Flying Fairy – DIY Card

Hello Crafty Friends!


I have a whimsical fairy card for you today showcasing the adorable ‘Fairy Sparkle’ cardstock pack from Little Birdie Crafts.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and added some subtle wash colours to the background.  I knew I wanted to use this particular fairy from the cardstock pack and also the lovely ‘Stitched Tag’ dies from Little Birdie Crafts.  I started pulling shades and tones from the main image to get my design to be more cohesive.

I then added a few feathers using the Little Birdie stencil and the reddish-toned watercolor paint from the Little Birdie Watercolor Pan set.  I liked the idea of the feathers because I knew my sentiment was going to talk about flying.  I used a light and dark version of the feathers to hopefully add some dimension and depth to the background.

My sentiment comes from the stamp set called ‘Butterfly Kisses’ that I think is very versatile. It also fit perfectly on my tag!  Underneath my tag, I added a small strip of the butterfly paper found in the Fairy Sparkle cardstock pack.  I added just a hint of Silver Glitz – Metallic Wax to the edges so it wouldn’t show the stark white edges.

To give my card some additional dimension, I hand trimmed a tiny butterfly from the same type of paper and went around the edges ever so lightly with a grey Copic marker to hide the white edge.  I then placed it with the wings folded up, right under the toes of our sweet fairy.  I love how this makes the sentiment come to life!

I really didn’t want to have a sharp and plain type of card so I added some brick lines to the card base using ink and an embossing folder.  I also grunged up the green layer with some watercolor paint and more silver wax.  I roughened the edges when they were still wet to give them a torn appearance.  On the watercolor piece, I decided that some curled corners would look really cool so I used my wet brush and added that for texture as well.

A little bit of sparkle from the ‘Bling Fiesta’ – Silver pack.  Some super fine glitter on the base of her wings, a few stars and glitter dust plus some of the mirrored sequins to draw your eye toward the middle.  I love how this turned out and I really enjoy working with this cardstock pack!  Such a pretty set!

~Adrienne

Supplies Used:

Bling Fiesta – Silver

Feather Stencil

Fairy Sparkle 6×6 Cardstock Pack

Watercolor Pan Set

Stitched Tag Dies

Butterfly Kisses stamp set

Silver Glitz Metallic Wax

Red Sunset Evening

Hello Lovely Peeps!

This is Saira here with another guest design project!

It’s raining here in India, and what’s better than creating a lovely sunset painting using watercolors from Little Birdie to brighten up the mood!

For this painting, I have used colors – Crimson, scarlet, vermillion, yellow, pink, rosy, bluish purple, brown, and black.

Below are the process images along with instructions.

Step 1: Make a rough sketch of the image, I added few branches and taped the watercolor paper on all four sides using a masking tape.

Step 2 : Add layer of clean water wash on the upper half of the horizon line, and to create the sky, create cloudy sky using crimson, scarlet, bluish purple, yellow and vermillion.

Step 3: Once dried, apply shades of crimson, scarlet, vermillion and yellow to the foreground.

Step 4: Once the colors dry, add some trees and lines on the foreground indicating the floor.

Step 5: Add more details such as the bench and the metal railings across.

Step 6: Carefully remove the masking tape from all four sides (this is a very satisfying activity) and Voila! We have a beautiful red sunset painting!

Little Birdie products used :

Watercolor Half Pan Set 24 colors

Other supplies:

Watercolor paper 300gsm cold press, Masking Tape, Brush – Flat, liner and Round size – 8, jar of water

Thanks a lot for stopping by! Hope you liked this painting and are inspired enough to create one yourself!

Cheers!
Saira

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Summery Songs of the Sea Card

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey here, and I’m so happy to share a new project with you today! I just adore the Songs of the Sea Collection with the gorgeous teals and blues. I’ve created this summery card featuring these amazing papers and flowers.

I have a photo tutorial for you to share all the details on how I put this sweet card together.

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:
Brush the focal paper from the Songs of the Sea 6×6″ paper set with clear gesso. We’ll be using wet mediums and this will help reduce warping.

Step 2:
This paper will be used to frame the focal paper. I just adore the wood grain and burlap design, but wanted it a little darker so blended on Distress Ink starting with Peacock Feathers, then Salty Ocean, and finally Faded Jeans. The center of the paper will be hidden behind the focal paper so no need to ink this area.

Step 3:
Trim 1/8″ from each side of the focal paper.

Step 4:
I wanted some beachy texture on the background so used a sponge dauber to apply white gesso through the Blotchy Stencil.

Step 5:
To soften the bright white of the gesso, I lightly brushed over it with Speckled Egg Distress Ink, which is nearly the exact color of the background paper. If you don’t have this ink, you could use a similar color or use ink or paint to tint the white gesso before dabbing it on.

Step 6:
Select flowers to embellish the card. I’m using Shabby Chic Gianna Boho, Song of the Sea Charlie, and Song of the Sea Queenie flowers.

Step 7:
To add a little coordinating color to the center of the Shabby Chic Gianna Boho flowers, spritz them generously with water then use a small paint brush to apply some Speckled Egg Spray Stain to the centers. Spritzing the flowers with water first, will allow the color to wick out into the petals. You could also use water colors, or a water based ink for a similar effect.

Step 8:
Dry brush the teal flowers and the leaves on the white flowers with white gesso. I had some small starfish beads in my stash that I painted with white gesso. It took 2 coats of gesso to cover the dark bronze beads.

Step 9:
To color the starfish I lightly brushed on Patina Glaze Metallic Wax, then another light coat of Aqua Sheen.

Step 10:
Fussy cut images from the 12×12 and 6×6″ Song of the Sea Paper sets, and punch out the doily with a compass image from the larger paper set.

Step 11:
I’m using the ship’s wheel from the Sailing Laser Cut Primed Chipboard Set. Because it is already beautifully primed, I’ll be using it as it, straight out of the package.

Step 12:
Adhere everything in place.

Step 13:
Use Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte to apply gorgeous texture with Micro and Macro Craft Pellets along with Deep Marine Metal Microbeads. I selected a sentiment, colored it with more of the Speckled Egg Distress Ink and backed it with a strip of scrap cardboard, then adhered it across the chipboard leaf section of this flower cluster.

More Close-Ups:

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea Iology ~ Small Talk
Starfish Beads
Distress Ink ~ Peacock Feathers; Salty Ocean; Faded Jeans; Speckled Egg
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Glaze
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Spray – Speckled Egg
Silicone Glue
Double Sided Tape
Tombo ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Supplies and create a card for someone special in your life!

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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