In fact, this one started before my Bird Crazy version of Tim's July tag, and I'd already stamped, coloured and used the Micro Glaze on these two before Tim's tag even appeared - so my choice of stamps for that was pretty obvious after all!
Like the ones on my July tag, these are also watercoloured with Distress Stains - splodged onto the craft mat and then applied with a water brush.
And I took a leaf out of Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries's book (she's been doing wonders with the birds - and here and here - for some time now, and is probably one of the main tempters behind my caving in to them)...
... by adding Glossy Accents to the eyes for an extra goggling look.
I love that the Micro Glaze means you can then blend inks around your main image without affecting it.
As well as straight inking, I added some splotches and blotches with one of the layering stencils...
... and over the top of that I used Tim's great crackle background.
I remember I had some thought about eggs cracking, or some such, but when it came to looking for some words to go on the tag it became evident that my subconscious was way ahead of me!
A little bit of Vintage Photo around the edges, some JOFY grasses for the birds to stand on (as well as some shadows to give them a bit more substance), some twine through the hole, and we're done.
I hope that's put a smile on your face after the grey gloom (though I notice the actual words are probably not that reassuring... see, the truth will out, even in the light relief).
Starting to think I may need a holiday...
I'm interested in people's darker side, the ones that aren't easy and well balanced. The cracks.
A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.