Bird Song - Friendship Card

I love the way that this card turned out with the colors and background paper combination.  It doesn't show up very well but the bird cage was painted with distressed paint and then lightly inked over to give it a slightly shabby chic kinda look.  But before I ramble on too much about techniques used I guess I should tell you that I've had this Sizzix die for a while.  In fact it's the first Tim Holtz die I purchased and yet I could never really figure out what I was going to use to accent it along the bottom or what bird cut I wanted to use.  I mean there's a bird on the die but I wanted something a little different. 

So this week I was creating another card and came across this bird cut on the Home Decor cart and thought it would be perfect.  Then I cut the birdcage out of grungeboard to give it some dimension and as I said painted it.  The silver balls and chain were  from a set that I picked up at Michael's on sale only the "rings" on the chain weren't big enough to use for dangles along the bottom of the cage so I opted to merely glue the balls themselves to the cage.

The inside sentiment for this card is a Chinese Proverb that says: A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.