Spring Garden Spade Decor

HiLittle Birdie Crafts fans!! It’s Tracey here to share an altered garden spade featuring gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts Flowers and amazing texture using their fabulous mixed media products. 

Here are the steps to create this lovely spring home decor piece.

Step 1

Mix Little Birdie Crafts Texture Sand into a scoop of white mixed media paste and spread over the entire spade. I brushed two thick coats onto the front allowing to dry between coats, then turned the spade over and repeated the same on the back.

***Tip*** Whenever working with a gritty texture like sand, I use an inexpensive/old brush. The sand can damage the bristles of the brush, so you don’t want to ruin one of your good brushes. I keep a couple old brushes in different sizes just for this task.

Step 2

Apply a thick coat of Crackle Paste to random areas on the front of the spade and the handle. Set aside to dry. I find that allowing Crackle Paste to air dry produces more cracks than heat setting. Depending on how thick it is applied, the Little Birdie Crackle Paste usually dries for me within an hour or two. However, I often apply the paste as my final step for the day and let it dry overnight to make sure that all the cracks are formed and it is completely set.

Step 3

Randomly brush Little Birdie Metallic and flat paints onto the textured surfaces in teal, blue and golden plum. To lighten the plum color, I added a little warm white paint from my personal supplies. I also painted the back of the spade as well.

Step 4

Now it’s time to start preparing the embellishments. I brushed this gorgeous Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Wing with White Gesso, then lightly with Caribbean Teal and Deep Sea Blue allowing some of the white to show through at the top of the wing.

Step 5

This Primed Chipboard Ivy Vine is just gorgeous. I gave it a coat of warm white paint, then dabbed a dry fan brush into the Golden Plum paint and brushed it onto my craft mat to remove most of the paint. I then lightly brushed the edges of the leafy vine with the Golden Plum paint. I picked up more paint from my craft mat as needed to brush all of the leaves. Once that dried, I used a sponge applicator to apply brown Distress Ink to the edges, but any brown ink you have in your stash will get you a similar effect.

*** Tip*** If you do not have a craft mat, you can use a piece of leftover packaging to swipe your wet paint brush over, like the plastic bag used to hold the chipboard. Simply throw it in the trash when you are done.

Step 6

Cut off a piece of Little Birdie Cheesecloth in a triangular shape about 3/4 of the length of the spade. Spritz water onto a craft mat and mix in just a little Caribbean Teal in one area and another area with Deep Sea Blue paint. Spritz the cheesecloth with water, roll it around in your hands, and pull on the edges to give it a distressed appearance, then drag different areas of the cloth through the two colors of paint. It’s okay if some of it stays white. Set aside or heat set to dry.

Step 7

Select gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers to embellish the garden spade. I am using: Renea Flowers ~ Grape/Tan; Camila Flowers ~ Blue; Mellisa Flowers ~ Mulberry; Fiona Flowers ~ Arctic Ice; Little Birdie Foliage ~ Beaded Pollen; Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies ~ Natural & Cream.

Step 8

Adhere the cheesecloth behind the flowers and across the handle of the spade with Heavy Gel Matte Medium, then apply the prepared chipboard, gorgeous flowers, and any other elements such as this adorable bug pendant I found at my local craft store using more of the Heavy Gel Matte Medium.

If you look closely at the edges of the spade you can see that I chipped away some of the texture paste by scraping with the blade of a pair of heavy duty scissors to reveal the black metal of the spade adding to the distressed look of the piece. I did this before adhering the cheesecloth and embellishments.

Step 9

Highlight texture by using a soft brush to apply Aqua Sheen Metallic Wax over the open areas of painted texture. I just adore how the texture pops with a light coat of colored wax!

Step 10

Next add Mixed Media Texture Stones and a few Deep Marine Metal Microbeads around the bottom of the cluster and down the spade using Heavy Matte Gel Medium. Then adhere a couple of wood Beaded Pollen stems.

Step 11

When I thought I was all done, I decided to go back and brush the Fiona Arctic Ice rose with a little white gesso to soften the color and added a Grey Sky Daisy as well as a few Beaded Micro Petals to fill in a few open spaces. One of the grape petal flowers sits atop the burlap butterfly. You can see these additions in the main photo and close-ups.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • Renea Flowers ~ Grape/Tan
  • Camila Flowers ~ Blue
  • Mellisa Flowers ~ Mulberry
  • Fiona Flowers ~ Arctic Ice
  • Beaded Daisies ~ Grey Sky
  • Beaded Micro Petals ~ Grape/Tan
  • Little Birdie Foliage ~ Beaded Pollen
  • Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies ~ Natural & Cream
  • Primed Chipboard ~ Ivy Flourish
  • Primed Chipboard ~ Wings
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Caribbean Teal
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Golden Plum
  • Home Decor Collection ~ Matt Mixed Media Acrylic Paint ~ Deep Sea Blue
  • Metallic Wax ~ Aqua Sheen
  • Texture Sand
  • Mixed Media Stones
  • Metal Microbeads ~ Deep Marine
  • Cheesecloth
  • Gesso ~ White
  • Mixed Media Paste ~ 2 in 1 Gesso & Modelling Paste – White
  • Crackle Paste
  • Heavy Gel Medium ~ Matte

