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Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial

A Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  I just love traditional red and green Christmas cards, don’t you?  But every once in a while, I like to go off the beaten path and play with non-traditional Christmas colors.  And that’s how this Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial for Little Birdie Crafts came into being.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Little Birdie asked me to create a Christmas project this go round.  Since I did not have any Little Birdie Christmas papers, images or flowers, I had to get a little bit creative on this one.  So after I did a lot of thinking with my thunker, I decided that this pinkalicious Christmas card could pass muster.  What do you think?

This is a 6″ x 6″ top fold card made with papers from the Vintage Reflections and Aquarelle 12×12 paper packs.  I selected the “Celebrate” chipboard from the Birthday Wishes Primed Chipboard package.  I selected the candy cane image from a Gecko Galz Altered Christmas Digital Download.

TIP: To add lots of dimension to a project, print the image twice (3″ x 4″).  Cut out the candy cane and flower cluster from one image.  Adhere the cut out image to the print using dimensionals.  This makes a small image really POP on the page.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: The Flowers

Little Birdie Camila Moonlight Flowers come with foliage stems and coiled wire stems.  The Rosemund Pink Roses are soft and delicate, and I just love the fact that they come on stems with foliage and berries attached.  To add texture, dimension and fullness to the floral cluster, I tucked in Green Allium Foliage and Green Ferns.  The feathers from my stash help carry out the vintage vibe.

Fantasy Rose Shimmer Satin Ribbon is the perfect color match for the floral cluster. To add even more dimension and contrast to the flowers, dry brush on a mixture of Grainy Texture Paste and Fire Brick Metallic Paint.  While digging around in my Christmas embellishment stash, I found these miniature pink ornaments.  Sometimes it does pay off to pick up random things on sale!

Victorian Style is all about excess and abundance.  It was fun to take this creation over the top with florals, embellishments, texture and dimension!

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: A Peek Inside

The interior of the card is very simple, but still lovely.  The slash pocket is the perfect spot to tuck in a gift card or small treat.  The sentiment and ticket are also from Gecko Galz Altered Christmas.

Very Victorian Mixed Media Christmas Card Tutorial: Snapguide!

If you’d like to try your hand at this Victorian beauty, I’ve created an easy to follow Snapguide Tutorial to show you how.   There’s a complete supply list built into the Snapguide Tutorial for your convenience. I hope you enjoy!

 

Check out How to Little Birdie Crafts Victorian Pink Christmas Card by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

A Fond Farewell

This is my last post as a member of the Little Birdie Crafts Design Team.  I can’t believe how quickly the term has passed!   It’s been a very good experience for me: I’ve made new friends, learned some new techniques, discovered new products and had loads of fun sharing all of the above with you.  I’d like to thank my friends at Little Birdie Crafts for extending this opportunity to me.  I hope to be able to Guest Design for them from time to time in the future.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and Ideas today that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor for Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  We are still waiting for fall weather to arrive here in North Carolina.  I thought perhaps I could conjure up some cool crisp days with this Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor piece created for Little Birdie Crafts.  Fall flowers, a really cool textured wooden pumpkin and a matching hostess gift card sing Autumn Leaves to me!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

I tried some new mixed media techniques on this one, and I have to say, I’m super happy with the way it turned out.  The matching hostess gift card is made from the scraps I had on my table.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating the Base

The base for this project is a 12″ x 9″ wood pumpkin from Hobby Lobby.  You can use whatever you can find in your stash, or cut your own pumpkin shape from chipboard.

Begin by applying a liberal coat of Little Birdie Grainy Texture Paste over the surface.  Use a palette knife, or even an old credit card for this step.  Don’t worry about creating an even layer of texture paste; uneven looks better!  Use the side of your blade to remove paste from the grooves.  Then tap the surface to create raised ridges that resemble pumpkin skin.

Next, add color with Little Birdie Color Splash.  First put down a light coating of Lemon Zing.  Follow this with a layer of Paprika.  Then add just a few spritzes of Lime Splash.  Heat set between layers.  Repeat until you are happy with the results.

TIP:  Cover your work surface with old grocery bags, newspaper or garbage bags for easy cleanup.

TIP:  Spray Color Splash in light layers for best results.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Two Step Crackle Medium

The next step requires a little patience on your part.  To create this amazing texture, pour a layer of Little Birdie Two Step Crackle Medium (Base Coat)  over the surface of your pumpkin.  Use a foam brush to gently move the medium around, brushing as little as possible.  Then set it aside to dry overnight.  The finish will be slightly tacky in the morning, but that’s how it’s supposed to be.

