Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An ATC Trio of Royal Birds

I can tell spring has really arrived. Suddenly my garden is full of birds...all shapes and sizes, from petite purple finches to bright blue jays, they've all flocked to the feeders and have been feeding up for the arduous task of caring for nestlings.
Certain birds seem to have dominance or priority over others. I've seen this in all the species we've got at the feeders.
Maybe they paid the extra money for the executive lounge.
Or maybe they're royalty and all the other birds let them have first go.
Either way, there's enough for all.
A whimsical trio of ATC's inspiring by the birds I see at my feeders.
Except the owl.
He's there because he's so handsome.
And he makes me smile because he's very pope-ish.

I began with the ATC Stand. this comes in a package of three which is super handy because mt favorite Chunky ATC Blanks come in a set of three. What a coincidence! Naw, that Gina is pretty smart. ;-)
After gluing them together, (easy-peasy) I gave all three a good coat of white paint.
Then I started working on the ATC blanks.
I cut the papers for both sides of each ATC and glued them on.
I sanded the edges and inked them up. Then I started working on the bird images. Using colored pencils and a couple of Copic markers, I juiced up the color on the birds a bit.
And started adding glitter to the crowns.
It's a bit hard to tell, but a lot of Stickles Glitter Glue was used...
I wanted the birds raised a bit off of the ATC, so I glued some scrap chipboard to the backs of each bird.
I also wanted a bit of exaggerated shadow under the birds, so using the birds as templates, I did a light outline around the inside of each bird cut-out on the ATC where I wanted them placed and then using pencils and a blender stick, I made a 'shadow' around what will be the outside edges of the birds.
I added my favorite dots to each ATC for some delicate detail.
And maybe a little extra glitter.
The stands are a great way to show off the ATCs and I like the fact that you can rotate a collection out depending on mood or season/ holiday. Or you can get a bunch and put your whole collection out.
ATC Stand
Chunky ATC Blanks

Additional Supplies:
Birds and Crowns Collage Sheet (from Gallery Cats)
Stickles Glitter Glue in a variety of colors
White acrylic paint
Gold Ink Pad

Thank you for stopping by!


Peaches said...

I adore these so much! The papers and images you have used are just perfection.

Kitty said...

Ok...me and that owl are new bffs. Looooove!