Other Supplies:

  • Garden Spade
  • Antique Gold Bug Pendant with green crystals
  • Distress Ink ~ Gathered Twigs
  • Sandstone Acrylic Paint
  • Warm White Acrylic Paint
  • Water Mist Sprayer

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I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your fabulous Little Birdie Crafts products to alter a garden tool or anything you might happen to have laying around that needs a fresh new start to create a beautiful spring decor piece for your home or someone you love.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

 

Dreamy Mixed Media Card

Hi Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. I just adore working with fabulous Little Birdie mixed media products and of course creating a beautiful focal point with these gorgeous flowers.  Here are the steps to create this lovely card.

Step 1

Cut a piece of teal paper from the Chevron in Aquarelle 12×12″ Paper Collection to 5×7 inches. Brush with clear gesso.

***Tip*** If you use wet media like color splash and texture pastes, the paper tends to wrinkle and warp. A couple coats of clear gesso reduces the warping quite a bit. I like to brush the front of the card with clear gesso, then the back and then the front one more time, drying between each coat. While there is no media applied to the back of the card, this step helps the card to lay flat without as much curling as when I applying the gesso to only the front of the paper.

Step 2

Using the Script Heart Clear Stamp, use your fingers rather than a stamp block to stamp just the heart portion of the image with embossing medium on the right side of the card. Apply white embossing powder and heat .

Step 3

Use the 10x18cm Cracked Design Stencil to apply Aquatini Embossing Texture Paste to opposite corners.

Allow the texture paste to dry then use a dry fan brush to lightly brush Little Birdie White Gesso over the entire card base including the texture. Brush some of the gesso off of the brush before brushing across the card so that some of the color from the paper and texture paste shows through. This is called dry brushing.

Step 4

Spritz randomly with a light misting of Ocean Mist Color splash and mist with water to allow to spread. Dry then repeat with Hot Pink Color splash. Dry then repeat with a teal color mist.

Step 5

Apply Deep Sea Blue Mixed Media Paint to opposite corners of the card base. I used my fingers to apply, but you could use a brush if you prefer. I misted lightly with water to help the paint move and to get a more translucent effect so that the lighter color underneath still shows through.

Step 6

Dab embossing medium onto the gorgeous Primed Chipboard Clock. Cover with white embossing powder and heat. Dab the filigree edges with embossing medium, sprinkle lightly with shabby blue embossing medium and heat. Dab the edges one more time with embossing medium, sprinkle lightly with baby blue embossing medium and heat. Be sure to use a light hand with the blue embossing powders to let some of the colors below show through.

Step 7

I think we all have those odd jewelry pieces hanging around that we’ve saved, but that don’t quite go with any of our projects. An easy fix is to brush with white gesso then apply Color Splash in coordinating colors. The center glass dome was brushed with a thick coat of Crackle Paste and set aside to dry before brushing with gesso and color.

Step 8

Dry brush the leaves, flowers, and metal jewelry discs lightly with white gesso, then set aside or heat to dry.

I’ve use the following beautiful Little Birdie Crafts flowers: Cornelia, blue; Aslin, pink; Serabella Classic; Beaded Dasies, grey; and Micro Jewlled Florettes, grape/tan.

Once the gesso is dry, adhere flowers, leaves, chipboard, mixed media metal flower, metal jewelry discs and pearls. (I’ve set a few of the pearls into the small metal discs.)

Step 9

Brush soft gel medium around the bottom of the cluster to adhere Deep Marine and Iced Slate Microbeads along with teal seed beads .

Step 10

Color sentiment with ink and add to card.

Step 11

Cut a sheet of Bright White Premium Card stock to 10×7″ and score at 5 inches and fold to create a 5×7″ card base. Adhere the decorated layer to the base.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • Cornelia, Blue
  • Aslinn, Pink
  • Serabella Classic
  • Beaded Daisies, Grey
  • Micro Jewlled Florettes, Grape/Tan
  • Chevron in Aquarelle 12×12″ Paper Collection
  • Premium Card Stock ~ Bright White (for card base)
  • Primed Chipboard ~ Chipboard Clock
  • Metal Microbeads ~ Deep Marine
  • Metal Microbeads ~ Iced Slate
  • Gesso ~ White
  • Crackle Paste
  • Acrylic Soft Gel Medium – Matte
  • Embossing Texture Paste ~ Aquatini
  • Color Splash ~ Ocean Mist
  • Color Splash ~ Hot Pink
  • Mixed Media Acrylic Paint – Deep Sea Blue
  • Clear Stamps ~ Script Heart
  • Stencil 10x18cm ~ Cracked Design

