Time to reveal the Birdie swap organized by Frankie of Dragons Web.
The swap idea was to make a tag or a postcard using the TH birdcage die. I don't have this but Sherry very kindly came to the rescue and sent me three cut outs to use in different mediums. Here I have used the one cut from grunge paper. I painted this using crackle paint in 'Brushed Corduroy'.( Must admit I was a bit disapointed in the crackle effect. I expected it to look more crackled but as this was my first attempt at using the paint maybe I was too light handed with it and should have caked it on more.
The colour theme came from the background paper which is from the 'Chatsworth Vintage Collection' by Paper Mania. (This came in a pink too but I have been determined to steer away from my favourite colour when doing swaps so as and not to inflict it on everyone.)
Birdie is just stamped with distress inks 'Stormy Skye' and 'Tea Dy'e to give a speckled blue birdie effect.
The feathers I plucked from (its all right no birds were hurt in this production) the River Thames. The doc and I went for a picnic on the river a week or so ago and sat dangling our legs in the water when these feathers just happened to float past so of course I just had to wade in (as you do) and collect them up. They were from the flock of Canadian Geese that were grazing further along off the bank on one of the little islands. Got enough to stuff a pillow with now!
The flowers were made from cream card stock circles soaked in water and spritzed with distress ink. Once scrunched up and dried they were layered up with glossy accents added.
Words were made up using my alphabet stamps and the bead trimming from my stash.
Here is the back just to show I managed to sneak the butterflies on. Would have spoilt it I think to have a butterfly on the front. Fortunately my partner for the swap loves blue. Phew!!!
There are more lovely tags/postcards to be seen on Frankie's blog from the other swap partners.