Wednesday, 9 December 2015

2015 #23 PA Twits Pin {By Lauren Hatwell}

 2015 Topic 23: Christmas Gifts and Cards

Hi everyone, long time no see. It's Lauren Hatwell here

Give a PA Twit a home this Christmas! I've exercised my "thinking outside the box" skills for this one to give you an idea for a quick and easy Christmas present. I think it's a really fun, adaptable idea and I hope you will like it too!



 (I've used ELB23 for my project)

Step One: I painted a scrap piece of Grungeboard with Fresco Finish Paint in Blue Oyster, Tango and Snowflake. Two coats of each colour should do it.



Step Two: Next, I stamped and embossed the images I needed from ELB23...


Step Three: I carefully cut out all the pieces. I did the bits for the eyes with a round punch and then edged the pieces with black ink.


Step Four: I stuck all the bits together on another thin piece of card to stabilise the piece and then cut the bird out in it's entirity so I had one piece to work with. Once you have a single piece, draw around it and cut out an extra piece of card, felt or Grungeboard to use as backing and set it aside.


You'll notice the edges are a bit rough where I've cut them. I sanded them at the end when the whole piece was stuck together to neaten them.

Step Five: I triple embossed my Twit with clear UTEE to seal everything and make him look like he was enamelled, but you could also get a similar effect with Glossy Accents, GOlden Gloss Gel Medium (High Solid, Heavy), Art Basics 3D Gloss Gel,  Fresco Gloss Varnish (a few coats for increased gloss) or some spray on acrylic varnish; whatever you prefer. 

Step Six: Last thing to do is stick the feathers onto the back of bird before adding the backing piece  and attaching a brooch pin. I added some gems to the centre of his eyes for pupils.


Easy!

So, as promised, it really couldn't be easier. You could easily adapt him to be a Christmas decoration, pen topper, book mark or handbag charm. I've made a few already and they really take no time at all.

Lauren Hatwell (Bluebertie on Twitter)
Marvelous Mechanical Mouse Organ (Blog)


I noticed you omitted to confess to plucking one of your resident chooks for the feathers...is she bald yet with all the additional brooches you've been creating? Poor lass, winter is here you know! As ever, thanks Lauren for very tweety post! LOL ~Leandra

23 comments:

Lin said...

Thats lovely Lauren xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

This is soooo cute!!

Lauren Hatwell said...

LOL - I bought feathers for the additional brooches. There was no way the unfortunate chickie was going to let me get away with another drive by plucking :oD Lx

Darcy UK said...

Love this , i want a goth one in red and black hahaha . Hope the chicken wasn't too traumatised lol

Louise Wright said...

such a fantastic project. You really have an eye for using the stamps in so many different ways x

craftytrog said...

Brilliant Lauren! Don't know how you think of these clever ideas! xxx

Linda Brown said...

Genius idea Lauren.....I love this cool little owl. X

JoFY said...

lol, love it.. and whats the expression: you must suffer for your art.. well it was the chooks turn to suffer
!
:o)

Julie Ann Lee said...

A truly 'outside the box' idea, Lauren! I adore this little brooch! xx

Craftyfield said...

Hands down for creativity! Fun makes and lovely too...

Debs M said...

Just fabulous! Don't know how you come up with all these great ideas! x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Ooh what a fabulous twit Lauren! I love him! Such imaginative use of the flower stamps and great idea to use grungepaper!

Lucy x

Jane Castle said...

Pure genius Lauren, your twit is fab x

Helen said...

I love this, Lauren, what a clever idea!! your poor chook though!

Coco said...

A super fun and super cute project, love it!!! :)
Coco x

butterfly said...

Brilliantly creative, Lauren - this is so much fun!
Alison x

Fliss said...

This is soooo cute Lauren and really made me smile too. Great make!
Fliss xx

Hazel Agnew said...

I love it too Lauren! Ingenious! X

Kathyk said...

You have ACED thinking outside the box mate!

FAB PROJECT

Kathyk

Emma Godfrey said...

Love it - you clever girl! :) And it looked even more gorgeous in real life!

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What a lovely idea. xx

craftimamma said...

My mate Hazel got there before me with the word 'ingenuous'! It's also such great fun.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments everybody. I'm so glad my little Twit hit the spot. Lx

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