Vintage Spring Mixed Media Art Tag with Video Tutorial

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a new project with you today.

I’ve created a Vintage Spring Art Tag featuring Little Birdie’s gorgeous ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection and their fabulous mixed media products including Whipped Cream Sparkle paste. I just adore how this paste is a clear gel infused with micro-glitter to add amazing sparkle that allows the background design to show through.

This sweet tag would be a lovely gift tag or a gift on it’s own for any of the spring holidays like Easter, Mother’s Day, or a graduation.

This was a quick and easy project for me. I made it in a couple hours in one sitting, so if you’re new to mixed media and want to try out something easy, this is just the inspiration for you. I share all the details of how to put this together with voice instructions in my video where you will learn how to dry brush gorgeous little birdie flowers with gesso for a soft shabby effect, heat emboss chipboard, create a focal point with ephemera, and add shimmer and texture with Sparkle Paste and Metal Microbeads.


Tips and Techniques:

The floral cluster is arranged over gears and chicken wire. I’ve included flowers from the Shabby Chic Bouquet, Celebrate Life, and Fairy Sparkle collections as well as these darling tulips from a handmade embellishment pack. A complete list can be found in my supply list below.

Here’s another view of the flowers so you can see how much dimension there is with all the lovely layers.

This primed chipboard floral medallion is from the ‘Blooms and Vines’ set. It has been heat embossed with shabby pink embossing powder. The center is a little piece from my stash that is colored with gesso, Tinted Metallic Paint and Metallic Wax to transform the plain silver into a gorgeous shabby center that’s a perfect center for this medallion.

This gorgeous glittered birdhouse and wreath from the Shabby Chic Bouquet Ephemera pack are layered to create an easy and beautiful focal point. The bee charms from my stash are colored with Rich Gold Metallic Wax.

The sweet Pearl Butterflies are from the Fairy Sparkle Collection. You can see just how much sparkling shimmer the Whipped Cream Sparkle paste creates when stenciled onto the background. The tags are diecut from Shabby Chic Bouquet paper and the edges are inked to distress and add definition. The edges of the inner tag are distressed with the edges of my scissors blade. Little Birdie braided jute twine is so sweet tied onto the tag.

More texture is created around the cluster with Mystique Rose Microbeads and some tiny gold microbeads from my stash adhered with Soft Matte Gel Medium. The gears are diecut from thin chipboard using the Little Birdie Cogs and Wheels Thincut Die set and heat embossed with shabby pink embossing powder.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store:

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Clippings Stickers
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Framelits Dies 658784
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distressbrush
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap
Ranger ~ Emboss It Dabber
Drawing Ink: White
Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel
Bee Charms (Amazon)
Microbeads – Florentine Gold
Home Decor Chicken Wire – White
Thin chipboard
Wonder Tape ~ 1″ Double Sided Foam Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to try out mixed media techniques on an art tag.

~ Blessings ~


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3-D Layered Butterfly Wall Hanging

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a new project. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager for spring which is just around the corner. Today I’m sharing a home decor piece that embodies a warm spring day. This 3-D layered butterfly wall hanging features Little Birdie Decoupage Paper, gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers, and Primed Chipboard pieces. Be sure to check out the photos below to see just how much dimension a side view shows you with all these layers.

In this DIY video tutorial you will learn how to use layers to develop dimension, create gorgeous faux metal gears with patina using chipboard, gilding flakes, and waxes, learn all the details to make this gorgeous 3-D layered butterfly, create a patina effect on flowers and feathers, and use items from nature to enhance your mixed media projects.


Tips and Techniques:

This 3-D layered butterfly cut from Fairy Sparkle paper sits atop gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers brushed with Tinted Metallic paint for a patina effect. All these layers develop amazing depth and dimension.
Texture Tack is the perfect adhesive to apply copper and gold gilding flakes to these chipboard gears to create a faux metal effect. Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax and Caribbean Teal paint create a warm patina finish. Microbeads and colored craft pellets applied with soft gel medium create gorgeous color coordinated texture around the edges of the floral cluster.
Another faux metal gear.
These darling feathers are cut from the Dream Catcher Chipboard set and painted with Caribbean Teal and Tawny Glint Metallic paints for a shimmering finish. A patina effect is added to the flowers by dry brushing with white gesso, then again with Tawny Glint paint.
Three butterflies are cut from gorgeous Fairy Sparkle paper to create this layered butterfly. The top layer is brushed along the outer edges and randomly across the wings with Glazed Berries Metallic Paint which was sprinkled with shimmering Fairy Dust Glitter. I realized a a coat of gel medium would be needed to hold the glitter in place. The butterfly body and trail are metal pieces from my stash with gilding and patina like the gears.
This Thriving Thistle Chipboard is brushed with Glazed Berries paint, then highlighted by rubbing with Copper Blaze Metallic Wax. I tucked in a piece of birch bark for a natural element. I just adore the text on the Touch of Nature Decoupage Paper.
I took a walk in my winter garden to find these dried flower stems to add a linear element to this piece.
Barley Crunch – Stone Texture Paste applied through the Brick Wall Stencil adds fabulous texture to the background. I tucked in several natural feathers for a soft touch.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store:

Other Supplies:
Wood Bracket Shaped Base purchased at a local craft store – 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Scribbly Butterflies
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Small Talk
Metal flourish and corner
Gold Leaf
Copper Gilding Flakes
Copper Microbeads
Nature: Feathers; Twigs; White Birch Bark
1″ Double Sided Foam Tape
Stylus and foam pad
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a dimensional home decor piece to brighten up your day.

