I used two of Ike’s digis, the Arch and Finch on pine. Pine didn’t seem to be very spring-like to me to when I printed out the digi I cut the bird away from the branch. Now, I am not an ornithologist; in fact, I have a bit of bird phobia. I react to birds the way some people react to spiders (I’m fine with spiders, by the way) so, having avoided the creatures for all these years, I had no idea what colour a finch might be. I had to turn to my friend Mr Google. What a revelation – they come in all sorts of colours, not just brown. I had no idea that finches were so brightly-coloured! Who’d have thought it?
I picked a bird that was a pretty shade of blue as my model and coloured in my digi to match. Because I’d chopped the bird away from the branch, I put him to perch in some die-cut foliage, in front of a nice blue sky background - I stencilled a bit of Stormy Sky DI through a That Special Touch mask to give it a bit of interest. He was a bit lonely, so I gave him a friend - another good thing about digis, if I want my birdie facing left instead of right I can, very easily.
I printed the arch onto card first of all, cut it out, and gave it a coat of light Terra paint. This is textured and opaque, so to get the detail back I printed it out again (without altering the size) onto tissue paper. I added a bit of shading with alcohol markers (shades of warn grey) on the back and applied it to the previously-prepared arch with Mod Podge. (I could have used gel medium, but the Mod Podge was handy on my desk). I let it dry before fussy-cutting the arch – it’s not easy to handle soggy tissue paper, and by not cutting it too closely I had something to hold onto while I was wrestling it into place.
I assembled the project using cardboard tabs to support the 3d elements And there are my birdies. Thanks for visiting - I do hope you liked them!