Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Julie Ann Lee #3 Feathers and Bones (Part 3)

"Hi there, Julie Ann here. Thank you for returning to see the last stage in my 'Bones and Feathers' suitcase inspired by Emily Portman's song. Last night we took a peek inside. Here are the little birds all ready to fly out into the dawn and fill the air with their singing"!

Just over on the left, you can see some more card eggs ready to add. I just snipped them in two with zig-zag cuts to create the effect of broken shells then I touched them with some Versamark to make the edges nice and tacky. I then sprinkled them with UTEE and, holding them with tweezers, melted the UTEE with the heat-gun underneath. I then fixed them to the back of the case with dimensional foam pads. Just a touch of Florentine Treasure Gold also helped to make them gleam and gave them dimension.

Now it was time to concentrate on decorating the lid! I am still using my trusty Mini 99 and the lovely Urban Snapshot Nature range, which I think have gone so well with this project.

I stamped Mini 99 twice onto book paper again, painted with diluted Nougat sprayed with some Inky Pool and Blood Orange mists. I created the feather's spine again using a cocktail stick and this time I sandwiched the two feathers together and snipped the edges once they were firmly stuck.

I put this to one side to add to the lid later. Then I sponged some Smoothy Heavy Weight Card with Antarctic and spray painted it with washes of Inky PoolBlood Orange and Guacamole.

My next step was to stamp the leaves from USNT3 and the moth from USNT4 in Inky Pool, keeping a damp cloth at the ready to cover my stamp to prevent the Fresco from staining it. I then 'fussy cut' both the leaves and the moth.

I added a few Mica flakes to the moth to make her glimmer and a sprinkling of Gold UTEE to the leaves and the moth and fixed them to the lid of the case in one corner.

The feather and some more egg shells were placed in the other two corners.

A mini case like this could contain a little gift nesting in  some tissue or perhaps a silk scarf with a pattern of birds that could be wound out. 

Maybe it could contain travel tickets or a mini travel journal!

Instead of a song-themed case, you could try a 'Bon Voyage' theme and fill it with mini bottles of travel cosmetics!

Do have a listen to Emily Portman's haunting song if you have the chance and thank you so much for joining me on the second flight on my PaperArtsy Journey! 

Leandra Says: Oh your attention to detail is amazing, for example the spine of the feather, and the cracked eggs. Such a wonderful series of posts! Thankyou for a wonderful start to an exciting week!!

Gillian Says: This has been a delight to see how you have brought all the different elements together and the beautiful colour palette you chose to work with. Thank you so much for sharing Julie Ann. x

If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Julie Ann's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday February 16th 2014.


Unknown said...

A stunning end to the posts this week. You are a clever bunny

massofhair said...

Stunning suitcase Julie Ann, another wonderful and inspiring project. Love the colours and layers and textures and, just love it :-) xxx

Alison said...

Absolutely beautiful, & as Leandra says, wonderful attention to detail Julie Ann.
Alison xxx

margaret said...

Lovely Julie Ann inspired to have a go but it will be a box don't have a suitcase!!!!!

Helen said...

Totally beautiful Julie Ann - so many details!

Craftyfield said...

You are so talented Julie Ann! Love the way you make the feathers.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Another stunning project Julie Ann lovely use of colour and loving the feathers xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Enchanting and magical Julie Ann. Don't have the feather or egg stamps but now top of new list. Love natural history. Thankyou for your beautiful work. Xx

butterfly said...

It's absolutely enchanting, Julie Ann - top and bottom, inside and out. I love the cracked eggs, echoing the ones on the tags.... beautiful use of the stamps - love it all!
Alison x

Anonymous said...

Completely stunning, I love the feathers, but every detail is wonderful.

Juliz Design Post said...

This is absolutely gorgeous and so inspirational. You have put so much care into every little detail. I can't believe now I have had one of these suitcases sitting in my stash for over a year and not done anything with it.
Julie x

craftimamma said...

What an absolutely delightful completed project Julie Ann. I love all the little touches you give to your projects which all add to your story. Unfortunately I don't know the singer or song you mention. I googled Emily & found the song but couldn't find it to listen to :-(.

Lesley Xx

Dana said...

So beautiful and definitely worth the wait to see the secret inside!!! That feather stamp is amazing and you've worked magic with them all! WELL DONE!!! =0)

Kathi said...

Gorgeous piece with so many wonderful details.

Thanks for sharing your creative process with us!

Etsuko said...

Stunning project Julie Ann and full of spring in the suitcase. Beautiful embellishments and colours that you world. I love Mini 99 feather (What kind birds feather? ) when you used it on your blog. Thanks for the project this week. Etsuko xx

Julie Lee said...

Hi Etsuko! Thank you for your nice comment. I think this feather might be a duck's! It might belong to the Eider duck, the kind we take feathers from to fill quilts; but I'm not completely sure of this! I wonder if Leandra or Mark would know?
Have a lovely week - hope you can play along xxx

PetraB said...

Truly beautiful, your attention to all those lovely details is amazing.

Dianne said...

YUP, YUP, YUP, it's a I can' think of the right word to describe how much I love this, we like so may of the same things, I'm in love with every single element you created, the Parliament have voted you Best Magpie Artist of the year, I'm really proud and so happy to witness your creative talent, you are soaring high my Friend, EXCELLENT creative work, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful journey with us, ((( BIG HUGS)))..

Sid said...

What a fab project, beautifully executed !!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Such an exquisite project, from start to finish, Julie Ann! Love those feathers and can't wait to make some. Love the idea of filling the suitcase with travel potions. Sorry to be the last to comment for reasons you know. Hope you are feeling better,

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

This project will remain in my mind for a long time.
The exquisite attention to detail is remarkable and how I adore the stamped feathers.

Notations of a Crafter said...

Julie-Ann. This beautiful, the feather is absolutely stunning it looks real. I now have that on my list of stamps, which is getting longer daily thanks to you and the rest of the very talented PaperArtsy team.

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous end result, I so love your imagination, you always have a beautiful story to go with your awesome creations. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxx

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