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!

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Masculine Airplane Card featuring The Classing Gentleman Collection

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey here to share this masculine card I created for my dad to celebrate his birthday. He served in the Air Force, so this vintage airplane image is absolutely perfect for him. Because he was a mechanic for those planes he flew in, he’ll appreciate the plane diagrams on the amazing background paper, so as much as I enjoy adding mixed media texture to my projects, I just couldn’t bear to cover up the fabulous design. I enhanced the color with some Distress Ink.

I used the Little Birdie Cogs and Wheels Dies to cut chipboard gears from thin chipboard, then used Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints to transform them into aged faux metal cogs with a patina finish.

I hope you’ll join me to view this video tutorial and explore how to add borders to image blocks and backgrounds, create a grungy typeset title, use metallic paints to transform diecut chipboard gears into faux metal beauties, and to create a patina finish, then add grungy texture with Metal Microbeads.


Tips and Techiques:

I just adore this vintage airplane image. As soon as I received this paper collection, I knew this sheet would be used to create a card for my dad! It’s framed with black cardstock, and edged with a little grey ink. I include a hack in the video on how to get a perfectly even border around image blocks.

I used a type writer embossing folder from my stash to cut these letters from metallic cardstock and fussy cut them to create this title. Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints and black gesso are used to add a grungy patina finish.

The 3 bottom gears are cut with the Cogs and Wheels Thincut Die Set. For added dimension, I topped two of them with metal gears. I’ve used more of the metallic paints and gesso here to create a faux metal painta finish.

A clock from The Classic Gentleman image sheet was fussy cut to create a perfect frame for this compass coin topped with a metal gear. The metal pieces have more of the metallic paints brushed over them give them a grungy aged look.

Texture is added using Ebony Black Metal Microbeads pared with prills and tiny bronze microbeads from my stash using Acrylic Matte Gel Medium. The outer edge of the card is also framed with black cardstock.

There was just a hint of patina in the top corner of this paper, and of course I wanted more of it. So I randomly layered Distress Inks across the card to pick up this color and add visual interest, still allow the amazing background design to show. I made sure to allow some of the original sepia color to show through. I wanted the airplane block to be a focal point, so did not add patina here for contrast.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Thin Kraft Chipboard
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Metallic Kraft Stock: Champagne
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Sprocket Gears; Mini Gears; Adornments – Stars; Compass Coins
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Salvaged Patina; Peacock Feathers; Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ 3-D Texture Fades – Typewriter
US Artquest ~ Prills – Gilt Trip
Microbeads ~ Bronze

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies and create a masculine card for that special guy in your life.

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Summery Slimline Floral Card with Video Tutorial

Hello dear Little Birdie Fans! It’s Tracey here with a new creation for you. Summer is just around the corner and those warm (hot) temperatures have arrived along with beautiful vibrant flowers coming into full bloom which inspired me to pull out the gorgeous Boho Dreams collection filled with amazing yellows, corals, and pinks!!

Slimline cards are trending these days, so I thought I’d use this popular format to create this summery card filled with gorgeous Little Birdie flowers, chipboard, and mixed media products.

I hope you’ll join me to view this video tutorial and explore how to use paints and waxes to beautifully color resin, add a lovely finish to chipboard with embossing enamel, arrange gorgeous flowers and embellishments to fill a slimline card while creating dimension, and add sparking texture to flowers.

Tips and Techniques

This lovely resin butterfly is painted with Little Birdie’s new Multisurface paints paired with Tinted metallic paint and Metallic wax.
This gorgeous cluster includes these Boho Vibes flowers: Wendy; Francisca; Marisa; and Elira; along with Celebrate Life: Kimberly and Marisa.
Shimmery highlights are added to the flowers with Golden Glaze Tinted Metallic Paint, and sprinkled with Gala Pink and Summer Gold Metal Microbeads along with prills and glitter shards from my stash. Soft Acrylic Matte Gel Medium is used to adhere them in place.
This doily sentiment is fussy cut from the Boho Vibes 6×6″ paper set. A portion of a Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Dreamcatchatcher along with this fabulous Especially Cogs gear are finished with embossing enamel.
This chipboard feather is also heat embossed. The layered and distressed paper is from the Boho Dreams collection.
One final view to show the depth and dimension on this lovely slimline card.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Dragonfly Mold
Floral Jewelry Finding
Bee Charm
Resin ~ White
Lace ~ Gold
German Glass Glitter Shards – Primrose
Mini Prills ~ Mango
Stampendous ~ Fran-tage – Embossing Enamel: Shabby White
Emboss It Dabber

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to view my video. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies and create a special card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~