Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Caged Bird Tag

This tag was created for a swap with the gals over at OWSE.  I started by inking with a foam applicator in several colors and then further distressing with spray inks.  I used gears and a spinner to create a layered embellishment.  The die was my source of inspiration and the subject of my swap.  It is by the one and only Tim Holtz.  I used alcohol inks directly on the bird to achieve a nice rich color and left the cage as is.  A brad is the eye of the bird and a direct application of alcohol ink created the rich red color.  I revisited my original crafty passion of beading by adding wired drops with crystals from a broken vintage necklace. 

The bird and cage were cut from the coolest stuff ever.  I found some vintage craft supplies at an antique show!  I scored four packages of foil sheets that originally sold for fifty cents a package. I paid five dollars for the lot, which included two sets of dried up useless paint.  The foil cut like butter in my die cutting machine. Pretty cool!


  1. Great deal on the packets! And your bird's coloring is out of this world. Love it.

  2. You did good shopping. The birdcage is perfect. Beautiful tag.

  3. hello Rhea,

    I can imagine the feeling you had when you took these in your hands at the antique show!

    Feels like having found a treasure box !

    You surely will have lots of fun using these for several projects !
    greetings from belgium


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