Wintry Christmas Star

Hello dear Little Birdie fans! It’s Tracey back with another wintry Christmas project to share with you featuring some of the amazing Christmas supplies in the Little Birdie Online Store. I wanted to show you a variety of ways to use these supplies, so today I have a home decor piece for you. I’ve altered a wooden star that I had in my stash.

I’ve created a photo tutorial to share all the details of how I put this wintry Christmas star together. Enjoy!

Photo Tutorial:

Step 1:

Paint a wood star with white gesso. I used two coats to get the coverage I wanted. If you don’t have a star on a stand like this, you could also use a simple star shape for a similar decor piece.

Step 2:

Use the design from this Christmas Bauble Stencil to stencil the star with crackle paste. I stenciled on one or two of the star points at a time and let the paste dry before moving on to stencil the next point(s). This paste dries quickly and took about 20 to 30 minutes to dry. This may vary depending on the temperature and humidity in your area.

The center will be filled with flowers and embellishments, so did not need to be stenciled.

If you don’t have crackle paste, you could use any kind of texture paste or mixed media paste for lovely texture.

Set aside until completely dry and the cracks have formed.

Step 3:

Paint the base in a metallic color of your choice. I wanted a brass color so mixed Golden Glaze with just a small drop of Tawny Glint to achieve this color. Allow this gold paint to dry before adding color to the star.

Lay the piece on it’s side so the star is laying flat on the table. I wanted just a wash of shimmery metallic paint to bring out the texture, so thinned down Blue Waltz Tinted Metallic Paint with some water and brushed it lightly across the star. I also spritzed on a little more water to help it move and flow nicely to settle into the cracks and crevices.

Set aside to dry.

Step 4:

Use a stiff bristle fan brush to lightly dry brush with white gesso.

Dry brushing is when you dip a dry brush (not wetted with water) into a small amount of gesso or paint, then brush most of it off on a scrap of paper, before lightly brushing across the piece. The goal is to highlight the texture rather than coating it with paint.

Step 5:

Arrange a silver Christmas Glitter Poinsettia, 3D Mini Glitter Snowflakes, Winter Joys Christmas Glitter Embellishments, along with white flowers from the Shabby Chic Collection and adhere them to the star. I also added rhinestones to the snowflakes and a differently shaped snowflake from my stash.

Step 6:

Adhere Prills and Iced Slate Metal Microbeads to fill in around the cluster with Matter Soft Gel Medium.

I stamped a sentiment to add a perfect bit of holiday cheer to this wintry star.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies
Wooden Star on Stand
Prills – Minnie Pearls
Twinkle Rhinestones – Clear
Ranger ~ Archival Ink – Jet Black
Bo Bunny Stamps ~ Holiday Wishes
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Christmas supplies to create a beautiful home decor piece to celebrated this blessed season.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

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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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Home Decor Guitar

Hello everyone.
Today I have come to share with you a creation made with mixed media products from Little birdie Crafts. I made a guitar inspired by a drawing of my son. For that I drew the silhouette on a heavy cardboard and then assembled it in 3D.
I applied black gesso and then red paint. I highlighted some parts with a stencil and texture paste. I then augmented the relief with the patina.

Take a closer look at the details….

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Thank you for visiting this blog post and I hope this inspired you to create something as well!