The first picture shows the template I drew and a photo copied sheet of music. I cut out two pieces to form the front and back. The third picture, shows the stamping I did on top using Tim Holtz Mixed Media Stamp Set and Vintage Photo Distress ink.
I made the 'spine' of the feather with a piece of 20 guage wire bent in half. I wrapped the bottom ends with a sticky label, and then secured it to one half of the feather with Glossy Accents. More Glossy accents was spread across the feather before adhering the top piece.
Once dry, I did a bit of painting with Antique Linen Distress paint and inking with Gathered Twigs, Vintage photo and even a little Black soot around the edges. After more drying, I proceeded to cut into the feather working along one side and then the other, snipping all the way along the edges at an angle, keeping the cuts quite close together, this is a bit scary but you kind of develop a rhythm. I then gave it a little spritz of Perfect Pearls Heirloom gold Spray.
Here's a closeup of the feather I used on my gift bag. It's slightly smaller than the previous one. Of course I never thought to measure the proportions before launching into making the feather and my first one was too big for the bag, so this is actually mark 2. I used the same Tim Holtz background stamps and added these little phrases from Donna Downeys Art and Possibility stamp,s from Unity Stamp Company. The little bird is an old stamp from my collection. This last picture is of all the feathers I've made so far.These have been sprayed with Duylusions inks and Perfect Pearls sprays, obviously they're from some rare and exotic bird !
So do have a look at Todolwen's blog, as I'm sure you'll be as inspired as I was. If your looking for some cool vintage ephemera to work with, hop over to the eclectic Paperie Shop as Kim has just taken delivery of some beautifully packaged bundles of vintage ephemera by Michelle Hill .... I just can't wait to get my hands on some of these ! x
These links will take you straight to some of the products I've used in this project, available from the eP shop.