I am back today with another project to share from CHA. This project was featured in the Sizzix booth. I fell in love with the new Bird Silhouette Die from Tim Holtz and wanted to build a pretty decor piece to feature it.
The base of the piece is a 6″ x 8″ Tim Holtz Burlap Panel. I wanted the panel to have a smooth texture with peeks of the burlap texture showing through. To get that texture I spread Ranger’s Texture Paste over the entire front and sides of the panel with a palette knife.
After the Texture Paste dried, I used an ink blending tool to apply Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Scattered Straw Distress Inks over the surface. I tried to keep the blues toward the top and the yellow toward the lower right corner and into the center.
To create “clouds” and to add softness I dry brushed Dina Wakley Media White Gesso lightly over the panel. I “aged” the edges by brushing them with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and an ink blending tool. I love how the surface is fairly smooth to the touch but you see the texture from the burlap when inked.
While the gesso was still wet, I sprinkled a fine layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter onto it. When the gesso dried it adhered the glitter, adding a subtle shimmer.
I added Tim Holtz Botanical Remnant Rubs around the canvas to add dark contrast to all the soft colored elements.
I used the Tim Holtz Rays Layering Stencil to add some sunshine rays through the center of the panel. I used Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Inks for the rays.
To add a sentiment to the panel I combined words from the new Tim Holtz Handwritten Journey and Handwritten Love Die sets. I inked them with Distress Ink (I can’t remember which color!!) and then applied clear embossing powder to them. After heating and melting the powder, the letters have a nice shine and a bit more strength. I am amazed at how intricate they are!
I wanted to keep the coloring of the bird very soft. I used two birds die cut from manila cardstock to create the bird for this piece. For the base layer, I sanded the tail to add some texture. For the top layer, I cut away the legs and tail. I inked both pieces with an ink blending tool using Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, and Gathered Twigs.
While the ink was wet on the legs I added clear embossing powder to add a different texture.
I adhered the two layers of birds together with liquid glue along the head and back. I added adhesive foam between the two layers of the chest and belly of the bird. I did this to keep the piece from looking flat.
Along the lower edge of the panel I added a floral cluster created with die cut flowers and thin twigs from the flowering Plum tree in my back yard.
The roses were die cut from manila cardstock using the Tattered Pinecone die. I inked the die cuts with Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks. I inked the edges with with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Tip: Learn how to create roses from the Tattered Pinecone die in this video by Tim Holtz: Tattered Pinecone Roses.
Leaves and greenery die cut from manila cardstock using the Garden Greens die. I inked the leaves with with Mowed Lawn and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
I tucked Sprocket Gears, vintage jewelry pearl dangles, and Crinkled Ribbon around the branches flowers and leaves to add some interest and added texture.
Finally, I tucked bits of new Tim Holtz Emporium Ephemera around the cluster of flowers. I also added a sentiment on a scrap from a Pocket Card.
I love how it all came together to create a really soft looking piece that is full of texture and dimension. I think it is hard to pick a favorite element on it, but if I had to, it would be the background texture created from the Texture Paste on the Burlap Panel. It is almost plaster-like looking. So unique!