Saturday, June 4, 2016

Nest in the Secret Garden

I love working with chipboard... embossing it with the rich powders available at Altered Pages is one on my favorite techniques to use.  The best part of heat embossing is watching the powder change to a enamel like covering!!! 
Today I have this sweet Bird Nest with Eggs in a Window of a "Secret Garden" created on an ATC. 

I had fun making it and as usual when working with paint,  I have messy painted hands!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cut is our product Partner for the month of June!!!  This is the chipboard I selected to use for my project. There is a lot of preparation before putting anything together!

Paint the window with 2 coats of White Gesso, be sure to get all the edges!

Next heat emboss the nest with Embossing Powder - Timber Brown.  To add more dimension I flipped the top layer so you could see a bit of the bottom layer of the nest.
In the background of the nest you can see the eggs... they are painted with 2 coats of Chalk Paint - Timeless.

Then heat emboss the birds with Embossing Powder - Squash Blossom.

Cut an ATC from Graphic 45 Secret Garden 6x6 paper pad (3 1/2 by 2 1/2). Adhere to a piece of chipboard the same size with  Glue Stick.

With Glue Stick adhere a piece of scrap from Birdcages & Chandeliers Cardstock.  Paint a distress frame around the card with White Gesso.

Distress the white window pane with Chalk Paint - Timeless paint... I used my fingers for this... MESSY!

Adhere the window to the ATC with Tacky Glue.

Using Tacky Glue layer the solid nest, eggs  on the window sill. 

Add the top piece of the nest, the birds and a Silk leaf.

Here you can see the layers of the nest!

Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts - Window, Bird, Nest and Eggs
Embossing Powder - Timber Brown
Embossing Powder - Squash Blossom
Chalk Paint - Timeless
Graphic 45 Secret Garden 6x6 paper pad
Birdcages & Chandeliers Cardstock
White Gesso
Silk leaf
Glue Stick
Tacky Glue


  1. Precious and so springy! Lovely job with the embossing Lyneen.

  2. Thanks Jean... I love embossing powders!!!

  3. This is so fun! And it's adorable. Great job!

  4. This is lovely - wonderful use of the diecuts to create a unified whole!

  5. Wonderful use of those chipboard pieces, which are one of my favorites. I never would have thought to use them on an ATC!