Valentine Birds on a Branch

Welcome to the Designer Crafts Connection February Link up. The theme is Last Minute Valentines. This project is so simple and fun.

birds_on_a_wire_detail1These are my Valentine Birds on a Branch delivering hearts to my Valentine.

I began by adhering vintage music sheets to Little Sizzles Mat Boards by Sizzix. This is a thick board so the bird’s legs would not bend easily. I die cut the various birds using the Sizzix dies; Birds and Tim Holtz Bird Silhouette.music_sheets
I even used vintage sheet music based on songs about birds.birds_die_cutTo add some variety you can die cut on the blank side of the board so some birds will face the opposite direction.2_birds_on_a_wire_distress_ink

I inked the edges with Distress inks in Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen. The sheet music was already old so I wanted to just highlight the edges.

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I used Distress Paint in Picket Fence to paint the clothes pins. This created a nice white-washed finish.heart_die_cutsWhile the clothes pins were drying, I adhered two sheets of various pink cardstock together so that there would be a nice color or pattern on both sides and it would be strong enough to be sewn without tearing.3_die_cut_stamped_heartsI then die cut several heart sizes using Stephanie Ackerman’s Hearts #4 by Sizzix. I stamped embossing ink and gold embossing powder to create roses on one side of the hearts. Hearts, roses and love birds, get it?4_stitched_valentine_heartsAfter the embossing powder was set, I stitched together two, and sometimes three hearts in a line. I wanted them to dangle below the birds.5_stitched_valentine_hearts

I left a lot of thread at the top and the bottom of each strand of hearts.

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To finish off the hearts at the bottom, I tied on a bead and a cotton thread tassel. I forgot to photograph the tassel but you can see it in the finished photos.

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Using hot glue, I adhered the birds to the front of the clothes pin and the top of the heart threads to the back of the clothes pin.

I hope you enjoy this quick, last-minute Valentine idea to bring a smile to someone you love. Please visit the Designer Crafts Connection site for more inspiration.

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About Lynda Kanase

Sizzix Senior Product Designer, Crafter, Maker, Sewer, Scrapper, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Instructor, Anglophile, Dog lover and Mom trying to make the world prettier, one project at a time. Please join me on this creative adventure.

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