Rusty Journey Art Panel

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey here to share an industrial and masculine project with you today featuring Little Birdie’s fabulous ‘Classic Gentleman’ Collection.

My husband is a car guy, so as soon as I saw this fabulous vintage car in the collection, I knew it would be perfect for a birthday card for him.

My design ended up being too heavy for a card, so I ended up creating this rusty industrial art panel for him instead. I really do adore the images found in the ‘Classic Gentleman’ paper collection. The background papers have such amazing grungy images, that I can’t bring myself to cover them up with stenciling or other mixed media techniques.

I’ve created a full project video tutorial for you with an emphasis on rust. I created a rust paste effect technique to transform Little Birdie chipboard cogs into aged and rusted gears and also share how to get an industrial metal finish for gears cut with the Little Birdie Cogs and Wheels die set.


Tips and Techniques:

I used paint and sand to create a faux rust finish on these Little Birdie chipboard cogs. The rusty brake pad under the car image was my inspiration. Papers from the Classic Gentleman collection are used for the base and layering with the edges lightly inked rubbed using black ink.

I fussy cut images like these boots, gears, and clock from The Classic Gentleman image sheets to embellish the panel.

Gears diecut with the Cogs and Wheels die set along with this rotor are given an industrial metal finish by blending black gesso with Tawny Glint Metallic Paint.

Texture is developed by adhering Little Birdie Ebony Black Metal Microbeads, prills, and bronze mini microbeads from my stash with Little Birdie Matte Gel Medium.

This vintage car image is the star of the show!

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Little Birdie Crafts can be purchased at the online store:

Other Supplies:
Thin Kraft Chipboard
Heavy Chipboard for base (Paper Pad Back)
Corrugated Packaging
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Paper Dolls
Tim Holtz with Idea-ology ~ Metallic Sticker Book
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Thinlits – Stacked Deckle
Tim Holtz with Sizzix ~ Bigz – Steampunk Parts
Tim Holtz with Ranger ~ Distress Ink – Black Soot, Ground Espresso
Acrylic Paint: Bright Orange; Burnt Umber; Yellow
Prills – Express-O Yourself
Bronze Mini Microbeads
Silicone Glue
Wonder Tape ~ Foam Tape
Craft Tweezers
Heat tool

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 fun industrial project and to try out some new mixed media techniques.

~ Blessings ~


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Dreamer – A Mixed Media Canvas

Hi Everyone,

Saadia here with my first DT post for Little Birdie blog. I am extremely happy to be in the Little Birdie team and looking forward to inspire you with some exciting projects!

Today, I am sharing a mixed media canvas.

Let’s start the project:

At first, I glued some scrap papers on a 8x 10 inches stretched canvas. Initially my plan was to keep the writing visible and use very little color but it changed as I worked along. That’s the beauty of mixed media….you have so much to explore!!

Next, I applied a diluted coat of Little Birdie Mixed Media 2 in 1 paste white, to the entire canvas. This mixed media paste can be used as a gesso as well as a modelling paste.

Thereafter, I mixed Texture Sand with Gel medium – matte and applied it with a palette knife on my canvas. I mostly applied it to the edges to create a border. This texture sand can be mixed with gesso, modeling paste, gel medium and paints for additional texture….and gives beautiful results!

Next, I painted the canvas with chalk paints.

I applied burnt umber and raw sienna acrylic paints to the borders on the canvas.

I also applied the same acrylic paints to the chipboard shapes and a die-cut from my stash.

After the paints dried, I glued paper pieces onto the canvas.

In the next step I glued my chipboard shapes, die cut pieces and flowers.

Lastly, I added a chipboard quote from my stash and some beautiful Fairy Sparkle glitter. I applied the glitter only at few places, just for the sparkly effect!

Finished piece :


That’s all for today. I hope you liked it.

Thank  you so much for stopping by…see you next time

Take care,

Saadia Nawaz


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