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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‘Shine’ Layered Shabby Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a layered shabby card featuring the gorgeous ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ paper collection and shabby chic flowers. Summer is coming to a close, so I thought I’d share one more summery project with beautiful flowers, lace, and lots of layers.

I’ve created a photo tutorial to share all the details of how I put this card together. Enjoy!

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1:

Cut a 5″x7″ base from white cardstock. From the gorgeous ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection cut a 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 piece from the dotted paper and the 4 1/2 by 5 1/2″ focal piece from the lace and floral patterned paper. Adhere them together so that the dotted and white papers frame the floral patterned paper.

I cut a piece of lace from my stash and adhered it to the left side leaving the ends frayed and shabby.

Step 2:

Pop out this doily shape and fussy cut this card from the 12″x12″ inch paper set. These will be used for layering.

Step 3:

Select pieces from the ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ ephemera pack for more layers.

Step 4:

Die cut a small doily from white cardstock, and leafy flourishes from watercolour paper. The doily will remain white, but the flourishes will be watercolored, so using watercolour paper for them will work best.

Step 5:

I wanted some ephemera pieces to add to the layers, so stamped these vintage images and cut them out.

Tip: When stamping the circle pieces I used blue distress Ink, which is water reactive. I spritzed them with water to give them more of a vintage distressed feel, then blotted with a paper towel. I accidentally “re-stamped” a portion of the circle back onto the image. I just adore the look and repeated it on the other round piece as well.

Step 6:

I used permanent black ink to stamp out this butterfly image from my stash and colored it with watercolor brush markers to coordinate with the other elements.

Step 7:

Select amazing Little Birdie flowers and foliage to use in the floral cluster. I’ve used the following flowers from the Shabby Chic collection: Bonita; Eva; Izabela; Micro Roses; Julita; along with: Song of the Sea Bouquet Flowers; Arctic Ice Micro Jewelled Florettes; Blue Camila Flowers; and Ocean Mist Serenade Flowers.

Step 8:

Use color mists to color the leafy flourishes and a length of rayon seam binding. I kept the seam binding scrunched up as it dried to achieve the crinkled effect.

Step 9:

Tie the ribbon into a double loop bow. It doesn’t matter if the ends are even since they will be mostly tucked into the layers.

Step 10:

Dry brush the foliage and larger blue flower with white gesso.

Step 11:

Adhere the gorgeous layers and floral cluster in place with silicone glue.

Step 12:

Mix Little Birdie Iced Slate Metal Microbeads into Matte Gel Medium to brush randomly across the larger flowers.

Additional Close-Ups

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Big Chat
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Bubbles
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Flutter Stamp Set
Tim Holtz with Stampers Anonymous ~ Field Notes Stamp Set
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink – Antique Linen
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink – Chipped Sapphire
Memory Box ~ Quinn Flourish Die
Memory Box ~ Norwich Corner Die
Versafine Pigment Ink ~ Vintage Sepia
Prills ~ Gilt Trip
White Lace
White Rayon Seam Binding
Brush Markers – Light Blue; Haze Blue; Brick Beige
Lindy’s Gang ~ Starburst – Tibetian Poppy Teal
Heidi Swapp ~ Color Shine – Ocean; Tropicana Teal

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a beautiful card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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