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Hello everyone, Lisa here with my most recent creation for the Itsy Bitsy design team. This month we have been looking at the stunning Itsy Bitsy decoupage papers. There is a fabulous range of excellent quality decoupage papers on the website, a whole collection of beautiful colours, patterns, themes, vintage,  vibrant… to suit everyone’s taste.

For my project I chose to work with the A4 Butterfly Chronicle decoupage sheets.

Here is my finished creation.

Here is the step by step process of how I created my project.

I started with a MDF wooden box a bit smaller than A4 in size which I painted with Itsy Bitsy 2 in 1 white gesso & modelling paste.

I painted the inside and the edges of the box with Wild Wasabi chalk paint.

I chose the decoupage paper I wanted to use on the lid of the box and adhered it using watered down craft glue.

I prefer to rub the paper with the flat of my hand to get all the bubbles out from under the paper. I find this works better than using a paintbrush, as a brush can sometimes be too harsh and can rip the paper.

I added the decoupage paper around the sides of the box and left to dry.  When the decoupage paper was fully dry, I cut off the excess with scissors then sanded the edges with sandpaper to get a nice neat edge to the sides and the lid of the box.

 

I added some brown ink to the edges of the box and the inside, to give it a more antiqued, distressed look.

I then added some of the Wild Wasabi chalk paint to the lid of the box.

Then, I added splashes of Charcoal Color Splash and Gold Nugget Alcohol Splash.

Now for the decoration…. I intend this box to be a storage area for my excessive paintbrush collection. Yes, I admit I have more paintbrushes than a normal person needs, yet, it seems I can never find one when I need one! So hopefully this will be a safe place for my wondering paintbrushes.

I took a large paintbrush and gave it a few coats of the white 2 in 1 gesso & modelling paste and let it dry.  I wanted to add lots of texture to the paintbrush and because the Itsy Bitsy gesso is a 2 in 1, the modelling paste allows some super texture to be added to a project.

I added a light touch of the Wild Wasabi chalk paint to the paintbrush.

Then added some Gold Nugget Alcohol Splash and some splashes of the Charcoal colour splash and left to dry.

Next, I took a small amount of the Texture Sand Stones and the Mixed Media Stones and put them on to a piece of old packaging. I added drips of the Gold Nugget Alcohol Splash to colour the sand and stones and left to dry.

I added some of the Assorted Twisted Jute and wrapped it around the paintbrush using Soft Gel Medium to adhere it in areas.

I chose Little Birdie Flowers, an assorted 8 pieces pack to add to the box lid.

I arranged the flowers and added the Texture Sand and Mixed media stones to the paintbrush, and some of the flower petals and to the box lid.

And here is the finished box with some close-ups.

Thank you so much for popping along to the Itsy Bitsy blog today to see my creation. I hope you like it, leave me a comment to let me know what you think.

Toodles for now, Lisa xxx

Here are all the Itsy Bitsy products I used.

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Hello arty crafty folks! Hope you all had a relaxing time with family and friends this summer and crafted to your heart’s content!  Soon the monsoons will arrive but nothing can ever dampen a crafter’s spirit…so, I am here once again with the story of another talented crafter in “Crafter in the Spotlight”. Let’s see what inspired Richa Tainwala from Kolkata to follow her passion for crafting.

Born and raised in Kolkata, Richa is a full-time homemaker and a zealous crafter, who is now settled in Bangalore. Richa has been inclined towards art and craft since childhood. She loves experimenting with newer techniques all the time and has recently fallen in love with Decoupage.

Read further to find out what are Richa’s favourite craft forms, about her crafting style, her favourite Itsy Bitsy’s offerings and catch glimpses of some beautiful projects by Richa. Don’t forget to shower some love and best wishes on her in the comments section.

Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Richa Tainwala: Hello everybody! This is Richa here. I am from Kolkata, born and raised here, but currently I live in Bangalore. I am a trained Montessori Teacher. Presently, apart from being a crafter, I am a full time, hands-on Mom to my 2 beautiful girls.