~ Blessings ~


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“Blessed” Home Decor Wall Hanging

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! Spring is in the air and it’s Tracey here to share a floral wall hanging featuring the gorgeous ‘Celebrate Life’ collection and primed chipboard. I’ve added texture with stenciling, stamping, and twine. Be sure to scroll down through my Tips and Techniques section for close-ups and all the details.

Tips and Techniques

I used a 5×8″ page from a shaped chipboard album for the project base. You could also use a pre-cut MDF or wooden shape.

The first thing I did was to brush on a couple coats of white gesso. Once the gesso was dry, I applied Grainy texture paste with the beautiful Feathers Stencil. While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled it with green embossing powder (I had some excess embossing powder in a few random places and brushed it away with a fine tip paint brush.) then heat set.

Tip If you don’t have green embossing powder, you could allow the texture paste to dry, then lay the stencil back over the design and dry brush with green paint. Be sure to clean your stencil while the paint is still wet.

Spritz the background with water and brush Ocean Mist Color Splash across the feathers. Spritz on more water if needed to get the color to move across the feathers. You can use a paper towel to dab away excess mist that gets outside of the feathers, but don’t worry too much about that since our next step will cover that up.

Dry brush the background with white gesso. I applied gesso more heavily on the areas around the feathers where the blue mist seeped out and then also dry brushed lightly over the feathers to soften the color. I ended up covering up most of the embossed green color, so I dabbed them with a wet paper towel while the gesso was still wet to allow some of that lovely green to peek through. I suggest you do the dabbing as you work across the background so it doesn’t dry before you get to it. Heat set or set aside to dry.

Once dry, use permanent black ink to stamp randomly across the background with the Melody clear stamp or any music or script stamp you have in your stash. I used second generation stamping by inking up the stamp and then stamping onto a scrap paper first before stamping onto the background so you will get a lighter image. To get soft edges, hold the stamp in your hand (not on a stamp block) and curve the stamp around your fingers to avoid sharp edges.

Wrap around the center of the background shape randomly with cording or twine.

Heat emboss the leafy circle from the Flora Hoops Primed Chipboard Set with the same green embossing powder used on the feathers. Then rub the leaves with Rich Gold and Coper Blaze Metallic Wax to add shading. If you don’t have green embossing powder, you can use green metallic paint.

I heat embossed the word blessed from the primed chipboard ‘Think Positive’ set with aged teal then rubbed with Rich Gold Metallic Wax. Such a cool effect, but the color wasn’t right when I started putting everything together so I went back and added two more coats of baby blue embossing powder over top of the teal and the mottled blue effect of the two powders melting into each other is just gorgeous. It’s a perfect color to coordinate with the background and other elements.

Tip If something doesn’t work out like you expect, just brainstorm to figure out something that will work. Sometimes you get results that are unexpectedly much better than what you originally imagined.

Dry brush flowers, leaves, and pollen with White Gesso. I used these gorgeous flowers from the Celebrate Life Collection: Kimberley; Marisa; and Wendy along with Beaded Pollen and a couple random leaves left over from previous projects.

Fussy cut images from the Celebrate Life 12×12″ and 6×6″ paper collections. These will be used to tuck in around the floral cluster and behind the chipboard frame.

I just adore the shimmer from Tinted Metallic Paints and used them to color this darling bee that I molded with resin.

Arrange and adhere elements with Silicone Glue.

I added Deep Marine Metal Microbeads mixed with prills using Matte Soft Gel Medium to fill in some spaces around the cluster.

Tie a short length of crinkle ribbon through the hole in the top of the wall hanging.

Other Products
Zuri Designs Silicone Mold – Wings of Beauty
Shaped Chipboard Mini Album Page
White Silky Crush Ribbon
Mini Prills – Minnie Pearls
Bamboo Cord, 20lb
Metallic Black Acrylic Paint
Onyx Black Permanent Ink Pad
Aged Teal Embossing Enamel
Baby Blue Embossing Powder
Seafoam Embossing Powder
Emboss It Dabber
Amazing Casting Resin – White
450 Quick Dry Adhesive
Wonder Tape ~ Foam Tape

I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your fabulous Little Birdie Crafts supplies and create a beautiful spring home decor project.

~ Blessings ~