Sunday, December 18, 2011

A "Peace"ful Birdhouse

There is something about the Christmas holiday that brings out the altered artist in me. I love making new little trinkets and ornaments, and for the past few years, houses to add to my Christmas decor. I think it has a lot to do with all of the handmade treasures that we made for my mom as kids, that she still enjoys to this day.

I made this project for the Basically Bare blog. Cute, isn’t it? I think I have a place for this right next to the “JOY” frame set that I made last year.

When I spotted this weighted paper mache house on the clearance rack at Michael’s for .29, I knew I had to get it although I didn’t know what I was going to do with it…that is until now! I covered it with papers and die cuts from Creative Imaginations and added a couple of Stack-a-Bellies Birds to create my own little Christmas birdhouse.

I started with Basically Bare acrylic and chipboard birds and wings.

I ran the set through my Cuttlebug using the Script folder. I love the romantic look that this folder lends to the birds.

NOTE: I left the protective seal on the acrylic pieces when I embossed and then removed it afterwards. This is what the birds look like after they come out of the folder. If you ask me, they are beautiful enough to use on any project as is, but I had to take it a step further.

Using a sponge brush, I gently swiped white acrylic paint across the embossing and then painted the edges of one of the birds and one of the wings.

I used silver embossing powder to cover the second bird/wing set. Notice how the dry embossing holds its shape under the heat embossing. I love this technique!

After the birds were dried, I layered them on the bottom of the house.

Then added die cut foliage until I was satisfied.

Here's a close-up of the rooftop. I layered border cut strips to form the "shingles".

Hope you've enjoyed this post. Have a great week!!



DelightfullyCrazy said...

This is so lovely, those birds are gorgeous and what a bargain your little house was! Have a wonderful Christmas to you and your family Tanisha.

Allie Gower said...


I love your blog. I was working on a post for CI and wanted to get to know the design team and check out all the blogs.

Happy New Year!

Allie Gower

Blog Widget by LinkWithin