Romantic Shabby Chic Heart

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you featuring this Little Birdie MDF heart. This dreamy and romantic home decor piece is embellished with shabby Decoupage Paper, gorgeous flowers, and lovely Primed Chipboard Pieces. Mixed media touches are added as well.

Be sure to scroll down through my ‘Tips and Techniques’ section below to discover all the details on how to create this beautiful heart with Little Birdie Crafts supplies.

Tips and Techniques

Step 1

Select a sheet of Decoupage paper. Place the paper onto the heart to figure out where you want the design to lay on the heart. Keep the heart in place while flipping the paper over to trace around the heart onto the back of the paper.

Step 2

Cut around the heart leaving at least 1/4″ or so margin around the outline. This will allow you to place the heart onto the surface and make minor adjustments to the placement. Erase the line so it doesn’t show through onto your finished piece.

Here’s the patterned side of the paper after it’s cut out.

Step 3

Step 3

Brush over the top and sides of the heart with white gesso and allow it to dry.

Step 4

Somehow I missed taking a photo of this step, but it’s easy peasy. Brush Matte Deco Magic over the heart and place the paper onto the heart. Since the paper is cut larger than the heart, it will hang over the edges.

I had some lumpy areas, and rolled over the top with a brayer to smooth things out. I still ended up having some wrinkles, but that ends up working nicely for a textured shabby feel as you will see as we continue working. You may notice there’s even a small area where the print pulled off at the bottom of the heart, but no worries, it gets covered with mixed media textures as well. (I know you decoupage experts may be cringing right now, but my inexperience with this medium is showing. It just goes to show that we should try new things, and go with the results even if they aren’t perfect.)

I had some decoupage medium seeping out at the edges in places, and wiped it off with a dry paper towel, so that it would dry more quickly and so that there wouldn’t be clumps of glue on the sides of the heart.

Step 5

Once completely dry, sand in a downward motion across the edges to remove the excess paper. In the process, I sanded off some of the white coat of primed gesso, but like the shabby feel that gives the project so didn’t go back and touch up the edges.

Step 6

Lightly dry brush over the entire piece, except the bird in the top right side of the heart. I want the bird to be part of the finished design, but the flowers will add texture and color, but won’t be a definitive part of the finished design, the light brushing of gesso adds a soft feel to the background and even highlights some of those lovely wrinkles in the paper.

I like to use a stiff fan brush to apply the gesso which helps keep things light and airy.

Step 7

I thought I’d try something different for me, and sponged on white gesso through this gorgeous stencil. It’s a repeating pattern, so it was easy to reposition the stencil to continue the design across the entire heart, again avoiding the bird image.

I used a foam stencil dabber to apply the gesso. Since I wanted a shabby chic feel to this heart, the gesso is applied lighter in some areas, and heavier in others. I wanted this design to look as if it had been there a long time and was staring to wear off, so avoided a heavier application with crisp edges.

I just adore the way this turned out, and could have almost stopped right here, but knew how gorgeous the Little Birdie Flowers and chipboard pieces were going to look.

Step 8

Prepare the chipboard by applying embossing powder. I used an embossing marker to color the bird and flowers to apply the teal embossing powder. I’m not sure why, but this powder beaded up and wow!! I just adore this added texture. The white ended up being glossy and smooth, providing a beautiful contrast. I also used a touch of brown for the bird’s legs. If you don’t have embossing powders, you could easily use Little Birdie paints to color your chipboard.

Step 9

Since I’m going for a distressed shabby feel, the flowers and foliage are dry brushed with white gesso using a small fan brush along with a couple of stick pins from my stash.

Step 10

It’s so much fun to add in a few gears, so I die cut heavy 120lb white cardstock using this Cogs and Wheels Thincut Metal Dies Set. They are left white for this project.

Step 11

Arrange and adhere the the flowers, chipboard, and die cut cogs. I also added this sweet sentiment from my stash. A list of all flowers and chipboard can be found in the supply list below.

