Home decor: Wall clock

Hi there creative friends!

Wall clocks have always been a favorite item for me to create. This time I used the Black Currant Color Splash watered down like water color paint to color the white Little Birdie flowers and I also mixed it with clear soft wax over chalk paint to create depth. I like to combine Steampunk elements with more feminine elements like flowers to create a softer feel.

 

Supplies

Step 1

Stencil gears with the Mixed Media paste randomly across a circle canvas and leave to dry. Once dry paint the top and sides with a light coloured chalk paint. Leave to dry.

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Step 2

Stencil Tinted Metallic Paint : Golden Plum randomly through the “Spotty” stencil across the canvas.

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Step 3

Adhere twine with Gel Medium to the sides of the circle canvas.

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Step four

Spritz a little Black Currant Color Splash on your craft sheet and dilute with a little water to form water-color paint. Paint some of the white flowers. Leave to dry.

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Step 5

Apply clear wax across the surface, then ad dark wax and the Color Splash to create definition and depth. Once dry, dry brush the raised areas with Tinted Metallic Paint: Golden Plum.

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Step 6

Insert the clock mechanism but do not attach the clock arms yet. You can put the battery in. Decorate with flowers and gears, e few buttons and pearls. Finally ad the arms and your done!

Here are a few close up photos of my clock:

I hope this leaves you inspired to create something beautiful !

I used the following Little Birdie Craft supplies for this project:

Magical Birthday Card

 

Hello Little Birdie fans  I am so glad you have stopped by.  I am very excited to be sharing a new whimsical card for Little Birdie Crafts .  This month I am having a lot of fun creating using the clear stamps and more – there is no end to the possibilities!

How adorable is this unicorn – who can resist it – not me that is for sure!  For my card I have used one of the clear stamp sets,  stencil, Sparkle paste and some of the fabulous sparkle using Heart Melange.

Secure the Honey Comb Design stencil over white card stock using repositional tape.  Sponge the centre of the cardboard using pink ink and a sponge dauber,  Randomly apply Sparkle Paste- Passion Pink using a spatula. I have tried to keep the Sparkle Paste to the lower portion of each honeycomb to give the impression of dimension.

NOTE: Wash the Stencil and Spatula with warm water straight away before it sets.

Stamp the sentiment onto white card stock and die cut using a circle die. While the sentiment is still in the die, sponge around the inside edges using pink ink.

NOTE:  Sponging inside the die with ink gives the impression of another layer without adding the bulk.

Stamp the Unicorn onto white card stock, colour using medium of choice.  Fussy cut/hand cut using scissors and pop up on the right side of the sentiment circle using foam tape. Pop up onto the centre of the card front using 3D Foam Squares

Glue three flowers below the sentiment circle, with one Beaded Micro Florettes either side, along with one on the top right corner.  Randomly adhere Hearty Melange – Fuchsia Hearts around the top portion of the circle.

Little Birdie Products Used:

 

I hope you are inspired to ‘get your art on’ and create something using beautiful Little Birdie Craft products – there are so any to choose from.  I look forward to bringing you another tutorial in a couple of weeks – in the meantime don’t forget to check out the tutorials on the Little Birdie Crafts Blog by the other Design Team Members – they inspire with every post!

{{{hugs}}} and Happy creating

A Special Thankyou Card

Hello Little Birdie fans!  My name is Maggi Harding and I am delighted to be guest designing for Little Birdie Crafts!  I live in North Carolina, one of the east coast states of the  US. I am a happily retired, stay at home, crazy, paper loving, scrap artist, living with my husband and two standard poodles girls.

My art style is all over the place and I like to do everything from layouts to cards to dimensional off the page projects.  Some days I work with soft vintage or heritage colors, and other days, I go for bright, bold and dramatic!

Today, I am saying thank you to Little Birdie Crafts for having me as a guest designer with this thank you step card tutorial.  I am a mad fan of their flowers, they are the best! But, in addition to drop dead gorgeous flowers, Little Birdie Crafts has an extensive range of crafting products.  You can shop their store and find many, many, things you need!

 

Elements of the card

In the center of the card I used 2 pieces of Little Birdie Chipboard.  It comes already primed (I love that!) and ready for whatever medium you decide to use.  I chose my favorite go to product, embossing enamel.

 

 

Of course, we must take a look at these gorgeous flowers!  The 3 center flowers are Symphony Orchid Sparkle flowers, they are divine!  They have a subtle orchid color and  pretty sparkle.  I’ve flanked them with Pauline Swiss Coffee.  I love these, they are like little vines with 2 blooms and leaves on a floral stem.  You know what I love most about Little Birdie flowers?  It’s that they come with beautiful greenery that has such a realistic appearance.

 

To finish it off I added this gorgeous vellum butterfly that came from a package of Florita flowers.

 Now that we’ve taken a close look at my card, let’s see how you can make this card.

Tutorial

Step 1:

Carefully cut out the card base following the template below.  You can download the template here.  I suggest you make a practice card base first so that you understand the cuts and folds before cutting your good design paper.  It is not hard, it can just be a little confusing the first time around.  Once you are comfortable with the design, cut the card base from your choice of paper. You need to use a heavy weight paper so that the card will stand up appropriately.

 

Fold where indicated on the dotted lines so that it looks like this:

Here is a side view of the card base with the proper folds.

 

Step 2:

Cut 2 strips of white wood grain paper from Little Birdie’s Texture Brew paper collection, 1 1/4″ x 3″.  Then, cut another strip 1 1/4″ x 6 3/4″ from the same paper.

Next cut two circles, one with a 4″ diameter and one with a 4 3/4″ diameter.

Ink the edges of the strips and circles if desired.

Step 3:

Now adhere the two 3″ strips to the sides of the card and adhere the long strip at the bottom as shown in the photo below.

 

Step 4:

Now adhere the larger circle in the center of the card as shown.  Next use dimensional foam tape to pop up the smaller circle and adhere it to the larger circle.

 

Step 5:

Next we’ll use a Little Birdie 3″ chipboard circle and the chipboard words, Thank you.  Dab the circle and words with embossing ink and sprinkle with your choice of embossing powder.  I’ve use white as it goes nicely with the wood grain paper.  Heat set the embossing powder and then adhere to the front of the card as shown in the photo below.

 

Step 6:

Time for my favorite part, adding the flowers!  Arrange the flowers in a manner that is pleasing to you and adhere to the card.  Take care to adhere the flowers only to the center panel or bottom of the card.  If you glue to the folded step part, your card won’t fold out properly.

Tie a pretty bow and tuck in underneath the largest flower.

 

 

That’s all there is to it, add a message inside and you have a beautiful one of a kind card to gift to a special person.

Supplies Used from Little Birdie Crafts

Thanks so much for joining me here today at Little Birdie Crafts!

Maggi