Hello, Friends! It’s just a few days until Valentine’s Day! And of course I couldn’t let the day pass without sharing a fun lovey-dovey project with you, featuring some of my most favorite love birds of all…. those crazy Bird Crazy birds from Tim Holtz and Sizzix.
What’s Valentine’s Day without the love? Well these silly little birds have plenty to share with you. I can’t think of a more fitting Valentine than these crazy birds, and their matching Crazy Things hearts and Crazy Talk sentiment. So love that there are tons of adorable accessories and greetings to go with these birds, for every occasion. And love even more that there are Sizzix dies for all of them. And how fun is that new Mosaic Bigz Die background that creates the perfect little window frames for all your little bits and pieces? The mosaic die has quickly become a new favorite of mine. Use the positive frame, or the negative shapes…. turn it upside down, or flip it to the other side. There are just so many ways to use this die!
It never ceases to amaze me how closely the Bird Crazy and Crazy Things Thinlits dies cut to the edge of the images. It’s as close to fussy cutting as you can possibly get, without all the work. You gotta love that!
And I love how the Mosaic die cuts almost a tower framework with so many little windows that can be filled with so many different things. I used a layer of fun foam behind the mosaic to create a dimensional window frame here, with my pair of birds tucked in and behind the openings for a 3D effect. Here’s a little closer peek at the new Mosaic die.
Since the Mosaic die is a Bigz die, it can die cut all sorts of surfaces and materials, including thick substrates, like the watercolor paper and fun foam combo I used here. I used adhesive-backed fun foam, available at your local big box craft store to create an instant dimensional window frame. Much easier than trying to apply foam tape or dots to some of those thin bridge areas between the rectangular openings.
To die cut, simply adhere the fun foam to the back of your paper, and run it through your Big Shot machine using this standard die cutting sandwich for Bigz dies: Standard Cutting Pad, Bigz die (cutting side up), paper or surface to be cut, Standard Cutting Pad.
Once your frame is die cut, you can add color with your Distress Inks as usual, watercolor, or add a layer of patterned paper. Just avoid hitting the foam with a heat tool if you’ve used any watercolor techniques, as the heat will quickly melt the foam layer.
Then have fun adding your images and accents. And speaking of accents…. I went a little crazy with the Glossy Accents. And the gold! Check out that gorgeous gold metallic cardstock and Tim’s new Gilded remnant rubs. Swoon! And how about that adorable hanger? That is one of the new Idea-ology Display Hangers, and I am crazy about them. Little tip for you…. the hangers are originally silver, but are easily alterable, like all Idea-ology findings. I quickly turned mine gold with a few dabs of Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
The supplies I’ve used are listed and linked below: