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Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card

Little Birdie Proper Gentleman Mixed Media Card

Hello,  Friends!  I made this Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card for our son’s birthday.  It was such a fun process that I decided to share the how-to’s with you here on the blog.  I know that masculine cards can be hard to cook up sometimes.  But with a few simple tricks in your crafty toolbox, you’ll find this card is very easy to make!

Scrappy Backgrouund

Little Birdie Crafts Classic Gentleman Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

First, gather up all  your little scrappy bits of Classic Gentleman.  They don’t have to  match.  Nor do they have to be the same size.  I love making this kind of mixed media background because it allows you to use up all those odd little bits and bobs of designer paper.

Now, cut a 5″ x 7″ panel of scrap cardstock.  Again, the color doesn’t matter one bit.  Whatever you have on hand will work.  Begin to glue down all the random pieces of designer paper.  You will have pieces that hang over the edge and you may have to overlap some pieces slightly to make them fit.

When the surface of the 5″ x 7″ panel is completely covered, trim it to measure 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.  Now the real fun begins!

Paint, Emboss, Repeat

Paint the entire surface of your patchwork creation with a coat of Tawny Metallic Paint.  Then heat dry it.  Next, ink the flat side of an embossing folder with Espresso Distress Oxide Ink.  Spritz the front of the painted panel lightly with water and place in the folder over the raised edge side.  Now close the folder and run it through your die cutting machine following the directions.

Then lightly dry brush the raised portions of the embossed design with Caribbean Blue Metallic Paint. Heat dry.  Now immediately brush a light layer of the Tawny paint over the surface again and wipe it back with a paper towel.  Finally, run the panel through the embossing folder again to achieve a deep impression.

Alter a key with paint and metallic wax glaze.  This makes a striking masculine embellishment for the card.

You can dilute Patina Glaze Metallic Wax with a little water and spatter it over the surface of the embossed panel.

Finish by glazing the chipboard word phrase with more of the metallic wax.  Then wrap the bottom of the panel with braided hemp.  Tie a knot, fray the edges and add a button and you’re done!

A Peek Inside

Finish the inside of the card with altered chipboard cogs and more designer papers.

If you don’t have this wonderful collection in your stash, I highly recommend it!

I hope I shared some tips and ideas you can use today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card

Little Birdie Crafts Aqua Medley Birthday Clock Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card with Aqua Medley Collection

Hello, Friends!  Today I have a summery Little Birdie Crafts Birthday Clock Card to share with you.  Summertime is birthday season in the Clement household.  We have 9 birthdays in a 2 month span, and that means a lot of card making goes on!  When you have that many special cards to make, a simple design comes in handy!

But a simply designed card can still look like a mini masterpiece if you play your cards right!  (Bad pun; I know, I know!)  If you have about 30 minutes to spare, you can make this very pretty card.

How to Make a Simply Fabulous Birthday Card in About 30 Minutes

  • First, cut a 6″ x 12″ panel of the burlap pattern from Aqua Medley. Score this in half at 6″ to form a 6 inch square top fold card.
  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ square of the blue floral pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.
  • Now adhere 2 vertical rows of 1″ wide ribbon on the right hand side of the card.  I use Scor-Tape to hold the ribbon in place.  Leave the ends of the ribbon long so that you can fold it around to the back side of the card. Back this panel with foam tape or dimensionals and set aside.
  • Then brush the Little Birdie Chipboard Clock with mica powder. Back with foam tape or dimensionals and adhere to a scalloped circle doily from the paper collection.  Place dimensionals on the back of this element and adhere over the ribbon panel.
  • Next, cut a 5″ square of white cardstock and  mat on a slightly larger panel of aqua cardstock.  Back with dimensionals.
  • Now center and adhere all the card panels to the card front.
  • Finish with ribbon and Arctic Ice Flowers.
A Peek Inside

Line the inside of the card with 5 3/4″ squares of Aqua Medley papers.  Then create a gift card pocket from an Aqua Mist Journal Card.  Decorate a 3″ x 5″ envelope with papers and a punch out doily and tuck it inside the pocket.

Frame a stamped sentiment with bits of left over foliage and glittered butterflies from the Ephemera Pack.