RC: How did you get into crafting?

 RT: Drawing, sketching, painting and crafting have always been my hobbies and passion since childhood. I remember making cards in all occasions. I also used to make lots of charts and drawing in school. I was inspired by my parents, especially my father who would take great joy in teaching me crafts. I learnt needle-work from my mother and I absolutely love cross-stitch. My husband supported me when I started crafting full time. He even helped me out with the logo for my venture. He would love to see me take my crafting passion to the next level.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?

RT: It is very difficult to single out any one kind of craft. I love doing gift packing. I have started doing decoupage on boxes, holders and it is my current favourite! I am a self-trained crafter and have learned a lot through YouTube videos and tutorials.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

RT: I love the Chalk Paints, Two step crackle medium, Alcohol Sprays, Flowers and more.

RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?

RT: “Wow!! Magic!! It will be absolutely awesome and mind boggling… First of all I would like to do something with children, as they are full of life and have immense potential and talent. They have so much creativity in them. As I am a full time Mom, I understand this because my girls keep coming up with so many ideas and it is a pleasure to learn from them.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?

RT: The list is endless… but my prized possessions are the Chalk Paints, Crackle Medium, stencils, handmade flowers and embellishments.

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?

RT: My style of crafting is very methodical and neat. I like to try out new techniques and I like my projects to be colorful.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?

RT: With two kids around, I do no find enough time. Afternoons and late nights are my crafting time. Also, I feel I get more creative at night as there is no disturbance and the ideas keep coming up.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft

RT: Take one step at a time. Don’t be hesitant in what you do. Everything you make or do is your own creativity. You don’t have to compete with anybody. Maintain your individuality.

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?

RT: Nothing is “Impossible”, because the word itself says, “I am possible”.

Here is the step by step tutorial by Richa Tainwala

Firstly, I have taken a tissue napkin holder box

I have then applied one coat of ‘Lemon Yellow’ Chalk Paint.

I have then taken a flowery decoupage paper.

Then I cut it and then stuck it with ‘Decoupage Glue’

Then I applied the 2-step Crackle Medium Base Coat on the entire surface including the flowers. Let it dry for a minimum of 2 hours. Even if it is dry it will be sticky to touch.

Then I applied the 2-Step Crackle Medium Top Coat on the entire surface again. Use the top coat sparingly if you want big cracks and a little lesser coat, if you want smaller cracks.

Once the top coat dries, you can see the cracks appearing.

To highlight the cracks, I have used the ‘Lime-Green’ Colour Splash. Use little colour spray in one area and immediately wipe it off with wet wipes.

I then used the ‘Salsa-Red’ Chalk Paint to give it a distressed look.

Apply Varnish. Here, I have used 2 layers of varnish.

Lastly, I have used pearls and flower embellishments to give it an elegant look.

Your napkin holder is ready.

Here are a couple of  Richa’s  other awesome creations:

Made these miniatures using the felt cloth from the store. This was my first order that I had done for a Mumbai based client.

Quilled Earrings. The Quilling strip is from the store and also the Jewellery Accessories plus the Rolling pin

Stained Glass Coasters. I had made this for my sister who wanted me to make something bright and colourful for her. The Stained Glass Paints and the Liner are all from Itsy Bitsy.

This is a Decoupage box that I made for my mother some time back. She absolutely loved it.

This is another Decoupage Crackle Pen/Pencil Holder that I did sometime back. I had made it for my brother who loves desserts. All the materials have been picked up from Itsy Bitsy.

Many congrats  Richa  for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY !!

You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms. Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

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Itsy Bitsy by Gayatri Vishwanathan - 3d ago

Hello arty-crafty friends, Gayatri here!

