Hello friends and happy April 1st!
It’s SPRING and the new Tim Holtz Chapter 2 release is out! Woohoo! Because of that, I’m back today with a tutorial for a little project that I created for the release. You might recognize it as Tim showed the project a few months ago on his Creativation Facebook Live Sneak peek.
This project was created using a few of the new thinlet sets, Feathered Friends, Funky Wreath and Stacked Tiles Hexagons, along with the Bigz Curio Box…all new favorites of mine. How cute is this little feathered friend?! I love him!
…plus, check out that tiny little quilt that I created using the new Stacked Tiles Hexagons…those little dies cut fabric just like butta!
So, let’s get to it!
the little birdie…
I dug through my scrap bin of previously inked papers and found a couple great ones to use. One was a background with a variety of blue inks, and the other was a variety of brown. I cut the bird pieces out and then began adding the little details to give the bird some personality.
I blended some Walnut Stain Distress Ink with a blending tool and then blended on some Faded Jeans Distress Ink. I added some Rusty Hinge to the beak of the bird and with a detail water brush, blended the color out and dried it with my heat tool.
To create some stability, I cut a few more pieces of the bird, inked and colored the pieces, then adhered it together with Distress Collage Matte Medium.
More details were added using a variety of Distress Markers and a detail water brush, as they were added, they were dried with my heat tool. You can see some pink in his cheek area and on his chest I blended some area with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
I spritzed a piece of Distress Watercolor paper with water then added Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stains, then dried it with my heat tool. Once the paper was almost dry, I spritzed it with a bit of Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide Spray, spritzed it with a little bit of water to activate the oxide, and dried it with my heat tool.
I cut one of each wreath from the funky wreathes thinlet set using the paper I had created.
I trimmed some scrap paper using my Tonic Paper Trimmer by slicing tiny shreds (one of my favorite things about the trimmer, it cuts the thinnest pieces locket split without any problems) and then balled them up by rolling it between my hands, to create a “nest”. The shreds were then sprayed with a little Vintage Photo Distress Spray Stain, then dried with my heat tool.
Then I folded the wreath pieces in half very loosely and added the paper shreds. How cool is that? The wreathes were perfect to use to create a nest!
the tiny quilt…
I cut some hexagons out of some old fabric scraps.
Then with my sewing machine, I stitched them onto another scrap of fabric.
Then I stitched, with a needle and thread, some other scraps of some idea-ology mummy cloth, a bit of ribbon, some quilt batting and a button.
the curio box…
I created a woodgrain paper using Distress Watercolor Paper and the 3D Lumber Texture Fade. I blended some Antique Linen Distress Paint onto the dry paper then dried it with my heat tool. After the pain was dry, I spritzed on some water and Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Spray Stain, then dried it with my heat tool. While the paper was still damp, I spritzed on a light mist of Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain, then dried it with my heat tool again.
I cut the bottom part of the Curio Box using a piece of chipboard and glued the edges together with Distress Collage Medium then set it aside to dry.
The Woodgrain paper was used to cut the front of the box and was adhered together with Distress Collage Medium and set aside to dry.
I trimmed some pieces of paper from the idea-ology Memoranda Paper Stash to fit the inside sides and back of the curio box. Then they were adhered with in with collage medium.
To create more stability to the curio box top, I added some strips of the same paper stash around the inside edges of the box with collage medium.
Then I rubbed the curio box top and bottom with Walnut Stain Distress Crayon by using a damp finger.
The tree ring base was created by cutting a few pieces of corrugated chipboard with the Bigz Tree Rings Die. I also cut a piece of the distress inked paper for the top the tree ring.
I blended the edge of the tree ring with some Ground Espresso Distress Paint and dried it with my heat tool, then adhered all the layers together.
After I adhered the tree rings together, I rubbed the edges of them with and Embossing Dabber and embossed the edges with Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek.
Heres a close-up of the yumminess!
I adhered the little quilt inside of the curio box.
I cut some of the twigs and leaves from the Funky Wreathes set and colored them with a few Distress Markers and blended them out with a Detail Waterbrush.
Then I began adding all the parts and pieces inside the box.. a twig was added to the combo with the nest and things, and then I adhered the box to the tree ring base.
..and with that, my project was complete.
Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!
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Gather Your Supplies-
Tim Holtz/Sizzix- Feathered Friends, Funky Wreathes, Stacked Tiles Hexagons, Curio Box Bigz, Tree Rings Bigz, 3D Lumber Texture Fade
Tim Holtz/Tonic- Tonic Guillotine Paper Trimmer, Tonic Shears
Tim Holtz/Idea-ology- Mummy Cloth
Tim Holtz/Ranger- Embossing Dauber, Distress Watercolor Paper
Distress Sprays-Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Evergreen Bough, Frayed Burlap Oxide
Distress Markers- Variety of Colors
Distress Tools/Mediums- Distress Sprayer, Media Mat, Heat it Heat Tool, Blending Tools, Distress Collage Matte Medium
Other- Sewing Machine and Thread, Vintage button, Stick, Ribbon, Emerald Creek Burnt Copper Leaves
Jaimie Sander says
Love this!! Perfect for spring.Thanks for sharing!
It’s beautiful, I’m new to mixed media and I feel so inspired by your creations.
You are so creative and talented! I can’t imagine the time it must have taken to do a project like this!
Glorious Spring make and just what I needed on this “April showers” kind of day! I loved this when I first saw it on FB live, such a clever use of all the new products. Thanks for the great tutorial and inspiration!
Just the “tweetest” project. One of my favs…Love the little quilt, the addition of the twigs, your ink blending…and, and, and…LOL…I just love it all…
After spending a month indoors, and hearing yesterday from our “lovely” governor that will have to spend another month indoors, this project was truly the beautiful breath of spring that I needed. Absolutely gorgeous!! Your projects never cease to amaze!!
Jan Francis says
A-MAZ-ING!!! WOW!!! STUNNING!!!
Nancy Wethington says
You’re amazing. Love the use of the stitched fabric. You’ve built such a pretty nest!
Wow that is just too cool, love the colors on the bird and that nest is terrific, neat touch with the quilt!
Pam Jones says
Absolutely fantastic! I loved it.
Nancy Sherman says
Great tutorial, going to try a couple of your ideas, thank you!!!