I started by stamping the bird image (Hero Arts) onto kraft cardstock (Papertrey Ink). I diluted some Mod Podge in a cup with water and dunked the floss into the mixture. Then I used the floss to "color in" the bird by laying it over top of the image. Once the floss was dry, I hand stitched the yellow outline and beak and added a french knot for the bird's eye.
The initial inspiration for this card came from the picture on the February 2010 Pottery Barn catalog. The idea for the technique came from a project I did in an art class when I was working on my degree in Elementary Education. And, I've seen Martha Stewart do something similar using glue and yarn.
It was a bit messy, and the dark pink floss sort of turned colors on me, but otherwise it turned out pretty nifty! As the floss was dragged around on the card a little while I was working on the bird image, it left traces of Mod Podge all over the cardstock. I thought this gave it an interesting-looking texture (kind of "nesty"), so I used some chalks and a Q-tip to bring it out!
For the branch, I just wrapped some brown floss around the cardstock three times. Then I added those dark pink blossoms (french knots) for pops of color.
Finally, I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts), mounted the cardstock onto chocolate brown cardstock, and used my scalloped scallop punch (EK Success) on the right-hand edge.
I may try this technique again to see if I can get it perfected. If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a comment or send me an e-mail. I'd be happy to provide more details!
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