Today I am sharing a simple decoupaged pen holder as my DT project for Itsy Bitsy. I have used the A4 Decoupage Papers from Little Birdie. Before I start with my project, I would like to share my views about these decoupage papers. The papers are 70 GSM in thickness and this makes them sturdy as well as pliable. It is very easy to work with and you hardly get any wrinkles if you are careful. I generally love to work with decoupage napkins because they are thin, but these papers are just fantastic and I am in love with them. So go ahead and try them out, even beginners can work with them easily.

Now, let me get going my project. I will be sharing few tips as I explain my project.

You require the usual materials required for decoupage. A wet wipe or a wet cloth should be handy.

Always remember, frayed edges blend easily than straight cuts which are easily visible. I applied water to the edges with paint brush and gently tore along the edges. Working with these papers, you can easily do this. You can paste the paper throughout without tearing, but I wanted matching patterns on opposite sides, so used four separate pieces of decoupage papers.

Apply an even coat of decoupage glue. You can use Gloss or Matte finish, as you like. I have used Little Birdie Decoupage Glue- Matte.

Put the paper in place and press the paper with a bone folder or scraper to take out any air bubble trapped inside. Start from one end and slowly move to the other end. Wipe the excess glue each time with a wet wipe or cloth. Glue on scraper or the bone folder can tear the decoupage paper when you move the scraper/folder, so be careful while working. See that there are no wrinkles. Allow to dry.

Use a nail filer or fine sand paper to file away the excess paper and smoothen  the edges. It is easy to can file away just like we do for tissues.

Mix chalk paints ‘Snow’ and ‘Lemon Chiffon’. I added a touch of brown acrylic paint to get the matching color. Touch up the edges to blend. Ink the edges and you can add stencil patterns at this time. I have used script stencil.

Apply a coat of decoupage glue. Allow to dry.

Add two/ three coats of varnish allowing each coat to dry for at least half an hour in between.

Added few chipboard elements and flowers. I fussy cut the butterfly and applied decoupage glue at the back and allowed it to dry. I did this to make it stiffer. I added a blob of hot glue at the back, under the wings and allowed it to dry to get a dimensional effect. I stuck it with hot glue onto the holder. Here are some more pictures of my project:

Hope you liked my project. Till next time – Happy crafting!!

Gayatri

Materials used:

Pen Holder

Decoupage Paper

Decoupage Glue

Varnish

Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint

Flowers

Flowers

Chipboard Elements

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Hello Friends,

Hope you all are doing great and crafting to your hearts content.

This is Sonal Shah here. Today I am here as a Guest DT and am going to share a tutorial on newly launched Little Birdie Photo Transfer Medium. Rashmi Harish and Anitha Malhesh, thank you so much for this opportunity. So let’s get started …

To do a photo transfer on a wooden base, I’m selecting this wooden board in the shape of a cutting board. This can be used as a kitchen decor piece.

Lets have a look at how I made it,

First, I applied 2 layers of Little Birdie Chalk Paint (Butternut Squash color) on the board. I allowed enough time for the first layer to dry, before applying the second coat. The base was now ready for image transfer.

I selected an image that I liked, you are free to choose the image you wish to transfer on the base. Take a mirror image laser printout on a regular Xerox paper. For this project, I chose a black and white image.

After deciding the exact area on the base where I wished to transfer the image, I trimmed the paper as required.

I applied the Photo Transfer Medium on the base, precisely on the area where I wanted to transfer the image and also on the trimmed paper (on top of the image). Next, I stuck the paper image facing down on the base.

NOTE: Use the Photo Transfer Medium in just optimum quantity, neither to much nor too little. Also, ensure to spread the medium evenly.

As you stick the paper, ensure there is no air trapped in between the surface and the paper. Now, gently keep pressing the paper with a soft cloth from the middle towards the edges. Take a while to do this gently. Make sure all the air bubbles are released and paper is properly stuck. Image will get transferred partially if there are air bubbles trapped in between the surface and the paper.

Once done, let it dry overnight or for 10-12 hours.

