Masculine Airplane Card featuring The Classing Gentleman Collection

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey here to share this masculine card I created for my dad to celebrate his birthday. He served in the Air Force, so this vintage airplane image is absolutely perfect for him. Because he was a mechanic for those planes he flew in, he’ll appreciate the plane diagrams on the amazing background paper, so as much as I enjoy adding mixed media texture to my projects, I just couldn’t bear to cover up the fabulous design. I enhanced the color with some Distress Ink.

I used the Little Birdie Cogs and Wheels Dies to cut chipboard gears from thin chipboard, then used Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints to transform them into aged faux metal cogs with a patina finish.

I hope you’ll join me to view this video tutorial and explore how to add borders to image blocks and backgrounds, create a grungy typeset title, use metallic paints to transform diecut chipboard gears into faux metal beauties, and to create a patina finish, then add grungy texture with Metal Microbeads.

Enjoy!

Tips and Techiques:

I just adore this vintage airplane image. As soon as I received this paper collection, I knew this sheet would be used to create a card for my dad! It’s framed with black cardstock, and edged with a little grey ink. I include a hack in the video on how to get a perfectly even border around image blocks.

I used a type writer embossing folder from my stash to cut these letters from metallic cardstock and fussy cut them to create this title. Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints and black gesso are used to add a grungy patina finish.

The 3 bottom gears are cut with the Cogs and Wheels Thincut Die Set. For added dimension, I topped two of them with metal gears. I’ve used more of the metallic paints and gesso here to create a faux metal painta finish.

A clock from The Classic Gentleman image sheet was fussy cut to create a perfect frame for this compass coin topped with a metal gear. The metal pieces have more of the metallic paints brushed over them give them a grungy aged look.

Texture is added using Ebony Black Metal Microbeads pared with prills and tiny bronze microbeads from my stash using Acrylic Matte Gel Medium. The outer edge of the card is also framed with black cardstock.

There was just a hint of patina in the top corner of this paper, and of course I wanted more of it. So I randomly layered Distress Inks across the card to pick up this color and add visual interest, still allow the amazing background design to show. I made sure to allow some of the original sepia color to show through. I wanted the airplane block to be a focal point, so did not add patina here for contrast.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Thin Kraft Chipboard
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Metallic Kraft Stock: Champagne
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Sprocket Gears; Mini Gears; Adornments – Stars; Compass Coins
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Salvaged Patina; Peacock Feathers; Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ 3-D Texture Fades – Typewriter
US Artquest ~ Prills – Gilt Trip
Microbeads ~ Bronze

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 and create a masculine card for that special guy in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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Layered Shabby Mixed Media Mother’s Day Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here with a new project to inspire you. Mother’s Day is this Sunday, so I created a sweet card for my mom featuring the beautiful Shabby Chic Bouquet and Woodland Stories collections paired with gorgeous Celebrate Life flowers. This lovely card could be used to celebrate any special woman in your life with this sweet sentiment that says, “You are Beautiful in every way.” I wrote a personal note to my mom on the inside.

I’ve created a full project video with voice instructions including how to:

  • Alter gorgeous flowers with paint & texture
  • Highlight texture on this fabulous butterfly with paint and wax
  • Transform seam binding into a girlie grunge bow using paint & gesso
  • Create gorgeous gems with pearl drops
  • Add tattered edges to beautiful layered papers

Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques:

I adore Little Birdie flowers right out of the package, but decided to go for a more shabby look with gesso and paint, then dabbed on Golden Glaze Metallic Paint for a golden glow, then adhered microbeads and glitter with Soft Gel Medium.
The texture on this detailed butterfly is beautifully highlighted with Little Birdie Golden Glaze paint and Rich Gold Wax.
A close-up of these gorgeous flowers.
White rayon seam binding is colored with paint and tied into a double bow. The texture is accented with white gesso and more gold metallic paint.
These gorgeous translucent gems are created with Little Birdie Candy Glaze Pearl Drops and this enameled gear is cut with the Cogs and Wheels Thincut Die set. I’ve tucked in some fussy cut leaves from the Shabby Chic Bouquet image sheet.
This sweet sentiment card is also cut from the Shabby Chic Bouquet collection. These layered papers also include designs from the Woodland Stories collection. The edges are distressed, then inked for definition.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/

Other Supplies:
Zuri Designs ~ Wings of Beauty mold
Tim Holtz ~ Ledger Script, Flower Shop
Tim Holtz ~ Distress Ink – Old Paper
Tim Holtz ~ Distress Archival Ink: Ground Espresso; Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz ~ Distress Paint – Kitsch Flamingo
Embossing dabber or pad
Embossing Enamel ~ Shabby Pink
Glass Glitter ~ Bronze; Champagne
Mini Microbeads ~ White Gold
Rayon Seam Binding – White
Silicone Glue
Repositionable 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 and create a beautiful card to celebrate your mother or another special woman in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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Rusty Journey Art Panel

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share an industrial and masculine project with you today featuring Little Birdie’s fabulous ‘Classic Gentleman’ Collection.

My husband is a car guy, so as soon as I saw this fabulous vintage car in the collection, I knew it would be perfect for a birthday card for him.

My design ended up being too heavy for a card, so I ended up creating this rusty industrial art panel for him instead. I really do adore the images found in the ‘Classic Gentleman’ paper collection. The background papers have such amazing grungy images, that I can’t bring myself to cover them up with stenciling or other mixed media techniques.

I’ve created a full project video tutorial for you with an emphasis on rust. I created a rust paste effect technique to transform Little Birdie chipboard cogs into aged and rusted gears and also share how to get an industrial metal finish for gears cut with the Little Birdie Cogs and Wheels die set.

Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques:

I used paint and sand to create a faux rust finish on these Little Birdie chipboard cogs. The rusty brake pad under the car image was my inspiration. Papers from the Classic Gentleman collection are used for the base and layering with the edges lightly inked rubbed using black ink.

I fussy cut images like these boots, gears, and clock from The Classic Gentleman image sheets to embellish the panel.

Gears diecut with the Cogs and Wheels die set along with this rotor are given an industrial metal finish by blending black gesso with Tawny Glint Metallic Paint.

Texture is developed by adhering Little Birdie Ebony Black Metal Microbeads, prills, and bronze mini microbeads from my stash with Little Birdie Matte Gel Medium.

This vintage car image is the star of the show!

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/

Other Supplies:
Thin Kraft Chipboard
Heavy Chipboard for base (Paper Pad Back)
Corrugated Packaging
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Metallic Sticker Book
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Thinlits – Stacked Deckle
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Bigz – Steampunk Parts
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink – Black Soot, Ground Espresso
Acrylic Paint: Bright Orange; Burnt Umber; Yellow
Prills – Express-O Yourself
Bronze Mini Microbeads
Silicone Glue
Wonder Tape ~ Foam Tape
Craft Tweezers
Heat tool

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 fun industrial project and to try out some new mixed media techniques.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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