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Magic Surrounds You

Our first post in 2015 belongs to Tusia and her gorgeous mixed media magic. :)
We wish you this New Year is filled with lots of inspirations, time to be creative and many exciting art discoveries! :)

Hello :)
Usually, when I create any off the page projects, I give them away. There is always someone I can give them to. :) But this time I decided to create something special - only for me. :)
I do believe in magic - magic of positive thinking, magic of good deeds, magic of everyday happiness and laughter. I wanted to create something that would remind me about it during not so happy days that sometimes happen.

As you can see, I have altered Finnabair's Bird House metal frame - below you will see a step-by-step tutorial in which you can find all the supplies I used. The full list is at the bottom of this post.

Some close-ups:

A step-by-step - altered Bird House from Finnabair.

1. First, I removed the back of the Bird House.

2. I cut out the shape of the back of the house in one of 7 Dots Studio papers. I later covered it with media so the paper is not that important.

3. Using Sizzix die, I cut the letters from a thick chipboard.

4. I applied Finnabair White Gesso (I love the thickness of it) onto the paper and the letters.

6. One of my favourite spray brands is Lindy's Stamp Gang - I used Moon Shadow and Alpine Ice Rose mists to add color to all the paper pieces and also inside the walls of the bird house.

As you can see below, there is a magical effect - each circle created with Texture Paste is surrounded with a white halo. :)

7. I painted the letters with Art Extravagance White Crackle Texture Paste.

8. To adhere all the letters I used Art Basics 3D Matte Gel.

9. In the meantime, I painted the inside of my Bird house with White Gesso.

10. Using Silks from Luminarte and wonderful brushes from this set, I added the colors. I used Fuzzy Peach, Yellow Rose and Iridescent Gold.

11. Then I started to create a 3D element - I cut out the desired shape from paper, covered it with White Gesso and then with Lindy's Stamp Gang Moon Shadow mist.

12. Next step was adding the embellishments - mainly Mechanicals from Finnabair covered with gorgeous Silks. I built up the whole scene, also adding chipboard letters from UmWowStudio, Prima flowers and metal embellishments. I painted the whole house also using Silks - they shine so beautifully!

You can create your own bird house letting your imagination take you on the journey. :)

Thank you for visiting ou blog today,
Tusia :)

Supplies from Mixed Media Place:


  1. This is gorgeous Tusia I don't blame you for wanting to keep it!

  2. Amazing project! very magical :)

  3. Your birdhouse is truly wonderful. I can see why it will make you smile when you look at it. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  4. Gorgeous project! Love the mix of colors and all the fancy embellishments! Happy New Year!

  5. Truly lovely!! That metallic gold and pink combo is sheer perfection!


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