Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Caged Bird

Tim Holtz has gotten into the die designing business, and this caged bird is one of his new Sizzix steel dies. I had no trouble using it in my Cuttlebug.



I tried something new - I affixed the cage die to a background panel with a few bits of tape and then ran both through the Cuttlebug machine together to emboss. This almost makes the cage look like it is embedded in the background. The embossing continues seamlessly from the cage on to the background (see below). I highlighted the embossed design with glitter pens. The bird was die cut from some recycled packaging from a set of Waltzingmouse Stamps, which included the sentiment stamp (Fancy Phrases). A Spellbinders Fancy Tag die cut holds the sentiment and a bit of stencilling with Distress Inks highlights it. By keeping the inner portion of the cage die unattached, I was able to set the bird inside. Sheer ribbon is the small crowning glory.



I quite like the colours of the various elements I used - the muted coral and yellow-green work well with the little plaid bird. I want to try this again using a light weight paper for the die, like tissue paper or rice paper; I think that would embed even more into the background. I can imagine this with flower die cuts scattered across a background. Thanks for taking a look!

10 comments:

Lindart said...

Beautiful! I love how you ran the whole card through the EF. And the glitter! What a lot of work! Great card Charmaine!

creativearts said...

I love this idea! Beautiful card.

Anonymous said...

That is lovey . great technique ..

CCB...Lis

Yogi said...

very nice. it all worked well together. Nice idea with doing the two layers together.

susan said...

WOW! You are really creative....I love it! Thank you for sharing.

Carol's Ink Spot said...

This is beautiful! I love your idea for embossing and cutting and will have to try it. Love that little bird!

Angela Mclean said...

LOVE how you've stamped the wee bird. Lovely card!
Angela xxx.

Andrea Ewen said...

Great job, love that embossing effect. And the colors are fabulous as well!

Pauline said...

So beautiful, love the colours and clever embossing too! Pauline x

Cara said...

Very pretty card!