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

Please follow me on:
Instagram
YouTube

Loads of Love Layout

Hi Everyone, it’s Kerrie back again for Little Birdie Crafts!

I have created my layout using Little Birdie Crafts Fairy Sparkle patterned paper and matching flowers along with some primed chipboard, chalk paint, gesso and sprinkles.

 

Fairy Sparkle is a gorgeous collection and so very versatile, with gorgeous papers and die cut doilies along with journaling cards and a fussy cutting sheet.

 

To create my background, I cut down the wood panel patterned paper sheet to 11.5″x11.5: and then using my craft knife and a ruler cut down the groove lines, leaving the top and bottom uncut so as to keep the sheet together. I then adhered it to my base sheet of white cardstock and then using my fingernail distressed the edges. I created a faux stitched border using my tracing wheel tool and ruler.

I then tore two strips a corrugated board and dry brushed gesso onto them.

 

I fussy cut loads of flower clusters to use from the scattered flower sheet and the sheet with the fairy on the swing and one of the journaling cards.  As you can see I cut way more than I needed these are the ones I didn’t use but I now have them ready to use on another layout or a card.

 

I then tore two pieces of patterned paper one  from the scattered butterfly patterned paper piece and the other is the piece with the fairy on the swing left over from my fussy cutting. I popped out two doilies to use in my layers.

I adhered a double layer of lace trim to the center of my layers and then added a layer of muslin and Sisal fibres. I added the flower trim to the center of lace trim to hide the join line.

I then mixed up some Lavender Blush Chalk Paint with Gesso to lighten it and then painted all my Primed Chipboard pieces.

When the chipboard pieces were dry I sanded them back slightly to give a weather rustic look.
I then adhered all my chipboard pieces, flowers and sprinkles on using Gel Medium.
To create layers, I tucked some flower clusters in between my layers and also used foam tape on some layers.

Lastly I added some splatters using Hot Pink Colour Splash.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial,

please if you don’t already follow Little Birdie Crafts on FacebookInstagram and of course their Blog

 for fabulous tutorials from all the Design Team

 Happy Creating

Always in My Heart, Altered Mixed Media Metal Frame

 

Hi everyone, Kerrie here with another design team post for Little Birdie Crafts.

For my 2nd post, I created an altered frame using lots of Little Birdie Crafts mixed media products and of course their gorgeous flowers.
My hubby and I celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary on the 1st April and I wanted to create something that I could have on display in our home with our wedding photo. I have gone for a shabby chic look and used the turquoise and cream colour palette as it goes with our decor.

Here is my tutorial….see how I created this decor piece.

At first, I gave the whole piece two coats of Gesso to cover up the colour that the frame already had. With this piece with a backing, painting was a breeze as the piece easily came off.

I used the Sculpture Paste to create some scroll flourishes to add to my frame. This stuff is awesome you just use a palette knife to smooth the sculpture paste into the silicone molds and leave overnight to dry. You can make yourself a stash of these so that you have them handy to use in your projects

 

I then used Heavy Gel Medium to glue the flourishes onto my frame. This is so good for using as an adhesive, as once it dries your pieces are stuck on the surface for good!

 

next I painted over the flourishes with Gesso and then painted the whole piece with Snow Chalk Paint 

 

I then painted the whole frame with Tattered Lace Chalk Paint. Once dry I added a thick coat of  One Step Crackle Medium.

 

I then mixed Sailing Sky and Tattered Lace Chalk Paints together to give a softer shade of turquoise for my piece.

 

as you can see this Crackle Medium is awesome! Check those cracks and this started crackling almost instantly as I painted on the turquoise chalk paint

 

 

I love the effect it has especially on the sculpture paste flourishes

I then added some texture using the Threadbare Net Stencil with Grainy Texture Paste

I then decorated my frame with Burlap Doilies, Corrugated Card, Ribbon, Sisal Fibre and a mix of Flowers.
Tip: I dry brushed Tattered Lace Chalk Paint over the Burlap Doily to give a more muted colour and more texture.

I finished off by rubbing on Rich Gold Metallic Wax to add highlights to my frame.

For my Chipboard title… I painted over the Primed Chipboard with left over turquoise chalk paint and then lightly went over it with Tattered Lace Chalk Paint. I then rubbed on some Rich Gold Metallic Wax to add highlights to my title.

 

Little Birdie Crafts products are available in many local paper crafting stores worldwide. If you want to shop to fill your stash or are a paper crafting store that would like to stock products from Little Birdie Crafts visit their website.

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial,

please if you don’t already follow Little Birdie Crafts on FacebookInstagram and of course their Blog

for fabulous tutorials from all the Design Team

 Happy Creating