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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Industrial Steampunk Card with DIY Video Tutorial

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans!! It’s Tracey here to share a new project with you. I simply adore creating in the steampunk style and The Classic Gentleman collection is absolutely perfect for this industrial steampunk card I have made for your inspiration today. This full project video tutorial includes instructions on adding weathered patina to your shiny metal embellishments.

In this DIY steampunk card tutorial learn how to:
~ Create a patina effect on metal objects with paints and waxes
~ Accentuate background colors
~ Diecut and shade gears from patterned paper
~ Learn my creative process for arranging embellishments
~ Add texture with metal microbeads and prills

Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques

I’ve layered paper and metal embellishments to create industrial steampunk clusters. The shiny metal objects are altered with gesso, waxes, and metallic paints to create a weathered patina effect.

Additional texture is added with microbeads and prills adhered with soft gel medium.

This clock I fussy cut from the Classic Gentleman image sheet fit perfectly into this optical lens from my stash. Again you can see the mix of metal, paper, glass and microbead elements.

More gears at the edge of the card. I trimmed the paper a little along the edges to add this black border.

I added a couple dimensional clocks atop paper gears I cut from the image sheet around the fantastic images printed on the background paper.

A close up of the patina effect created with Little Birdie paints and waxes. The cotter pin came from my husband’s work bench and I added a little industrial looking piece to the top.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:
The Classic Gentleman 12×12″ Paper Pack
The Classic Gentleman 12×12″ Paper Pack
Premium Card Stock A4 – Bright White
Premium Card Stock A4 – Ebony Black
Thincut Dies ~ Cogs and Wheels
Acrylic Soft Gel Medium Matte
Acrylic Gesso ~ Black
Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Caribbean Teal
Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Fired Brick
Metallic Wax ~ Aqua Sheen
Metal Microbeads – Ebony Black

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

Little Birdie is currently having a Dollar Deals Sale with fabulous savings!

Other Supplies:
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology: Optical Lens; Foundry; Date Dials; Hardware Heads; Mini Gears; Philosophy Tags
Miscellaneous: gears; clock; cotter pin; and other found items
Prills
Copper Microbeads
Distress Ink: Black Soot; Hickory Smoke; Peacock Feathers
Tombow – Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
Silicone Glue
Lined Double Sided Tape
Bone Folder
Tweezers

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to view the video. I hope you’ve been inspired to experiment with the patina technique and try out The Classic Gentleman for a steampunk project.

~ Blessings ~
Tracey

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