Thursday, 27 July 2017

A Flock of Crazy Birds

Good Morning All, i hope you are all having a good week. 

So today i am sharing a batch of crazy birds.  Back when i wasn't really crafting i was playing around with my various mediums, stamps and stencils with my crazy bird stamps.  Sometimes its fun to just let loose and play, learning how mediums work together or not.

I first stamped the birds and doodled some simple scenes and extras like flower, butterflies and masked them all with drawing gum.  Once that was dry i got out the brushos & pixie powders for the backgrounds.  Again once the background was dry i dug out my stencils and masks and used starlight paints to stencil on extra metallic details. Once dry remove all drawing gum.

Stamp and colour the birds with distress inks, just cut out the main body and shape it, using glue gel place them onto the panels, lining up with their legs.  Then use distress ink to add the grass and colour the flowers etc.  Shade around the birds with charcoal pencil to add shadow and depth.  Then mount them into the Polaroid frames. 

Close up, you can just about see the sparkle of the red starlights in the background.  I coloured these birds with cracked pistachio, lucky clover & salty ocean.  

Different colour combination which gives a completely different look.  I used blues and purple brushos and pixie powers for the backgrounds and stenciled in silver. 

I coloured this batch of cards in squeezed lemonade and ripe persimmon.  You can see the purple pixie powder and the silver stenciled flowers.  I added glossy accents to all the eyes.

I had great fun just getting inky and trying out new mediums together, not really with an end plan, but in the end turned these into simple cards, as the toppers are so busy and colourful Ive kept the card bases very plain. 

Black A5 card blanks, computer printed sentiments onto white card which is matted onto the black base, i mounted the Polaroid frames onto black card and mounted on 3D foam onto the base card.  I wanted the sentiments to be as quirky as the images so used a mix of capital and lower alphas. 

Items used:
Tim Holtz Crazy bird stamps
Sizzix Polaroid Frame dies
Brusho Powders
Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders
Imagination Crafts starlight paints
Tim Holtz Distress inks
Tim Holtz 'shatter - THS014'
Sheena Douglass 'Wildflowers & sunburst'
The crafters workshop 'mod circles - TCW424'

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Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my crazy mixed media birds, thank you for your comments on my monochrome upload too.  Enjoy the rest of the week. Emma 


  1. Love these cards Emma, the birds are so comical

  2. These are gorgeous Emma, I like stencilling with Starlights it gives such a fab shimmer to a project. I think it was a totally awesome call to put the vibrant and lush toppers on to white, the birdie panels really stand out. I don't have this set but I do have the cats which I'm waiting to play with, but can't find the 'Crazy Things' stamp cheap enough so I can add the hats that are on the cards in my head lol!
    much love and hugs - Debs xxx

  3. Wow these are so adorable gorgeous cards Ginny x
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  4. AnonymousJuly 27, 2017

    gorgeous cards Emma wish my playing around loked as good!

  5. So lovely great colours.

  6. It is obvious that so much work has gone into these "simple cards" as you put it. So much attention to detail with all the different mediums you have used. I wish I did "messy" as good as you. They are simply perfect cards.
    Pam xx

  7. AnonymousJuly 28, 2017

    Fabulous, Emma! I love them all. I enjoyed reading about how you created these cards with brushos, pixie powders etc. Real card magic!
    Hugs, Kathleen

  8. WOW Emma, love your crazy birds. The backgrounds are fab :-)

  9. Love what you done on the backgrounds Emma.....Joolsx

  10. These are fab just loving them so different Love and hugs Carole x

  11. I love these crazy birds but the backgrounds you have made are so beautiful too.

  12. AnonymousJuly 31, 2017

    These are fabulous!!! them...marilynh.x

  13. How fab are they!! Love themjxx

  14. They look fab. I very nearly gave all my stamps away as I hadn't used them in years. I sat down the other day and just played with them... I think I will hang onto them a bit longer as I really had fun just playing with no end result in mind

  15. Wow fabulous cards Emma, have enjoyed how you used the different mediums........I have a problem with one ink pad HUGS Kathy X

  16. What an amazing set! Full of character, would definitely put a smile on anyone's face ... love them! Steph x

  17. These are all fantastic cards Emma. I love the crazy birds, fabulous backgrounds & the font of the sentiments is fab & funky too!

  18. These are amazing Emma, the backgrounds are just fab with so much going on and the toppers are pefectly finished on the plain cards with simple sentiments. Your are one creative lady. Kirsty x


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