Friday, 28 November 2014

Birds of a Feather for A Vintage Journey


Time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - Birds of a Feather - chosen by the lovely Chris Warner.

I began my card by taking some Tim Holtz paper and randomly stamping the background. I distressed the edges and added some stitching.
I die cut 2 birdcages, one in greyboard and one in card which I inked in black soot - as I wanted a little shadow. My main birdcage was painted with picket fence distress paint ( was too lazy to get the gesso out!) and then a good layer of clear distress crackle paint added and left to dry.


My bird was treated in a similar way, but once dry I wanted him slightly darker so added some black soot distress stain. Ouch what a mess! Bapy wiped most of it off and added a little pumice stone distress paint. I think I rescued him from the bin! Oh yes I added my eye ( A rhinestone coloured with alcohol ink) while the crackle was still wet so it sits into the top layer.


I cut some flowers from the tattered florals die and gave them the Jennie Atkinson treatment! Do check out her flower tutorials - they are wonderful.


Finally I added some punched branches, some stamped and die cut feathers (both Stampin Up) and my sentiment from Tim's Simple Sayings.




Do pay A Vintage Journey a visit to see some more wonderful projects.

Thanks for visiting. I am back later today with another project!
Nikki
xxx

18 comments:

  1. The crackle looks wonderful on cage and bird Nikki! love the greys/blues you used on this - like a moonlit nighttime scene! Your flower is gorgeous - I keep meaning to try these and never seem to get to it! A beautiful birds of a feather project!

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  2. LOVE your project. It's looking gorgeous. And yes as Julie mentioned the crackle looks wonderful too. I love crackle effects... Lol
    Thank you for sharing. Hugs from Monica... Spain

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  3. Wonderful project, love all the details! The crackle on the bird looks wonderful and such a lovely flower! Great project altogether!

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  4. Terrific card Nikki with great use of the die cuts

    Chrissie x

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  5. Gorgeous card Nikki with wonderful elements and design. I love all the crackles and those feathers.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

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  6. What a lovely calming study in monochrome. The crackle is delicious, and the outlining round the cage gives a terrific sense of dimension. Great card!
    Alison xx

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  7. Wow,you are on a roll Nikki,this is another gorgeous card! Super little cracked birdy too

    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

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  8. Fabulous Nikki! Your crackle is amazing and your flower is fabulous. Thanks for your lovely comments xxx

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  9. This is such a beautiful and elegant card, the crackling is fantastic and the composition of the card is perfect. The little feathers at the top are delightful. Anne xx

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  10. A beautifully designed card Nikki. Love your crackles and the muted colour palette is gorgeous against your white birdcage.
    Julie x

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  11. This is such a great card, Nikki! I love the crackled bird cage and all the added birdsy embellishments and gorgeous flowers. Enjoy!

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  12. Stunning Nikki! The texture on the birdcage and bird are fabulous and I love that feather stamp! Fantastic flower too! hugs :)

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  13. Beautiful card, love the colours and cool crackle

    Fabulous flowers and love the feathers

    Jools x

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  14. Lovely Nikki - this inspires me to use more crackle. Great colors and design too.

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  15. Wow all that gorgeous crackle - a fabulous piece of art

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  16. Great card Nikki! Love all that wonderful crackle and the stitching around edges. Karen.x

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  17. Such a great card Nikki. Love the shadow effect with the bird cage. Jenny x

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