I adhered the sentiment first, then the chipboard pieces.

The vine chipboard is actually a straight piece, but had some give to curve beautifully along the edge of the heart.

After that, I finished arranging the flowers to fit the space on the heart and glued them down, tucking in the cogs and stick pins at the end.

It’s okay to cut things apart. I used the Gianna floral cluster from the Celebrate Life collection. It has three flowers along with chipboard and mulberry paper leaves. The chipboard leaves and some of the mulberry paper leaves were snipped off to place around the edges of the cluster, rather than being covered up by the other flowers.

Step 12

Add a cog and butterfly above the bird.

Step 13

I scattered and adhered a few clear rhinestones across the heart for a little shimmer.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Embossing Powder: Capri Blue; Seafoam White; Leather
Clear Rhinestones
Sanding Block
Heat Tool
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a beautiful shabby heart for your home or as a gift for a special friend.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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“Tell the Story” Floral Camera Card

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey here to share a sweet new card with you.

Do you have someone special in your life who exudes creativity? This is just the card to celebrate that artistry. I just adore the camera images included in the fabulous Little Birdie Celebrate Life collection and feature one in this beautiful card.

I’ve layered the ephemera and flowers over the chipboard feather to build dimension. Be sure to scroll down through my ‘Tips and Techniques’ section below to discover all the details on how to create a card like this for that special creative person in your life.

Tips and Techniques

Step 1

Trim this piece of patterned paper from the gorgeous Celebrate Life 12×12″ Paper Pack to 4 3/4 by 7 3/4″ and cut a piece of cream cardstock to 5×7″.

Step 2

Brush the focal paper with a couple coats of clear gesso to help reduce warping on the paper. I like to brush one coat across the front, dry, then another on the back and dry. Then one more time across the front. No, the gesso on the back doesn’t provide a barrier to the wet mediums, but I’ve found that it does help keep the paper from curling when you apply gesso only on the front.

Once the gesso is dry to the touch, apply Mixed Media Paste through this Little Birdie Script Stencil. Set aside to dry.

Step 3

Apply luscious Little Birdie Metallic waxes around the edges of the paper. First I applied the gold, and then the Berry. I used my finger to rub on the waxes, but you could also use a soft but firm brush to apply the wax. The color ebbs and flows around the edges for an organic feel.

Once the wax was applied, I distressed the edges of the paper with the blade of these scissors, then went back and applied more wax to the distressed edges.

Step 4

Select gorgeous glittered pieces from the Celebrate Life Ephemera pack. I just adore that these beautiful embellishments are precut, glittered, and ready to go for my projects!

Step 5

Select a piece of Little Birdie Chipboard to add to the center cluster. I’ve chosen this beautiful feather which comes two to a pack. This is such a beautiful and intricate piece!

Step 6

Select gorgeous handmade Little Birdie Flowers to embellish the card. A list of flowers used can be found in the supplies list below.

***Tip*** For my selection process, I arrange the flowers, ephemera, and chipboard on the card to see what will work well together.

Step 7

Lightly dry brush the flowers and chipboard with white gesso. I like to use a small fan brush for this. I’ve also added in a small wooden camera and feather from my stash that work nicely with the other elements on this card. This softens the flowers for a grungy shabby chic feel and brightens the chipboard and wood pieces so that they are more visible.

Step 8

Adhere the focal paper to the cream paper, then arrange and adhere the flowers, ephemera, chipboard and wood pieces. Use foam tape to pop elements up as you’re layering the ephemera pieces to help build dimension.

***Tip*** I like to make adjustments as I work and may move things around a bit to get just the right placement. So when using foam tape, I apply it directly to the back of the ephemera, then when I remove the liner paper, I apply silicone glue which not only gives it better sticking power, but also allows me to move things around a little as I’m working.

