Monday, September 16, 2013

Bye, bye birdie!

No, not that bye, bye birdie!  I don't even sing in the shower so get that thought right out of your head.  This is a bird I created for the Frilly & Funkie challenge 'Anything Goes' that ends 9/17.  I'd been waiting for my new Studio 490 stencils to arrive and they did, just in the nick of time.  I also wanted to follow along with Wendy's tutorial she shared on Sept. 5 featuring painted pastes and parts.

I started pulling out the ingredients and deciding what stamp sets and art parts to use when I spotted the idea page on the 'From Nature' art parts package.  Love it!  So my tag is a combo of Wendy's tut tag and the art parts package photo.

I also knew I wanted to incorporate some of the findings that The Funkie Junkie sends along with your order.  The leaves and twine were in with the Studio 490 stencils.  Gorgeous bits to play with!

Ingredients:  #8 tag; Studio 490 ('From Nature' art parts, translucent embossing paste, Dots & Stripes Border Stencil, stamps from 'Sunshine & Art', 'Art From The Heart', 'Art Colors Life', 'All About Art', 'Art Gone Postal'; new archival inks of Potting Soil, Cornflower Blue, Watering Can, Orange Blossom); Ranger distress paints (Weathered Wood, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick), Black Enamel Accents, Sepia and Jet Black Archival Inks, Walnut Stain Distress Ink; Claudine Hellmuth's Multi-Medium); Idea-ology black plastic sticky-backed letters

Tip:  Use enough embossing paste to stand up to your stamp.  I didn't and you can barely see the plaid background I chose.  Also, don't completely cover the tag.  I covered the tag more than I thought.  

I splotched Weathered Wood Distress Paint over the letters before applying them.  Love that look and how they stand out but don't take over.  How did that flower get stamped where the bird's eye should be?  Fortuitous!

So what are you waiting for?  Pull out a few stamps, stencils, embossing pastes, archival inks, and distress paints and get busy making art!


  1. Wonderful tag ... I just love making tags ... wish I had your talent though ;-)

  2. this looks GREAT! LOVE every little detail!

  3. LOVE it! Those fall colors are spectacular!

  4. Wonderful tag, Susan! Love those gorgeous fall colors - your background is beautiful and I love the branch with the leaves! Delighted to have you playing along with us the past week at Frilly and Funkie.

    TFS and hugs,

  5.'ve nailed the Autumn feel on this piece! Gorgeous leaves...just gorgeous! Love Wendy's sun here too!