‘Be original” canvas

Hello to all our crafting friends around the world.

I’m back to share a little creativity and I’ve been playing, oops, should I say creating with a little mixed media and have created an 6″ x 8″ flat canvas.

Let me share how I put this canvas together.

Using a paintbrush I applied a thin coat of clear gesso and let my canvas dry.

I have used the grainy texture paste with a plastic spatula and used the rectangle jumble stencil and once again let my canvas dry.

On two separate saucers I have tipped a little black currant color splash and lime splash and added a little cold water, to dilute it just a little and using a paintbrush I have randomly applied a little colour to my background canvas.  Let dry.

I have used a white paint and painted some chipboard brick wall – this is a fabulous piece of chipboard.  I set aside to dry and it didn’t take very long.

The next photo is a work in progress putting my canvas together.

I have snipped the chipboard and adhered to my canvas.

Randomly applied rub-ons words.

Cut out some patterned paper and added some cheesecloth building up my layers.

I chose a variety of flowers and pieces of foliage, crafting fibres, cheesecloth, greenery, butterflies and built my floral embellishment cluster.

Adhered two butterflies.

Using a toothpick I randomly applied white gesso.

I took the sprayer off my black currant color splash bottle and flicked a little splash to give a little more background colour.

I have randomly applied a little medium gel and then sprinkled a little texture sand on my canvas and on some of the leaves and chipboard.



Little Birdie Crafts product :

CR71730 stencil rectangle jumble

CR73509 texture sand

CR72586 grainy texture paste

Color Splash Lime splash

Color Splash Black currant

CR56010 chipboard brick wall

CR69544 Fiorella Moon Light flowers

CC02377 flowers

CC02378 flowers


Gel medium


Until next time,

Happy crafting everyone,


Tropical Magic!

Hi friends…

Anila here! Today I am at the blog showcasing two stamp sets from the Little Birdie store. I am also sharing a quick pictorial for the cards here.

P.S – It is a picture heavy and a little-bit longer post. So enjoy it with a cup of coffee 🙂 I promise to keep it as crisp and short as possible 😉 Hope you would stick by till the end!

To begin with, I stamped all the images from the stamp sets on a watercolour paper. Coloured and fussy cut the images. At this point, I was not sure which images I would be using, so I just stamped and coloured all of them, some also in multiples.

Tip: Always stamp and colour a few extra images. This helps if anything goes wrong with one image. If all goes good, you can keep ready images to make quick cards later 🙂

Next, I started planning a set of 2 cards for each stamp set. I have made a regular 4×6 and a tiny 4×4 notecard each. 

The first set of cards using the Princess and the dragon stamp set.

My first card is a shaker card. I have used many images for this card. I die-cut an Oval ring with white cardstock and an oval piece of acetate to fit this ring. Added double tape at the backside of this die-cut.

On a white card base, I stamped the sentiment. Stamped and coloured the rainbow. (I had arranged all the elements on the base to plan out before stamping the details)

Next, I adhered the coloured image of the cloud and the castle as planned.

I have used the sequins medley as the shaker elements. Randomly, stuck a few sequins, before pouring some in the centre. I have mixed two colours of the sequins (Pink sherbet and Gold fizz) Mounted the die-cut to cover it.

Tip: Putting some images here inside the shaker window gave them some depth. It creates an effect of these elements being far in the background.

Adhered the images on top.

Tip: Use some foam adhesive at the edges/parts of the images hanging outside the die-cut. It gives support to the image and makes sure it doesn’t fold/bend.

I wanted to create something sparkly for the dress of the princess. I covered the top part of her dress with some glue and poured a little amount of Shimmer crush – Primerose. Dusted off the extra.

That completes our first card. (Don’t miss the sparkle on the dress of the princess in the image below)

I kept the second card absolutely simple. The stamp set has a cute image of this frog. And I couldn’t help but put it in use for a card.

I took a 4″x4″ White notecard. Cut a piece (a bit smaller than 4×4) of blue paper from the Aquarelle paper pack. Adhered it to the card base.

