By Cher B. Lashley
Start by choosing a piece of artist's paper from Catherine Moore's Historie Naturelle Papers (5CC-HNC01) as the background: in this case Plate VI eggs on script background. Tea dye a manila folder by brewing a strong tea, pour into the bottom of a broiler pan and add half of a regular sized office manila folder: allow to soak until it has reached the color you desire. This is usually between ten and fifteen minutes. Remove folder from tea bath and air dry on a rack or paper toweling. Cut out a small bird from one of the papers in the collection and set aside. Stamp woman's torso and arms from French Laundry Plate #11 (5CC-FL11), as well as, the roots and trunk from the tree stamp on Nature Study Plate #1 (5CC-NS01), onto the tea dyed manila folder and cut out. Stamp this same torso image onto another color of paper, in this case light blue and just cut out the bow and shirt. Affix the bow and shirt to the tea dyed image and set aside. Stamp the nest onto vintage ledger paper and, again, onto another piece of the artist's paper which features eggs the same color as your background paper. Cut out the entire ledger paper nest without the overhanging twigs and just the inside egg area of the other, then, glue the egg area to the ledger nest in the appropriate place. After deciding the placement of your figure on the background paper, glue the stump/roots image into place, then, stamp the nest in the appropriate area: glue the cut out nest over the stamped image lining up the overhanging twigs. Glue the torso onto the paper and over the top part of the nest. Arrange the arms so that the cut out bird will be cradled in the hands and glue all down. Using the wheat colored ink from Hero Arts Shadow Inks (5HA-SIWHE - DISCONTINUED) distress a red Per Via Aerea, oval and rectangular label from Cavallini's Vintage Label set (5CPLABEL-VIN). Stamp the bee from Nature Study Plate #1 (5CC-NS01) with black ink onto the oval label and the tree in the round from French Laundry Plate #9 (5CC-FL09) onto the rectangular label. Place all labels as shown. Stamp the small bird on a branch from the French Laundry #11 (5CC-FL11) onto the very top of the Per Via Aerea label in black ink, as well.
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