Learning to Fly by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a little hand carved birdie for you.

What to do:

Take a size 8 manila tag and swoosh through a mixture of Distress Oxides that have been spritzed with water. Keep going until you achieve the background you’re happy with.

Next step is to carve your little bird from Speedy Carve….if you don’t feel adventurous enough for that then you can use a bird stamp from your stash ;)

Stamp him onto the tag and colour directly with Distress Markers. Don’t dilute them with a water brush first as you want the colours more intense, use a white pen for a bit of doodling.

Next step is to do some background stamping using a mixture of That’s Crafty! clear stamp sets, some with black Archival and some with the Oxides. 

The stitching stamp is from my stash but you can draw a similar style to make it look like stitching or ‘ground’ the bird another way.

Add more details using That’s Crafty! stencils (at the top of the tag and under the bird) and then pop a little Tim Holtz sentiment for a finishing touch.

I think this little birdie is going to fly far and wide ;)

Supplies Used:

That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Textures Set 1 and Quirky Girl Penny (leaf)
That’s Crafty! Stencils – Dinky Hearts and Word Series Time

Hope you like it
Donna x

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  1. Just love this Donna! Your little birdie is sooo cute and the background on your tag looks amazing.
    Fliss xx

  2. This is AMAZING Donna! A fantatsic stamp and a gorgous tag!

  3. Your hand carved bird is awesome Donna - fantastic tag!
    Gill x

  4. I love this Donna, such beautiful colors used, for your great background,-and your birdie is the sweetest , must be wonderful being able to cut the stamps yourself !!xx

  5. Handcarved again! So sweet, this cute littel birdie. Beautifui background, and I absolutely LOVE the hearts in vibrant red!

  6. Brilliantly carved and a real cutie, fabulous make xx

  7. Love your bird, Donna! I have yet to try carving my own, but I guess I have to try after seeing this :-) Beautiful tag!! xx

  8. Fantastic tag Donna! I love your birdie! Xxx

  9. Great background and a cute little birdie.
    Julie x

  10. Brilliant hand-carved stamp - and I adore the tag background.
    Alison x

  11. I do love your hand carved stamps Donna and your little Birdie looks mighty fine on your beautifully decorated Tag xx


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