Monday, December 8, 2014

Birdhouse ATB!

Hi! Mary Nasser here! For today’s project, I wanted to create an inspiring Artist Trading Block (ATB for short!) with a little bird house on top! I used Carolyn Dube’s Now Is The Time small and Now Is The Time large stencils, Eileen Hull's Barn Wood stamp, and a box and birdhouse from Sissix!

For the box, I began by painting the entire surface with unbleached titanium acrylic.
Once that dried, I used the Barn Wood stamp and StazOn Metallic Ink in Copper over the entire surface, too.
I added Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass and Antiqued Bronze.

Then I used a mini sponge dauber to apply Teal Blue StazOn through portions of Carolyn’s stencils.
Post-it notes helped mask off areas of the stencil around the words I used.

I also laid out some metal ephemera I was considering adding (Mary Beth calls this "auditioning" parts for a work!).

For the birdhouse, I began by painting the entire surface with cobalt turquoise acrylic.
Once that dried, I used the Barn Wood stamp and StazOnTeal Blue over the entire surface, too.
I placed a small matte board flower I’d painted copper and a metal ephemera bird on the surface to "audition" these elements.

Once I finished painting these, the box and birdhouse were easy to assemble with double-sided adhesive tape!
I adhered the bird, flower, text and lock with double-sided adhesive tape
and added a teal gem decal onto the center of the flower.
My last step was to adhere the birdhouse to the top of the box with more double-sided adhesive tape.

Below are views of the side and back:

And here's a detail:

Happy Stenciling!


  1. Wow, love the little birdhouse and the block to go with it. The colours are so pretty. I can't believe I had that wood grain stamp in my hand a week ago when I was shopping and then put it back since I wasn't sure I would use it. D'oh! Now I have to go shopping again. What a chore! lol
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work. So inspiring! :)

    1. Thank you! Glad you like it!
      I do love the texture of Barn Wood stamp! :)
      Would love to see what you make, too! :)

  2. I love this! The woodgrain is awesome, and everything pulled together so well! I really want to try and make some of these blocks :)

    1. Thanks, Gwen! Go for it! The ATBs are really fun! So many possibilities. Please post pics of what you make. :)

  3. I LOVE this!! This project is so inspiring! Love birdhouses and love what you made here!

    1. Thanks, Michael! That means a lot to me! Love these stencils by Carolyn inspiring!


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