Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Christmas...Advent... calendars... day 3

Back with Neil today and another advent calendar.
Remember those little voting boxes at the end of each post? Well, I bet Neil is going to get a lot of "wow" on this one. It sure "wowed" me not only for the amount of work that was put in that advent wreath, but also because I find it so original and unusual. Don't you agree? 
Neil used one of the Sizzix dies Bird #3 as well as the metal wreath and the latest Tim Holtz snowflakes dies to create this beautiful piece. (click on the pictures below to find them online)

Birds - Cut 25 large birds and the accompanying bits. Colour the beaks with Mustard Seed Distress marker and use the Wild Honey marker to add a beak line. Use black Archival ink to colour the pupil of the eye .
Use Fired Brick Distress ink and the blending tool to add red to the breast area of the bird and Frayed Burlap to the rest of the body.
Use the music stamp from the Christmas set to stamp the body in Walnut stain Distress ink. (Tip - cut an extra bird and use that as a mask over the red are to keep it clear.) Colour the wings with Walnut stain and stamp randomly with the Joyful Christmas sentiment. Assemble the birds using Matte Multi Medium and put to one side.

Leaves - Stamp 25 holly leaves using Olive Archival ink and cut out. Edge with Pine Needles Distress ink.
Snowflakes - cut 4 large and medium and 5 small snowflakes. Use tissue tape on the rear to strengthen and colour the front in combinations of the Distress Stains; then spritz with the Perfect Pearl mists. Allow to dry and assemble as instructed on the die using hot glue. Use Gold gilding flakes on the snowflake centres; use Fired Brick and Walnut stain Distress ink to fill any gaps in the gilding and add to the snowflakes

Die cut the numbers out of gold card.

Putting everything together - 
Start by wrapping the wreath with thin tinsel (it is Christmas after all!) Then start putting the birds onto the wreath in an arrangement that works for you. I found it best to hang it up and work that way. You can move the leaves and get everything nicely placed. Once you are happy with them then begin to attach the holly leaves to each branch that has a bird on it using wire, When that is done use Liquid Pearls to add berries and attach the numbers 1 to 25 with Multi Medium.

Attach the snowflakes to the remaining leaves using Glue Dots. Cut the fifth small snowflake in half and glue onto the bird in the 25th slot. 

Before the birds are on the wreath looks like this 

Neil used

Sizzix Birds # 3 die
Alterations snowflake (both) and Inside Out strip dies
Perfect Pearl Misters - Sunflower Sparkle and Perfect Copper
Distress stains - Forest Moss, Walnut Stain and Fired Brick
Distress inks - Frayed Burlap, Fired Brick, Pine Needles and Walnut stain
Distress Markers - Mustard Seed and Wild Honey
Archival ink - Olive and black

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  1. That really is a WOW piece! It's traditional but quirky and a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wowser Brilliant Neil!

  3. Yes, definitely a WOW! It's terrific.

  4. Gorgeous! It is cute and cool at the same time - love it!

  5. Fabulous Neil and a Wow from me,.........your birds are so cute!


  6. Really love this and I'm not a 'cute' person - I think it has wider appeal and I love the creativity and the inky factor of this piece - wow!!

  7. This piece has definitely the WOW factor, I love how the birds have been finished although I can't see myself producing 25 like that !

  8. WOW. Wow's all round. What a fab piece. Not sure I have the time or patience but then again maybe it would be ready by next year!! Thanks for sharing.

  9. SO beautiful and unique. Love it!

  10. wonderful work!!! the birds are so lovely


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