Hello friends! I’m sharing the first of my projects created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 2 release.

 I’ve created this home decor Vignette Tray piece using the new Modern Floristry and Silhouette Birds Thinlits dies. Love this Bird Thinlits set, there are nine different birds to choose from!

The vignette tray is covered inside and outside with patterned paper. I’ve used Backdrops #1 and pocket card paper. The tray is longer than the paper so it is pieced with the pocket paper at the end. I’ve chosen a piece piece that looks like it’s collaged. The edges were covered with Design Tape Trim.

After the tray is covered, I’ve applied Distress Crackle paste randomly on the inside and a few places on the outside tray sides. Set aside to dry. 

Once the crackle paste was dry, apply Walnut Stain Distress Crayon. I use either my fingers (slightly dampened) or a Blending Brush to apply in the cracks. 

For my "home" I've used a Tim Holtz Flash Card.  I've machine sitiched around the edge, inked the edges and then also added Distress Crackle Paste.  This time I applied Embossing Glaze powder (Weathered Wood) over the wet crackle paste.  Set this aside to air dry.  Once the crackle has dried, use your heat tool and melt the embossing glaze. Highlight the cracks with a Distress Crayon.

I've coloured a few sheets of Distress White  Heavy Stock with Distress Sprays & Oxide Sprays. I've chosen pink tones, a combination of any of these would work; Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, Saltwater Taffy, Picked Raspberry Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Tattered Rose.  All my flowers were die-cut with these sheets.  I really like die-cutting flowers and foliage with coloured heavy stock instead of cardstock, it gives a very unique and personal touch to your project.

For my green leaves and centers, I've also coloured White Heavystock with Oxide Sprays;  Pine Needles, Old Paper, Antique Linen Frayed Burlap and Pine Needle Distress Spray.  die-cut your foliage and centres. 
Before I build my flowers, I like to shape the petals with a Stylus (Sizzix665304).

For my bird silhouettes, I didn't want to use black, I wanted something softer but still giving them the look of a silhouette.  I've coloured heavy stock again, but with blue and grey tones.  Sorry, I guess I didn't jot down the colours I used, but go with darker ones, Chipped Sapphire, Prize Ribbon, Stormy Sky, etc.  I added in a  bit of Distress Mica Spray in Frosted Juniper (Christmas set) to get them a shimmery look.  Also, I've highlighted a few areas with a pink tone of Distress Oxide ink(spritz with water on mat and use paint brush) after they were die-cut.

Once you have everything die-cut, you are ready to build up your shadow box (Vignette tray).  Decide where you want to place your home flash card and the placement of twine.  The twine is secured with Tim Holtz Tack Nails (TH94240) and I have three levels.  Just make sure you leave enough room (especially the top one) for your birds to sit on.  Once you have the twine placed and secured, adhere your flash card, and birds with dimensional foam adhesive squares.  Finally you can adhere your flowers and the bird in front of the flowers last.  Depending how dimensional you want your flowers, I have stacked some foam squares on top of each other for added dimension.

Here's another look at my project!

It seems like Spring is taking it's time arriving here.  We had a blizzard two weeks ago, and still had piles of snow three feet high,  then gradually warmed up to 22C on Friday, melting almost all the snow.  I was so hopeful, now it's something like minus 10C today and a bit of snow.  Maybe I should have used the word "hope" for my Vignette Tray!

Thanks so much for visiting me here, 
until next time.


Products used:
TH93568 Vignette Tray (12" x 6")
665861 Silhouette Birds Thinlits
665853 Modern Floristry Thinlits 
TH94240 Tack Nails
TH94218 Design Tape Trims
TH94224 Flashcards
Patterned Paper - TH94117 Backdrops Volume 1
                             TH94226 Pocket Cards
                             The back of my tray is covered with an old piece of  
                             Tim Holtz Memoranda 12 x 12 patterned paper
tda76322 Distress White Heavystock
Distress Sprays and Oxide Sprays
Distress Mica Stain Frosted Juniper (Seasonal Release RGR-TSCK78234) 
Distress Opaque Crackle Paste
Distress Embossing Glaze - Weathered Wood
Distress Walnut Stain Crayon

Adhesive Dimensional Squares, Distress Collage Medium


scrappergirl56/Sherry said...

This was one of my favs from the Live....I want to make a version for my craft room, so that there is always a touch of Springtime to look at. Love everything about this make.

Katharine T said...

Beautiful project!

Anonymous said...

I love this vignette, Jan. Since I don’t have many of the products you used, I’m going to try to make my own version of your design. I do have the tray and the bird dies.😀 I’ll post it on the ‘Addicts’ site when I finish and be sure to mention you as my inspiration!
Thank you for the idea!!!

Birgit said...

I'm new to your site and I just adore everything I've seen so far. This spring tray filled with flowers is pure delight. I absolutely love it!!

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