Sizzix Thinlits: Feathered Friends (664433), Funky Wreaths (664434), Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower (664407), Funky Floral (662700)
Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock
Tim Holtz® Memoranda Patterned Paper
Ranger Distress Texture Paste Crackle
Ranger Distress Collage Medium
Ranger Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Old Paper, Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Rusty Hinge, Blueprint Sketch, Shabby Shutters
Ranger Artist Brushes
Ranger Distress Sprayer
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Therm O Web Mixed Media Adhesive

Hi everyone, it's Audrey, and I'm so happy to be back on the Sizzix® blog today to share another project with you featuring Tim Holtz dies from the Chapter 2 release.

I am a big fan of decorating my home for the different seasons and holidays, and am always looking for cost-effective home décor projects like this thrift-store frame re-do. I paid less than a dollar for this sweet green-striped frame, and by using my dies and supplies I already had on hand, I created this spring-inspired décor piece for next to no cost. How awesome is that?

This framed project uses three of the new Tim Holtz die sets from the Chapter 2 release, including my absolute favorite, Feathered Friends. I live on the East Coast, and love to see the bluebirds that return to my yard at this time of year. To me, they are a perfect harbinger of the spring to come.

I've got the full step-by-step tutorial for this frame project to share, so let's take a closer look.

  1. backing of a frame with a 3x4 opening. Sand the edges to remove any excess paper. Using a mini ink blending tool, apply Antique Linen Distress ink to the center of the paper and Old Paper ink to the outer edges. Dab Brushed Corduroy ink onto a craft mat, and spray the ink with water using a Distress Sprayer. Pick up the ink mixture with a wet paintbrush, and flick the ink over the paper to create droplets onto the frame backing.
  2. Spread Distress Crackle Texture Paste onto the outer edges of the paper, and allow the paste to dry.
  3. Sand the dried Texture Paste to remove most of the bulk, leaving a plaster-like finish. Sand the inner and outer edges of the wooden frame, and apply Brushed Corduroy Distress ink to all the edges using the ink blending tool.
  4. Die cut the three Feathered Friends bird pieces from Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Watercolor the images with Blueprint Sketch, Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, and Black Soot Distress inks.

5. Die cut the Funky Wreaths wreath and several loose greenery sprigs from Distress Watercolor Cardstock. Watercolor all the pieces with Old Paper, Shabby Shutters, and Brushed Corduroy Distress inks.

6. Cut the wreath in half, and adhere one half onto the bottom left corner of the frame backing panel using Mixed Media liquid adhesive. Insert the backing piece back into the frame.

7. Adhere the second half of the wreath over the first piece, allowing some of the branches to extend out of the center of the frame. Fill in any bare areas with the remaining loose branch pieces. Assemble the bird layers, adding the wing on with foam adhesive for dimension. Adhere the bird onto the branches.

8. Watercolor one scrap piece of Watercolor Cardstock with Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot Distress inks. Watercolor a second, smaller scrap with Rusty Hinge Distress Ink. Die cut the springtime sentiment using the Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower alphabet set from the blue paper. Adhere the letters to the bottom of the frame. Die cut three Funky Floral flowers from the blue paper. Die cut the centers of the flowers from the orange paper. Adhere the flower pieces to the frame.

Happy spring, everyone!