Paper Moon Mixed Media Card

Hello Little Birdie fans  I am so glad you stopped by.  I am very excited to be sharing a new whimsical/Mixed Media card for Little Birdie Crafts .  I am having so much fun with their fabulous products – there is no end to the possibilities!  For this card I have used some of the stunning Chipboard, stencil, Embossing Paste, flowers and more.

Trim the packaging from the Chipboard Floral Corner and adhere to a piece of patterned paper  15cm x 10cm using double sided tape.  Glue the Chipboard Floral Corner x2 to opposite corners of the card front.

NOTE:  Little Birdie Crafts packaging is perfect to add to projects as it has such wonderful backgrounds and adds a unique touch.

Pop up the hand-cut image onto the top right corner using foam tape for dimension.  Secure the Dots Stencil to the card front using re-positional tape.  Apply Embossing Texture Paste – Avocado Smoothy to the stencil using a spatula, remove any excess before removing the stencil.  Set the Embossing Paste using a Heat tool until it expands.

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

Arrange the flowers onto the lower left corner of the card front, once you are happy with the placement glue them in place.  Trim the  Bloom Fence Blush.  Glue the top portion from the bottom left corner to the Chipboard Floral Corner, – tucking under some of the petals.  Wrap a few strands of the Sisal Fibre Natural  around the lower portion of the card front, securing in a knot at the front of the  Bloom Fence Blush.

Glue two  Burlap Mini Beaded Butterflies to the card front, fitting in with the flowers,  Add random touches of white paint to the end of the flower petals and to the butterflies. Finish by popping up the card front onto a slightly larger pre-cut card base using foam tape for dimension.

NOTE:  Photographing your card before adhering the flowers and other embellishments helps when deciding if they are positioned correctly.

Supplies from Little Birdie Crafts

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

Mixed Media Twin Tags

Hola!!!

Nuneka here with a new DT project. One of the things I like more is making mixed media tags. It is challenging because you work in a small space, but it is also a lot of fun cause the truth is that you can do a lot of things in that small surface and use as many products as you want to. So I decided to make twin tags combining the same elements in different colors. Let’s get started with this new tutorial.

STEP 1

I cut two pieces of cardboard (6 x 3½ inches) and covered them with one of the beautiful papers of Texture Brew collection, using Soft Gel Medium to glue it. Then I protected the paper with clear gesso.

TIP: Cut your paper slightly bigger than the tag so you can cover the edges too. Cutting off small triangles close to every corner, will make it easier to fold the paper.

STEP 2

To add color to the tags I put ink from an ink pad directly on my mat and spray with water. Then I use a piece of acetate to pick part of that ink and stamp on the tags. I dry very well before adding the next color, so they don’t mix.

TIP: You can apply this technique using sprays, watercolors, acrylics or whatever paint you want.

STEP 3

As my backgrounds are quite colorful, I feel I want to add some white. So I use a couple of Primed Chipboards and cover them with white embossing powder, cause I also like some texture.

TIP: For a better finish, add two coats of embossing powder.

STEP 4

In order to add some light to the background, I mix a small amount of Tinted Metallic Paint with water and make some splatters. Then I dry well. The shimmer is stunning!!

TIP: Don’t add too much water. If the mix is too liquid, the paint will mix with the ink of the background. If you want big splatters, use a bigger brush.

STEP 5

It is time to prepare all the elements for the composition. I cut some pieces of Cheese Cloth, select several Little Birdie Flowers that match with the backgrounds, a couple of beautiful Little Birdie Foliage, and other elements. As these are twin tags, I use teal flowers for the pick background and pink flowers for the teal background.

TIPS: Play around with your flowers and elements before gluing them until you feel you like the composition. Accommodate your flowers with your fingers so they look more natural and not so flat.

STEP 6

I glue the chipboards I’ve prepared first, I place the cheese cloth and then the tiny frames. Then I add the flowers and foliage.

TIP: Try to stick some of the elements a little “out” of the tag, this gives movement to your projects.

STEP 7

I glue some few Crystal Drops to add interest. I use Gel Medium Matte and put a little amount inside the frame and on top of the Cheese Cloth. I also stick a sentiment on each tag and tiny butterflies.

TIP: Don’t add too many shinny elements, remember to keep the balance!

STEP 8

Last step is adding some ribbon and a little hanging embellishment. I chose matching colors and tie everything well. Finally I glue some few transparent micro beads.

TIP: Use your stash. Look what you already have and make your own embellishments, use your imagination to create unique pieces.

The tags are done and I’m very happy with the result. They have a romantic and sophisticated look given by the pretty flowers and the other elements, but also a powerful kinda chaotic background, cause that is how I am: sweet but strong.

Here are some close ups where you can see how beautiful the different elements look: form the shinny splatters of the background to the elegant chipboards.

 

I love the delicate look given by the Crystal Drops.

Combining different packs of flowers you’ll get a more natural look.

I do hope you like my twin tags and that this tutorial inspires you to make your own.

You can watch full tutorial on this video.

These are the Little Birdie products I’ve used in this project:

 

See you very soon!! xoxo

 

 

 

Vertical Garden

 

Hello friends, thank you for stopping by and for the comments you have left – every one of them is read and appreciated!  I have been inspired by the posts of my Design Team members. Keeping the Succulent theme in mind today, I am creating a  Vertical Garden – I have seen these done on garden walls – but this one will be a home decor piece. You can see how I have created it as you follow along with the tutorial.

I have used one of the little trays that wooden embellishments often come in – I have a number of these and always knew I would use them one day.  I started by colouring the edges of the frames and the outside using ink.  Next I cut and glued small squares into each opening using some patterned paper – this is a great way to use leftovers and to give a lovely background.

I started at the centre and glued one of the Cactus Combo at an angle and built outwards using both big and small succulents and flowers.  The flowers from the Succulent Burlap Patch have been removed from the Burlap Strip and used separately.  The finished look is very full and very eclectic. 

If unsure of how it is looking, I find taking a photo will show any ‘flat spots’.  Keep going until you are happy with the look – the patterned paper behind the succulents and flowers helps blend any gaps.

Using a background frame or canvas, adhere the Stencil Rectangle Jumble to the first corner using repostional tape to prevent it from moving.  Add a few drops of colour to the  Grainy Texture Paste and mix well, apply using a spatula.  Apply randomly to each corner and a small amount along the edges – do not try and make it all even – we are not wanting a ‘perfect’ look.  Glue the Verical Garden to the frame/canvas.

Trim the chipboard sentiment and glue above the Vertival Garden, finishing the sentiment using Alpha Stickers. Mixing sentiment fonts adds another point of interest. Glue the Chipboard Scroll Border below the Vertical garden.  I have added a light coat of white paint to the chipboard with a Sponge Dauber to make it ‘pop’, followed by a clear coat to seal it all.

At this point I also randomly, and lightly, added some white paint to some of the stenciling, to soften the look slightly.  It all comes down to personal taste – it is very easy to make it your own style – remember there is no right or wrong when you create ‘Art from the Heart!’

Supplies used from Little Birdie Crafts

I look forward to seeing you again in a couple of weeks with a new project to share with you – 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