Now it’s time to remove the paper. Dip your fingers in water and dab the paper starting from one corner. Move your fingers in circular motion and remove the paper but ensure that you don’t overdo it, too much rubbing on one spot will spoil it. Sometimes even after removing the paper, whitish tinge is still visible on the image. Don’t worry. That’s the beauty of image transfer.

NOTE: Just in case if you feel the paper is too wet, use a hair dryer for a moment to dry it. If the paper is too wet, there are chances of image getting erased.

After making sure the paper is removed properly, just dry the area and clean it with a soft cloth. Apply a coat of the Photo Transfer Medium on the image.

On the non-image area of my base, I have distressed the edges with black archival link and added splatters with black acrylic colour.

Use varnish on top of the ready base to seal the project and add jute twine and metal charm to enhance the beauty of the project.

Voila … The kitchen decor piece is ready!!

The trick to image transferring is using the right amount of glue and ensuring no air bubbles are trapped between the base and paper.

Hope you will try it and share your creations for us to enjoy!

Keep crafting

Sonal

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Hello arty crafty folks! I am back with the story of another passionate crafter Meeta Bhalotia from Kochi, in this week’s ‘Crafter in the Spotlight’.

Born and raised in Kanpur, Meeta is a full-time homemaker and a zealous crafter who is now settled in Kochi. Meeta has been inclined towards Arts & Crafts since childhood and loves experimenting with newer techniques. She likes Quilling, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking and has recently fallen in love in Decoupage. Besides crafting, she enjoys travelling and photography too.

Read further to find out what are Meeta’s favorite craft forms, about her crafting style, her favorite Itsy Bitsy’s offerings and catch sight of a step-by-step project of a Mixed Media Canvas. Don’t forget to shower some love and best wishes on her in the comment section.

Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Meeta Bhalotia: Hello Artsy Craftsy friends, I am Meeta Bhalotia. I was born and raised in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh and now settled in Kochi. I am a happy-go-lucky home maker who has always had an inclination towards arts and craft. I am a Psychology major from Kanpur. Apart from crafting, I love trying out new dishes to keep the tummy of my family members happy and have recently been bitten by the travel and photography bug.

RC: How did you get into crafting?

MB: As a kid and a young girl, I spent my free time in front of a canvas with a palette full of colors. A few years after my marriage and once my daughter was a big girl, I resumed my passion for art and craft and ventured into multiple craft genres like quilling, mixed media, scrapbooking, felt busy books and now decoupage.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?

MB: It is difficult to pick and choose as I never stop experimenting. However, I have always been fascinated with decoupage and never gave up till I made my first decoupaged tray. Scrapbooking has also been my all-time favourite.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

MB: I always have a hard time buying anything from Itsy Bitsy as I am spoilt for choice by the wide variety of products. I love picking up Handmade Flowers, Stickers and Chalk Paints.

RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?

MB: If I had magical powers, I would make sure that all the left-over scrap that is thrown away while making a project, is used to make another beautiful creation so that nothing goes waste.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?

MB: The Itsy Bitsy Heat tool, Flowers and Chalk Paints are my cherished possessions.

RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?

MB: Repeating a design is not something that I usually do. My craft mantra is to make sure each project is unique and customized as per the client’s needs to keep them smiling.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?

MB: I usually craft during late afternoons and early evenings; but my mind is always thinking about how the next project should be designed.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft

MB: Keep trying and trying till you succeed and are happy with your creation. It takes a lot of effort to finally get it right, but it will be worth the time because creating something from scratch is always a priceless creation.

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?

MB: “Don’t cage your creativity, let the bird of imagination fly high”

Here is the step by step tutorial for a multipurpose stand. Anything can be kept in it like stationary items, cutlery or even remotes.

