Mixed Media Butterfly with Video Tutorial

Hello dear Little Birdie Fans! It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. This gorgeous butterfly features Little Birdie Flowers, the amazing Cogs and Wheels die set, and fabulous mixed media products. These warm summer days bring thoughts of delicate fluttering butterflies, and I just couldn’t resist the urge to create one of my own.

I hope you’ll join me to view this video tutorial and explore how create a gorgeous textured background, use stamps and dies to make sweet embellishments, develop a lovely patina finish on chipboard, color odds and ends leftovers to achieve a cohesive look, and add texture with microbeads and glitter.

https://youtu.be/R8jh0O9BLoU

Tips and Techniques

Gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers from the ‘Birds and Berries’ and ‘Fairy Sparkle’ collection are the focal point of this lovely butterfly. They’re dry brushed with white gesso for a shabby effect.

Here you can see the full cluster with all the layers and textures. I used up some odds and ends pieces left over from previous projects, to give them cohesiveness, they’re painted with Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints.

Die cutting patterned paper and stamped images is a great way to create gorgeous and inexpensive embellishments. They’re edges with inks and waxes for definition. I’ve used the Cogs and Wheels Die set for the gears.

I adore gears and couldn’t resist creating a patina finish on this gem from the Especially Cogs Primed Chipboard set.

The background is stamped and then colored with Bruso Powders. But the texture from Little Birdie Crackle paste used with the Butterfly Inspire Stencil is what gives this background so much amazing texture.

Little Birdie microbeads add such gorgeous shimmery texture. I’ve added in some glass glitter and tiny microbeads from my stash. The texture is adhered with matte gel medium.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Dollar Tree ~ MDF Butterfly
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Clippings Sticker Book
Crochet Cotton Lace ~ Natural
Bee Charm
Bits and Pieces from my Scrap Jar
Brusho Colors ~ Grey; Purple
Ranger ~ Archival Ink – Watering Can
Ranger ~ Distress Oxide Ink – Hickory Smoke
Drawing Ink ~ White
Microbeads ~ Copper
Glass Glitter ~ Bronze
Ranger ~ Multi Medium – Matte
Silicone Glue
Tombo ~ Mono MULTI Liquid Glue

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 to create a mixed media decor piece.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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3-D Layered Butterfly Wall Hanging

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share a new project. I don’t know about you, but I’m eager for spring which is just around the corner. Today I’m sharing a home decor piece that embodies a warm spring day. This 3-D layered butterfly wall hanging features Little Birdie Decoupage Paper, gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers, and Primed Chipboard pieces. Be sure to check out the photos below to see just how much dimension a side view shows you with all these layers.

In this DIY video tutorial you will learn how to use layers to develop dimension, create gorgeous faux metal gears with patina using chipboard, gilding flakes, and waxes, learn all the details to make this gorgeous 3-D layered butterfly, create a patina effect on flowers and feathers, and use items from nature to enhance your mixed media projects.

Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques:

This 3-D layered butterfly cut from Fairy Sparkle paper sits atop gorgeous Song of the Sea flowers brushed with Tinted Metallic paint for a patina effect. All these layers develop amazing depth and dimension.
Texture Tack is the perfect adhesive to apply copper and gold gilding flakes to these chipboard gears to create a faux metal effect. Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax and Caribbean Teal paint create a warm patina finish. Microbeads and colored craft pellets applied with soft gel medium create gorgeous color coordinated texture around the edges of the floral cluster.
Another faux metal gear.
These darling feathers are cut from the Dream Catcher Chipboard set and painted with Caribbean Teal and Tawny Glint Metallic paints for a shimmering finish. A patina effect is added to the flowers by dry brushing with white gesso, then again with Tawny Glint paint.
Three butterflies are cut from gorgeous Fairy Sparkle paper to create this layered butterfly. The top layer is brushed along the outer edges and randomly across the wings with Glazed Berries Metallic Paint which was sprinkled with shimmering Fairy Dust Glitter. I realized a a coat of gel medium would be needed to hold the glitter in place. The butterfly body and trail are metal pieces from my stash with gilding and patina like the gears.
This Thriving Thistle Chipboard is brushed with Glazed Berries paint, then highlighted by rubbing with Copper Blaze Metallic Wax. I tucked in a piece of birch bark for a natural element. I just adore the text on the Touch of Nature Decoupage Paper.
I took a walk in my winter garden to find these dried flower stems to add a linear element to this piece.
Barley Crunch – Stone Texture Paste applied through the Brick Wall Stencil adds fabulous texture to the background. I tucked in several natural feathers for a soft touch.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/

Other Supplies:
Wood Bracket Shaped Base purchased at a local craft store – 6 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Scribbly Butterflies
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Small Talk
Metal flourish and corner
Gold Leaf
Copper Gilding Flakes
Copper Microbeads
Nature: Feathers; Twigs; White Birch Bark
1″ Double Sided Foam Tape
Stylus and foam pad
Silicone Glue

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 to create a dimensional home decor piece to brighten up your day.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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DIY Party Decor – Butterfly Stenciled Wood Cutting

In my last post for Little Birdie, we made  magical Butterfly Favor Boxes that can be used as party favors or hostess gifts.  If you are using your favor boxes for a woodland or fairy party then this butterfly stenciled wood slice is the perfect addition to your party décor or favor display.

Decorate your table with this wood tree slice, add clusters of reindeer moss and large, abundant flower blooms to complete the look. Check designer Christie Troxell’s post here for more charming fairy of the forest décor in coordinating

This wood slice is quick and easy to make with this fabulous stencil from Little Birdie.  Here are the steps to add the sparkle and shine to a wood cutting yourself.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Step 1: Temporarily adhere the stencil to the wood with tape to keep it in position

Step 2: Apply glue to the holes in the stencil using a paint brush (OR paint inside the holes & let paint dry)

Step 3: Apply fairy dust or shimmer crush glitter to the glue and let it dry (or if your paint is dry you can also add glue & glitter to the edges of the wings for an alternative look)

Step 4: Shake off any excess fairy dust or shimmer crush glitter and then gently remove the stencil.

Step 5: You are done! The stencil can be washed off with soap and water allowing you to use it again.

Product Tip: You can get different effects by using either fairy dust or shimmer crush products.  The fairy dust is soft and fine in texture, it’s appearance is a light dusting of gold glitter.  The Shimmer crush has a fabulous rich texture, it is grainier glitter with slightly varied shades of the chosen color. This almost gives a more three-dimensional effect as it is more raised in appearance.

For more bling add rhinestones sequins or gemstones to the butterfly wings.

Check out Little Birdie for other fun additions to your wood slice, painted chipboard, vellum or beaded butterflies. Can’t wait to see what you make!

Happy Crafting, Natalie