Other supplies

  • Sentiment Sticker Pad
  • BeadCraft ~ Jewellry Essentials – Pearls in a variety of sizes
  • Sequins in Blue and Teal
  • Gesso ~ Clear
  • Metal/Glass Flower
  • Embossing ~ Dabber
  • Jasmine Pigment Ink
  • Color Mist ~ Teal
  • Embossing Powder ~ Shabby Blue, White, Baby Blue
  • Sequins in blue, teal, white
  • Jewelry findings – round discs
  • Seed Beads – Silver Lined Teal, 11/0
  • Strong liquid Glue

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I hope you’ve been inspired to grab your Little Birdie Crafts Supplies and create a mixed media card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey

Shabby Mixed Media Floral Wooden Heart

Hi everyone, it’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. I’ve created a romantic wooden heart featuring gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts flowers and mixed media products.

Do you adore texture as much as I do? In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create the delicate textures found on this shabby floral heart.

Step 1

Mix equal parts gesso and water to create a wash and brush one coat across the heart allowing the beautiful wood grain to show through. Don’t forget the sides. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.

Step 2

Use the fabulous Net Stencil to apply Grainy Texture Paste to opposite edges of the heart. While wet, sprinkle with pink super fine glitter. Set aside to dry.

**Tip** A coffee filter is a great way to catch excess glitter and return it to the container.

Step 3

Cut off a piece of cheesecloth that will fit across about 2/3 of the heart. Rub the edges to distress. Arrange across the heart and brush with Little Birdie Soft Matte Gel Medium to adhere.

Step 4.

Mist the heart with water and spatter teal watercolor medium randomly across the background. Tilt the heart in different directions to get the color to flow and move across the surface. Set aside to dry or use a heat tool.

Step 5.

Pull apart the pieces of a gear from the 3D Gear Wheel Primed Chipboard set and dab with white gesso using a foam stencil brush to get a lovely textured surface. Even though the chipboard comes beautifully primed, I wanted the pieces to be completely white since the embossing powder I used is somewhat translucent.

Allow the gesso to dry then dab the gears with embossing medium and cover with silver pearl embossing powder. Heat, then while still hot lightly sprinkle with teal blue embossing powder in random areas and heat again.

Step 6.

Die cut leaves from Bright White Premium card Stock.

Arrange flowers, butterflies, chipboard gears, lace, and die cut leaves. Adhere to the heart using a strong glue. I’ve used: Jamie, Moon Light; Camila, Arctic Ice; Beaded Micro Petals, Grape/Tan; Bouquet, Arctic Ice; Bouquet, Pearl Pink, Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies, Natural & Cream.

Step 7.

Find areas around the cluster that you want to fill in. Brush these places with a nice thick layer of Little Birdie Soft Matte Gel Medium and sprinkle with Crystal Drops, Deep Marine Microbeads, and pink prills. Set aside to dry.

Step 8

Use a dry brush to lightly apply white gesso to the flowers, cheesecloth texture, burlap butterflies, and beaded texture. While I had the gesso out, I also dry brushed the jute cord to hang the heart.

Step 9:

Lightly brush the beaded texture with Little Birdie Crafts Shimmery Sherbet Tinted Metallic Paint.

Step 10:

Brush magenta pan pastels randomly on the edges where there is texture and into the centers of the white flowers. Other types of pastels or ink would work for this accent color as well.

I also added the “Follow Your Heart” sentiment strip from my stash which is a perfect fit for this heart shaped decor piece.

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • Jamie ~ Moon Light
  • Camila Arctic Ice
  • Beaded Micro Petals ~ Grape/Tan
  • Bouquet ~ Arctic Ice
  • Bouquet ~ Pearl Pink
  • Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies ~ Natural & Cream
  • Primed Chipboard ~ 3D Gear Wheel
  • Premium Card Stock ~ Bright White
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Crystal Drops
  • Metal Microbeads ~ Deep Marine
  • White Gesso
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Acrylic Gel Medium ~ Soft Matte
  • Tinted Metallic Paint ~ Shimmery Sherbet
  • Stencil ~ Net 4×7″

Other Supplies:

  • Wooden Heart
  • Quote Chips
  • Lace Butterfly Sticker
  • Lace from my stash
  • 8mm Pearl ~ White
  • Bling Sticker
  • Embossing Pearl – Silver
  • Ultra Fine Glitter – Pastel Pink
  • Embossing Powder – Detail Capri
  • Watercolor ~ Teal Zircon
  • PanPastels – Magenta Shade
  • Prills – Tu-Tu Pink
  • Skeleton Leaves Thinlits Dies
  • 450 Quick Dry Adhesive
  • Mono MULTI Liquid Glue
  • Heat Tool
  • Paint Brushes
  • Foam Stencil Brush

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I hope you’ve been inspired to collect your Little Birdie Crafts mixed media supplies to create texture on your next project and embellish it with gorgeous Little Birdie flowers.

~ Blessings ~

Tracey