Supplies Used from the store:

  1. Chalk Paints – Snow white and Muted Teal
  2. Décor Varnish – Gloss
  3. Mixed Media paste – 2 in 1 Gesso and Modelling Paste (White)
  4. One step crackle medium
  5. Decoupage Glue – Matte
  6. Itsy Bisty Heat Gun
  7. Decoupage Napkin – Vintage Rose
  8. Versacraft Fabric Ink Pad – Pale Aqua

Step 1

I took a mdf stand with three partitions and the Vintage Rose Tissue napkin.  I divided the stand in three parts with pencil markings.

**I must say the tissue napkins are so well individually packed that they don’t get any creases.**

Step 2

I masked the stand and applied Little Birdie Muted Teal chalk paint on the unmasked area.

Step 3

Now after drying I applied Little Birdie One step Crackle medium. I heat dried it and applied Little Birdie Snow chalk paint  to show the cracks.

Step 4

Now I took the tissue napkin and cut them in several pieces according to the design I want to place.  Always remove the white backing paper from the tissue, be careful.

Step 5

Now I arranged the tissue pieces all around the stand and adhere with Little Birdie Decoupage glue matt.

I adhered several more pieces to give a better design since I felt the stand was looking incomplete.

Step 6

With the help of a stencil and Little Birdie 2 in 1 mixed media paste I gave the stand a little embossed effect. I gave the design randomly on all sides of the stand. After applying the paste on the stencil I removed the stencil and heat set it with Little Birdie Heat tool.

**Itsy Bitsy is making Crafters life so easy by placing the QR code on each product. I got a bit confused so I quickly scanned the QR code and the YouTube link was there to sort out all my confusion.  **

Step 7

I stamped little flourishes here and there to make the design look complete.

Step 8

I painted the inside of the stand with snow chalk paint.

I don’t like wood color showing from inside.

Step 9

I then applied Versa Craft Pale Aqua on the edges and the top.

Step 10

I applied Little Birdie Varnish Gloss all over and dried it.

I gave 2 coats of it to cover all areas.

Final pictures of the completed multipurpose stand

Here are a couple of  Meeta’s  other awesome creations:

Many congrats  Meeta  for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY !!

You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms. Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

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Hello everyone,

Pooja here today to share with you my creation.

It’s a decoupage bottle I will be making today and I hope you find it interesting and inspiring and try it out!

When I got these new decoupage papers from Little Birdie, I liked the vintage look so much that I immediately decided to try out something with a classy, vintage appeal.

Have a look how I made it….

  1. First of all I cleaned a bottle. I wanted to use only the design at the center,  so I cutout the extra paper.

2. Now I colored it with Chocolate Truffle shade of Chalk Paint.

3. I pasted my decoupage paper with Little Birdie Decoupage Glue- Glossy also applied the same glue on top of the decoupage paper to seal it.

4. Thereafter, dried it and did some clay work on the bottle for added interest.

5. Next, when dry, I colored my clay work with Chalk Paint- Chocolate Truffle.

6. How can I forget to add texture in my project?? I have used Fiber Texture Paste in the vacant space in the corners.

7. Added some more texture with Grainy Texture Paste randomly on the neck of the bottle.

8.  I painted all the texture work with dark brown color first then created a rusty look with shade of orange and yellow acrylics.  Also did some dry brush shading with Fortune Cookie shade of Little Birdie Chalk Paint all over the bottle.

As you can see, it was looking already so beautiful but I wanted to try out something more, I used black, red, white permanent pen to highlight the design.

 I hadn’t used Little Birdie resin before  so I decided to use and try this product in this project of mine.

9. Resin comes in 2 bottles; clear resin and hardener. Mixed both liquids in 1:1 ratio and stirred them well with a wooden stick.

10. Started pouring resin on my main design and also between the clay boundary, trying to avoid bubbles.  I added Crystal Drops and some small beads (brown) and let it dry for about one hour.

Note :- Never use resin directly on paper. Always apply decoupage glue before using resin.

In the end, I colored the Crystal Drops with metallic paints.

Here are some more pics of the completed project.

Hope you liked my creation!