Now pour Two Step Crackle Medium Top Coat in a thin layer over the entire surface.  Once again, use a foam brush to gently move the medium around.  Then let it set for a few hours, or gently heat set.  The medium will crackle as it dries, creating this cool effect.

Add walnut ink along the edges to create depth and dimension.  You may want to add more Color Splash, heat setting between layers, as I did.  The ink puddles into the cracks created by the Crackle Medium and looks amazing!

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Creating Depth and Dimension

Now comes the fun part: decorating your pumpkin!  Use an image from your stash to create a focal point.  I printed out THIS digital image twice, cutting out the girl and the wheat sheaves from one print.

Back the fussy cut image with foam adhesive or waste chipboard and adhere to the first image.  Tear bits of the bricks  and layer them behind the image.  Distress he brick papers from the 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew paper pack, tear off pieces and layer them behind the focal image. This creates loads of depth and dimension.  

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Grateful

The framed sentiment comes from the Think Positive Primed Chipboard pack.  Paint the frame with Orange Splash Chalk Paint that has been mixed with a little walnut stain.  Then heat emboss the letters with Rocky Road Baked Texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: The Flowers

Choose flowers that match the colors in your focal image for a well composed design.  All my flowers have been distressed with Walnut Cream and Orange Splash Chalk Paints mixed with walnut stain.  Just dry brush over the petals to create lovely texture.

Mixed Media Pumpkin Harvest Home Decor: Natural Sisal Fibre

Dye Natural Sisal Fibre with the same Color Splash Sprays that I used on the pumpkin base.

TIP:  Place the sisal fibre in a plastic grocery bag before you spray.  This keeps the mess off your work station, and off your hands.  I just smooshed the bag between my fingers to move the spray around.  So much less mess!

Harvest Themed Hostess Thank You Card

I had some leftover flowers and paper scraps, so I created this lovely hostess thank you card.

The base is a 6″ x 6″ kraft card from Little Birdie.  The image is another from the digital sheet I printed out for the pumpkin.

Distressed edges and ink spatter give this card a wonderful rustic feel.

The corrugate sentiment and chipboard are also from Little Birdie.

The inside has room to write a little note, and a tea bag pocket.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and techniques that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

Little Birdie Crafts Supplies:

  • 12″ x 12″ Texture Brew Paper Pack
  • Grainy Texture Paste
  • Two Step Crackle Medium
  • Rich Copper Fairy Dust
  • Golden Hearts Melange
  • Think Positive Primed Chipboard
  • Layla Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Andrea Mulberry Flowers
  • Andrea Vivid Palette Flowers
  • Little Birdie Foliage
  • Corrugated Kraft Thank You Wishes
  • Enchanting Scroll Primed Chipboard
  • Natural Sisal Fibre
  • Walnut Creme Chalk Paint
  • Orange Splash Chalk Paint

Other Supplies:

  • Walnut Stain
  • Gecko Galz Autumn Magic Digital Collage
  • Wooden Pumpkin

 

 

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  If I had to name my crafting kryptonite, I think it would have to be the 12×12 layout.  It’s just soooo many inches!  Usually, I try to avoid 12×12 layouts at all costs.  But this year has been all about moving myself out of my comfort zone.  So I pulled my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame and went about creating  this Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial to share with you today.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 01

Summer is waning here in North Carolina.  The days are getting shorter, but they are still hot and humid.  It’s a dreamy time of year. The light at this time of year has a wonderful golden quality to it.  And fat bumblebees have had so much nectar from all the flowers that they stagger from flower to flower. Sunsets are unusually spectacular this time of year as well.  I wanted to try and capture the rich, golden hues, the bursting flowers, the drunken bumblebees and the glorious sunsets in this canvas.  How did I do?

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial: Pretty Pictures

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 02

I’ve prepared a video tour and tutorial of the project for you, so I won’t belabor you with a lot of words here.   instead, I’ll just share a couple of photos, then we can dive right into the video tutorial.

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 03

Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 04

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial on YouTube

One thing I am learning about mixed media.  It all starts with a vision and then you just play with various mediums and elements until you have something that you are happy with.  There is always something new to learn, and that’s really fun.  I have a long way to travel in my pursuit of mastering mixed media, and this canvas is far from perfect.  But I feel like I expressed part of what I wanted to say in the color palette and composition on this one.  And that feels good.

