira

Lesley said...

Oh Sherry, I love your birdies and cages. This is one of my fav dies as well. I love how you bent them to 3D to the card. Your swap partners will love them.

Terry said...

Sherry, I also love that die and what you created with it, is totally fabulous! Love the fluffy birds! Someone is going to love these!!!

Luna Art said...

So great! Love how you bent the birdcages to make them stand out. The paint effects on them are fab as well, really make them look like metal.Love the little birds, so sweet! x

Mrs A. said...

Tweet tweet. Love your birdies. Great swap and just added my name on Dragon's blog. Haven't got the TH birdcage but when did that ever stop me! Hugs Mrs A.

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Love the paint effect you have created on your 3D bird cages Sherry, and those lil leathery birds are neat! Wonderful colours and backgrounds too :)
Jan x

salamanda said...

These are fab and I always love the see the bird out the cage.

CAROL said...

Love your bird cages Sherry they are awesome!

save a marriage said...

Those all birds are ready to fly. Sherry, you are very talented to create cool things. your birdies and cages are exquisite.

Jen said...

Super tags, great birds.
Jen x

Helen said...

Great work here Sherry! Love the background.