See?  I told you it was easy! The best part is you can use this same recipe with any paper collection and any theme.

You can find a linked supply list below the post.

Now I’d better get busy making more birthday cards!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor

Little Birdie Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Crafts Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial

Hello, Friends! This Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial is the perfect way to while away a sultry summer afternoon.  Beautiful flowers, cheery stacked teacups, and cheeky little birds beckon you to slow down the pace.  Stop and smell the flowers.

Mixed media is not my area of expertise.  But I do love to dabble.  There’s something liberating about slapping down paint and gel medium and a bunch of different textured layers.  This 8×8 wall  hanging was pure fun to make.  And, as you will see in the video tutorial below, it comes together very quickly!  That’s always a bonus.  I won’t belabor you with a lot of tips and such in this post.  You can hear me talk about them all in the video.  So we’ll just hit a few highlights and move things along quickly.

Decoupage Paper

The inspiration for this project is the stacked teacups and birdie image.  Little Birdie makes wonderful decoupage paper, and I finally had a chance to play with it.   It’s lovely stuff, and so easy to work with.  As you can see, the colors are rich and the images are wonderful. Each package comes with 2 sheets of 2 different designs.

After distressing layers of Woodland Stories Cardstock, I tore the focal image from the sheet of decoupage paper.  Be sure to ink the edges so that it will blend in nicely with the background.  Then, seal it to the base with gel medium.  Do both sides, front and back for a really good seal.

Although this was my first play with this paper, it won’t be my last.  It’s wonderful stuff!

Mixed Media Details

Here are some quick and easy ways to add mixed media details to a project.

  • Distressed edges add wonderful texture to the edges of cardstock.  Use a distressing tool, or simply run the blade of your scissors along the edge of the paper.  Little tears are even better!
  • Chalk paint is one of my favorite mediums.  You can paint edges, paint metals, spatter on the finished project, or brush on flower petals to add a wonderful shabby feel to your project.
  • Machine stitching adds texture, subtle pattern and helps to frame a piece.
  • Check your spice cabinet!  Mustard seeds and green peppercorns lend an organic feel to the composition.

Little Birdie Metallic Wax adds another layer of distressing to painted metals and resin.  I just rub it on lightly with my finger.  Primed chipboard can be used as is, rubbed with metallic wax, or painted and spritzed with mica sprays.  All these elements work together to make mixed media easy to do!

Woodland Stories Mixed Media Home Decor Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to see the steps that went into creating this bit of home decor, you watch me play in the video tutorial below.

I hope you enjoyed viewing this project as much as I enjoyed making it!  You can find a linked supply list below this post, just in case you feel the need to shop for some of these paper pretties!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial

Hello, Friends! Today is all about the guys with this Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial.  Back in January, I shared a Classic Gentleman Notebook Tutorial with you.  So I had lots of panels and pieces of this collection in my stash.  Rather than let them keep gathering dust, I decided to create a project that we could use for Father’s Day, Graduation, Retirement or birthdays.  Even though it  has some unique interactive elements, I think you’re  going to like how simple it is to put together.

Got Gears?

Little Birdie Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial by Kathy Clement PHoto 01

When it comes to masculine projects, steampunk is always a great choice.  All those gears and trains and mechanical drawings lend themselves to a project most men will enjoy.  The Little Birdie Primed Chipboard Gears on the cover of this album took a trip to the grunge factory to make them stand out on this folio cover.

  • First, tap the chipboard with VersaMark Embossing Ink.
  • Next, place the gears in a funnel tray or on a sheet of printer paper.
  • Now shake a jar of Seth Apter Chunky Rust Embossing Powder and sprinkle it liberally over the inked up gears.
  • Let the excess embossing powder slide off the gears.  Don’t tap or flick!  Just pick the chipboard up and let the extra powder slide off into the tray or onto the sheet of paper.

TIP: A word to the wise:  Always take a moment to pour the powder back into the jar.  Then make sure you cover the jar and move it to a safe place (i.e. away from the area where you will be using your heat gun.) BEFORE you start heat embossing.  If  you, like me, have ever ended up with a spilled jar of powder, or a jar that has been ruined by being exposed to heat, you are nodding your head right now.

