“Dream” Mixed Media Card

Hello Little Birdie Crafts followers. It’s Tracey back to share a shabby mixed media card with you today featuring the fabulous Texture Brew paper collection, gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers, primed chipboard, lace, and mixed media products.

Be sure to check out the tutorial below where I share all the details and techniques to create a card like this:

Lets get started!

Step 1

Select the light woodgrain paper from the Texture Brew Collection and trim a 5 x 7″ piece as your card base.

Step 2

Brush the front and back of the paper with clear gesso to help reduce warping from wet media products.

Step  3

Spread Grainy Texture Paste over the card base using the Net Stencil. Allow to dry then brush randomly with Golden Plumb Tinted Metallic Paint thinned with a little water. Mist with water so that the paint moves and settles into the cracks. You may need to lift the paper and tilt it to help the paint move. I was going for a rustic look, so really wanted some areas darker while some space is lighter. Set aside to dry.

Step 4

Rub the edges and move it randomly over the textured surface with teal ink. I used Peacock Feathers Distress Ink, but anything you own that is similar would work.

Step 5

Cut a length of Little Birdie Crochet Lace to about 6 to 6 1/2″ and fray the ends.

Step 6

On a craft sheet or leftover plastic packaging, thin down Golden Mocha Alcohol Splash with a little Isopropyl Alcohol. Dye the lace by applying this mixture randomly to the lace. If it is darker than you want, you can squeeze it between paper towels while it is still wet to lighten the color.

NOTE: Alcohol based products like Alcohol Splash will stain your hands and clothing, so be sure to protect your clothing and wear latex or plastic gloves. (Personally I don’t wear the gloves, but it does take a good scrubbing with something abrasive to remove the color.) Set aside to dry.

Step 7

Use a soft brush or foam applicator to randomly add the same teal ink to the dry lace.

Step 8

Apply white gesso onto Royal Fern Primed Chipboard.

***Tip*** Don’t give up on using the colors you have on hand, even if they don’t quite match your project. Some of the flowers I used had some lovely olive leaves. This Wild Wasabi is a little brighter than I wanted, so I darkened it just a little with some Charcoal Color Splash to achieve the perfect color I was going for.

Brush the chipboard with 1 or 2 coats of the green paint mixture.

Brush a thin coat of Golden Plum Tinted Metallic Paint to the bottom half of each leaf for a shadow effect. This paint works like a translucent glaze over other colors. If yours is a little thicker you can add a spritz of water to thin it out just a bit.

Once dry, use a small round paintbrush to apply Silver Sage Sparkle Paste over the shading for some subtle sparkle.

I don’t know about you, but I always adore a little sparkle on my grungy projects!

Step 9

Select a Primed Chipboard Gear from the 3D Gearwheel set. Brush with White Gesso and set aside to dry. Brush with a couple coats of Caribbean Teal Tinted Metallic Paint. Once dry, brush lightly with Rich Gold Metallic Wax for a patina effect.

Step 10

Repeat step 9 on a smaller metal gear. Or you could use 2 gears from the Gearwheel set. I had used up my smaller chipboard gear and had this metal one in my stash that worked.

Step 11

I have a stash of jewelry odds and ends that I have collected over the years as well as a bag of bee charms. They were all silver, but I thought that gold would look better with the flowers and other elements I was using for the card. Using Metallic Wax is such an easy solution. A quick brush with this amazing wax and I instantly transformed them to this lovely vintage gold color.

Step 12

Die cut a sentiment from smooth Premium Card Stock and paint with Caribbean Team Tinted Metallic Paint. This is a quick and easy way to create a luscious faux metal sentiment.

Step 13

Arrange gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers and the prepared elements, then adhere with Silicone Glue.

Step 14

Use Matte Soft Gel Medium to adhere Deep Marine Metal Microbeads and chunky glass glitter around the cluster.

***Tip*** I use a small round paintbrush to apply the gel medium where I want it, then sprinkle the microbeads and glitter into the gel medium. This clear drying gel medium is a great adhesive for texture products! Gel medium can be a challenge to clean so be sure to use an old/inexpensive brush.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies

  • Texture Brew ~ 12×12 Paper Collection
  • Premium Card Stock ~ A4 – Bright White
  • Rosalind Flowers ~ Grape/Tan
  • Fiona Flowers ~ Arctic Ice
  • Coral Bouquet Flowers
  • Beaded Micropetals ~ Grape/Tan
  • Pear Petites ~ Arctic Ice
  • Primed Chipboard ~ Royal Fern
  • Primed Chipboard ~ 3D Gearwheel
  • Crochet Lace Trim ~  White
  • White Gesso
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Acrylic Soft Gel Medium ~ Matte
  • Gold Alcohol Splash ~ Golden Mocha
  • Color Splash ~ Charcoal
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Golden Plum
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Golden Glaze
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Caribbean Teal
  • Mixed Media Acrylic Paint ~ Wild Wasabi
  • Sparkle Paste ~ Silver Sage
  • Metallic Wax ~ Rich Gold
  • Metal Microbeads ~ Deep Marine
  • Stencil 10x18cm ~ Net
  • Silicone Glue

Other Products

  • Tim Holtz ~ Gumdrops
  • Bee Charms
  • Jewelry Findings
  • Metal Gears
  • Glass Glitter ~ Champagne
  • Clear Gesso
  • Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink – Peacock Feathers
  • Ranger ~ Alcohol Ink – Pearl; Patina
  • 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Dream Die
  • Wonder Foam Tape ~ 1″
  • Wonder Double Sided Tape ~ 1/4″
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

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I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a shabby mixed media card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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