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Birdcage Artist Trading Block

by Amy Bowerman

Ok it’s official my bird fetish has turned into a full blown obsession!  After the recent purchase of Dina Wakley’s fabulous sketchy bird stamps while on the #PaperTrail tour my love for birds has grown to an unmeasurable  “wingspan”.  Therefore, I bring to you my Bird Cage Artist Trading Block.   Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

These little birdies are on a pedestal…as they should be.  I adore Dina’s chubby little birdie stamps and thought there was no better way to showcase them than “on the block”. Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

The birds and block were created while on the #PaperTrail tour in our mobile art studio “Scotty”.  Actually, I created them right before Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley herself stopped by for some creative fun and an interview. (You can see Dyan’s Recap of the Collins Show and #PaperTrail HERE)

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Earlier this week I met up with Marjie Kemper in NYC.  She brought me over to the creative wonderland known as The Ink Pad where I found this fantastic Mix-Tape stamp.  I’m still pining for the stamps I left behind and am considering a $35 train ticket to fetch them :)

Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

Another Absolutely Everything purchase was this Bird Cage Washi Tape.  Do I need more Washi?  Absolutely not, but Washi with Birdcages on it is irresistible to even the most frugal shopper.

Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

I spent some time with Els and Karen Burniston of Elizabeth Craft Design while on the #PaperTrail and Els was kind enough to give me some of her fabulous shimmer sheets.  She saw me ogling them with all their shiny, shimmery goodness (you know how I am with shiny things…kryptonite!) and hooked me up with a few packs to take home.  I think I’m in love!

How to Make a Birdcage Artist Trading Block


This Birdcage Artist Trading Block has a lot of personal meaning behind it.  It’s kind of like an artful account of my time on the #PaperTrail.  Never the less here’s all the steps you need to create a similar version yourself!


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STEP 1:  Cut Artist Trading Block from Mat Board using the Block Cube Bank Sizzix die.  Stamp Mat Board pieces with Impression Obsession Cloud Stamp using a mix of Wendy Vechhi Archival Inks in Cornflower and Forget-me-not (these two colors are perfect for creating a realistic sky scene!)

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STEP 2:  Use Wendy Vecchi’s Alcohol + Re-inker technique (See it Here) on Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper.  Stamp with Dina Wakley Bird Stamps in Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black.

Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

Step 3:  Using Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Cage Bird die cut 2 cages from Idea-ology Mirrored Sheets and 1 cage from Mat Board Scrap.  Adhere Mirrored Cages to the front and back of Mat Board Cage and ink edges with Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Watering Can.

*TIP*  Save mirrored scraps for another project…I’m thinking stained glass, how about you?

Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 4:  Emboss and sand Shimmer Sheetz.  Cut to size of Cupcake stand surface.

Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

STEP 5:  Die Cut Cup Cake Stand pieces from Mat board.  *Cover Mat Board pieces for legs with Duck Brand Prism Tape before cutting, ink edges with Watering Can Archival.

STEP 6:  Cut pennant flag from Shimmer Sheetz Scrap, add wire, beads and chipboard letters.  Assemble pieces as you wish. (I used Hot Glue and a foam mounting block)

Bird Cage Artist Trading Block | Pluckingdaisies.com

Out of all the Artist Trading Blocks I’ve made to date this Bird Cage ATB might just be my new favorite!  Between the memories behind it and the fabulous supplies used to create it I may have fallen in love with my own Art :)  BTW Eileen’s Cupcake stand is the perfect Artist Trading Block stand!  Seriously cool for displaying your Artist Trading Block creations (enabler alert).

Stop by The Artists on the Block for more Wendy Vecchi Inspired ATB’s from my friend Claudine Criner!

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Have a creation you’d like to share?  Come link up at the Art with Heart {April Showers} Challenge!

Fly Free today!


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2 Mary C. Nasser April 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Wow! What an amazing and delightful ATB!
You hit this one out of the park, Amy!
Think this is my favorite one you’ve made so far!!
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3 Rosann April 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I love it ! That bird stamp is a must have … it’s on my list too !
I love this block and the colors of these birds and the Fly banner too cute !


4 Anita Houston April 19, 2014 at 9:08 am

I love seeing how these came out!!!! The color of the birds is fabulous!!!! Love the topper too! Fabulous make! Happy Easter my friend!!!
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5 Nancy Keslin April 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

this is lovely. great texture. the banner is fabulous.


6 Janj April 17, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Amy your ATB is totally fab! I have been waiting to see what the birds look like-and they are now a must have LOL! Thanks also for Wendy’s video. By accident I ordered re-inkers instead of the pads…so now I have both AND a new technique to boot. A fabulous post today!
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7 Marjie Kemper April 17, 2014 at 7:32 pm

That’s one super duper 3D ATB! Love the banner, especially. Great day with you in the Big Apple.
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8 Donna April 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm

Amy! This is my favorite also! Wow you rocked the Wendy inks! Love the bird stamps, I just might have to get me some of those stamps!
Thanks for sharing the tutorial!


9 tincan April 17, 2014 at 1:21 pm

so freakin’cute! I love it!
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10 Buttons (Jenny Marples) April 17, 2014 at 10:36 am

I can so see why this is your new favourite! LOVE the way you’ve used that multicoloured inky stamping paper for the birds and sentiment, and that sky stamp is wonderful. Don’t even get me started on the shimmer base and mirrored cage – many a pop star would scream for these in their dressing rooms!! You are seriously rocking these blocks. Jenny x
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11 Anne Rx April 17, 2014 at 10:12 am

Hi Amy, I think it my new favourite too, the birds are fabulous in their alcohol inky feathers, I just love the stand (now on my wish list) and the mirrored cage looks amazing. But I think one of my favourite bits is that ‘cloud’ stamping – loving that! Hugs, Anne xx
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12 Claudine Criner April 17, 2014 at 9:07 am

This is beautiful Amy, thanks for the tutorial!! Loving everything about it, the colors are wonderful.
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13 Tracy Evans April 17, 2014 at 8:52 am

Gorgeous,I adore birds too so I love this. Fantastic colours and I love the cake stand. Happy Easter sweetie . Tracy x x


14 stamping sue April 17, 2014 at 8:51 am

Amy! I’m with you this ATB is fabulous! I really like those bird stamps. I had them in my hand one day but put them back now I’m sorry I did. Oh well, another day I’ll pick them up.
stamping sue
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