Mixed Media Photo Frame

Hello Creative peeps, this is my last post for Little Birdie crafts as we come to an end of the Design Team term. For this month’s project I have created a functional mixed media photo frame and captioned it – Adventure awaits.

I had an old metal photo frame which I wanted to transform. It had a coat of homemade chalk paint which I scraped thoroughly with a sandpaper before starting with a coat of White Gesso. I let the green tint stay on the frame as is, in some places.

Once the Gesso was dry, I added a layer of crackle paste on the edges with the help of a palette knife. I let the Crackle Paste dry naturally.

I added texture with the help of Monte Marte modelling paste and stencil rectangle jumble. Once it dried, I added diluted chalk paints in Mango, Rose Blush, Sangria and let it run in crevices of textures I created. I realized my phone was dead and I missed taking pictures of this part of the process.

Once my textures and colours dried, I added a trim from my stash, a hot air balloon from primed chipboard “Up and Away“, ephemera from Shabby Chic Bouquet collection and flowers Amica – Celebrate Life , Elvina – Amor Mio, Agnes – Celebrate Life and some die cut leaves to make a composition. I added some script background stamp in places to give it a vintage look. I titled it : Adventure awaits”. I added a black and white postcard to the frame which I had bought during my trip to Vietnam.

I hope you will get inspired by this project and give your old frames a makeover.

Till next time around- Ciao


Shabby Fall Card

Hello dear Little Birdie Crafts fans! It’s Tracey back with a new project to inspire you. Fall is just around the corner. I’ve been seeing fall projects pop up on social media, so I just couldn’t resist pulling out Little Birdie’s gorgeous Woodland Stories paper and flowers with their beautiful fall colors to create a card.

I have created a photo tutorial to share all the details of how I put this card together. Enjoy!

Tips and Techniques:

Step 1:

Select papers from the ‘Woodland Stories’ collection 12×12″ set. Cut the border paper to 5×7″ and the focal paper to 4 5/8 by 6 5/8″

Step 2:

Use a foam applicator to lightly rub white gesso randomly over the background, just enough to add a shabby feel to the paper without completely covering over the design and lovely color. I used a paper towel to blend the gesso and remove any excess. I also sponged on a little white gesso around the edges of the paper that will frame the card.

Step 3:

Ink up the beautiful Little Birdie ‘Melody’ stamp with permanent back ink, then stamp it off onto a scrap of paper two or three times, so just a little ink remains (for 3rd generation stamping). Curve the stamp around your fingers to randomly stamp the music lines across the background, re-inking and stamping off excess ink as needed. Curving the stamp helps achieve the organic edges.

The stamping was still a little too dark, so I used the same foam applicator to lightly dab and rub white gesso over the stamping, again rubbing off any excess with a soft paper towel. Be sure to allow the ink to fully dry before applying the gesso. If you look closely, you can see that I didn’t wait, and there’s a smeared area in the top center section. But no worries as it ended up getting covered up. There’s always some way to hide those little mistakes.

I’ll be adding stenciling over this, so also brushed on a coat of clear gesso to help seal the paper and reduce warping.

Step 4:

Apply Mixed Media Paste to the right side through the Fleur-de-lis Trellis Stencil. Heat set or set aside to dry.

Step 5:

Select flowers and foliage in fall colors. Here, I’ve used the following flowers from the Woodland Stories collection: Heleen; Marina; Elvina; and Pearl Butterflies.

Step 6:

Cut out two tags from the image sheet in the Woodland Stories 12×12″ paper set.

Step 7:

Dry brush the flowers and tags with white gesso. On the tags use a foam applicator then, rub and blend with a soft paper towel as you apply the gesso.

Step 8:

Select gorgeous Little Birdie Crafts laser cut chipboard. Here I’m using: Playful Circles; Mesh (cut in half down the center); Celebrate Together (Enjoy); and Butterfly Floris. I just adore how the stenciling coordinates with the mesh piece!

Step 9:

Heat emboss all the pieces except the wings with aged bronze embossing powder. I also ended up dry brushing these pieces with a little white gesso.

Step 10:

Heat emboss the wings with dusk embossing powder, then add a layer of opaline, which is a translucent pearlescent powder.

Step 11:

Arrange and adhere the embellishments with the flowers curving around the Playful Circle Chipboard.

Step 12:

Mix white prills into Acrylic Matte Gel Medium and brush randomly across the larger flowers. I just wanted a little extra texture, so didn’t add too many.

Step 13:

Use Acrylic Matte Gel Medium to adhere Green Melody Metal Microbeads and white prills to fill in along the bottom of the cluster. Once the gel medium has had a chance to dry, go back and dry brush lightly over the green microbeads with white gesso.

Additional Close-Ups:

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

Other Supplies:
Ranger ~ Emboss It Dabber
Prills – Minnie Pearls
Embossing Enamel – Aged Bronze
Embossing Powder ~ Baked Velvet – Dusk
Embossing Powder ~ Opaline
Silicone Glue

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve been inspired to pull out your Little Birdie Crafts supplies to create a beautiful card for someone special in your life.

~ Blessings ~


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Upcycled Plank Wall Decor- ‘Life is Beautiful’

I had an old plank which I wanted to upcycle rather than throwing in the dump. I started by giving it a coat of white gesso and used Mont Marte modelling paste and different stencils from my stash to give a background to my plank.

I added colors in yellow and pink for my background and watered them down, for this I have used Archival Multi-surface paints Pink Swirl and Dandelion.

I created embellishments out of Mont Marte modelling paste since I didn’t have any clay in my stash. I added the modelling paste to my mould and let it dry completely. It only took couple of hours for it to dry since I stay in a tropical place. Depending on where you stay these modelling paste embellishments can dry up in few hours or few days.

I gave a coat of gesso first and colored the embellishments with chalk paint Misty Rose and watered it down. Then I used tinted metallic paint – Golden Glaze to highlight the textures and high points

I fussy cut some elements from the Little Birdie Shabby Chic Bouquet paper pack

I used some leaf die cuts and colored them with the help for water brush with alcohol ink Paprika and Citron Breeze and distress ink Picked Raspberry from my stash.

I made a composition of all my embellishments, leaves, Little Birdie fussy cut elements and flowers from Celebrate Life collection- Celestina, Amica, Agnes in pink and white Elira and Deborah. I added some micro beads with the help of soft gel and added a sentiment “Life is Beautiful” from a stamp set from Little Birdie sentiment stamps.

I hope you liked my upcycle project and will give it a try. Use code Sumedha5 for an additional 5% discount if you want to buy products used here.

Till Next time- Ciao