Hello everyone! My name is Jenn DuBell and I am very excited today to share my very first project as a member of the Little Birdie Design Team! For this project, I have made two oversized tags using the beautiful “Shabby Chic Bouquet” papers and flowers along with some chipboard and other bits from my stash.
Here is how I created my tags: First, I covered two large tags with a woodgrain decorative paper. Distressed the edges and and then inked them. Prepped the background by applying a layer of clear gesso. Next, I used a stencil to add a pattern to my background with Texture Paste.
Next added inks and sprays to the dry texture paste with water and moved to allow the colors to flow. Dried it with a heat tool.
Next, added some stamping in black ink using various texture stamps.
When creating with fussy cuts and other bits I like to lay them all out on my tag first and move them around until I get the composition I want. Once I have it, I begin adding the pieces with adhesive and foam squares to create depth and texture.
I added a second even larger black tag under them as contrast. I used a white ink pen to make a stitched doodle around the edge of each black tag.
It’s Tracey here, and it’s so wonderful to be back creating for another term with amazing Little Birdie Crafts products! I have always adored junk journals and the vintage shabby style that goes along with them, but can’t seem to commit to creating an entire journal, so I thought . . . “What if I create a panel in this beautiful style?” This lovely creation is the result. Think tea dyed papers, vintage style ephemera from the ‘Shabby Chic Bouquet’ collection, dyed laces, vintage sewing basked items, and gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers. . .
Be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section to discover all the details on how to create a junk journal panel of your own in this step by step photo tutorial.
Tips and Techniques:
This easel panel started out with bold Valentine graphics. I found it a while back in the holiday clearance section and thought it would be a great base for a project. It’s about 4×8″ in size. All it needed was several coats of white gesso.
If you don’t have an easel panel, you could use a wood panel, canvas or even a piece of heavy chipboard cut to the desired size.
To get the junk journal effect I was looking for, I tea-dyed several vintage book pages from a variety of sources (regular book, dictionary, poetry book), a small doily, and some packing paper. I just used leftover tea leaves to brew some extra strong tea, then poured it into a plastic basin that was large enough for the pages. I dipped the papers into the tea, then set them aside to dry. If you want a deeper stain, you could dip them a couple times, or use strong coffee instead of tea.
Tear the pages into pieces to fit across the board. I used two layers of the unprinted packing paper across the back which I glued down, then tore a little larger than the panel base. I tore and adhered smaller printed pieces and the doily over that. I left plenty of space at the edges that wasn’t glued down, so that lace can be tucked in under the paper layers. The paper edges are colored with distress Ink to give more of that vintage feel. I even rubbed the ink lightly across the front of some of the lighter areas.
Next, dry brush over the entire piece with white gesso using a fan brush. Be sure to use a light touch so that the text and grungy edges will still be visible.
I cut sections from several pieces of old white lace that I had in my stash. I colored the lace strips with Cool Spa and Black Pearl Archival multi-surface paint. I only used a drop or two of blue and touched the tip of my brush into the black to get just a small amount to blend this more vibrant blue into a soft grey blue. I wanted just a hint of blue on the lace so used a lot of water to thin this paint. The lace is dragged through the watery paint, and set aside to dry.
I used more of this watery paint solution to color the creases and edges of the papers using a wash brush. If you’re not sure how much color is in your watery solution, brush a little on scrap paper first to make sure you have the color and light wash you’re looking for.
Adhere your embellishments. I selected several vintage pieces from the gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts Shabby Chic Bouquet Ephemera Pack and flowers from the Shabby Chic collection along with vintage buttons from my stash.
This ‘Swirl Corners’ primed chipboard fits the style and proportion of this piece just perfectly. The primed finish fits the design as well. You can see a couple vintage snaps I tucked in alongside the vintage button as well.
Don’t you just adore the shimmer of glitter on the Little Birdie Ephemera?
The vintage clock and bottle from the ephemera pack are perfect for this junk journal style creation! The strip of vintage hooks is also from my stash. You can use any little embellishments you happen to have. That’s the fun of junk journaling.
Here you can see how soft and pretty the dyed lace looks tucked in under layers of paper.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.