Sunday, June 13, 2010

" a Gilded Cage"

Hello again! Another weekend has just flown by. And speaking of flying....this weeks entry for "Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge" #57 has a bird theme. The sketch challenge details can be found HERE. When I first saw the Tim Holtz Alterations die "Caged Bird" I KNEW I had to have it! When I saw this weeks sketch I thought the "Fan-like" element reminded me of feathers and so it went from there......... For the sake of easy reading I'm going to list the steps used to make each of the design elements on this project including materials.
 Here we go......

Birdcage:   The Tim Holtz Sizzix die was cut out on the Big Shot using a white chipboard. I next painted it gold with "Modern Options" Instant antiquing kit "Gold metal surfacer. I applied the PAtina green antiquing solution but didnt achive the desired effect so I randomly applied clear embossing ink and Ranger "Antiquities" EP in "Verdigris". Where the EP looked too contrived I used my fingernail to remove some of the EP. A gold organza ribbon was weaved throughout the holes in the bottom of the diecut. The bird, which is part of the die, was cut out of patterned paper and then stamped and gold embossed using SU "French Script" background stamp.

Feathers:    The feathers came from Michaels. They are from "Zucker Feather Products" and were labeled Guinea plumage natural. To get them to match the Verdigris, I airbrushed them with Copic marker BG23.

Chain:        The chain attached to the top of the birdcage was fashioned from jump rings. I added a clear bead to each link for interest.

Mats:         Spellbinders nestabilities sponged with colorbox pigment ink and Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. MS Border Punch "Woodland Branch" was used at the bottom of the top panel. The corner embellishment trios are beads from Plaid found @ Michaels as well.

Paper:        K and Co., 29th Street Market (all purchased @ Michaels)

Thanks for taking a look and have a GREAT WEEK!



  1. OMG Holly..this is AMAZING. Your are so creative and your talent is over the top. Loving those feathers too. What a wonderful entry and Great take on the sketch too. Thank you so much for playing the Midnight Madness sketch challenges.
    MMSC Hostess

  2. Holly, look at you go girl!! My gosh, this is the most fascinating card!! I'm still looking at all the gorgeous details. LOVE your bird and how the wing is sticking o/side the cage, your sparkle, distressing, feathers and ribbon treatment - need I go on? This really is incredible.

    Thanks SO MUCH for joining us in the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge and I truly hope we see you play again next week!

  3. HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY - this is divine - I love those feathers, they are perfect with this gorgeous card!! I love that Tim Holta cage - you have nailed this weeks challenge - but we are used to that! LOL! This is a favourite with me! Thanks for joining us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week, we love to be inspired by your work and look forward to seeing you again next week! {{{hugs}}}
    Linda MMSC Design Team

  4. Hi Holly

    this card is absolute beautiful
    love the real feathers you used as detail
    it's a real birdcage
    great card

    greetings karin

  5. Holly, this is amazing! I love what you've done with that bird cage, the ribbon treatment at the bottom and the chain are such gorgeous embellishments that show off this beauty just wonderfully. A stunning creation for sure. Lovely colors and those airbrushed feathers are the perfect finishing touch! WOW
    Thanks so much for inspiring us each week.

  6. Holly you work is like artistry-every piece is carefully thought over and executed to perfection. I love this bird cage. I have been eyeing the Tim Holtz dies. I love how you did the antiquing. Great job with the sketch this week. Thank you for playing along with us at the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge.

    Bear Hugs,
    Carol :O}
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  7. Hi Holly, would you be so kind to email me at


  8. All right, this does it. Great minds are really thinking alike here. In addition to the underwater thing, I've got this very bird cage sitting on my desk right now just waiting for me to do womething with it. I love the vertigris, the feathers, and all the rest of your wonderful detail. This is the last straw--this card is just the inticement I need to sign on as a follower and stalk the Dickens out of you...LOL