Thursday, March 20, 2008


Spring (allegedly) is in the air (I wish) and a bird's thoughts turn to love!
We were sent little wooden birds to use for a justjohanna dt challenge. Here's mine!

I was delighted because I really needed a break from card making! Plus, I had a bunch of stuff that I hadn't used in a while, so this was a great opportunity to break it all out and play.

First, I sanded a pre-painted wooden heart that I scored from Mike's. Then I painted it with a thick layer of Ranger's Adirondack Crackle Paint and put it aside to dry.

*Important note*
This paint will NOT dry if you watch it. For real. So, I showered, went to lunch, ran a mess of errands, and came home and it was still wet to the touch a full 3 hours later! So I moved on to the next step.

I used Ranger's Pearl Paint Dabber to paint the bird and a piece of 120 lb. water color paper. I stamped two paisley hearts and a flower curl heart with Brilliance Gold, then heat embossed them with Ranger's Queen's Gold embossing powder.

I sure do love all the different gold embossing powders that Ranger makes!

I then cut out the hearts, edged 'em with my handy Krylon gold leafing pen, and stacked them to form the bird's wings.

I painted a chipboard swirl with brown acrylic paint, hastened the drying process with my heat gun, and then applied a layer of Ranger's Sepia accents. I set that aside to dry.

Meanwhile, I chose some flowers to use, but decided that I wanted a stamped faux acrylic center for them, so I stamped three flower powers in Sepia VersaMark, colored them with Prismacolor markers, and added a sparkly Spica pen dot for the flower centers. I punched the tiny flowers out with a circle punch, then added clear Glossy Accents to the little circle flowers.

Then I went to watch t.v. and let all the glue, paint, etc. overnight.

This morning, I decided that I didn't like the chipboard swirl color, so I added a tad of Latte alcohol ink to the dried glue surface. Much better!

I also applied a layer or two of Ranger's Brick Red Distress Ink over the crackled surface and put together the flower.

This description probably took almost as long to type as it did to create the wall hanging. hahahahaha

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Very cute. I love the way you made the wings.

  2. Love that wall hanging Kath!

  3. Gorgeous!! Love the heart-wings, and how the bird is sitting on the chipboard swirl. Beautiful colors. Thanks for telling how you made this!