Wintry Christmas Star

Hello dear Little Birdie fans! It’s Tracey back with another wintry Christmas project to share with you featuring some of the amazing Christmas supplies in the Little Birdie Online Store. I wanted to show you a variety of ways to use these supplies, so today I have a home decor piece for you. I’ve altered a wooden star that I had in my stash.

I’ve created a photo tutorial to share all the details of how I put this wintry Christmas star together. Enjoy!

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1:

Paint a wood star with white gesso. I used two coats to get the coverage I wanted. If you don’t have a star on a stand like this, you could also use a simple star shape for a similar decor piece.

Step 2:

Use the design from this Christmas Bauble Stencil to stencil the star with crackle paste. I stenciled on one or two of the star points at a time and let the paste dry before moving on to stencil the next point(s). This paste dries quickly and took about 20 to 30 minutes to dry. This may vary depending on the temperature and humidity in your area.

The center will be filled with flowers and embellishments, so did not need to be stenciled.

If you don’t have crackle paste, you could use any kind of texture paste or mixed media paste for lovely texture.

Set aside until completely dry and the cracks have formed.

Step 3:

Paint the base in a metallic color of your choice. I wanted a brass color so mixed Golden Glaze with just a small drop of Tawny Glint to achieve this color. Allow this gold paint to dry before adding color to the star.

Lay the piece on it’s side so the star is laying flat on the table. I wanted just a wash of shimmery metallic paint to bring out the texture, so thinned down Blue Waltz Tinted Metallic Paint with some water and brushed it lightly across the star. I also spritzed on a little more water to help it move and flow nicely to settle into the cracks and crevices.

Set aside to dry.

Step 4:

Use a stiff bristle fan brush to lightly dry brush with white gesso.

Dry brushing is when you dip a dry brush (not wetted with water) into a small amount of gesso or paint, then brush most of it off on a scrap of paper, before lightly brushing across the piece. The goal is to highlight the texture rather than coating it with paint.

Step 5:

Arrange a silver Christmas Glitter Poinsettia, 3D Mini Glitter Snowflakes, Winter Joys Christmas Glitter Embellishments, along with white flowers from the Shabby Chic Collection and adhere them to the star. I also added rhinestones to the snowflakes and a differently shaped snowflake from my stash.

Step 6:

Adhere Prills and Iced Slate Metal Microbeads to fill in around the cluster with Matter Soft Gel Medium.

I stamped a sentiment to add a perfect bit of holiday cheer to this wintry star.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies
Wooden Star on Stand
Prills – Minnie Pearls
Twinkle Rhinestones – Clear
Ranger ~ Archival Ink – Jet Black
Bo Bunny Stamps ~ Holiday Wishes
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Christmas supplies to create a beautiful home decor piece to celebrated this blessed season.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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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.

Enjoy!

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: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/

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 ~

Tracey

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Shabby Chic Notebook Cover

Hello everyone,

Hilda Skerk here!

Today I bring you a new tutorial…. an altered notebook cover.

I started off with applying white gesso on the base. Once dry, I added one more coat of gesso to cover the background.

Next step was to add Crackle Paste randomly all over the cover. Once the paste was completely dry, I added some Sand Paste.

Once dry, I applied Texture Paste with an stencil.

After that, you can start adding the sprays of your choice. For this project I used Gold Rush, Lemon Zing and Lime Splash and black pigment.

Next I added the chipboard  which I embossed with white embossing powder.

After that, I started to glue all the elements, included leaf die-cuts. Covered with Pearl Drops -Forest Isle to give them more depth.

I Put some Coconut Fibre in the center.

Lastly, I added Vintage Gold Wax to give the project more shine. Added some resin ornaments and flowers and it was done!!

Here are some close-up images…..

 

 

That’s all for today. I hope you liked it.

Thank  you so much for stopping by

Hilda Skerk

 

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