Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans!
It’s Tracey back to share a delicate and feminine mixed media card with you today featuring the gorgeous Fairy Sparkle Collection along with fabulous Little Birdie Crafts chipboard and mixed media products.
I just have to say how wonderful it is to work with Little Birdie’s beautifully coordinated products. These fabulous flowers are designed to go hand in hand with the lovely papers, and there are also Metallic Microbeads and Tinted Metallic Paint colors that coordinate perfectly with the colors in this collection. I have several friends who adore the color purple, so the tough part will be deciding which of them will receive this beauty.
I hope you are inspired to create a card for someone special in your life, so here are the steps for creating this card.
Select a doily image from the Fairy Sparkle 12×12″ paper collection and two coordinating sheets from the 6×6″ paper set.
Diecut a frame from a section of the paper that is somewhat solid in color leaving at least 1/8″ at the edge of each side. (We’ll be using this sheet as a border behind the focal paper. If you cut too close to the edge, just select another coordinating paper from the package.) Ink the edges of the frame.
I used a die from my stash. You could also use a chipboard frame or paper doily if you have one of these in the right size.
Trim 1/4 in from the top and one side of the floral patterned paper leaving a 5 3/4″ square.
Brush the floral paper with clear gesso.
***Tip*** Paper tends to curl when applying gesso to just one side, so after brushing the front of the paper with gesso, I dry it, then apply a thin coat of gesso to the back and dry again. And for added protection from wet mixed media products, I brush a second coat of clear gesso across the front of the paper. If you do not have clear gesso, you can also use soft matte gel medium.
Use foam tape to adhere the doily to the diecut frame. The foam tape raises the doily for added dimension.
Ink the edges of the diecut frame. I wanted the printed doily piece popped up, so used foam tape to adhere it to the center of the diecut piece.
Add stenciling diagonally across the floral paper using a Little Birdie Script Stencil and Mixed Media Paste. While some pastes are somewhat translucent, this one leaves an opaque white image that gives nice visual impact.
Now lets prepare some of the elements to decorate the card.
Cut a length of Crochet lace that’s just a little less than the width of the card. Distress and fray the cut ends. I also cut a piece of vintage lace from my stash for the top corner of the card.
Use Little Birdie Cotton Cord in coordinating pink to tie a sweet 4 loop bow. I wrapped the cord around my fingers to create the bow.
Brush a hanger charm with Little Birdie White Gesso. (Or any coordinating charm you might have in your stash.)
Add color and texture to a Primed Chipboard piece from the Garden Greens set. Although the chipboard is beautifully primed, I like to add another coat of white gesso when coloring with lighter colors like this purple. Next, brush with two coats of Glazed Berries Tinted Metallic Paint, then when that is dry, brush on some Mulberry Glaze Sparkle Paste. The Paste can be thinned down if needed to get a good consistency to spread with a brush by placing a brushful of the paste on your craft mat (or a scrap of plastic packaging) and mix with a small spritz of water. I just adore how the Sparkle Paste gives glittery sparkle without all the mess of loose glitter.
**Tip** As I use up supplies, I keep the clear plastic packaging and cut it apart to use for mixing paint and pastes on. I can just throw it away when I am done, making clean up easier.
Use double sided tape and Little Birdie Silicone Glue to adhere the floral paper to the diecut piece to form a frame around the edges of the card. If your diecut opening is too close the the paper edge, select another piece from the 6×6″ paper pack.
Arrange the lace, framed doily, flowers, bow, chipboard, charm, and butterfly, then adhere with silicone glue. I used the following Little Birdie Flowers from the Fairy Sparkle Collection: Fairy Rose; Marina; Calypso; and Pearl Butterflies. The Fairy Rose set has two gorgeous clusters of flowers already beautifully arranged, so positioning the flowers was quick and easy. The bow is glued down at the left edge of the cluster with a beautiful rose adhered into the center.
Use Little Birdie Soft Gel Medium to adhere Mystique Rose and Mute Orchid Metal Microbeads at the bottom edges of the cluster for added texture.
Stamp a sentiment onto Little Birdie Bright White Cardstock and cut out. Brush with coordinating ink and adhere above the flowers.
Cut and fold a card base from more of the white cardstock and adhere the finished card to the base.
Little Birdie Crafts Supplies
- Fairy Sparkle Flowers – Fairy Rose
- Fairy Sparkle Flowers – Marina
- Fairy Sparkle Flowers – Calypso
- Fairy Sparkle – Pearl Butterflies
- Fairy Sparkle 12×12″ Paper Collection
- Fairy Sparkle 6×6″ Paper Collection
- Premium Card Stock ~ Bright White (for card base and sentiment)
- Primed Chipboard ~ Garden Greens
- Crochet Lace Trim ~ White
- Cotton Cord ~ Assorted
- Metal Microbeads ~ Mystique Rose
- Metal Microbeads ~ Mute Orchid
- Stencil ~ Script – 10x8cm
- Mixed Media Paste ~ 2 in 1 Gesso & Modelling Paste
- Acrylic Soft Gel Medium ~ Matte
- Gesso ~ White
- Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Glazed Berries
- Sparkle Paste ~ Mulberry Glaze
- Silicone Glue
- Beadcraft ~ Jewelry Essentials – Pearl Beads in assorted sizes
- Half Pearls – Natural Pearl
- Vintage Lace ~ From my Stash
- Charm ~ Hanger
- Gesso, Clear
- Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Seedless Preserves; Dusty Concord
- Imperial Purple ~ Permanent Ink
- Decorative Labels Die Set
- Sentiments Stamp Set
- Wonder Tape ~ Double Sided Adhesive Tape – 1 1/2″
- Wonder Tape ~ Double Sided Tape – 1/2″
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Blessings ~