Wednesday 13 February 2013

Helen Chilton #4 Postscript Project

Helen Says: I wasn't planning on doing another project but that die cut bird kept tweeting at me so I just couldn't resist making something with it. I often find you get some of the best stuff from projects you haven't planned at all!
I've been a bit naughty as I've used a different stamp set to the ones I originally agreed on with Leandra and Gillian, but for me, this little birdie cried out for the HP1006. I think that was the first Hot Picks set I bought and I've used it over and over again.

So, here goes!

Here's the cutout - I'm using the negative shape which is actually a leaf that you get in the bag with the flower your Grungeflower 1 die set, but it's perfect for making a bird as well!

I'm going to emboss part of the lower bit of waxed paper using the Tim Holtz Floral Frame embossing folder

Then I highlighted the pattern with some White Fire TreasureGold so it looks like this:

Tear the lower paper to fit, add shading with a Portfolio oil pastel and a pearl for an eye and, hey presto, a bird is born, hatched or whatever a bird does!

Then you can create your background. I continued in Sepia and stamped 'Sanctuary' twice and inked around the edges.

I then added a wash of the Fresco paints just to knock back the white.

Look at that lovely dried out paint on my palette - I'm going to have to keep that for something! ...Anyway.... I'm rambling (I'm easily distracted!) With the background and focal image ready I started to play around with putting it together. I covered up one of the 'sanctuary' words as I thought it was a bit distracting.

Stick it onto some brown kraft card, part cut, part torn.

I've curled some very thin strips of painted wax paper to make the tail and then stitched round in blue in nice wobbly stitching.  I've kept the loose cotton ends and just anchored them under the die cut.

Here's the finished card layered onto some Coredinations cardstock

And that's it from me for this month's posts - I'll see you in March!

Leandra Says: Ohhh, loving the bird's squiggly tail feathers, and isn't white fire and blue/green paint the best combination ever! I am hooked on your idea of lots of layers of Crunchy sewn together! Stunning. Look forward to seeing you back in week 2 of March!

Gillian Says: Loving all the squiggly bits too, great use of the die and love the patina effect you have achieved using the paints. Thanks for a great week of projects Helen.

If you are inspired by Helen and want to have a go at some of these ideas, link your picture from flikr, pinterest or your blog etc here to show us what you've been up to this week and you could win brand new rubber stamps!! You have until Lunchtime Sunday to link up, and we will announce the winners Sunday Evening, 7pm as usual.


Helen said...

Wow, that is fabulous - I love this stamp set too, Helen and also use it lots. The leaf die cut makes a great bird, what a wonderful idea! Love this 'bonus' project. See you next month!

Minxy said...

OH MY...Love love love this, ickle bird is too tweet er I mean sweet x

Trish said...

Oh, how clever! I love the "bird" idea, and have this die. Your idea of layers of crunchy paper stitched, is brilliant.
Thank you for a such a great week!

Anonymous said...

That is the cutetest bird i have seen, love the layering, stitching and the tail.
I have a nice bird feeding house in my garden, hopefully some of those birds will fly in so i can watch them.

JoFY said...

Helen - Love this - especially the colours... and great use of the negative space (and leftover bits and pieces - sometimes those can be sooo interesting.)

Anonymous said...

Wow Helen, I love how you've transformed the negative die cut ! The layers and stitching are fab too ! Sue C x

Anonymous said...

This is so gorgeous. The little bird is wonderful. I am in awe of all you shown us this week.

yoursartfully said...

Now that is just plain clever and oh so pretty!


Words and Pictures said...

The bird is just SO adorable... LOVE the shabby chic pastel blues and greens, and the gorgeous tail feathers - wow!!
Alison x

Glennis F said...

Helen, that is absolutely gorgeous - I love it

Craftyfield said...

Love the texture with all the layers and the squiggly bits... lovely card !

Linda M. Cain said...

Oh, Helen, I do so love this one! The color combo, the tail feathers, the cut out! Brilliant, girl, just brilliant!


craftimamma said...

I have to say though I love all Helen's designs, this one has to be my favourite. I have that die but never thought to use it as a bird ..... just brilliant and the paint and Treasure Gold over the embossing is just beautiful. Love all the wobbly stitching too .... in fact love the whole thing.

Lesley Xx