Hi Friends! It's Cathie here today and I'm so happy to be back on the Sizzix blog with a framed piece using Feathered Friends and Funky Wreath. I was inspired by a beautiful cardinal I saw sitting atop a pretty little bush and he looked so peaceful. There are so many possibilities for the Feathered Friends and Funky Wreath die sets and I hope you find some inspiration in this piece to give them a try.

You will need:

Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Feathered Friends (664433)

Sizzix Thinlits Dies - Funky Wreath

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Thrift Shop Ephemera

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Adornments - Arrows

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Journal Cards

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Mini Frame

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Tiny Text

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Botanical & Batik

Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Layering Stencil - Blossom

Distress Paint - Shabby Shutters, Brushed Corduroy, Old Paper and Ground Espresso

Distress Spray Stain - Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso and Black Soot

Distress Oxide Spray - Old Paper and Fired Brick

Distress Embossing Glaze - Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint and Fired Brick

Distress Textured Resist Spray

Tim Holtz Ranger - Alcohol Ink - Mushroom

How to make the frame:

  1. Cover the frame with white gesso and allow to completely dry.
  2. Paint the entire frame with Shabby Shutters Distress paint and allow to dry.
  3. Using a dry paintbrush apply a dusting of Old Paper Distress paint and allow to dry.
  4. Apply a small amount of Brushed Corduroy Distress paint in random areas to give the frame an aged appearance and allow to completely dry.
  5. Using your fingertips, apply a small amount of Ground Espresso Distress paint to the beaded design and frame edges to bring out the pattern on the frame. Set aside to completely dry.
Scenic Route with Feathered Friends

How to make the bird, branches and leaves:

  1. Spritz a piece of mixed media cardstock with water and spray on Fired Brick and Aged Mahogany Distress Spray Stain. Dry with heat tool making sure to spritz it with water as you dry.
  2. Next, spray on Fired Brick Distress Oxide Spray in random areas and dry with heat tool. As you dry the piece, spritz with a bit of water.
  3. When the piece is completely dry, spray on Candied Apple Distress Spray Stain and dry with heat tool. Remember to spritz with water as you dry the piece.
  4. Do the same on another piece of mixed media cardstock using Hickory Smoke and Black Soot Distress Spray Stain. Dry completely with heat tool but remember to spritz with water through the drying process.
  5. Cut out the birds and wings from the colored cardstock as shown below.
  6. Cut the leaves out of mixed media cardstock that has been colored with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress Spray Stain.
  7. Cut the branches out of woodgrain paper that has been colored with Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs Distress Spray Stain.
Scenic Route with Feathered Friends

How to make the background:

  1. Spray a piece of mixed media cardstock with Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain and dry with heat tool. Make sure to spritz with water while drying. Continue this process until you are happy with the way it looks. I usually do this three times.
  2. Spray Forest Moss Distress Spray Stain onto a craft mat and gently stamp the Tim Holtz Botanical stamp into the spray stain. Stamp image onto the sprayed mixed media cardstock piece and dry with a heat tool.
  3. Place the Tim Holtz Blossom stencil over the left side of the background and spray with Distress Textured Resist Spray.
  4. Gently sprinkle on Fired Brick Embossing Glaze over some of the flowers. Sprinkle Fossilized Amber Embossing Glaze over the remaining flowers.
  5. Sprinkle Peeled Paint Embossing Glaze over the leaves.
  6. Gently tap the bottom of the background piece.
  7. Heat with a heat tool to melt and set the glazes.
  8. Ink the edges of pieces of ephemera and a journal card and distress the edges. Apply to background as shown below.
  9. Stamp the sentiment from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Tiny Text stamp set onto a piece of mixed media cardstock with Ground Espresso Archival Ink. Ink the edges of the sentiment with Vintage Photo Distress ink and adhere over the ephemera pieces.
  10. Color the metal arrow with Tim Holtz Mushroom alcohol ink and allow to dry.
  11. Wrap the arrow with burlap twine.
  12. Adhere the arrow to the just below the sentiment.
  13. Tuck the branches and leaves inside the ephemera pieces and side of the journal card.
  14. Apply the bird to the branches atop the journal card.
Scenic Route with Feathered Friends

Scenic Route with Feathered Friends