November 04, 2015

Snow Birds

Many birds migrate to the Arizona desert during the winter months and we call the humans that come here "Snow Birds."

Their presence is keenly felt right now--it's a big change from the slow quiet pace of summer and is my inspiration for making this tag.

I used a stencil (Stampendous) to create the trees which were covered with Crackle Accents (Ranger Ink) to give the illusion of bark.

It's been my experience that when you use this product on paper it's best not to use a liquid over the cracks for emphasis because the product may peel-off. So I used oil pastels instead.

The birds are from a stamp called Birds on a Wire by Tim Holtz and I used a gel pen to ink them individually before placement.

A bit of white from a Souffle Gelly Roll pen was used to accent the branches with snow.

I'm linking my tag to Simon's Monday blog challenge--
this week's theme is So Glossy.


  1. Wonderful tag! The texture on the trees make them look real.

  2. Oh, my Gosh! this is a beauty! I love this scene, and you have given some wonderful tips I can use. I've wanted that die, but have ordered the wrong one twice!!! Duh! LOVE this! Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

  3. This is absolutely DELIGHTFUL! I so love the text strips and the amazing background! Just wonderful!!!

  4. I love this tag. The subtlety of the bark, the birds perched randomly, the muted background, it's great.

  5. Wow, this is amazing! Love the trees and the crackle effect makes them so real. Stunning! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  6. Those trees! Gorgeous!
    I have a love-hate relationship with crackling mediums. I love the way it looks. It hates me. Two weeks ago I spent a large amount of time working with a project, only to mess it all up with the crackle. But I had never considered that it was the medium that I was using on the top. This is one of those "Aha!" Moments that has me pretty excited.
    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful tag with us again for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. And THANK YOU so much for sharing your process too. This is a game-changer. Thanks again!