First up, the JBS feathers:
I only had a photo of them from the internet but they appeared to be velum with a delicate white print on them. So that's where I started.
I picked out some white vellum and cut out some feather type shapes although I think they came out a bit big in the end. But that's the fun of it, you can make them as big or small as you like - try them out and see.
Then I took my Stampin' Up Whisper White, inked up some butterflies and stamped the feathers. The result was really subtle which is exactly what I wanted. You can only see the butterfly details up close. I also used my Mr Huey white mist and sprayed one or two which gave a more distinct effect and took AGES to dry! Patience has never been my strong point. I ended up using my heat gun and still managed to smudge it a bit.
After that, I took some very thin craft wire and cut a length longer than the feather so that I would have a stem. The wire had a natural curve to it which was ideal for the look I was looking for in the end.
I used Glossy Accents and drew a fine line of glue along the centre of the feather on the back. I laid the wire down and held it firm for a few seconds (tricky with the curve but a few fingers gently holding it down finally did the trick) and then left them to dry.
After that, all that was left to do was to cut the feathery bits into the vellum - from the edge to almost at the wire. The vellum naturally starts to feather out and then a little tweak to the wire to make the curve more pronounced gave the feather its shape and the feathers a bit more definition.
Total time from start to finish? Probably no more than 30 minutes. My kind of lazy embellishment making! :-)
Why not have a go at making your own. I think the possibilities for making these different and individual are endless. Make sure you let me know if you have a go!