Art and Craft News / fab finds
Every time I see the crazy birds, cats and things by Tim Holtz I grin from ear to ear. They're such adorable, groovy and nutty characters that its hard not to smile! I just love them all :)
Remember this groovy picture of a collection of artwork from early 2015? It's from the blog of Tim Holtz "Simply Bird Crazy" blog post when the Bird Crazy stamps first arrived on the scene.
Its a great example of what could be made using the nutty adorable birds, one of my favourite stamp sets. They can be used for so many different and varied events and themes, especially when they're used with the Crazy Things stamp set!
Here are more creations that I find really inspiring...
This first one is by Anna-Karin. It a great example of using the Distress Micro Glaze, Distress paints and Dina Wakley acrylic paints together with the Bird Crazy dies. Its a fantastic piece of art with lots of fabulous texture and wonderful colours.
One thing to note about the instructions on the Sizzix blog...
Use whatever you have on hand - scissors (if you don't have the dies) and any old cardboard box for the background. Most boxes still use the corrugated paper in between the smooth outer surface, simply peel this back to reveal the textured card.
For the background - You could also use plain cardstock run through the embossing machine to create texture.
I prefer Strathmore watercolour paper as it doesn't pill or fall apart if you use too much water. For the technique they've used for colouring the birds (sealing the white card and dragging the paper through the ink on the craft sheet), you could even use regular cardstock (like Bazzill, the textured side) and let it dry completely before putting the birds together.
This next one is from Richele Christensen aka California Art Girl. Richele has created a variety of greeting cards using the Bird Crazy stamps and die set with some fantastic backgrounds. Her colour combinations are wonderful and the mix of elements is fantastic. So inspirational!
Love the colour combos in this card, well I would - green is my favourite colour! The green spots emphasize the gorgeous greens and blues used for his feathers / body. The layers of cardstock are given additonal attraction by use of string (twine).
This bird is just like me when I'm painting - splatters everywhere and different colours all over the place! Loving this card alot :)
The third artist, Bobbi Smith of Vintage Muse Designs, has such an incredible way of mixing colours, backgrounds and textures with 3D elements (paper tole). Check out these few samples then hop over to her blog for all the others.
All Tim's Crazy Birds, Cats, Dogs, Things, Crazy Talk and their friends, the Snarky Cats are all available at Art by Jenny.
I hope this post has inspired you to get out your Distress markers, inks and Crazy Bird stamps and have some fun. I'm here if you have questions or need help :)
Happy Creative Day!