Floral Card – Hello Friends

Hello Again!

Today I have done a simple card using the beautiful papers from Little Birdie Crafts. I knew I wanted to play with these watercolor type images from this paper pack from the day I got it! Take a look at what I’ve created and I’ll tell you more about how to do it.

To start, I chose three of the designs that sort of coordinated together. The pack is called ‘Floral Ballet’ and it has a great selection of small floral designs, large floral patterns and different combinations of each. It also has a few pages of large floral watercolor images & some sentiments and greetings in coordinating colors.

Once I selected my paper patterns, I grabbed a stitched rectangle die from my stash.  I decided to highlight the colors in the papers towards the center and the greenery towards the outside but really so many possibilities with this idea!  I used tape on the backside of the strips of paper so that when I ran everything through my die cut machine so my end result would be a stitched single piece in the end.

I played a little to figure out the best background mat color to use with this stitched paper rectangle by trying out different colors from the Chevron Aquarelle paper pack. So many gorgeous colors in this pack and I have nearly used it all in my projects this past year! I chose the lovely purple color because the center panel on my card has just a hint of that color.

Then I went to work die cutting my greeting.  I chose to use the lovely Alphabet Fun thin cut dies from LBC.  I did not want to keep them plain white so I opted to paint them after I die cut two sets of letters.  I did two because I wanted to be sure they held up to the paint. I adhered them to each other with liquid glue and then popped them up on dimensional tape to the front of my card.

Then finally, I added some of those 3D Pearl Drops in Candy Glaze to add a little something to finish off my card.  I hope you enjoyed my project today and I hope you’re inspired to look at your paper collection in a different way.

~Adrienne

Supplies Used:

Floral Ballet Paper Pack

Chevron in Aquarelle Paper Pack

Alphabet Fun Thin Cut Dies

Pearl Drops – Candy Glaze

**Please note, the Shimmer Paint was a discontinued product by LBC so I can’t share the link to purchase but it went so well with my project, I decided to use it anyway**

Birthday Flowers – Layered Card

 Hello Friends!

Today I have some lovely watercolor painted flowers for you using the Bloom Vista Stamp set from Little Birdie Crafts.  I tried to jump out of my comfort zone and do something a little different with my card base by choosing a neutral color and background.

To start, I chose the sticker from the ‘Floral Birthday Wishes’ embellishment pack.  I knew I wanted to incorporate this color scheme into my card so off I went to stamp and watercolor.

I wanted to share my watercoloring two ways.  First, I painted all the images using the Watercolor half pan set.  I mixed colors until I had shades I was happy with.  Then, I added some black colored pencil on top for some additional shading.  You can see the shaded version in the left side image.  I really liked how it added some dimension to the flowers and made them appear a little less flat than just watercoloring alone.

Once all the flowers were painted, I then die cut them out using the coordinating framelits that come with this stamp set.  I went to figuring out my design next.

After laying the pieces down on my brown card stock, I felt that I needed just a bit more interest to make the flowers pop off my card.  I went for the Chevron Stencil and some chalk paint.  I mixed the Charcoal, Walnut Cream and Orange Splash paints until I had a brown shade that I liked.  It’s subtle but I think adds that little something I was looking for.

Once I was ready to start gluing, I started adding foam tape on parts of the design to give a real 3D effect.  I left some images flat and used liquid glue, some items one layer of foam tape and a few images two layers of foam tape.  I also let a few elements overhand the edge of my card for effect.

I had a lot of fun planning this card and really enjoyed seeing my end result.  I just adore watercoloring and find it so relaxing.  I hope you get a chance to play in watercolor someday soon as well.  Until next time, have an amazing day!

~Adrienne

Supplies Used:


Bloom Vista Stamp and Die set

Floral Birthday Wishes Embellishment set

Chevron Stencil

Vibrant Matte Chalk Paint

Muted Matte Chalk Paint

Watercolor Pan Set

Shabby Fall Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey back with a new project to inspire you. Fall is just around the corner. I’ve been seeing fall projects pop up on social media, so I just couldn’t resist pulling out Little Birdie’s gorgeous Woodland Stories paper and flowers with their beautiful fall colors to create a card.

I have created a photo tutorial to share all the details of how I put this card together. Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:

Select papers from the ‘Woodland Stories’ collection 12×12″ set. Cut the border paper to 5×7″ and the focal paper to 4 5/8 by 6 5/8″

Step 2:

Use a foam applicator to lightly rub white gesso randomly over the background, just enough to add a shabby feel to the paper without completely covering over the design and lovely color. I used a paper towel to blend the gesso and remove any excess. I also sponged on a little white gesso around the edges of the paper that will frame the card.

Step 3:

Ink up the beautiful Little Birdie ‘Melody’ stamp with permanent back ink, then stamp it off onto a scrap of paper two or three times, so just a little ink remains (for 3rd generation stamping). Curve the stamp around your fingers to randomly stamp the music lines across the background, re-inking and stamping off excess ink as needed. Curving the stamp helps achieve the organic edges.

The stamping was still a little too dark, so I used the same foam applicator to lightly dab and rub white gesso over the stamping, again rubbing off any excess with a soft paper towel. Be sure to allow the ink to fully dry before applying the gesso. If you look closely, you can see that I didn’t wait, and there’s a smeared area in the top center section. But no worries as it ended up getting covered up. There’s always some way to hide those little mistakes.

I’ll be adding stenciling over this, so also brushed on a coat of clear gesso to help seal the paper and reduce warping.

Step 4:

Apply Mixed Media Paste to the right side through the Fleur-de-lis Trellis Stencil. Heat set or set aside to dry.

Step 5:

Select flowers and foliage in fall colors. Here, I’ve used the following flowers from the Woodland Stories collection: Heleen; Marina; Elvina; and Pearl Butterflies.

Step 6:

Cut out two tags from the image sheet in the Woodland Stories 12×12″ paper set.

Step 7:

Dry brush the flowers and tags with white gesso. On the tags use a foam applicator then, rub and blend with a soft paper towel as you apply the gesso.

Step 8:

Select gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts laser cut chipboard. Here I’m using: Playful Circles; Mesh (cut in half down the center); Celebrate Together (Enjoy); and Butterfly Floris. I just adore how the stenciling coordinates with the mesh piece!

Step 9:

Heat emboss all the pieces except the wings with aged bronze embossing powder. I also ended up dry brushing these pieces with a little white gesso.

Step 10:

Heat emboss the wings with dusk embossing powder, then add a layer of opaline, which is a translucent pearlescent powder.

Step 11:

Arrange and adhere the embellishments with the flowers curving around the Playful Circle Chipboard.

Step 12:

Mix white prills into Acrylic Matte Gel Medium and brush randomly across the larger flowers. I just wanted a little extra texture, so didn’t add too many.

Step 13:

Use Acrylic Matte Gel Medium to adhere Green Melody Metal Microbeads and white prills to fill in along the bottom of the cluster. Once the gel medium has had a chance to dry, go back and dry brush lightly over the green microbeads with white gesso.

Additional Close-Ups:

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Ranger ~ Emboss It Dabber
Prills – Minnie Pearls
Embossing Enamel – Aged Bronze
Embossing Powder ~ Baked Velvet – Dusk
Embossing Powder ~ Opaline
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a beautiful card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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