You never know when inspiration is going to strike! I was doing some shopping for Back to School a few weeks ago and stumbled onto some metal Halloween decor. They had some funky birds with funny hats. I knew immediately they would so much cuter made out of paper. Especially the new Scraingbone and Howlstooth DSP! I was beyond thrilled when I received my SU Artisan box this month with this paper in it! So, without further adieu, here is my first Artisan project for September:
Meet Mr. Spooky Owl. Or Mr. Halloween bird. Or Mr. Scaringbone.. I don’t know, btu whatever his name is, he was SO FUN TO MAKE!
Now, I could never give you specific directions… He was a work in progress for weeks. He sat in the corner of my desk and as the days went by, I would add a bit here and there. Sometimes, these big projects flow right out… this little guy did not! He was pretty hard to make! And there was a lot of ripping and tearing and
cursing quietly “walking away” until the next day.
I started with his body, which was made using the Oval Accents Die. I cut two of them and then created a “box” by making sides to go between both pieces. Yea, I know, hard to explain.
His hat was the same way. Again, lots or redoing. I had to finally just accept it as is… I like it now, but it took me a while to be OK with it! Sometimes what’s in my head doesn’t always get out and onto paper well.
His little face was the easy part! And what owl of mine wouldn’t be holding a banner!?!?
His tail feathers were made by folding this specific piece of the DSP in half, so that when curled you would see the same pattern on both sides. Lots of Sticky Strip here! That stuff is awesome for these kinds of projects!
Owl feathers were, naturally, made from the Blossom Petal Builder Punch!
And who doesn’t love a spooky coffin!? Yea, well filled with candy eyeballs of course! This is a little bitty wooden coffin I bought at a local craft store. I painted it in black (acrylic craft paint) and then, to really make it pop, spritzed it with the Silver Foil Smooch Spritz. Love. This. Stuff!! The coffin would not have been as beautiful with out it.
So there he is. I love him. Not sure he will be packed away with the Halloween decor come November. He’s going to need to be a permanent fixture in my craft room all year!
If your interested in recreating Mr. Owl, here are the supplies:
128927 (wood mount) or 128930 (clear
mount) Border Banter Set
mount) Border Banter Set
126906: Howlstooth and Scaringbone
Designer Series paper
Designer Series paper
100730: Whisper White Cardstock
111349: Tangerine Tango Cardstock
121045: Basic Black 8 ½” X 11” Cardstock
124005: Silver Glimmer paper
126946: Tangerine Tango Classic Ink Pad
101406: Jet Black Staz On Ink Pad
118771: Silver Smooch Spritz
113439: Big Shot
127005: Oval Accents Bigz Clear Die
127811: 1 ¼” Scallop Circle Punch
118309: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack
119869: ½” Circle Punch
121808: Blossoms Petal Builder Punch
120906: 2 ½” Circle Punch
122361: Pennant Builder Punch
124145: Basic Black Scallop Dots
104294: Sticky Strip
101055: Crystal Effects
104430: Stampin’ Dimensionals
Check back for projects 2 and 3 in the next day or so! Also, if you haven’t checked them out already, check out the other Artisan’s blogs for their September Projects using the same supplies!! (We each post on a different week, so you might as well follow all of our blogs so you won’t miss one single project! 🙂
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9 thoughts on “Artisan Design Team September Project- Bird is the Word!”
Your work never ceases to amaze me. What a beautiful piece of art.
A work of Art!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Adorable – too cute to be spooky!
Shut. The. Front. Door. Seriously?! I feel honored to know you. You have serious skills, gurl.
Over-the-top amazing! Love it! I like the name "Mr. Scaringbone"!
Erica, you are AMAZING!!! I love this little guy!
A. ma. zing! I love all of your September projects, but this bird is especially beautiful and creative. Love it!
WOW!!!!!!! THIS IS A "GREAT OWL" !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
Thanks Erica for sharing your amazing creativity that bird really, really rocks and thank you too for sharing the links to the rest of the teams blogs. Saves me having to look them up each time. Looking forward to the rest of the year with our Artisan Award Design Team!
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