Hello Little Birdie Crafts fans!!
It’s Tracey back to share a new project with you. I think we all have a few items (or perhaps a substantial hoard of items) in our crafty areas just longing to be altered into beautiful home decor pieces. The shaped chipboard piece I used as the base for my wall hanging came from an old chipboard mini album but you could also use a shaped MDF or wood board, or even cut your own beautiful shape from a piece of chipboard or packaging.
The Little Birdie Woodland Stories collection includes the green paper that I used for the background with an amazing grungy/distressed design, which I just adore. Of course, this collection includes such amazing flowers that coordinate perfectly. In the tutorial below I share how I created the glittered butterfly using Little Birdie Glitters and how to alter amazing primed chipboard to get both a vintage feel for the Scroll Border and a rusty patina effect on the mesh piece, so be sure to scroll on down to see how I put this DIY home decor piece together.
Select a sheet of paper from the Woodland Stories 12×12″ Paper Collection. I used the sheet with a grungy green center surrounded by flowers. Cut a rectangle an inch or so larger than the shaped chipboard piece from the solid grungy area of the paper.
Brush the back of the paper and the front of the board with soft gel medium to adhere the paper. While the gel medium is still wet, roll over the paper with a brayer. If you don’t have a brayer, you can cover the top of the paper with a scrap paper like a sheet of computer paper and rub over it with your fingers to remove any air bubbles and to get a good bond between the paper and chipboard.
***Tip*** I have found that despite using a brayer, I would still get air pockets trapped under the paper, so I thought I would try brushing the front and back of the paper with clear gesso before adhering. The paper went on much more smoothly and didn’t have the typical air pockets. Little Birdie has just released clear gesso, so be sure to try it out.
Allow the gel medium to dry completely. I let mine sit for about 2 hours sandwiched between glass plates with weight on top to help it dry flat.
Use scissors to trim around the board then use sandpaper to achieve a nice smooth finish along the edges.
Cut a piece of double sided adhesive sheet a little larger than a butterfly die (Or any die you have in your stash that would go well with the other elements you are using for your project). Remove one of the backing sheets and apply it to a sheet of Little Birdie Crafts White Premium Card Stock. Trim around the outside of the adhesive sheet area so it can go through a die cut machine. Place the die with the cutting side over the adhesive sheet side of the paper and run it through your die cutting machine to cut out the butterfly shape.
Remove the remaining backing sheet from the butterfly and sprinkle with Pale Gold Fairy Dust Glitter. Repeat for the body section using Tawny Gold Fairy Dust Glitter. Use your fingers to rub the glitter into the adhesive then remove any excess glitter with a soft brush or canned air.
Apply glue to the back of the butterfly and adhere to a section of the same grungy background paper that was used on the chipboard base.
***Tip*** Be sure to leave an unglued space at the edges of the butterfly so you will be able to cut cleanly around it. Originally I was going to leave the back open, but it was too busy with the mesh chipboard background behind it.
Brush this gorgeous Scroll Border Primed Chipboard piece with white gesso and allow to dry. Use permanent brown ink to stamp a script design over the gessoed chipboard piece. Allow to dry completely. I then heat embossed with a vintage beeswax embossing powder which is translucent and allows the script design to show through.
If you don’t have this type of embossing powder, you could apply distress ink in a vintage color and then cover with a clear coat like glossy accents to get a similar effect.
Cut a piece of Mesh Primed Chipboard into an organic shape to fit the space underneath the butterfly.
Brush with white gesso and while wet, sprinkle with Little Birdie Texture Sand. Allow to dry and brush on another coat of white gesso and set aside to dry.
Once dry, spritz the chipboard with water and with a small brush dab on Tinted Metallic Paint in Tawny Glint which is a beautiful coppery color and Caribbean Teal to give a patina effect. Spritz again with water while the paint is wet to help move the paint to get a weathered look. I applied the paint several times until I got the weathered patina look I was going for.
Use a soft brush to apply Rich Gold Metallic Wax over the entire Mesh Chipboard piece. I like to use a make up brush to apply wax. One that is soft, but still has enough body to pick up the wax. The wax gives such a rich metallic look to the piece!
Alcohol Splash is perfect for coloring clear embellishments. I had these gem stickers in my stash, but thought gold would be a better color for this project, so a quick spritz with Golden Mocha Gold Alcohol Splash gave transformed them to the perfect hue without taking away any of the sparkle.
Color a sentiment strip with distress inks to coordinate with the background paper.
Arrange gorgeous Little Birdie Flowers and chipboard onto the board and then adhere with Little Birdie Heavy Gel Medium and Silicone Glue. I used the following flowers from the amazing Woodland Stories Collection: Fairy Rosa; Alvero; Marina; Whitney; and Arcadia.
Apply the glittered butterfly and sentiment with foam tape.
***Tip*** I always add some silicone glue to the foam tape when using on a mixed media background for a stronger bond.
Use Little Birdie Crafts Soft Gel Medium to adhere sequins, seed beads, and beautiful Little Birdie Crafts Summer Gold Metal Microbeads at diagonal corners of the cluster.
To add a bit of subtle design to the bottom and edges of the piece, I stamped a scroll design using permanent grey ink.
Cover the sentiment, butterfly and flowers and spatter with Charcoal Color Splash. Ideally this should have been done before adhering the flowers and other elements, but It wasn’t until I had “finished” the wall hanging that I realized it needed a little more grunge. Yes, a little of the spatter got onto the edges of a few flowers, but it just adds to the grungy feel so I don’t mind.
A long bristled liner paintbrush is great for getting small spatter by loading it with the color splash and tapping over your project, however, it is hard to control where the spatter ends up, so to get in closer to the flowers, I dipped an old toothbrush into the Color Splash and ran my fingers over the bristles to get the super fine spatter where I wanted it to go.
Little Birdie Crafts Supplies
- Woodland Stories ~ 12×12″ Paper Collection
- Premium Card Stock ~ Bright White
- Woodland Stories Flowers ~ Fairy Rosa
- Woodland Stories Flowers ~ Alvero
- Woodland Stories Flowers ~ Marina
- Woodland Stories Flowers ~ Whitney
- Woodland Stories Flowers ~ Arcadia
- Primed Chipboard ~ Scroll Border
- Primed Chipboard ~ Mesh
- Fairy Dust Glitter ~ Pale Gold
- Fairy Dust Glitter ~ Tawny Gold
- Gesso ~ White
- Soft Gel Medium ~ Matte
- Heavy Gel Medium ~ Matte
- Gold Alcohol Splash ~ Golden Mocha
- Color Splash ~ Charcoal
- Tinted Metallic Paint – Tawny Glint
- Tinted Metallic Paint – Caribbean Teal
- Metallic Wax ~ Rich Gold
- Metal Microbeads ~ Summer Gold
- Texture Sand
- Quote Chips
- Bling Stickers
- Sequins ~ Chocolate
- Seed Beads ~ Gold
- Gesso – Clear
- Emboss It Dabber
- Distress Ink ~ Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce, Bundled Sage
- Embossing Powder ~ Vintage Beeswax
- Dove Gray Permanent Ink Pad
- Vintage Sepia Permanent Ink Pad
- Ledger Script Stamp
- Nature’s Elements Stamp with Scroll
- Theo Butterfly Die
- Wonder Tape ~ Foam Tape
- Adhesive Sheets
- Liquid Glue
- Heat Tool
Thanks for stopping by!
~ Blessings ~