For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Hello friends! I hope you are all well! It's Anna-Karin here today with a fun 3-D project made with wonderful new dies by Lori Whitlock.

I made a sweet bird cage filled with flowers, and it is a home for the birds, rather than a cage, since at the moment they are relaxing outside of the cage. You don't need a lot of supplies to make this, just plain watercolor cardstock, or another paper which can handle water, watercolors, a paint brush, a stamp, and two sets of dies: For the Birds and  Mix and Match Flowers. If you rather want to use patterned paper, or color your paper with ink, that will work just as well.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

I started by white embossing a text stamp by Wendy Vecchi repeatedly over a letter-sized sheet of watercolour paper.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Die cut the cage shape from For the Birds four times. This is an intricate die and if you use the Sizzix Precision Base Plate, you'll get a perfect impression every time. Use this sandwich: Sizzix Multipurpose Platform tab 2, Precision Base Plate, paper, die facing down, Cutting Pad. Run through your Big Shot or Vagabond.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Die cut flowers using the Mix and Match Flowers set. I die cut most of them from left-over embossed watercolour paper, and the rest from old book paper. I love the flower shapes in this set, and you can mix them to create a large number of different flowers.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Opening one of Lori's Thinlits sets is always such a happy surprise, since they are full of amazing shapes. Even if I always look at the cover first, I find that I discover shapes I hadn't noticed before every time I open the package. These are all the dies you find in the For the Birds set.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

I used Prima's Decadent Pies watercolor set to color all the pieces in this project. Mix some of the colors with water and paint the cage parts. I started with the blue and dropped in a pinkish-orange and an orange-red. Paint the backs too.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Paint all the other pieces using the same watercolor set.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Shape the flowers, leaves, wings and feathers to give them life and layer the flowers with a brad in the center.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

When the paint is dry, fold the cage parts along the score lines.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

First glue the sides of the four parts together and then the top part of the floor as shown here. There are instructions on the packaging showing you how to assemble the cage.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Glue a piece of burlap to the floor of the cage, to make a cozy home for the birds. Glue flowers, leaves and a feather into the box, before closing it up, by gluing the last side.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Glue the roof pieces together and tie with a piece of Linen Ribbon. Glue more flowers and leaves to the outside of the cage.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

The flower die cut in the front here, is my favourite one among the flower dies, perfect for stamens.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

I love birds and these two are so cute. Paint them to resemble real birds, or make up your own. Mine is supposed to be a Eurasian Blue Tit.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

You can add even more leaves to the branches, if you want to.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

The word was painted with an ombre effect.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

On another side of the cage, I glued the branch with the small birds, and more flowers, leaves and a feather.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

The small birds were painted to resemble the big ones. Aren't they cute?

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

The petals of this flower look great if you pinch them in the middle.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

I left one side of the cage without decorations, so that you can look in and see the flowers on the inside.

For The Birds: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

You can make this in any colour combination you'd like and it will make a great gift. The dies in For the Birds and Mix and Match Flowers also work wonderfully for cardmaking or scrapbooking and doesn't have to be used for 3-D projects.

Thank you so much for looking at this tutorial!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Others Materials Used:

  • Prima Flowers Watercolor Paper 8.5 x 11 in
  • Prima Flowers Decadent Pies Watercolor set
  • Wendy Vecchi Stamper's Anonymous Botanical Register Background Stamp
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Ranger Emboss It Ink Pad
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology Linen Ribbon

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