Junk Journal Easel Panel

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!!

It’s Tracey here, and it’s so wonderful to be back creating for another term with amazing Little Birdie Crafts products! I have always adored junk journals and the vintage shabby style that goes along with them, but can’t seem to commit to creating an entire journal, so I thought . . . “What if I create a panel in this beautiful style?” This lovely creation is the result. Think tea dyed papers, vintage style ephemera from the ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection, dyed laces, vintage sewing basked items, and gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers. . .

Be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to discover all the details on how to create a junk journal panel of your own in this step by step photo tutorial.

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:

This easel panel started out with bold Valentine graphics. I found it a while back in the holiday clearance section and thought it would be a great base for a project. It’s about 4×8″ in size. All it needed was several coats of white gesso.

If you don’t have an easel panel, you could use a wood panel, canvas or even a piece of heavy chipboard cut to the desired size.

Step 2:

To get the junk journal effect I was looking for, I tea-dyed several vintage book pages from a variety of sources (regular book, dictionary, poetry book), a small doily, and some packing paper. I just used leftover tea leaves to brew some extra strong tea, then poured it into a plastic basin that was large enough for the pages. I dipped the papers into the tea, then set them aside to dry. If you want a deeper stain, you could dip them a couple times, or use strong coffee instead of tea.

Step 3:

Tear the pages into pieces to fit across the board. I used two layers of the unprinted packing paper across the back which I glued down, then tore a little larger than the panel base. I tore and adhered smaller printed pieces and the doily over that. I left plenty of space at the edges that wasn’t glued down, so that lace can be tucked in under the paper layers. The paper edges are colored with distress Ink to give more of that vintage feel. I even rubbed the ink lightly across the front of some of the lighter areas.

Step 4:

Next, dry brush over the entire piece with white gesso using a fan brush. Be sure to use a light touch so that the text and grungy edges will still be visible.

Step 5:

I cut sections from several pieces of old white lace that I had in my stash. I colored the lace strips with Cool Spa and Black Pearl Archival multi-surface paint. I only used a drop or two of blue and touched the tip of my brush into the black to get just a small amount to blend this more vibrant blue into a soft grey blue. I wanted just a hint of blue on the lace so used a lot of water to thin this paint. The lace is dragged through the watery paint, and set aside to dry.

Step 6:

I used more of this watery paint solution to color the creases and edges of the papers using a wash brush. If you’re not sure how much color is in your watery solution, brush a little on scrap paper first to make sure you have the color and light wash you’re looking for.

Step 7:

Adhere your embellishments. I selected several vintage pieces from the gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet Ephemera Pack and flowers from the Shabby Chic collection along with vintage buttons from my stash.

Step 8:

This ‘Swirl Corners’ primed chipboard fits the style and proportion of this piece just perfectly. The primed finish fits the design as well. You can see a couple vintage snaps I tucked in alongside the vintage button as well.

Don’t you just adore the shimmer of glitter on the Little Birdie Ephemera?

The vintage clock and bottle from the ephemera pack are perfect for this junk journal style creation! The strip of vintage hooks is also from my stash. You can use any little embellishments you happen to have. That’s the fun of junk journaling.

Here you can see how soft and pretty the dyed lace looks tucked in under layers of paper.

Here’s one final look of the finished panel.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
MDF Easel Board – 4×8″
Tea Stained Vintage Book Pages and Packing Paper
Tim Holtz ~ Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz ~ Clippings Stickers
Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy
Lace Pieces
Vintage: Buttons; Hooks; Snaps

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to use Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a Junk Journal home decor piece.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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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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“Joy to the World” Christmas Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans!! It’s Tracey here to share a special Christmas project with you. The Little Birdie online store is stocked with loads of amazing Christmas products for all of your holiday crafting. I have created three very different projects for you. Today I’m sharing this festive “Joy to the World” Christmas card featuring gorgeous Little Birdie handmade flowers, ribbon, and a variety of cardstock and glittered stickers. I’ve also used beautiful Little Birdie paper from the Shabby Chic Bouquet Collection as well as their fabulous mixed media supplies.

Here’s the photo tutorial I’ve created sharing all the details on how I put this card together. Enjoy!

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1:

Cut the focal paper from the beautiful Shabby Chic Bouquet Collection to 4.75 by 6.75″.

Cut cardstock in a coordinating color to 5 by 7″.

Step 2:

Brush the focal paper with Little Birdie Clear Gesso. This helps reduce warping when applying wet mediums like Mixed Media Paste.

Step 3:

Distress the edges of the paper with a distressing tool or the edge of your scissors blade for a lovely shabby feel.

You can see some of the snowy stenciling here as well as one of the fabulous Glitter Snowflakes.

Step 4:

Apply Little Birdie Mixed Media Paste through the blotchy stencil for a snowy effect and set aside to dry.

Step 5:

Once the background is dry, wrap the Tartan Ribbon around the center of the card and adhere.

The Joy to the World sentiment from the Jingle Bell Wishes Sticker set fit perfectly onto the ribbon!

Step 6:

Arrange the flowers and other elements to the card and adhere.

Step 7:

Adhere the focal paper to the cardstock, then onto a card base. It’s so easy to create a gorgeous Christmas card with the supplies found in the Little Birdie Online Store!

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Cardstock ~ Green from my stash
3D Foam Squares
Silicone Glue
1/4″ Double-sided Adhesive Tape

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to create a beautiful handmade Christmas card for someone special in your life!

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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