Technique: Die Cutting/Scrapbooking
1.5mm balsa wood
silk flowers and leaves
adhesive crafting metal
Versacolour silver ink
Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
Tim Holtz Alterations Caged Bird die
Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Floral die
Cut a piece of balsa the length of the die cutting plate and glue the fabric to the front and back using PVA glue. Allow this to dry overnight, it's quite nasty to run a wet surface through the die cutter, so be patient! Once cut, ink the raw edges of the die with the silver ink.
The bird was made using the left overs from making this snowflake embossed ornament.
Run a stack of six sheets of tissue paper through the sizzix with the tattered floral die and ink the edges with the silver ink. Stack one flower on top of the other, rotating each one slightly and securing with a dot of glue. Place a bead of glue in the centre and add a few seed beads for the flower centre. Leave it to dry thoroughly, then 'fluff' up the layers of the flowers to give volume and dimension.
Embellish with snowflake beads, silk leaves, ribbon or anything that you like.