Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Feather Your Nest

Yesterday, I promised you another project using "gilding wax on dry embossing". This is my entry for Craft Stamper's blog challenge: Make it, Take it - Challenge Two. We had to use the "Ripping And Tearing technique, demonstrated so beautifully by Helen Chilton on pages 78 - 81 of the May 2013 issue".

"Feather Your Nest"

The background is dry-embossed black card rubbed with different colours of gilding wax to bring out the texture. The top layer has the centre cut and ripped open to reveal a second layer beneath. Gilded diecuts were added over the background using Claudine Hellmuth matt multi-medium, which adheres to the wax and dries without leaving any glossy streaks.

The bird is stamped using jet black archival ink onto card that was previously decorated with distress paints. After cutting out, the bird is dipped into molten clear UTEE in a melt pot. After setting but whilst it is still warm, Perfect Pearls is rubbed onto the UTEE to give a metallic sheen. Straw, eggs (some gorgeous turquoise beads I picked up at Belfast Craft Fair) and the bird are fixed to the card, and a beaded jewel hung from the bird's beak.

Now, it was a rare, Sunny day here in Northern Ireland yesterday, so I couldn't resist seeing what Mr. Birdy looked like perched amongst the apple blossom...

"Chirp Chirp"

The sunlight really brings out the shine from those gilding waxes.

"Apple Blossom"

Finally, some flowers for Tom's bees to feed on!

"Cute!!!"

I thought I'd leave you with a picture of some of the newest members of our family, who hatched over the weekend. No wonder I have birds on the brain today :-) Maddy x

Ingredients:
M-Bossabilities Embossing Folder: Tweet and Twigs
Sizzix Tim Holtz Embossing Folder: Wood Grain
Creative Expressions Gilding Waxes: Enchanted Gold, Patina, Amethyst
Martha Stewart stamp set: Birds
Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black
Distress Paints
Clear UTEE
Straw
Beads & Findings
adhesives: Claudine Hellmuth Matt Multi-Medium, PVA, Glossy Accents

Entered for the following challenge:
Craft Stamper Make It, Take It, Challenge Two - Rip and Tear Technique

30 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning Maddy, I am going to have to get those posts of gilding wax out this evening. Thanks for the inspiration.

    B x

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  2. WOW!!! This is stunning Maddy. I love the way you have coloured the embossing and your bird looks amazing.
    Awwww the newest members of your family are adorable
    Sue xx

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    1. beautiful card maddy,love your new members of your family. sue xx

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  3. That is one of the most wonderful cards I've ever seen!

    And the chicks are lovely - shame they then get a bit scruffy looking for a while before they look beautiful again!

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  4. Awwwww my goodness, more wee bambino's have joined the Herbison family. Oh my word Maddy, they are so gorgeous. Its great to see your Apple Blossom in bloom too. Ive really noticed how late the Cherry Blossoms around our place are so late in blossoming this year. In fact some of my neighbours Cherry Trees are as naked as they were in January, so there are a lot of late bloomers this year. Your card is gorgeous, I love how you've used the turquoise beads as the eggs.

    On another note, I'm thinking the reply button has to do more with the blog template we use on our blogs. I've checked my settings and the comment settings and I can't see anywhere where it gives the option of a reply button. C'est la vie....first world problems, eh?! Lol. Lee xx

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  5. stunning card, Maddy. Love the effect of those gilding waxes. Your new additions are so very cute!

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  6. How cool, that's a wonderful card, great texture and details.

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  7. What a gorgeous idea - love the embossing and the nest!

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  8. What a stunning piece of work!

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  9. Wow, wow, wow is there no end to your talent!

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  10. Wow...What a stunning card...Just love all the details...Joolsx

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  11. Really stunning, I have just bought my 1st pot of guilding wax and I love it, esp the smell x

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  12. This is beautiful - love the ripping and tearing technique - never tried gilding flakes before but they do look gorgeous
    Linda x

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  13. This is beautiful - love the ripping and tearing technique - never tried gilding flakes before but they do look gorgeous
    Linda x

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  14. OMG, those little tweeters are just so sweet. Your card is gorgeous, love your unusual aperture and the nest is inspired! Hope you’re having a great weekend and happy hopping!

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  15. WOW another stunning card, your ideas are amazing

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  16. wow!! am sat here open mouthed. this is truly amazing. words cannot describe how fantastic this is. great idea. amazing colours. a truly inspirational design.love all your creations.
    have become a follower too xxx

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  17. hi Maddy, your card is an exquisite work of art!!! welcome to your very cute new family members, Fi xx

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  18. Wow this is fabulous, love the colours, the bird, the eggs, the embossing. It must have taken you ages to do but well worth the time!!
    Anne xx

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  19. Maddy this is absolutely stunning lovely! Fantastic work as always! Have a lovely weekend, happy leapblogging! Elaine-xxx-

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  20. amazing ... how very clever well done ... just hopping about ... hope you have a great weekend ... happy crafting and love sandy xx

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  21. wow great work and love your new family x

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  22. Beautiful project, love the torn hole as a place for the bird's nest and the peek of woodgrain behind it! Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Stamper challenge!

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  23. This is beautiful Maddy, such a gorgeous take on the technique! Love it! Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper challenge!

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  24. Beautiful!!!!! :-)
    Creatieve groetjes, Anja

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  25. This is truly beautiful. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen being handmade. I love this. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate your comment. Maddy x

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  26. I love this card. You have created a beautiful work of art

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