Friday 28 November 2014

Birds of a Feather

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Hello my fellow blog friends, thanks for stopping by to see my DT post for A Vintage Journey.

Chris is hosting our latest challenge called Birds of a Feather, which runs for 2 weeks. Please pop over HERE, where you will find all the details on how to enter this challenge and see some outstanding creativity.

For this challenge I was inspired by Tim to use cardboard on my project after him using this on his November tag. Let me take you through the process of making my wall hanging which measures just under 15 inches by 10, to give you a perspective of it's size.

I first of all cut out several sizes of circles using my circle cutter, removing the top layer of paper to reveal the corrugation and sealing with a coat of black Gesso.

Next stage was to dab some Forest Moss distress paint on and dry. Followed by spritzing on my stains building up shades and layers of colour and drying with my heat gun. Once I was happy with the shade I sprinkled Frantage around the edges heating from behind until it had melted.

I then cut out more circles in white cardstock- I used Sheena's.  Placing in a cat litter tray I bought to use as my spray booth. This is a good way to not waste too much inks, as they don't soak into the plastic and re activate with a spritz of water. I started building up my layers of colours.

I also pressed into areas of ink pooled in my tray.

Next, I separated my bird napkin from its layers and tore close to my images. Tearing is better than cutting as your edges tend to disappear when you apply onto your background.

I used various stamps and Archival Ink on my background circles to build up more layers and distressed the edges with ink. I also kept checking where my birds were roughly going to be positioned so I didn't stamp too much in these areas. Once happy I applied Multi Medium Matte onto my cardstock pressing my birds in place.  I then went over the whole area of card with Multi Medium to seal.

I decided I want to add some more detail for finishing touches, so gradually worked around the edges pressing them into my Versamark embossing ink pad and adding Stampendous Pearlustre in Champagne. I also added small areas of scattered embossing powder onto my pictures.

I also added some remnant rubs.

Next I added small areas of Rock Candy Crackle paint and let it dry, followed by a little Brushed Corduroy distress rubbed into the crackles.

I started to now glue my backgrounds to my images and the layers of brown paper I peeled off my corrugated card earlier, I glued to the back for a neater finish. I arranged all my images and used hot glue to put together, to make my picture. Adding a couple of plate hangers and an old chain from a necklace to make hanging on the wall easier.

Finally, my berries all were given 2 layers of Glossy accents for added dimension and interest.

This is it pictured hanging on my kitchen wall.

I hope you like my wall hanging and I have managed to inspire you to join in the challenge at A Vintage Journey. You could also be the lucky winner of a £10 shopping spree with our generous sponsor Country ViewCrafts, where you will find lots of Tim's goodies with free P & P.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and have a great weekend to all my fellow bloggers,

Julie xx


  1. What a beautiful wall hanging. I love how you added dimension to the berries with Glossy Accents, and the addition of the Rock Candy crackle has a lovely aging effect. The hanging really does have a beautifully vintage quality. xxx

  2. What a lovely and creative wall hanging Julie! love how you used paper napkins for your images - the berries look wonderful with the Glossy Accents - such beautiful techniques on the circles with the colors and bits of gold!

  3. Love, love love this Julie...This must be adding so much beauty to your kitchen! Wish I could see and feel it in person. Unbelievable look to the corrugated cardboard..LOVE IT.

  4. Stunning Julie, great hanging, wonderful step by step and what a lovely paper napkin! It looks lovely!

  5. This is just beautiful,love the design, images and fab

  6. Love this festive hanging Julie and the great shape to it. The little images are perfect on your circular designs.
    Have a great weekend.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  7. Lovely work with the napkins, and I love the circular design - what a wonderful take on the challenge, and great autumnal colours too.
    Alison xx

  8. What a wonderful wall hanging Julie, you have used so many lovely techniques too. The napkins have a gorgeous new use! Hugs xx

  9. Wow,this is soooo gorgeous and vintage looking Julie,stunning creation. I love using cardboard,it creates such amazing textures. The little birds are such cuties too.

    Have a lovely weekend

    Big hugs

    Donna xxx

  10. A fabulous idea and superbly done Julie. Love the use of the corrugated card - am playing with some myself at the mo! This is a great design and love the all the spraying and textures. Nikki xx

  11. Fabulous Julie - what an amazing way to use corrugated card. I love how you have created the backgrounds and added the crackle. Just gorgeous x

  12. Oh I love this, the corrugated card backing looks fabulous and I love all those beautiful birds - great choice of napkins! Your tip about the litter tray as a spray booth is genius, why did I not think of that before!? Hugs, Anne xx

  13. Fabulous Christmas wall hanging! Julie, I just love how you used those circle cutters (mine sit unused) to create such a lovely decoration. Love this!

  14. Wow Julie, what an amazing project! Thanks for the step by step, I loved seeing your process! The corrugated cardboard was such a great choice for this wall hanging! Just gorgeous! Thanks for your wonderful comments on my blog while I was on holiday! I had a great time with my Mom! big hugs :)

  15. A fabulous hanging Julie!!!!! Love love it! Coco x

  16. Fabulous project, love how you have adapted Tims technique
    The reactivating ink tray is a brilliant idea with fab results for your bird backgrounds
    Gorgeous finish with frantage

    Jools x

  17. Really beautiful and fun. I love how you got all the texture and the colors you choose are fab. Thanks for sharing all your talent with us.

  18. A lovely projekt, so beautiful

  19. Beautiful Christmas ornaments! Love the napkins you've used.
    Thanks for the step by step photos!

    Gaby xo

  20. Wonderful piece of art Julie - love all that gorgeous texture

  21. Wow Julie what an amazing piece! I love how you aged the corrugated cardboard. You have done an amazing job creating the background on the circles too. A wonderful wall hanging. Karen.x

  22. What a clever design Julie! Love the way you've mounted these beautiful bird panels and combined them into a super display. Jenny x

  23. What a beautiful wall hanging, so cleverly put together and love how they all have their own frame, lovely textural details Julie! Ruth x


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Julie x


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