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How to Feather Your Nest with Tim Holtz Crazy Birds Wall Art

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Hello everyone! It is Anna-Karin here from Layers of Ink with Tim Holtz Crazy Birds wall art using the new Sizzix Framelits die set, which coordinate with the popular Bird Crazy stamps by Stampers Anonymous. I just love these crazy birds, they have so much character and are such fun to colour. The dies make it very easy to build dimensional birds, and you don't have to use your scissors at all. I did a resist technique for the birds using Distress Micro Glaze by Ranger.

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Here you can see the Bird Crazy stamps and the Sizzix Framelits die set together. One of the awesome things with these dies, is that there is no white line around the stamped images, which works particularly well when you paper piece dimensional images.

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It is easy to identify which dies belong to which bird, especially if you keep the stamp set in front of you when doing so. Each bird has three corresponding dies, you can see them placed together on this photo.

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Stamp each bird twice on watercolour paper. I used the watercolour paper by Ranger, which has a rougher and a smoother side. Stamp on the rough side, for a better effect of the resist technique. It is important to use a waterproof ink.

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Apply a tiny amount of Distress Micro Glaze with your finger, on the areas where you want the birds to remain white. You need very little and try to get the glaze mainly on the rough parts of the paper, and not into all the little grooves.

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Pick a bunch of bright Distress Inks (I used more than those shown here, they are all listed in the supply list below). Smear on your craft sheet and mist once with water. Pick up with a paint brush and colour the birds. You can vary the shade of a colour by adding more or less water. The Distress Micro Glaze is a waterproof sealant, which means that it will resist the ink, leaving those parts white.

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Cut the paper into smaller pieces so that it will fit through your Sizzix Big Shot or Vagabond. Since it is important to place the dies precisely where you want them, it is very helpful to use the Sizzix Magnetic Platform, as it keeps the paper and die in place.

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Die cutting sandwich: Sizzix Magnetic Platform, Cutting Pad, paper, die facing down, second Cutting Pad.

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Continue with the wings on the second stamped impression. I prefer to use one die at a time on these birds, since there is less risk for the die shifting then.

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Finally, do the eyes and beak.

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Keep all the pieces together in one place until you have assembled the bird. Do you see that there are no white edges around the die cuts? I inked the edges of the birds slightly with Hickory Smoke.

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To assemble the birds, I used foam dots for most of the pieces, except for some of the eyes. It looks pretty funny when one eye is raised and the other one is glued flat. One of the birds went hiding when I took this photo.

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Mount a piece of corrugated card on Little Sizzles White Mat Board, to give it more stability. Smear gesso on top with a palette knife.

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When the gesso is dry, paint with Broken China and Walnut Stain.

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Adhere pieces of tissue and decorative tape to the background.

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Dry brush Umber paint on the background, concentrating on the corners. The dark brown paint increases the texture of the piece.

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Die cut branches from kraft-core cardstock using the Spring Greenery Sizzlits die. Use this sandwich: Extended Multipurpose Platform Tab 1, Extended Cutting Pad, die facing up, paper, second Extended Cutting Pad. Sand the pieces slightly to reveal the kraft-core.

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Glue the branches to the background and punch two holes at the top. Set eyelets into the holes.

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Arrange the birds in a manner that you like. I ended up leaving out the yellow bird, because it looked better with five, rather than six, birds on my panel. I will use it for something else.

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This is the little distressed crazy bird that had escaped from the photo above. I used Linen Ribbon torn into small pieces to give the birds nests.

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I really like the resist effect caused by the Distress Micro Glaze.

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I like all the birds, but this one might be my favourite.

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The title was die cut with the Boardwalk Sizzlits die, using a piece of watercolour paper which was coloured in the same way as the birds.

You could use these fun distressed crazy birds on cards, scrapbooking layouts or in your art journal. Thank you so much for looking!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Other Supplies Used:

  • Surfaces: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Textured Surfaces; Ranger - Watercolor Paper; Tim Holtz Core'dinations Nostalgic Kraft-Core
  • Ink: Ranger Distress Ink - Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Hickory Smoke, Squeezed Lemonade, Dusty Concord, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral; Ranger Archival Ink - Jet Black
  • Paint: Ranger Distress Paint - Broken China, Walnut Stain; Ranger Dina Wakley Media Acrylic Paint - Umber
  • Medium: Ranger - Distress Micro Glaze; Ranger Dina Wakley - White Gesso
  • Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology - Symphony Tissue Tape, Small Talk, Linen Ribbon, Passport Design

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