More Close-Ups

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Cream Cardstock
Tim Holtz ~ Small Talk
Wood Shapes ~ Camera; Feather
1/4″ Double-Sided Adhesive
Silicone Glue
Foam Tape ~ 1″

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a special card for a creative friend.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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Shabby Chic Botanical Garden Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Fans! It’s Tracey back with a lovely new project to share with you.

As spring transforms into summer, the Botanical Garden Collection is simply perfect to create a beautiful shabby chic card. It was such a delight to work with these gorgeous papers! The teapot is fussy cut from the image page in the 12×12″ paper set and creates a stunning focal point among beautiful Little Birdie flowers in coordinating colors.

I’ve created lots of shabby chic texture with stenciling and primed chipboard using fabulous Little Birdie Crafts mixed media products.

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

Tips and Techniques

Step 1

Select papers from the gorgeous Botanical Garden 6×6″ Paper pad. Trim the focal paper (Purple floral) to 5 5/8 by 5 5/8″. The woodgrain piece with a floral border will create a gorgeous frame around the card.

Step 2

Fussy cut the gorgeous floral teapot image from the Botanical Garden 12×12″ Paper Collection.

Select a couple images from the Botanical Garden Ephemera pack to use in the floral clusters. These glittered ephemera pieces are so gorgeous and easy to use!

Step 3

Step 4

Use Thin Cut Dies to cut gears from heavy weight (110lb) white cardstock. I just adore tucking gears into my projects and this set contains such beautiful gear designs.

Step 5

I’ll be using wet mediums for this card, so to reduce warping, brush clear gesso across the focal paper. Clear gesso forms a semi-barrier that helps keep the water off the paper and reduces warping.

Step 6

Spread White Mixed Media Paste across the Butterfly Inspire stencil to add this gorgeous design to the background.

Step 7

I spattered white droplets across the focal paper using drawing ink. You could also use thinned down gesso or white paint.

Step 8

Lightly dry brush across this background with white gesso to add a grungy and shabby feel as well as highlighting the texture.

Step 9

Select gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers that coordinate with the background paper and teapot image. The flowers I’ve used are listed in the supply list below.

Step 10

To soften the colors and add more of that shabby feel, dry brush the flowers lightly with white gesso.

Step 11

I’ve selected this sweet Whimsical Fence piece to add lovely texture to this card.

Step 12

Although this fabulous chipboard is already primed, I wanted it to be a little lighter, so sponged on some white gesso with a sponge dabber. This type of dabber makes quick work of adding gesso to chipboard.

Step 13

Lightly rub the fence with gold metallic wax, allowing some of the white to show through.

Step 14

Little Birdie mixed media products are fabulous for coloring metal embellishments like this sweet butterfly which started out with an antiqued silver finish. I colored some white gesso with a drop of Grape Trickle Concentrated Watercolor and lightly brushed the butterfly with it. I only wanted to color the raised areas so the dark antiquing still shows through. Once that was dry I used my finger to rub on a little berry glaze. It’s not pictured here, but I also rubbed on a bit of antique gold to vary the colors. Don’t you just adore the shabby finish this created on the butterfly?

Step 15

Adhere the chipboard fence first. Then add foam tape to the back of the teapot to lift it up and give dimension. I added a little silicone glue to the back side of the tape so that it would stick to the chipboard and mixed media background.

Then place and adhere the paper ephemera pieces.

Step 16

Arrange the gorgeous dimensional flowers and glue them in place.

Step 17

Add the the butterflies and gears.

Step 18

Use matte gel medium to adhere sweet Mute Orchid Microbeads around the edges of the flowers and teapot to add glimmering texture.

Here’s a photo of the teapot and floral flowers flowing gracefully across the card.

And one final shot of the entire card.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
White Cardstock
Drawing Ink ~ White
Tim Holtz ~ Butterflies; Bubbles; Heirloom Roses; Small Talk
Silicone Glue
Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4″

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to use Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a floral shabby card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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