Thanks for being here

Take care

Pooja

Supplies used

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Hello All….

Nupur here and this time I will be showing you how to use Little Birdie’s newly launched Gum Arabic.

People who do frequent water-coloring must be knowing, how important gum Arabic is to create a master piece in watercolor.

And thanks to Itsy Bitsy for launching this in India. This gum Arabic is of excellent quality and I can vouch for this.

So lets get started…..

Gum Arabic comes in a chunks, so what you need to do is take a airtight container and add 5-6 big chunks of Gum Arabic in it and add water, then wait for 3-4 hours for it to completely dissolve in water. It will look like a thick gum that you use for general purposes. And even this small amount can be easily used in 5-6, A-3 size paintings. Therefore it’s also  extremely cost effective.

So, let’s get started….

First, I will be showing you 3 very important use of Gum Arabic in watercolor:

  1. When you mix this product with watercolor and apply it on paper, upon drying it really helps in lifting up the color. Below is a sample of painting, with Gum Arabic and without Gum Arabic. The picture clearly shows how easily colors can be lifted when mixed with this product.
  2. Watercolor mixed with Gum Arabic give an extra shine to the painting.

When Gum Arabic is applied on paper and if watercolor is added over it, it gives a really nice wet look (as if the surface is wet)

So now lets do some coloring with this fun product….

We will be painting this beautiful sea and the only hero is GUM ARABIC

Initially I put all my colors in my color palette and added my liquefied Gum Arabic to it.

Colors I used are:

Turquoise blue, Prussian blue, Lemon yellow, Burnt Umber, Titanium white and Black.

Note:  when using  Gum Arabic in you project, you really need a thick paper (I have used an artistic paper from Little Birdie of 440 gsm).

To begin, I wet my paper and added different shades of blues and greens (made by mixing turquoise blue and lemon yellow).

Now in the lower half, at some places I used Gum Arabic first and then add a mixture of Burnt sienna and White to the whole of the bottom portion. Thereafter, I  added a layer of blues again on the top half, to give it some extra depth.

Now you might be seeing that in the lower portion where-ever I have used gum Arabic, it looks wet…..isn’t it cool… !!

Now I started lifting up the colors to give it a wave like look( from the sand area and from the water area as well).

You can see how beautifully colors are lifted (it made it so easy to give a wave kind of look).

Otherwise traditionally I have to leave a blank white space to give this effect .

Now I added shadows to my waves with little bit of black and lots and lots of water mix.

In the image below, if you observe the portion depicting sand, it looks so very wet. Appears as if the water is still there. (This is the coolest thing about Gum Arabic)


Now I added some splatters of brown to give it a sand like look.

Next, I added some white to give it some depth and to add veins of waves and also to make the waves look more realistic. I have given some finishing touch by adding some more prominent shadows.

And yes we are done……

So now you know the secret behind all the complex shiny and wet looking effect of watercolor.

Hope this blogs helps you people to try out this amazing product and inspires you to paint.

I tried to keep this as simple as possible, but still if you have any queries, do drop me a message… would be happy to help!

Till then,  Happy Painting…..

Nupur

Products used are:

Brushes

Paper

Gum Arabic

Watercolor: this already has small color plate in its cover.. And of course some water, glasses to wash brushes and tissue paper.

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Hi Everyone, Saadia here!

Today, I want to share with you a mixed media project. I hope you like it.

Lets start:

  • I took a 6x 10 inches MDF board and covered it with cheese cloth using Little Birdie Soft Gel Medium.

  • After that, I mixed Texture Sand with Mixed Media 2 in 1 paste and randomly applied to the MDF board with a palette knife.

    

Texture Sand is great for adding grainy texture to projects. It can be mixed with Gesso, Mixed Media Paste , Gel mediums or any other paste of your choice.

Next, I applied Mixed Media 2 in 1 paste through a script stencil for additional texture.

