This was a quick project until it came time to make the polymer clay bird. I tried really hard to make a proper cardinal, but it wasn't in the stars. We'll just have to use our imagination, 'k? He's red.
I used the 3 inch 3D Chipboard Tree from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. This tree has delicate branches with tiny connectors. I pushed my blade into the obvious connectors and held the tree up to a light to find the not-so-obvious ones. It worked like a charm!
The next step was to gesso the whole tree, including the sides. I used a foam sponge and a lot of patience to go around each branch. After it dried I double checked the branch edges and filled in missed spots.
On the next layer I dabbed white acrylic paint all over. Dabbing it on created the tree texture. I moved the trees off the leftover paint and let them dry on the spatulas. This step was repeated on the other side.
When dry I put the trees together. I had to use a straight edge to clear away excess paint from the grooves so the trees were even at the base.
I used a gorgeously weathered clapper from an old wind chime as my base. A tiny bit of e6000 on the tree holds it to the clapper. I added bits of moss to finish off the earth.
From tip to toe this is 4 inches tall. It's so sweet! I'm now on the lookout for a small glass cloche under which I will tuck this lovely winter scene.
Thanks for visiting today!
Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Used
3D Chipboard Tree 3 Inch #C1C
Other Supplies Used
White acrylic paint
Red acrylic paint