Hello Friends! Happy Saturday! I hope that you are all doing well. I am back today to share a project that I created for the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 that Tim hosted today. Did you see his YouTube Live? Well…if you didn’t you can CLICK HERE and check out the replay. It was loaded with lots of new products and tons of awesome inspiration.
The project that I’m sharing today is one that I made using the new Bird and Egg Colorize thinlet set.
Here’s a peek at some of the other projects that I created. I’ll be sharing those over the next few weeks, so, stay tuned!
It took me awhile to jump on the “colorize train”, I’m not sure why, but now that I’m on, I don’t think I’ll be jumping off anytime soon. The details that you get from colorize is simply amazing.
You know how I love creating inky backgrounds and I love the effect you can get by using them to cut out the individual pieces and to build. The tiny drips, spots and watermarks that distress ink leaves on paper, in my opinion, really brings it to life. I went in a very vintage and shabby chic way..but, would you expect anything different? I tried to keep this simple because that little bird needed to be THE focus…you know I have a thing for birds, right? He is adorable and fits perfectly into a shabby chic vignette. I can’t wait to make him into a blue bird with rosy cheeks and a slightly pink & orange chest. Oh, don’t mind me, but I’m just jotting down another idea!
So, let’s get to it!
I started by creating some background papers…some I found in my scrap basket, some I made specifically for this project. I knew I wanted a “Robin” looking bird, so I grabbed my Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Rusty Hinge and Crackling Campfire Distress Spray Stains and began creating on Distress Watercolor Paper. I spritzed and sprayed and dipped and dried until I had a few to choose from. Then I cut out all my pieces, and began laying them out.
Some were rubbed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, some Crackling Campfire, Some Black Soot, you can see how the layers stack and then see where you need to add more color. Some areas got a little wash of watered down Antique Linen Distress Paint. I sometimes use this to add details because the paint layers on top of the inks leave shadows and highlights. It washes out a little but works out nicely. If I need a truer white that doesn’t lighten as easily, I use Dina Wakley White Gesso.
The base of my bird was cut from a piece of black/brown idea-ology Distress Kraft Stock from the neutral pack. This is perfect because to add distress and a worn look, you just sand the edges using sandpaper or a sanding grip…instant distress! I rubbed the sanded edges of the bird with a blending tool loaded with Walnut Stain Distress ink. Just be sure to do your sanding on a piece of scrap chipboard, and not you glass media mat as it will scratch the glass.
I adhered the bird together using Collage Medium and foam squares, then finished him off with a little Walnut Stain Distress Ink on a blending tool.
I created a background using a #8 Mixed Media tag with some Speckled Egg, Rusty Hinge and Crackling Campfire Spray Stains. I spritzed the tag with water, then spritzed on some of the ink. I dried it, then dipped it into drips that were left on my mat, layer after layer… once it was to my liking, I dried it, then stitched on some tiny twigs that I found in my stash.
These little twigs came from a wreath/swag thing that I found at goodwill for $1. You know I love a good stick and these are perfect for sewing onto projects with my sewing machine because they’re skinny and twisty (don’t tell a true seamstress that I sew twigs onto paper, I’m sure my Grandma is twinging) My advise, go very slowly sewing it, and always be on the lookout for tiny twigs, even if you pull them out of a wreath.
I added some scraps of mummy cloth, floral moss and stitched on a larger stick towards the bottom of the tag. Then I changed the thread in my sewing machine to a rusty orange color and stitched randomly around the outside.
I dug through my gritty and grungy vintage button tin…yes, I have one of those. 😉
Then stitched on the buttons near the bottom of the tag using some thread and a needle and added scraps of ribbon and mummy cloth.
To make the tag more substantial, I painted a #8 Etcetera Tag with some Distress Paint and then attached the tag to it. I’m working on making a big collection of #8 Etcetera tags to decorate my studio…so, I can’t wait to add this one and hang this one up very soon!
Check out those grungy buttons! Gritty and grungy o’natural, distressed the natural way…and how that fabric covered one went perfectly with this make! Makes me so happy!
With that, my project was complete!