  • Thereafter, I glued chipboard pieces and arranged and glued the embellishments and flowers. Some embellishments are from the store and some from my own stash. I placed the largest elements at the bottom and smallest on the top.
  • Covered everything with two coats of diluted Mixed Media 2 in 1 paste.

  • Next, I colored my project with Color Splash sprays and Alcohol Splash sprays.

  • I applied Mixed Media Stones with Soft Gel Medium- Matte. Mixed Media Stones are great for filling gaps in the composition and adding extra layer of texture.

Thereafter, I highlighted raised areas of my project with Mixed Media 2 in 1 paste. I used a dry brush and very little amount of Mixed Media paste for this purpose.  It looks very rough in picture 5,  but Mixed Media Paste helps to tone it down and make everything look cohesive.                                                                                  

  • Then I highlighted some areas with Tinted Metallic Paints to get a shimmery effect.
  • Glued some rhinestones and my focal point. They were part of a broken necklace. I added more flowers at the end because my composition was looking a bit unbalanced. I colored the flowers the same way as before.
  • Finally, I applied Little Birdie Shimmer Crush in Deep Teal with gel medium on the flowers and in random areas.

Thank you for visiting . I hope you liked my project.

Take care and keep crafting!

Saadia

Materials used:

Soft Gel Medium Matte

Mixed media paste 2 in 1

Texture Sand

Chipboard Shape Cogs

Chipboard Shapes-Ornate round frame

Mixed Media Stones

Tinted Metallic Paint Silver Oak

Color Splash Spray

Alcohol Splash Frosted Pool

Shimmer Crush Deep Teal

Color Splash spray Charcoal

Script stencil

Wild Roses- Sunshine

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Hello Friends,

I am Sunita Tandon and  today, as a guest DT in Itsy Bitsy’s blog, I will share with you some tricks and tips of making resin embellishments.

Little Birdie’s Resin and hardener can be used for making wonderful embellishments that you can  further use in your projects. Have a look at the finished product to believe in what I say!

Let’s start making the embellishments:-

Step 1

The supplies which you will need are :- Silicon Moulds, Little Birdie Resin (Clear and Hardener), Little Birdie Tinted Metallic Gold Paint, Little Birdie Chalk Paint- Charcoal, Little Birdie Crystal Drops and a disposable bowl.

       

Step 2

Measure 10 ml Little Birdie Resin (Clear) and 10 ml Little Birdie Resin (Hardener).

Step 3

Mix both the Resin and Hardener together thoroughly, and pour them into the moulds of your choice.

Step 4

After pouring the blend into the moulds, let them sit for few hours until  they become hard.

Step 5

After few hours take them out of the moulds. What lovely shapes they have taken!!

Step 6

After that, apply black Chalk Paint all over the embellishments.

Step 7

Thereafter, apply Tinted Metallic Paint-Gold on them. You need not paint them uniformly (that will give a unique, vintage effect)

Step 8

At the end, place Little Birdie Crystal Drops over/inside the embellishments and once again pour the mixture ( resin and hardener) to seal the crystals. Allow them to dry and that’s it! Use your homemade resin embellishments in mixed media, scrapbook layouts, album covers, decor pieces or where you please.

Hope you liked the idea and will try it out!

Love,

Sunita Tandon.

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Hello arty crafty folks! Hope you are enjoying the summer holidays with your kids and thoroughly taking pleasure in crafting. Today, in “Crafter in the Spotlight” I will share the story of Rituparna Pal, a talented crafter hailing from Bengal, currently settled in Haryana.

Rituparna comes from a family of historians and classical singers. She was surrounded by art and craft since childhood and hence crafting is her lifeline. Rituparna is always excited about learning new crafting techniques and believes in going with a flow. She adores Little Birdie’s Mixed Media range and is now addicted to Mixed Media.

Read further to find out what are Rituparna’s favorite craft forms, about her crafting style, her favorite Itsy Bitsy’s offerings and catch glimpses of a step-by-step project by her. Don’t forget to shower some love and best wishes on her in the comment section.