  • Now heat emboss the chipboard.  Keep the tip of your heat gun moving around the surface so that you don’t accidentally burn the powder.  Heat until all the powder is melted.  This can take a few minutes depending on how hot your embossing gun is.
  • Once the first layer has cooled, randomly tap the surface with more VersaMark.  Then sprinkle random areas with Patina Oxide Embossing Enamel.  Heat emboss, cool and repeat until you are happy with the finish on your gears.
  • Adhere small metal gears over the centers of the chipboard gears for extra dimension and texture.
A Peek Inside

The inside of the folio  is pretty simple.  There are two flap pages: one inside the front cover and another inside the back cover.

Learn how to create a spine in the center of the album.  Then attach these fun flip pockets.

What’s behind the flap pages?  A kinetic waterfall on one side and a large photo mat with a journal card on the other.

TIP: Adhere just the bottom edge of the car image to the page.  Then tuck the journal card in behind in.  Now you can place a really large 5″ x 7″ photo on the page and journal or add a smaller photo behind the card.

I think you are going to love how easy it is to create the pocket and pull out page.  It’s so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t do it this way earlier!

TIP: Trim 4″ x 6″ journal cards to fit the cover of the pull out page.

The inside back cover is a mirror image of the front.  This really makes it easy to design pages!

Classic Gentleman Steampunk Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to  learn how to make this folio base, please enjoy this 20 minute video tutorial.  In it, we will learn how to create the folio cover and spine.  Then I’ll show you how to make the flap pages, pocket flaps and hidden pocket.  A tour of the finished folio has tips and tricks that you might find helpful.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Card

Little Birdie Crafts Celebrate Life Mixed Media Card by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Birthday Card

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re going to party with a Little Birdie Celebrate Life Mixed Media Birthday Card.  I’m of the opinion that one should be treated like royalty on one’s day of birth.  So I created a shabby chic birthday card that’s fit for a queen!

But that doesn’t mean this card is hard to make!   It’s all about simple layers, beautiful flowers and a few sneaky mixed media tricks.  These stress-free techniques make you look like a mixed media pro!

Quick and Easy Layers

  • Begin with a 6×6 top fold card base.  That’s easy, right?
  • Now cover the front with a 6×6 panel from Little Birdie’s Celebrate Life 12×12 pad.
  • Look through your stash for a square doily: cloth or paper is fine.  My cloth doily came from a thrift shop bin.  You could also add a square lacy die cut for this layer.
  • Next, stitch a 5″ square panel of the pink woodgrain cardstock to the doily.  Then center and adhere.
  • Finally die cut the bird image with a circle die.  If you don’t have a circle die, trace around a saucer, small bowl or other round object.  If you have an old compass in your stash, that works, too!  Back this image with dimensionals and adhere in the center of the card.
Simple Mixed Media Tricks and Tips

I love working with primed chipboard because it saves me a step.  Simply tap the chipboard with VersaMark Embossing Ink and then sprinkle with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel.  Now heat emboss until all the layers melt and blend.   I found an old Spellbinders Gilded Life Pendant in my stash.  Dry brush this with white chalk paint.  Then fill the center with some moss and wee colored eggs.  Add flat back pearls to finish.

Add a soft, shabby chic vibe to your Little Birdie Flowers by dry brushing them with white chalk paint.  When you dry brush, dip the tip of your brush in the paint.  Then swipe off most of the paint on a piece of paper or your craft mat.  Lightly feather the brush over the edges of the flower petals to give them that soft, painterly feel we love so much.

Then, dilute the paint on your craft mat and spatter it over the card front to add even more of a soft finish.

A Peek Inside

Cover the card interior with more designer papers.  Then decorate a side pocket with a 3×4 journal card and tuck in a chocolate. No birthday is complete without a bit of chocolate!  Die cut a Little Birdie Oval Tag and stamp it with a sentiment.  Then decorate with ribbon, mini key and cut apart images to finish.

Now you see how easy it is to make a birthday card that’s fit for royalty, I hope you’ll give it a try.

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

PS: We are still doing well….some days are better than others, but we are improving a bit every day!  Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your continued prayers!  I so appreciate you all!
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