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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Birds and Berries Mixed Media Canvas with Video Tutorial

Hello dear Little Birdie fans! It’s Tracey back to share a romantic mixed media canvas featuring the gorgeous ‘Birds and Berries’ Collection along with a video tutorial sharing all the details on how I put this together. This is my first ever video tutorial with voice. I would adore hearing what you think and how you like it.

In this DIY Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Learn how to:
~ Adhere base paper to the canvas
~ Sand to distress edges
~ Add texture by stenciling with Grainy Texture Paste
~ Add color and texture to chipboard
~ Paint resin pieces
~ Use art wax to highlight texture
~ Dry brush with white gesso to highlight texture and soften colors
~ Add texture with Craft Pellets and Metal Microbeads
~ Add depth with Color Splash


Tips and Techniques:

I’ve used gorgeous Little Birdie flowers, chipboard, Craft Pellets, and Metallic Microbeads to create this beautiful floral cluster.

I created a grungy finish on these chipboard bird cages with Crackle Paste, and Tinted Metallic Paints. The berries are fussy cut from the Birds and Berries paper set.

More Crackled chipboard goodness. Of course I had to add a bit of bling using rhinestones for the “berries.”

Aren’t these wings beautiful? Underneath them you can see lace peeking through. It was layered over the base paper with soft gel medium.

I mixed Craft Pellents and Metal Microbeads into Soft Gel Medium to spread around the cluster for added texture. Color Splash is used to add depth around the cluster and chipboard pieces.

This sweet dragonfly was cast with resin then painted with Tinted Metallic paints and rubbed with gold Metallic Wax.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Paper Pack Birds And Berries – 12in x 12in, 250gsm

Izabela Birds And Berries 12pc

Nancy Birds And Berries 6pc

Whitney Fairy Sparkle 14pc

Arcadia Fairy Sparkle 8pc

Heleen Fairy Sparkle 12pc

Zoey Fairy Sparkle 18 pc

Wendy Fairy Sparkle 9pc

Primed Chipboard – Laurel Spray 4Pc

Primed Chipboard- Garden Greens, 2Pc

Primed Chipboard – Fancy Panel

Primed Chipboard – Chipboard Bird & Birdcage

Primed Chipboard – Cogs

Primed Chipboard – Ornate Wings

Metal Microbeads – Mute Orchid, 30g

Craft Pellets – Mini

Acrylic Soft Gel Medium 100ml

Crackle Paste

Grainy Texture Paste

Color Splash – Black Current, 50ml

Color Splash – Grape Crush, 50ml

Color Splash – Mocha, 50ml

Color Splash – Lemon Zing, 50ml

Tinted Metallic Paint – Caribbean Teal

Tinted Metallic Paint- Tawny Glint

Tinted Metallic Paint – Golden Glaze

Tinted Metallic Paint – Shimmery Sherbet

Tinted Metallic Paint – Glazed Berries

Tinted Metallic Paint – Golden Plum

Metallic Wax – Rich Gold

Fleur-de-lis Trellis Stencil – 4×7″

Silicon Glue 100ml

Other Supplies:
4×12″ Canvas
Tim Holtz ~ Small Talk
Lavender Rhinestones ~ From my stash
Lace ~ From my stash
Hand Crocheted Flowers ~ Made by Me
Clear Gesso
Distress Oxide Ink: Dusty Concord; Shaded Lilac; Victorian Velvet
Resin – White
Zuri Designs ~ Dragonfly Mold

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

For a limited time there is free shipping on international orders over $99.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie supplies to create a mixed media canvas as a gift or to decorate your home.

~ Blessings ~


Greeting Cards with Fairy Sparkle

Hello again creative friends,

Ezme here with you today! This month we have so many family birthday celebrations, I decided to make some quick and easy greeting cards. I like the DL size. It looks very elegant and I always have DL envelopes in my drawer. I also quite like the feminine  Fairy Sparkle paper collection for the cards as it is mostly females celebrating birthdays this month.

I used white card-stock for the base of the cards. I cut it them 19.8cm x 21cm and scored the on 9.9cm leaving me with a 9.9cm x 21cm card. Perfect to fit into a DSL envelope. I also cut 3 pieces from the purple paper as a matte. (9.3 cm x 20.5cm) and 3 pieces with some flower detail measuring 8.8cm x 19.9cm.

The chipboard frames and title was coloured with the Antique Gold wax.

I painted other two titles with some white Gesso.

Every card is different. I arranged the gold frames and titles and embellished with cheesecloth and flowers.  I splattered the white areas with gold paint. (Golden Glaze Tinted Metallic Paint)

The titles  looked a bit bland so I added a little natural Mica powder for some sparkle.

Here are a few close-ups:


Thank you for stopping by, I hope you found some creative inspiration here.

Happy “Creative Play” until next time

I used the following Little Birdie products:

  • Little Birdie Paper Collection: Fairy Sparkle
  • Little Birdie Flowers: Andrea Pink
  • Little Birdie Flowers: Beaded Blooms Pink
  • Primed Chipboard: Frames
  • Primed Chipboard: Word: Love is in the air
  • Tinted Metallic Paint: Golden Glaze
  • Little Birdie Soft Gel Medium
  • Little Birdie White gesso
  • Little Birdie Natural Mica Powder
  • Cheesecloth