Birds and Berries Shabby Mixed Media Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. I thought I’d try something a little different and created a card that will fit into a #10 or legal size envelope. I enjoyed working out a design to fit on this longer, thin card. Check out my tips and techniques section below to see how I put everything together.

Tips and Techniques:

Cut a piece of patterned paper from the gorgeous ‘Birds and Berries’ 12×12″ Paper Pack to 9″ by 3 3/4″. This size card will fit nicely into a standard legal size or #10 envelope.

I was going for a grungy visual texture, so used a foam dauber to apply white gesso through the Script Stencil. This technique lays down the white gesso in the general shape of the stencil without crisp edges, which is exactly what I was going for here. This fabulous Little Birdie Stencil is one of my favorites for adding background texture to my projects. Set aside or use a heat tool to dry.

Then I lightly dry brushed gesso over the focal paper using a stiff fan brush to soften and lighten the colors for a shabby feel.

To give definition, I inked the edges of the focal paper and this sweet sentiment card I trimmed from the Birds and Berries 12×12″ Paper Pack.

I thinned some white gesso with water and spattered it across the background, focusing on the edges where it would be seen on the finished card.

Fussy cut images from the 12×12″ and 6×6″ Birds and Berries Paper Packs.

Tip: It’s okay to cut out more images than you think you might need. I didn’t end up using the bird, but it will be ready to go for another project.

Select flowers to use on the project. I like to mix up the size and shapes of the flowers and create clusters starting with the larger flowers in the center and move out by placing smaller flowers and foliage as I work away from the focal flowers.

I also like mixing up colours and often use flowers from different collections like I did here, including flowers from the following sets: Birds and Berries – Nancy and Izabela along with the lighter pink flowers found in the Celebrate Life Kimberley pack. Somehow I missed using the white micro rose from the Shabby Chic collection when I put my card together, so you won’t see this little beauty on the final card.

To soften the colours and give a shabby chic feel to the flowers and foliage, I dry brushed them with white gesso.

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like. You simply take a dry brush (I prefer a fan brush), dip it lightly into the gesso, brush most of it off, and then lightly brush over the flowers and foliage. This not only softens the colours, but also highlights the gorgeous textures.

Next, I prepared the chipboard. These gorgeous primed chipboard shapes are from the ‘Blooms and Vines’ set. One of my favorite ways to treat chipboard is with embossing enamel. This particular embossing powder is mostly white, with a little gold mixed in along with some super fine gold glitter. You could easily use plain white embossing powder, or even mix up your own shabby powder with similar colors and glitter. The embossing dabber makes quick work of applying the embossing medium, but an embossing ink pad would work well too.

Arrange and adhere the flowers and other embellishments to the focal paper using Silicon Glue.

Tuck Little Birdie Cheesecloth under the flowers as you glue everything down to add shabby texture into the clusters.

Brush Matte Gel Medium around the bottom of the clusters and sprinkle on Mystic Rose and Mute Orchid Microbeads to help fill in any open spaces.

Tip 1: Allow the microbeads to spread out as you move away from the cluster for an organic feel. You can see under the pink flowers how the microbeads even flow down onto the foliage.

Tip 2: Be sure to use an old and/or inexpensive brush to apply gel medium, as it can be a challenge to completely remove the tacky gel from your brush, especially if it dries a little.

Finally, cut a piece of heavy white cardstock to 9″ by 7.5″ then score down the center at 3.75″ to create a 9″ by 3.75″ card base for your card and adhere the decorated focal paper to the base.

Tip: I like to trim the card base just a tiny bit smaller than the focal paper so that it’s easier to adhere the focal paper to the base without the white edges showing. Just be sure you don’t trim off the folded edge. (Ask me how I know!) Of course you could just cut the base a little smaller to begin with, but trimming later also lets me make sure it’s squared up nicely.

More Close-ups:

  • Other Supplies
  • Ranger – Distress Ink: Dusty Concord
  • Ranger – Emboss It Dabber
  • Stampendous – Embossing Enamel: Shabby White
  • Wonder TapeDouble Sided Adhesive Foam Tape: 1″
  • Tear It! – Double Sided Tape

I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new and beautiful with your amazing Little Birdie Crafts Supplies!

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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