Halloween Birds Silhouette Shadow Box - Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop

Time for another Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop!   I received a sample of the adorable Sizzix Scoreboard Bird Die (designed by Eileen Hull) and used it to make this Halloween Bird Silhouette Shadow Box.  To see all the projects the Fresh Vintage Designers came up with and for a chance to WIN one of the Sizzix Scoreboard Dies be sure to check out the information at the end of this post.
As you can see; the original die cut is made to be a little more three dimensional.  It has two wings and a beak and is perfect for hanging from a string.  I chose to trim the wings and use the birds in a shadow box.
The dies are designed to cut through thick or thin paper, fabric and more.  I found some really cute Black Glitter Card Stock by doodlebug designs inc.  I cut one bird and then flipped the paper to reverse it so the birds would be facing each other.
 For the background I used a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash (sorry - don't know the manufacturer).  I liked the writing and the postmark design - which was in just the right spot for the moon.
First, I coated the paper with DecoArt Easy Float to make it easier to blend the Americana Acrylic Paints.  I then loaded my brush 1/2 and 1/2 with Easy Float and paint and blended the colors from Light to Dark and back again a few times until I was happy with the blending and the finished look.  The Easy Float made the colors translucent which allowed the lettering to show through.  The colors I used are; Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Orange Twist, Tangelo Orange, and Georgia Clay.
After the background dried I painted the moon with DecoArt Glamour Dust Glitter Paint in Lemon Drop Yellow to add to the glow (and to match the glitter on the birds).
After painting a branch with Lamp Black, I brushed on some DecoArt Black Craft Twinkles Glitter Paint.
Artistic Wire from Beadalon  was perfect for the legs and feet. (Thank you Katie Hacker) I just wired it onto the branches and then glued the birds onto the wire.  (mine are a little wobbly looking aren't they?  I kept moving them around.)
Everything is arranged inside an old shadowbox picture frame that I had in storage. I made a little coil to glue behind the bird and put the whole thing together with Glue Dots! I used Pop Up Glue Dots® for the birds and branch for strength and dimension and Ultra Thin Glue Dots® to attach the paper inside the box.
Here's the Information I promised you for NAVIGATING through the Sizzix Fresh Vintage Blog Hop and for your CHANCE to WIN a Sizzix Die:

Please make sure to visit the blogs of the members of this hop. They have some great projects to share.  You can click on the Fresh Vintage blinkie on my sidebar. This will take you around to all of the designers on the hop OR you can click on the linky party on Eileen Hull's Blog for a look at all the projects.  
For a chance to win this die, answer the question about today's hop on the Oh My Crafts blog today. Don't forget! You have to leave a comment on their blog post to be entered in the GiveAway. There are lots of ways you can use this die and you are about to see some very cool ideas. Are you ready?
Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot

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