Thanks so much for stopping by my tattered nest and be sure to follow my blog for more tutorials for this release coming very soon. Have a great weekend!
Products used to create this make… be sure to click HERE to shop at Simon Says Stamp
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Sizzix Bird and Egg Colorize thinlet set, Distress Mixed Media #8 tags, Distress Watercolor Paper, idea-ology Kraft Stock Neutrals, Distress Spray Stains-Walnut Stain, Rusty Hinge, Crackling Campfire, Antique Linen, Speckled Egg, Distress Inks-Walnut Stain, Blending Tools, Distress Paint- Antique Linen, idea-ology Mummy Cloth, Vintage Buttons, Sticks, Fabric scraps and more…
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Lourdes Mead says
Organic looking tag. Love it. TFS
Lynn Stevens says
Love all the trinkety bits you added to your little birdie nest.so sweet.
Deborah Saaranen says
So very gorgeous, Stacy…all of your makes for this release were fabulous!
TANNIS BROWNING says
This fantastic bird gets my heart a thumping. Thanks for the beautiful make !!!!! and…for sharing !!!!
I love birds! Can’t wait to receive my die and to see the rest of your makes.
This little bird is so warm and rustic he looks perfect on that speckled blue background. Great makes and lovely to see your process too. Thanks for all you share xox
Love your little chirppy….I have a thing for birdies, too! I save all our old bread and chip scraps and feed the chirppies several times a week. People look at you crazy when you tell them that you can call birds to come eat …Chirppy, Chrippy, Chirppies….and here they come to sit on our fence while I throw out the food. We have Finches, Chicadees, Robins, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Doves, Wood Peckers, Wrens, and old Crows….LOL. Lots of chirppies to be fed. I have a wall with #8 etcetera tags on it as well….great minds I tell ya….
So I’ve always been intimidated by the colorize dies (hello, Santa!), but this and the woodgrain have me eager to try. This is stunning, Stacy. Absolutely gorgeous. I always say that I want to download Tim’s brain for just 24 hours, but I would love to have access to your creativity for 24 hours as well!
Lee Tincher says
You nailed it again, Stacy! We have a painted bunting here in rural OK. Add a bit of blue and you would have one sitting on your tag. Absolutely beautiful. I was so inspired; this colorize is on my order. You bring a unique and fresh vintage approach to all your makes, giving us all the encouragement to try something equally special. Thank you.
Colleen McKeeman says
Really enjoyed your makes in The show and especially enjoy seeing the process here on your site. You are very talented and we all can learn a great deal from you and Tim. Thank you for sharing with us. ❤️
Connie Griffin says
Fabulous projects you did for this release, this was one of my favorites, I just had to buy this bird, can’t wait to play with it, great inspiration you give!
Yvonne Boucher says
Love this project so much! Your birdie has so much life to him (her)..
karen Underwood says
Love the bird!! I’m still new at all of the effects, but I love the spray stains.
Freddie Sleijpen-Mommers says
Love this little bird and its home 😍
Mary Ellen Millbranth says
As always, your makes steal my heart and this is no exception. What a truly beautiful creation. Your talent is only matched by your generosity in sharing with others. Thank you so much.
Laura Steingiser says
LOVE this little bird. It is cold here in Connecticut and we keep refilling the “squirrel-proof” feeder, hang suet for the wood peckers and water in the heated birdbath. We love to watch all of the activity from our kitchen table and the return of the migrating birds, and then bring out the hummingbird feeder. I just purchased the older TH two bird die set but this little one may need to join them.I think I counted 13 pieces in your photos…I am a bit intimidated by the colorize dies and have not tried one yet. The flowers almost got me last year. Thanks for the beautiful photos and tutorial. May I ask what you use for thread? I love how heavy it is and looks like it can be inked. Thanks, Laura
Thank you so much, Laura! ♥️ how sweet to watch the birds through the seasons. They are a gift! This set just got me. I love it and is very easy to put together. The thread for stitching is just cotton thread but the thicker is crochet cotton. I have bunches of vintage and yes, it takes the inks beautifully. ♥️ thanks for stopping by my blog! -Stacy