Clean Floral Mixed Media Card

Hello, Crafty Friends!! Design Team Member Mitsyana Wright here!! I’m back to share with you all this gorgeous mixed media card. Mixed Media has gained more popularity and it’s not just grungy and messy! Little Birdie Crafts makes mixed media a cinch with their line of stencils and handmade flowers!

And today I’ll show you how to make this mixed media card that is quick, easy, and stunning!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Fiorella Lavender Crème
  • Brick Wall Stencil 
  • Creme Cardstock
  • Black Polkadot Paper (DCWV’s Meet Me in Paris Stack)
  • Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die (Pink and Main)- (optional)
  • Creative Station Lite (Xyron)
  • Mixed Media Glue (Beacon)
  • Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell)
  • Palette Knife
  • Tim Holtz Distress Oxide- Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool
  • Jute Twine

 

Step 1: I start by gathering my supplies.

I was eager to try these beautiful Fiorella Flowers from Litle Birdie’sFlorita Collection. I love that the flowers in this collection come with an array of leaves, sprays and/ or stems.

Step 2: Create an A2 (4.25″ x 5.5″) sized card base from creme colored cardstock.

Step 3: I die cut a stitched rectangle mat from polka-dot patterned paper using Pink and Main’s Stitched Rounded Rectangle Die. (This part is optional) If you don’t have dies available, you can just cut out a  4″x 5.25″ card mat with a paper trimmer.

Step 4: Using Blue painter tape, secure the brick stencil over the polka-dot patterned card mat.

Step 5: With a palette knife spread the whipped spackle onto the card mat in an elongated diamond shape. Remove stencil and set aside to dry. Make sure to clean off stencil right away.

Step 6: Once spackle has dried, run card mat through the Xyron Creative Station Lite. Remove protective film and adhere to cream card base.

Step 7: Ink the leaves using Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink to make them appear more natural.

Step 8: Using a clear adhesive attach the leaves to the front of the card. Used a total of 4 (2 on top and 2 on the bottom, laying the leaves vertically).

Step 9: Attach the stems and flowers on top the leaves, arranging the flowers with the larger ones in the center and the smaller ones on the outside.

Step 10: Make small hoops from jute twine. I made three (measuring 1.5″, 2″, 2.5″).

Step 11: Glue hoops to the card front, tucking them under the flowers and leaves.

Here is the finished card…

Who knew mixed media could be this CLEAN?!

I hope you enjoyed my project for today and try your hand at some CLEAN Mixed Media Fun!

See you all next time!

Mitsyana Wright

Chalkboard Sign with Floral Embellishments

Hey guys! Here is a fun little chalkboard sign I made for my daughter to hang up in her new apartment. The moment I saw the darling chipboard sneaker, I knew I’d be making something for one of my daughters – they’re all obsessed with this style of shoe! I also used a variety of flowers and some rustic alphabet stickers. Check out how easy this was to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Step 1: The first thing I did was break out the watercolors and add a little color to the sneaker. My daughter actually has shoes this color so that’s why I went with a blueish green. I also used a fine-tip marker to highlight the “stitching” detail on the sneaker. This was my first time trying watercolor on chipboard embellishments – why didn’t I try it sooner? I love how it turned out!

Step 2: Next, I figured out the saying I wanted on my chalkboard. I sketched it out on paper and counted out how many of each letter I would need, to make sure I had enough! I eyeballed the spacing on the board, based on my paper sketch. I didn’t meticulously measure out the spacing, because I don’t mind if it turns out a little funky. I think that adds to the handmade charm. I did use the bag topper from the package of letters as a guide to make sure my lines were fairly straight. The letters are self-stick, so I tried to make sure I had them where I wanted them before I pressed them onto the chalkboard surface.

Step 3: Next was my favorite part: figuring out where to put all the flowers! I tried several different combinations and varieties of flowers and colors before I even plugged in the glue gun. Once I had my layout pretty much planned, I started placing them with hot glue. So easy! Just a dab of glue, press, and voila.

I love that I can sit down and make something really cute with, (let’s be honest), minimal effort or skill. Making pretty things should be fun and relaxing, but it’s sometimes a little scary when you’re just starting out! Little Birdie makes it easy with their massive selection of gorgeous elements that coordinate beautifully.

Laura

DIY Party Decor – Butterfly Stenciled Wood Cutting

In my last post for Little Birdie, we made  magical Butterfly Favor Boxes that can be used as party favors or hostess gifts.  If you are using your favor boxes for a woodland or fairy party then this butterfly stenciled wood slice is the perfect addition to your party décor or favor display.

Decorate your table with this wood tree slice, add clusters of reindeer moss and large, abundant flower blooms to complete the look. Check designer Christie Troxell’s post here for more charming fairy of the forest décor in coordinating

This wood slice is quick and easy to make with this fabulous stencil from Little Birdie.  Here are the steps to add the sparkle and shine to a wood cutting yourself.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Step 1: Temporarily adhere the stencil to the wood with tape to keep it in position

Step 2: Apply glue to the holes in the stencil using a paint brush (OR paint inside the holes & let paint dry)

Step 3: Apply fairy dust or shimmer crush glitter to the glue and let it dry (or if your paint is dry you can also add glue & glitter to the edges of the wings for an alternative look)

Step 4: Shake off any excess fairy dust or shimmer crush glitter and then gently remove the stencil.

Step 5: You are done! The stencil can be washed off with soap and water allowing you to use it again.

Product Tip: You can get different effects by using either fairy dust or shimmer crush products.  The fairy dust is soft and fine in texture, it’s appearance is a light dusting of gold glitter.  The Shimmer crush has a fabulous rich texture, it is grainier glitter with slightly varied shades of the chosen color. This almost gives a more three-dimensional effect as it is more raised in appearance.

For more bling add rhinestones sequins or gemstones to the butterfly wings.

Check out Little Birdie for other fun additions to your wood slice, painted chipboard, vellum or beaded butterflies. Can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy Crafting, Natalie