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures!  Thanks so much for joining me!

Cheerio,

kathy

Little Birdie Crafts Sweet Life Mixed Media Canvas Tutorial Supply List

Please note: some items are not yet on the Little Birdie Website, so I could not link them here.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box with Little Birdie Crafts

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a little home decor project to share with you.  This shabby chic altered button box is a quick and easy project that you could adapt and use with any style of box.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box by Kathy Clement for Little Birdie Crafts Photo 08

As you well know, I have a “thing” for vintage buttons.  There’s something magical about the worn edges, the soft patina and the inner light in a true vintage button.  So when my sweet grandgirl gave me a little wooden trinket box for my birthday, I knew I eventually wanted to alter it and create a sweet storage spot for my favorite buttons.

Don’t they look great here?

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The Process

I started with this cute little 5″ x 3″ x 3″ wooden box.

First, add a single layer of Little Birdie Black Gesso.  Paint inside and out!

 

Next, add random brush strokes of Sand Stone Chalk Paint. Make the brush strokes go in different directions.  Then repeat this process using White Gesso.  Now let everything dry for a minute or two.  Then use a damp paper towel and scrub away portions of the paint/gesso to create a chippy, shabby chic finish.  Use a sanding block to take some small areas all the way back to the natural wood base.  If you take off too much paint/gesso, add more.  Then repeat the wiping off process.

When you are happy with the shabby chic/chippy finish, sponge on some Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  Then seal everything with Matte Gel Medium.  Let things dry.

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box: The finishing touches

Once the box is dry, cut panels of Vintage Reflections Paper to fit the recessed areas on the box.

Then wrap the box with 1 1/2″ wide Antique Gold Plaid Ribbon and tie a bow.  Tie a second bow with burlap string.  Top with a big fat vintage ivory button and a single Renae Swiss Mocha blossom.

Decorate the top panel with a Lucille flower and leaf cluster.  Add a small tag.  I just cut this from a scrap of paper and wrote the word “buttons” on it.  Then adhere some Adelina Swiss Coffee blossoms and a key to finish the tag.  Add more vintage buttons, sewing notions and a mini pair of scissors.

This is one of those easily adaptable home decor projects that would make great gifts.  Use different colors and make a beach themed box.  Use metallic paints for a steam punk themed box.  It’s a really fun addition to your craft room decor.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Shabby Chic Altered Button Box Supply List

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Baby projects are always so much fun to make!  This Vintage Style Baby Girl Tutorial is  easy to create and adorable! It uses one of my all time favorite color combos: pink and tan.

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

All together now…awwwwwwwwwww!  Now that we’ve got that out of our system, we can take a look at the details.  I designed this 6 1/2″ x 6″ trifold folio with a gatefold cover.  Vintage lace, soft peachy pink flowers, vintage style papers, distressed edges and a distressed die cut frame give it a real antique feel.

The frame is die cut from medium weight chipboard and designer paper using Tim’s Ornate Frame Bigz Die.  I’ve tapped it with paint to age it, then mounted one of his Lost Relatives photos behind it.  Sweet baby girl ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon ties the whole design together.

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 02

Of course, I had to add flowers.  These are from Little Birdie’s new Peach Blend line of blossoms.  The large ones are Serena Peach Blend,  Tiny white Moonlight Beaded Blooms look so sweet tucked in between the larger blossoms.  The sweet flower cluster on the frame is Daniela Peach Blend.  I’m not sure when these will be available to the public, but I hope it is soon because I want more!

Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial: A Quick Peek Inside

Little Birdie Crafts Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 03

The inside of this sweet folio has room for a large 4″ x 4″ photo with journaling space on the left.  On the  right hand side you will find a pocket/gift card combo.  The center is a neat accordion fold mechanism.  The video walk through and tutorial below will reveal all the elements.  Then you’ll be able to create this base, the flaps, pockets and mechanisms by following the step by step photo tutorial.  It’s such a fun, easy design that I think you will want to adapt it for lots of different uses.

Vintage Style Baby Girl Folio Tutorial on YouTube

I hope the tips, techniques and ideas in this video tutorial got your creative juices flowing.  If so I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.  And remember, there’s a linked supply list at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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