Masculine Airplane Card featuring The Classing Gentleman Collection

Hello dear Little Birdie fans!! It’s Tracey here to share this masculine card I created for my dad to celebrate his birthday. He served in the Air Force, so this vintage airplane image is absolutely perfect for him. Because he was a mechanic for those planes he flew in, he’ll appreciate the plane diagrams on the amazing background paper, so as much as I enjoy adding mixed media texture to my projects, I just couldn’t bear to cover up the fabulous design. I enhanced the color with some Distress Ink.

I used the Little Birdie Cogs and Wheels Dies to cut chipboard gears from thin chipboard, then used Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints to transform them into aged faux metal cogs with a patina finish.

I hope you’ll join me to view this video tutorial and explore how to add borders to image blocks and backgrounds, create a grungy typeset title, use metallic paints to transform diecut chipboard gears into faux metal beauties, and to create a patina finish, then add grungy texture with Metal Microbeads.


Tips and Techiques:

I just adore this vintage airplane image. As soon as I received this paper collection, I knew this sheet would be used to create a card for my dad! It’s framed with black cardstock, and edged with a little grey ink. I include a hack in the video on how to get a perfectly even border around image blocks.

I used a type writer embossing folder from my stash to cut these letters from metallic cardstock and fussy cut them to create this title. Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Paints and black gesso are used to add a grungy patina finish.

The 3 bottom gears are cut with the Cogs and Wheels Thincut Die Set. For added dimension, I topped two of them with metal gears. I’ve used more of the metallic paints and gesso here to create a faux metal painta finish.

A clock from The Classic Gentleman image sheet was fussy cut to create a perfect frame for this compass coin topped with a metal gear. The metal pieces have more of the metallic paints brushed over them give them a grungy aged look.

Texture is added using Ebony Black Metal Microbeads pared with prills and tiny bronze microbeads from my stash using Acrylic Matte Gel Medium. The outer edge of the card is also framed with black cardstock.

There was just a hint of patina in the top corner of this paper, and of course I wanted more of it. So I randomly layered Distress Inks across the card to pick up this color and add visual interest, still allow the amazing background design to show. I made sure to allow some of the original sepia color to show through. I wanted the airplane block to be a focal point, so did not add patina here for contrast.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Thin Kraft Chipboard
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Metallic Kraft Stock: Champagne
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Sprocket Gears; Mini Gears; Adornments – Stars; Compass Coins
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink: Salvaged Patina; Peacock Feathers; Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ 3-D Texture Fades – Typewriter
US Artquest ~ Prills – Gilt Trip
Microbeads ~ Bronze

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 and create a masculine card for that special guy in your life.

~ Blessings ~


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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


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

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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
Copper Microbeads
Distress Ink: Black Soot; Hickory Smoke; Peacock Feathers
Tombow – Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
Silicone Glue
Lined Double Sided Tape
Bone Folder

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 ~

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