Lori had some great vintage images and pretty papers in her kits for Birdsong. Her project was a wreath wrapped in frothy fabrics with tricked out tags tucked in it (how's that for alliteration?). Since I didn't add tags to my own wreath, I made some tags up separate because I wanted to play with the images she had included.
I'd also wanted to try using the Dimensional Magic by ModPodge with crystal glitter over it. I outlined the image (not the background) with the D. Magic, then slowly filled in, and the stuff did a good job of staying where I'd put it.
While it was wet, I coated it with clear glass glitter, and then tapped away the extra after the glaze dried and it was safe to pick it up.
I've got about 6 bottles of that stuff, because we used it on the knotted ribbon necklaces class that I did, and I had a bottle of it out on each table for the students, and a little bit goes a looooong way.
This tag is all from Lori's kits too. I tore the label off her kit and left the edges rough, glued it onto a tag, then inked the edges. I scrunched up some pattern paper, and added some of the twine trim Lori provided and a rhinestone from my stash. Then, I did the same glaze and glitter trick as on the other tag, this time over the whole thing.
She had a playing card in the kit too, and I used it as a tag. I made a ruffle from some of the text she provided, and cut the bottom off of another playing card to go over that, and topped it with a millinery flower.
The center is a piece of pattern paper layered with text, and an oval image from Lori's stash. I did the Dimensional Magic and glitter over the torn out oval, and I think I got too much glitter, because it dried a gloppy mess and you couldn't see the image at all. So, i cut a rose out of something else and glued it over the top and added another pretty bit of sparkle and some millinery buds. It's also tied with the twine from the kit.
On this one, the D. Magic and glitter once again obliverated the image. I guess you have be careful to have a light hand with the glitter when doing this. Or to use a very simple, clear, graphic image. I think it turned out really pretty over the first one, the lady's black and white face.
Around the screwed up image, I glued odds and ends that were in the kit, in a free form frame. And I liked that part, it was too bad the rest was a mish mosh mess.
After it dried, I tried to fix it by gluing a snippet of text and a bird out of a book from the 1800s. I'd used this same text and some birds from it for each of the kits I'd made up for the necklace class. These were the birds that we put in the pendants, although this bird is a little more colorful than the ones I used for the class.
I know, it was only a little tag, but I hate to leave anything badly done, so I did what I could to salvage it. I finish all my projects, and save the bad ones as much as I can. I figure that I've already invested time and materials into a failed piece, why let it go to waste if a little more time will fix it?
If you are interested in one of Lori's lovely kits, I found two of them left here when I cleaned up. I offered to sell them for her, and ship them out. Her wreath kit comes with the form, the fabric,images, papers, trims, and tags.
It's self explanatory, and a simple, pretty project.
The kits are $35 plus postage.
When I sold my own leftover kits, I counted wrong and sold more than I actually had, so had to whip up a few more real quick. Well, I made up some extras and have one knotted ribbon and one captured fairy birdcage (that comes with a free online course) left for $30 plus postage, each.
Please email me if you are interested in any of these, with your zip code and the email address you use for PayPal and I'll send you a invoice with the postage figured.
The white one that says "nest" in this photo too. I think I'll keep the blue one myself. The rest of my samples are at Somerset right now, for an article in Jewelry Affaire. I might have some of those for sale later, but it could be months before they are returned.
And if that isn't enough shameless huckstering and trying to sell stuff to you, here is a little more.
I've got a ton of new things to add to my Boutique. But I'd like to clear it out a little bit first, and start fresh. So, I'm offering a 30% discount till July 1st. You'll need to use this link:
And type in this code at check out: