Always in My Heart, Altered Mixed Media Metal Frame

 

Hi everyone, Kerrie here with another design team post for Little Birdie Crafts.

For my 2nd post, I created an altered frame using lots of Little Birdie Crafts mixed media products and of course their gorgeous flowers.
My hubby and I celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary on the 1st April and I wanted to create something that I could have on display in our home with our wedding photo. I have gone for a shabby chic look and used the turquoise and cream colour palette as it goes with our decor.

Here is my tutorial….see how I created this decor piece.

At first, I gave the whole piece two coats of Gesso to cover up the colour that the frame already had. With this piece with a backing, painting was a breeze as the piece easily came off.

I used the Sculpture Paste to create some scroll flourishes to add to my frame. This stuff is awesome you just use a palette knife to smooth the sculpture paste into the silicone molds and leave overnight to dry. You can make yourself a stash of these so that you have them handy to use in your projects

 

I then used Heavy Gel Medium to glue the flourishes onto my frame. This is so good for using as an adhesive, as once it dries your pieces are stuck on the surface for good!

 

next I painted over the flourishes with Gesso and then painted the whole piece with Snow Chalk Paint 

 

I then painted the whole frame with Tattered Lace Chalk Paint. Once dry I added a thick coat of  One Step Crackle Medium.

 

I then mixed Sailing Sky and Tattered Lace Chalk Paints together to give a softer shade of turquoise for my piece.

 

as you can see this Crackle Medium is awesome! Check those cracks and this started crackling almost instantly as I painted on the turquoise chalk paint

 

 

I love the effect it has especially on the sculpture paste flourishes

I then added some texture using the Threadbare Net Stencil with Grainy Texture Paste

I then decorated my frame with Burlap Doilies, Corrugated Card, Ribbon, Sisal Fibre and a mix of Flowers.
Tip: I dry brushed Tattered Lace Chalk Paint over the Burlap Doily to give a more muted colour and more texture.

I finished off by rubbing on Rich Gold Metallic Wax to add highlights to my frame.

For my Chipboard title… I painted over the Primed Chipboard with left over turquoise chalk paint and then lightly went over it with Tattered Lace Chalk Paint. I then rubbed on some Rich Gold Metallic Wax to add highlights to my title.

 

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Shabby Mixed Media Floral Wooden Heart

Hi everyone, it’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. I’ve created a romantic wooden heart featuring gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers and mixed media products.

Do you adore texture as much as I do? In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the delicate textures found on this shabby floral heart.

Step 1

Mix equal parts gesso and water to create a wash and brush one coat across the heart allowing the beautiful wood grain to show through. Don’t forget the sides. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Step 2

Use the fabulous Net Stencil to apply Grainy Texture Paste to opposite edges of the heart. While wet, sprinkle with pink super fine glitter. Set aside to dry.

**Tip** A coffee filter is a great way to catch excess glitter and return it to the container.

Step 3

Cut off a piece of cheesecloth that will fit across about 2/3 of the heart. Rub the edges to distress. Arrange across the heart and brush with Little Birdie Soft Matte Gel Medium to adhere.

Step 4.

Mist the heart with water and spatter teal watercolor medium randomly across the background. Tilt the heart in different directions to get the color to flow and move across the surface. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool.

Step 5.

Pull apart the pieces of a gear from the 3D Gear Wheel Primed Chipboard set and dab with white gesso using a foam stencil brush to get a lovely textured surface. Even though the chipboard comes beautifully primed, I wanted the pieces to be completely white since the embossing powder I used is somewhat translucent.

Allow the gesso to dry then dab the gears with embossing medium and cover with silver pearl embossing powder. Heat, then while still hot lightly sprinkle with teal blue embossing powder in random areas and heat again.

Step 6.

Die cut leaves from Bright White Premium card Stock.

Arrange flowers, butterflies, chipboard gears, lace, and die cut leaves. Adhere to the heart using a strong glue. I’ve used: Jamie, Moon Light; Camila, Arctic Ice; Beaded Micro Petals, Grape/Tan; Bouquet, Arctic Ice; Bouquet, Pearl Pink, Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies, Natural & Cream.

Step 7.

Find areas around the cluster that you want to fill in. Brush these places with a nice thick layer of Little Birdie Soft Matte Gel Medium and sprinkle with Crystal Drops, Deep Marine Microbeads, and pink prills. Set aside to dry.

