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.


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 ~


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Hard Cover Journal with Soft Touches

I love making and using soft cover journals, but I also love the durability of a hard cover. So for today’s project, I’m bringing them together to make a hard cover laminated journal with lots of fabric touches to give it a soft cover feel!

I used some pretty papers from the Boho Dreams collection and the Lime Colour Splash to make some perfectly matching cotton lace for the closure.

I laminated two of the papers to make a cover for a Traveller’s Notebook style journal where I could add some inserts from my own stash that seemed to match perfectly!

It was all so easy that I even added a cute little matching bookmark.

I sprayed some plain ivory cotton lace with the Lime colour splash to get the perfect green (I think it’s my favourite part of the whole journal!) and added some rhinestones for a little sparkle and shine.

If you want to see how quick and easy it is to make this fun project, check out the video below for step by step instructions.

If you’d like to make your own hard cover journal with a soft cover feel, here are the products I used:

Lime Color Splash
Boho Dreams 12X12 Paper Pad


Mixed Media Dream Catcher

Hello to all you creative souls, Zvia here with another inspirational creation. It’s a mixed media Dream Catcher adorned with beautiful Little Birdie products.

You are welcome to see the full tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Links to Little Birdie products:

Clear Stamps – Dream Big: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/clear-stamps/products/clear-stamps-dream-big-8pc-little-birdie

Acrylic Gesso – White: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/gesso/products/gesso-white-100ml-little-birdie

Laser Cut Primed Chipboard – Feathers: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/chipboard/products/chipboard-feathers-2pc-little-birdie

Laser Cut Primed Chipboard – Dream Catcher: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/chipboard/products/chipboard-dream-catcher-1pc-little-birdie

Laser Cut Primed Chipboard – Cogs: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/chipboard/products/chipboard-cogs-1pc-little-birdie

Mixed Media Paste – White: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/mixed-media-paste/products/mixed-media-paste-white-400gms-little-birdie

Little Birdie Reusable Stencil – Feathers: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/stencils/products/stencil-feathers-10cm-x-18cm-1pc-little-birdie

Color Splash – Berry Blast: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/color-splash/products/color-splash-berry-blast-50ml-little-birdie

Pearl Drops – Pink Bliss: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/pearl-drops/products/pearl-drops-pink-bliss-30ml-little-birdie

Thincut Metal Dies Set – Feathers: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/thin-cut-dies/products/thincut-dies-fearhers-2pc-little-birdie

Cottage Lace Collection – Printed Cardstock Pack: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/paper-packs/products/cottage-lace-6design-x-2-12-x-12-12pack-230gsm

Little Birdie Handmade Flower – Nora Boho Vibes: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/stories/products/nora-boho-vibes-6pc-little-birde

Little Birdie Handmade Flower – Nancy Birds And Berries: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/stories/products/nancy-birds-and-berries-6pc-little-birde

Little Birdie Handmade Flower – Kimberley Celebrate Life: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/stories/products/kimberley-celebrate-life-14pc-little-birde

Little Birdie Handmade Flower – Bouquet Birds And Berries: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/stories/products/bouquet-birds-and-berries-12pc-little-birde

Little Birdie Handmade Flower – Beaded Micro Petals Cherry: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/collections/products/beaded-micro-petals-cherry-60pc-little-birdie

Acrylic Soft Gel Medium: https://littlebirdiecrafts.com/collections/gel-medium/products/acrylic-soft-gel-medium-gloss-100ml-little-birdie

I wish you all the joy of creation and inspiration
with love