Rashmi Closepet M.D Itsy Bitsy: Tell us a bit about yourself & your background?

Rituparna Pal: I am Rituparna Pal from the historical city of Berhampore, West Bengal, famous for its Sola wood, Ivory, Murshidabad Silk and Brass work. I currently stay in Faridabad, Haryana with my husband and my beautiful 1-year old daughter. I have completed my Masters in Political Science and have a diploma in Arts and Crafts. I have learned various crafting techniques from expert crafters for about 10 years. I also love to read, travel, cook and I am a big foodie.

RC: How did you get into crafting?

RP: I believe I have inherited crafting from my forefathers. I come from culturally rich family – my grandfather was a historian and my mother and sister are classical singers. I have been amidst art and craft, singing, dancing, poetry and theatre since childhood. My father has been my biggest inspiration. I have always loved making handmade cards, gifts, paintings for family and friends on different occasions. Gradually, my interest towards crafting increased and turned into my passion.

RC: What is your favourite type of craft?

RP: This is a really a difficult question to answer. I am inclined towards all forms of crafting and always look out to opportunities to learn something new. However, I have recently been hooked-on to the Mixed Media art form.

RC: What are your favourite products at Itsy Bitsy?

RP: I absolutely love all the products offered by Itsy Bitsy. The Little Birdie Handmade flowers are to die for!

RC: If you had magical powers, how would you contribute to the Crafting world?

RP: If I had magical powers, I would love to teach crafting to the poor and helpless for free. Learning how to craft might help them strengthen their financial position.

RC: Your prized possession in your craft stash from Itsy Bitsy?

RP: My prized possessions are Little Birdie’s Handmade Flowers, Metallic Paints, Embossing Texture Paste, Color Splash Sprays, Mixed Media Stones and all other Mixed Media releases.

 RC: How would you describe your style of crafting?

RP: I do not have a particular crafting style. I just start creating and go with the flow.

RC: How do you organize your time for crafting?

RP: Crafting is like oxygen for me. I need to craft every day to live a satisfied and healthy life.

RC: Tips for people who want to craft

RP: Craft and create wholeheartedly, with dedication and passion. Enjoy your work!

RC: Your all -time favourite quote?

RP: There are no rules and no age bar to enter the limits of the sky.

Take a sneak peek at Rituparna step-by-step project of an altered ceramic plate mosaic painting!

Supplies used from the store:

  1. Little Birdie handmade flowers
  2. Color Splash Sprays – Charcoal and Paprika
  3. Chalk Paint – Sailing Sky, Lemon Chiffon, Wild Moss, Rainy Day, Sand Stone, Pink Ballet
  4. 2 in 1 Modelling Paste – White
  5. Other supplies – Silicon glue, Handmade designer leaves, Blue carbon sheet, ceramic old tea pot and Easel

I took an old ceramic tea plate and cleaned with a cloth. Next trace a design onto the plate with blue carbon sheet. Clean the extra spots from the carbon paper with wet wipes. Remember to draw small (mosaics) for the pattern that you are choosing since we are creating a mosaic painting.

I made my own colours for which I mixed 2 in 1 white modelling paste with Charcoal, Paprika color splash, and mixed some chalk paints – sand stone, sailing sky and brown paint (this is my experiment; you can make any color with white modelling paste. With the colors I created, I started painted some parts of the dear’s half body, stones and trees. Once the paint dries, I have added Little Birdie’s handmade flowers and designer leaves with Silicon to add finer details and beauty to the project.

Here are a couple of  Rituparna’s  other awesome creations:

Many congrats  Rituparna  for being the CRAFTER IN THE SPOTLIGHT – ITSY BITSY !!

You will receive Rs.500/- Itsy Bitsy gift voucher & a Crafter in the Spotlight badge, which can be proudly displayed on the side bar of your blog and other platforms. Looking forward to many more creations, Happy Crafting!

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