Step 8

Use a dry brush to lightly apply white gesso to the flowers, cheesecloth texture, burlap butterflies, and beaded texture. While I had the gesso out, I also dry brushed the jute cord to hang the heart.

Step 9:

Lightly brush the beaded texture with Little Birdie Crafts Shimmery Sherbet Tinted Metallic Paint.

Step 10:

Brush magenta pan pastels randomly on the edges where there is texture and into the centers of the white flowers. Other types of pastels or ink would work for this accent color as well.

I also added the “Follow Your Heart” sentiment strip from my stash which is a perfect fit for this heart shaped decor piece.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • Jamie ~ Moon Light
  • Camila Arctic Ice
  • Beaded Micro Petals ~ Grape/Tan
  • Bouquet ~ Arctic Ice
  • Bouquet ~ Pearl Pink
  • Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies ~ Natural & Cream
  • Primed Chipboard ~ 3D Gear Wheel
  • Premium Card Stock ~ Bright White
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Crystal Drops
  • Metal Microbeads ~ Deep Marine
  • White Gesso
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Acrylic Gel Medium ~ Soft Matte
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Shimmery Sherbet
  • Stencil ~ Net 4×7″

Other Supplies:

  • Wooden Heart
  • Quote Chips
  • Lace Butterfly Sticker
  • Lace from my stash
  • 8mm Pearl ~ White
  • Bling Sticker
  • Embossing Pearl – Silver
  • Ultra Fine Glitter – Pastel Pink
  • Embossing Powder – Detail Capri
  • Watercolor ~ Teal Zircon
  • PanPastels – Magenta Shade
  • Prills – Tu-Tu Pink
  • Skeleton Leaves Thinlits Dies
  • 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Heat Tool
  • Paint Brushes
  • Foam Stencil Brush

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I hope you’ve been inspired to collect your Little Birdie Crafts mixed media supplies to create texture on your next project and embellish it with gorgeous Little Birdie flowers.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

Thinking of You – A Card with Mixed Media Touches

Hello Little Birdie friends,

It is Linda here with a pretty, shabby card with a couple of mixed media touches  to share with you today.

I have used a lot of the wonderful products from Little Birdie Crafts – there are so many wonderful choices – I have listed them at the end of the post.

Secure the stencil onto the diecut card front using re-positional tape.  Apply Sculpture Paste – Lavender Ash, using a palette knife – allow to dry completely.
Lightly spritz the background with Color Splash- Ocean Mist. Lightly sponge white paint over the bricks.

NOTE: Make sure to wash the stencil and spatula using warm soapy water straight after using it.

Trim the chipboard in half following the curves of the design and glue to the card base using paper crafting glue.

NOTE:  Crafting Glue can also be added using a spatula – makes it easier when applying onto chipboard.

Adhere the medium flower from the Angelina Moonlight flowers, followed by a small flower on either side. Glue one flower to the center of the chipboard embellishment.

Fussy cut three butterflies from the embellishment sheet in the paper pack going around the edges with black pen.   Glue a flower from the Micro Jewelled Florence to the center of each butterfly; pop up two of the butterflies onto the chipboard using foam squares.

Apply white paint around the edges of the sentiment from the Wishes Words Embellishments and adhere to the center of the card front.  Pop-up the last butterfly to the left of the sentiment .

NOTE: Hand cutting images from patterned paper can give the perfect coordination to items on your project.

Randomly adhere Crystal Drops on to the card front.  Pop-up of the card front onto a slightly larger white A-frame card base.

Little Birdie Crafts Products Used:

  • CR73511 Crystal Drops 40g
  • CR67435 Adhesive crafting glue 100 mil
  • CR67924 Wishes Words Embellishments
  • CR61587 Chipboard Tropical Foliage
  • CR71730 Stencil
  • CR79506 Aqua Medley Paper Pack 12 sheets 12” x 12”
  • CR69367 Micro Jewelled Florence – Arctic ice
  • CR76547  Adelina Moonlight 10 pieces
  • CR79299 Sculpture Paste Lavender Ash – 400 g
  • CR63653 Colour Splash Ocean Mist 50 mils

I hope you are inspired to ‘get your art on’ and create something using beautiful Little Birdie Craft products – there are so many to choose from.  Thank you for all of your support and comments here and on social media – each one is read and appreciated.

{{{hugs}}} and Happy creating!