Mixed Media Birthday Wish Greeting Card

Hello, Friends!  Mixed Media is a fast growing trend in the paper crafting world. But do you ever think to add mixed media effects to your handmade cards?  It’s a great way to add texture and dimension! Today I have a really lush, dreamy 6″ x 6″ Mixed Media Birthday Wish card to share with you. It has a great organic, vintage feel to it.

Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Birthday Wish Greeting Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

I began with a simple 6″ x 6″ kraft card base.  To this, I added a panel of wood grain paper from the Texture Brew 12×12 Paper Pack.  This paper has a wonderful linen texture.  But I amped up the texture with distressed edges, machine stitching and a layer of stenciled leaves.  You don’t need a fancy product to do this.  Little Birdie’s wonderful Sand Stone chalk paint does the job beautifully.  Simply tape your stencil over your paper and brush the paint on.  The paint dries very quickly on its own, but if you are impatient like me, you can use your heat tool.

The Texture Brew paper pack has a wonderful burlap print in it that is so realistic, you would think it was real fabric.  I stitched this digital feather image onto a 3.5″ x 5″ square of this burlap.  To distress the image, I spritzed a tiny bit of Ocean Mist Color Splash onto my craft sheet.  Then I picked the ink up with a paint brush and spattered it all over.   This primed chipboard sentiment is also sprayed with color spray, then lightly brushed with Sand Stone Chalk Paint.

Look at these gorgeous flowers.  Blue is my favorite color and these  Blue Printed Paris Petals are just ooh la la!  I’ve paired them up with gorgeous foliage from LBC.  These Pollen Clusters add a wonderful, organic feel to the card design.  I’ve also tucked some of my prized vintage pearl buttons in with the flower cluster to add even more texture and dimension.

One final easy way to add mixed media touches to your handmade cards is with this gorgeous Golden Hearts Heart-y Melange glitter.  First apply an adhesive that dries clear (or use hot glue).  I like to work in one small area at a time.  Hold your card over a funnel tray or a large piece of clean paper and shake on the Heart-y Melange Glitter.  Tip the card and let the excess fall away.  I actually randomly painted on a very light layer of dries clear adhesive so that I would have areas where the glitter was heavy, and areas where just a whisper of glitter could be seen.

I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that will inspire you to try adding mixed media effects to your handmade cards.  You can find all the products I used in the supply list below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Make a Wish Interactive Birthday Card Tutorial

Make a Wish Interactive Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  Summertime is birthday time in our family.  We have 11 birthdays to celebrate before the end of August.  That’s a lot of card making!  To give myself a little head start, I pulled out some of my favorite Little Birdie Crafts papers, chipboard and flowers in soft summery colors.

Make a Wish Interactive Birthday Card by Kathy Clement Product by Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I love the Pastel Palette range of colors for Summertime projects.  The vibrant golds, blues and pinks add so much life, texture and color to this 5″ x 7″ top fold card.  I’ve layered up 12×12 papers from the Texture Brew and True Love Story paper packs with a digital image and a die cut doily to create this card.

 

Do you see that sweet little burlap tag on the right hand side of the card?  That’s the interactive element in this card.  I built in a secret side pocket for the tag.

Isn’t it adorable?  The Corrugate Kraft Birthday Wishes Embellishment is a perfect match for the sentiment on the card.

I used another Corrugate Birthday Embellishment and this Shades of Brown Kraft Bag to dress up the little tea bag wallet that is tucked inside the card.

The honey stick is topped with ribbon and a darling Pastel Palette Bouquet.

Would you like to learn how to make this card?  Then just click on the video link below.  I’ll show you how to put the layers together, build the tag pocket, alter the chevron chipboard, make the little tag and arrange the flowers.  Let’s get our craft on.

Thanks so much for letting me share your day.  You’ll find a complete supply list below.

Cheerio,

kathy

Supply List

Forever & Always Mixed Media Wood Pallet

Little Birdie Crafts Sparkle Paste Embossing Texture Paste and Flowers Mixed Media Wall Hanging by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Hello, Friends!  I don’t know about you, but I cannot resist a great bargain!  This weekend while I was out shopping I found a really cute wooden pallet sign on the clearance shelf.  It was a bit of a Plain Jane, but I was certain I could dress it up and make it look fabulous with Little Birdie Crafts Mixed Media Supplies.

Have you had a chance to play with Little Birdie Embossing Texture Paste yet?  Wow, this stuff is amazing!  you can see it in the background on the left hand side of this 8″ x 6″ pallet board.  Apply it through one of Little Birdie’s stencils, and then watch in wonder as you emboss it with your heat gun.  As it dries, it puffs up, develops a wonderful texture and actually turns a lighter color.  You’ll see how fun it is to use the video tutorial below.

I added color, sparkle and texture with Little Birdie Mint Fizz Sparkle Paste.  Once again, I applied it through a stencil, then gently heat embossed.  It adds just the right touch of shimmer to my Succulent Garden vignette.

 

Of course I added some beautiful Little Birdie Succulents, Roses, Foliage and Florals to my composition.  You can find a complete supply list at the end of this post.

Forever & AlWAYS mIXED mEDIA wOOD pALLET vIDEO tUTORIAL

Please join me for this step by step video tutorial and learn how to use these wonderful mixed media supplies!

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Products Used in this Project