Summery Songs of the Sea Card

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey here, and I’m so happy to share a new project with you today! I just adore the Songs of the Sea Collection with the gorgeous teals and blues. I’ve created this summery card featuring these amazing papers and flowers.

I have a photo tutorial for you to share all the details on how I put this sweet card together.

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:
Brush the focal paper from the Songs of the Sea 6×6″ paper set with clear gesso. We’ll be using wet mediums and this will help reduce warping.

Step 2:
This paper will be used to frame the focal paper. I just adore the wood grain and burlap design, but wanted it a little darker so blended on Distress Ink starting with Peacock Feathers, then Salty Ocean, and finally Faded Jeans. The center of the paper will be hidden behind the focal paper so no need to ink this area.

Step 3:
Trim 1/8″ from each side of the focal paper.

Step 4:
I wanted some beachy texture on the background so used a sponge dauber to apply white gesso through the Blotchy Stencil.

Step 5:
To soften the bright white of the gesso, I lightly brushed over it with Speckled Egg Distress Ink, which is nearly the exact color of the background paper. If you don’t have this ink, you could use a similar color or use ink or paint to tint the white gesso before dabbing it on.

Step 6:
Select flowers to embellish the card. I’m using Shabby Chic Gianna Boho, Song of the Sea Charlie, and Song of the Sea Queenie flowers.

Step 7:
To add a little coordinating color to the center of the Shabby Chic Gianna Boho flowers, spritz them generously with water then use a small paint brush to apply some Speckled Egg Spray Stain to the centers. Spritzing the flowers with water first, will allow the color to wick out into the petals. You could also use water colors, or a water based ink for a similar effect.

Step 8:
Dry brush the teal flowers and the leaves on the white flowers with white gesso. I had some small starfish beads in my stash that I painted with white gesso. It took 2 coats of gesso to cover the dark bronze beads.

Step 9:
To color the starfish I lightly brushed on Patina Glaze Metallic Wax, then another light coat of Aqua Sheen.

Step 10:
Fussy cut images from the 12×12 and 6×6″ Song of the Sea Paper sets, and punch out the doily with a compass image from the larger paper set.

Step 11:
I’m using the ship’s wheel from the Sailing Laser Cut Primed Chipboard Set. Because it is already beautifully primed, I’ll be using it as it, straight out of the package.

Step 12:
Adhere everything in place.

Step 13:
Use Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte to apply gorgeous texture with Micro and Macro Craft Pellets along with Deep Marine Metal Microbeads. I selected a sentiment, colored it with more of the Speckled Egg Distress Ink and backed it with a strip of scrap cardboard, then adhered it across the chipboard leaf section of this flower cluster.

More Close-Ups:

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea Iology ~ Small Talk
Starfish Beads
Distress Ink ~ Peacock Feathers; Salty Ocean; Faded Jeans; Speckled Egg
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Glaze
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Spray – Speckled Egg
Silicone Glue
Double Sided Tape
Tombo ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Supplies and create a card for someone special in your life!

~ Blessings ~


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