I die-cut a square from a white cardstock using the cross-stitched square die. Coloured a small patch of blue on it.  Mounted this die-cut on the card base using a piece of foam.  Stamped the sentiment and some stars. Coloured the stars.

Lastly, mounted the frog image and its crown using thin foam adhesive.

Supplies used –

Over to the cards with the second stamp set Tropical birthday. This stamp set is full of pretty tropical images.

The first card is a 4″x4″ quick and super simple notecard. I have used the pineapple images here.  On a white card panel (a little bit smaller than 4×4), I stamped the solid leaf image 4 times. Stamped the sentiment on this panel.

Foam mounted this panel on the card base.  Adhered the pineapple images, one flat and the other using foam adhesive.

Over to the last card for today!!

I took a rectangle die-cut. Using a scrap paper, I made this stencil showing curved land. Distressed the base of the die-cut using this paper stencil.  I also distressed some sun-rays from the top right corner.

Tip: Place, arrange all the elements on your card to plan out a design. Click a picture on your phone so you can refer to it while assembling it all. 

I decided which elements in my card need a little pop. Added foam adhesive at the back of them.

Stamped some tropical flowers from the set, coloured and fussy cut them.

On a 4″x6″ card base, I adhered a piece (slightly smaller) of blue paper from the Aquarelle paper pack. Mounted the die-cut rectangle using foam adhesive.

Stamped the sentiment from the set. Lastly, adhered all the images to the card to complete the card.

Tip: To create level differences or to show things in the background, pop the elements in the front using foam. The pop in the front makes the elements behind look as the background. While assembling all the elements don’t be too perfect. Overlap some elements to create a natural look. 

Final images –

Supplies used –

That brings us to the end of this long pictorial. Did you enjoy it?

I would love to hear from you. Also if you have used these two stamp sets in any of your projects or cards, do share with us. We would love to see them.

Do not forget to tag us:)

Thank you for sticking till the end!


Mixed Media Birthday Wish Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Mixed Media is a fast growing trend in the paper crafting world. But do you ever think to add mixed media effects to your handmade cards?  It’s a great way to add texture and dimension! Today I have a really lush, dreamy 6″ x 6″ Mixed Media Birthday Wish card to share with you. It has a great organic, vintage feel to it.

Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Birthday Wish Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I began with a simple 6″ x 6″ kraft card base.  To this, I added a panel of wood grain paper from the Texture Brew 12×12 Paper Pack.  This paper has a wonderful linen texture.  But I amped up the texture with distressed edges, machine stitching and a layer of stenciled leaves.  You don’t need a fancy product to do this.  Little Birdie’s wonderful Sand Stone chalk paint does the job beautifully.  Simply tape your stencil over your paper and brush the paint on.  The paint dries very quickly on its own, but if you are impatient like me, you can use your heat tool.

The Texture Brew paper pack has a wonderful burlap print in it that is so realistic, you would think it was real fabric.  I stitched this digital feather image onto a 3.5″ x 5″ square of this burlap.  To distress the image, I spritzed a tiny bit of Ocean Mist Color Splash onto my craft sheet.  Then I picked the ink up with a paint brush and spattered it all over.   This primed chipboard sentiment is also sprayed with color spray, then lightly brushed with Sand Stone Chalk Paint.

Look at these gorgeous flowers.  Blue is my favorite color and these  Blue Printed Paris Petals are just ooh la la!  I’ve paired them up with gorgeous foliage from LBC.  These Pollen Clusters add a wonderful, organic feel to the card design.  I’ve also tucked some of my prized vintage pearl buttons in with the flower cluster to add even more texture and dimension.

One final easy way to add mixed media touches to your handmade cards is with this gorgeous Golden Hearts Heart-y Melange glitter.  First apply an adhesive that dries clear (or use hot glue).  I like to work in one small area at a time.  Hold your card over a funnel tray or a large piece of clean paper and shake on the Heart-y Melange Glitter.  Tip the card and let the excess fall away.  I actually randomly painted on a very light layer of dries clear adhesive so that I would have areas where the glitter was heavy, and areas where just a whisper of glitter could be seen.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that will inspire you to try adding mixed media effects to your handmade cards.  You can find all the products I used in the supply list below.



Supply List