“Brave Wings” Mixed Media/Watercolour Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans!

It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. Today I’ve used fabulous Little Birdie Watercolour paper to create a night sky effect for the background of this whimsical card and embellished it with gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers and Primed Chipboard. Check out the Tips and Techniques section below to see all the details.

Tips & Techniques

Cut a piece of Little Birdie Crafts Watercolour Paper to 6×8″. Tape the edges to a flat board using paint tape. I have a watercolor board, but you could use anything flat that will not warp when using water for example, a clipboard. If you don’t have paint tape, washi tape would work as well, and I think we all have a collection of washi! We will be cutting the finished piece down to 5×7″, so if your tape is wide, be sure to tape down only about 1/4 inch of the edge of the paper so you have plenty of room to trim.

Use a soft wash brush to wet the paper. It should be completely wet, but there shouldn’t be any pools of water sitting on the paper.

I selected purple, blue, and green to use for my background. I applied blue and purple to the background and then mixed some of the blue and green together on a paint palette to create and aqua/teal color that I also brushed across the paper. I wanted the paper to have a organic feel like a twilight sky or deep ocean, so the colors are applied randomly and the wet on wet application helps them to blend together beautifully. If you do end up with some defined lines, you can blot them gently while still wet with a paper towel or cloth to soften the edges.

**Tip: Start with less paint on your brush using a light touch. It is easy to add more paint to intensify the color where needed. If you do end up with a spot with too much pigment, you can try blotting it with a paper towel to remove some of the color. Some paints are more staining than others, so your ability to remove color will depend on the pigments in the paint you have selected.

Set aside to dry. At this point, my paper looked a little warped, but it was actually quite flat once it had a chance to dry. Since the Little Birdie Watercolour Paper is 100% Cotton it can handle the water beautifully.

Once dry, trim the paper to 5×7″

Spray with a fixative if you have one. Watercolors can reactivate if they get wet, so liquid adhesives and wet mediums can make the color change and move again.

Thin a little white gesso with water and spatter across the background.

Tip: To get fine spatter, I like to use a thin round brush with long bristles like a liner or rigger brush.

Don’t you just adore a little glimmering grunge? For this grungy metallic finish on flowers, use a small soft paint brush to apply Rich Gold Metallic Wax to the tips of the petals. Be sure to brush the backs of any petals that will be visible on the finished card.

I used the following Little Birdie Crafts flowers: Alvero Aqua Medley; Elvina Woodland Stories; and Calypso Woodland Stories.

Select a set of wings from the Butterfly Flouris Primed Chipboard set. Heat emboss with pale gold embossing powder.

Cut apart the gears in the Especially Cogs Primed Chipboard set. Heat emboss with pale gold embossing powder.

Rub the gears with Copper Blaze and Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax to give a patina effect.

I also brushed the waxes over a couple jewelry pieces from my stash to give them a similar patina effect.

Use Silicon Glue to adhere the flowers, embellishments, and sentiment in place. I also added a couple jewelry pieces from my stash. You could use your own metal charms, jewelry findings, or more chipboard here. After I had them glued down, I realized that they were too “gold”, so I brushed on some of the Copper Blaze and Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax to better coordinate with the other elements.

Color a sentiment to coordinate. I used Distress Inks, but you could also use your watercolor paint.

Color lightly with a black watercolor pencil under the sentiment. Brush with water to blend the black color into the background underneath the sentiment.

Use small dabs of Acrylic Soft Gel Medium to adhere the sequins in place. I just adore how the Angel Wings Sequins include a variety of shapes and sizes! I only used the round ones here, but in three different sizes.

Use an old brush to apply Soft Gel Medium around the floral cluster in area that you want to fill in and sprinkle on Deep Marine Metallic Microbeads.

Cut a 7×10″ piece of Little Birdie Cardstock. Score at 5 inches and fold to create a 5×7″ card base. Adhere the decorated Watercolour piece to the base.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Watercolour Paper 12×12″
Premium Card Stock ~ A4 – Bright White
Aqua Medley Flowers ~ Alvero
Woodland Stories Flowers ~ ElvinaWoodland Stories ~ Calypso
Primed Chipboard ~ Especially Cogs
Primed Chipboard ~ Butterfly Flouris
Metal Microbeads ~ Deep Marine
Sequins Medley ~ Angel Wings
Acrylic Soft Gel Medium ~ Matte
White Gesso
Metallic Wax ~ Copper Blaze
Metallic Wax ~ Aqua Sheen
Metallic Wax ~ Rich Gold

Fabulous Little Birdie Crafts products can be purchased at https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz ~ Small Talk Sentiments
Rhinestones ~ From my Stash
Jewelry Pieces ~ From my Stash
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink: Mermaid Lagoon; Dusty Concord; Wilded Violet; Faded Jeans; Black Soot
M Graham ~ Watercolor Paints
Embossing Pad – Clear Ultra Slow Drying
Ranger ~ Embossing Pearl – Pale Gold
Stabilo All Pencil ~ 8046 Black – Aquarellable
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ~ Crafty Power Tape
Wagner ~ HT 400 Heat Gun

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your Little Birdie Crafts supplies and create something beautiful today.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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