Songs of the Sea Mixed Media Card

Welcome back Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a new project with you! It’s a mixed media card featuring the gorgeous ‘Songs of the Sea’ collection which has an amazing mix of papers and flowers. A perfect collection to create a summery card for a special friend. Be sure to read on through my Tips and Techniques section for close -ups and details on how I put this card together.

Tips and Techniques:

Select one of the fabulous sheets of paper from the gorgeous Songs of the Sea 6×6″ Paper Pack.

Stencil white Mixed Media Paste over the background using the ‘Butterfly Inspire’ stencil. I thought the design on this fabulous stencil looks beachy and would look amazing with this paper. I stenciled on the right side first, but did not use the butterfly portion. Allowed it to dry, then flipped the stencil to the back side and stenciled the left part of the background, lining up the design. The design won’t match up perfectly, but that is okay since we’ll be placing a piece of chipboard over this area later.

Thin a small amount of white gesso with water and spatter across the background. I like to use a long thin brush like this liner brush.

Select flowers to use on the card. I’ve used the following gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers: Song of the Sea: Bonita; Charlie; Karin; Berry Branch; Shabby Chic Queenie; and Renea Burlap Natural & Cream. I also ended up adding in some Song of the Sea Micro Roses, which are not pictured here.

Dry brush the flowers with white gesso to soften the colours and give a beachy feel.

Select and pop out doily image from the beautiful Song of the Sea 12×12″ paper pack. Cut out additional images from both the 6×6″ and 12×12″ paper packs to embellish the card.

This Blooms & Vines Primed Chipboard piece reminded me of waves and the dots of spray coming from the waves. I coated the entire piece with embossing medium and then sprinkled several different embossing powders in white, purple, blues, and teal. Any colors you have in your stash that would work with the background can be used, and even pure white would look nice.

Trim to 6″ to fit the card by cutting off the bottom portion of the chipboard and save this piece.

Heat emboss the chain and anchor from the primed chipboard – Sailing Set with aged silver embossing enamel (or any dark silver embossing powder you may have in your stash).

Tip: You could mix a tiny bit of black embossing powder into a little silver to give it an aged effect.

Color a sentiment to coordinate with the background colors. I used Distress Oxide Inks, but use what you have in your stash. I selected this sentiment from a set of Tim Holtz sentiment strips, but you could also stamp out a sentiment or even hand letter one.

Arrange and adhere starting with the chipboard, then the anchor doily, then arrange the flowers and other elements around these larger pieces.

Note: I adhered the leftover piece of chipboard to the top back of the music note strip and popped up this strip using foam tape.

I added a few blue hued rhinestones from my stash for a little sparkle.

To finish, adhere the background to a 6×6″ card base.

A few more close-ups:

  • Other Supplies
  • Tim Holtz ~ Small Talk
  • Blue Rhinestones
  • Distress Oxide Ink – Speckled Egg
  • Distress Oxide Ink – Salty Ocean
  • Emboss It Dabber
  • Vintage Pearl Embossing Powder
  • Cosmic Blue Violet Embossing Powder
  • Capri Detail Embossing Powder
  • Baby Blue Embossing Powder
  • Aged Silver Embossing Enamel
  • Wonder Tape – Foam Tape

I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a card for someone special in your life!

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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