God Bless This Nest – Ska Vi Ta En Fika?

Posted by Nancy Hanttula

7 March, 2014 - ,

Hello Maja Design fans and friends.  Nancy Hanttula here, back again.  This week I am sharing a St. Patrick’s Day inspired mixed media project.

God Bless This Nest

I created this piece using the gorgeous Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection.


I knew that the beautiful greens and purples in this paper collection were going to be perfect to create this piece.


So, now I would like to share the basics on how this project came together.  I first started with my basic background.

getting started

I then wanted to add some stenciling….I am all about texture and layering on my projects.


I first laid my stencil down to see where I wanted to go.

stenciling before

I mix acrylic paint with modeling paste to achieve the color and texture/dimension that I want.

stenciling after

I created my “shamrock” using one of my Martha Stewart heart punches.  I punched out 8 individual hearts.

heart punched shamrock

I was going for a dimensional look…so I folded each heart in half and then glued just one of the folded sides down.

fold hearts in half

I mounted the piece onto a wood frame that I bought at my local craft store.  I wanted to add some dimension to my frame…so I added detailing with some dimensional paint.

dimensional paint to frame

After the dimensional paint dried, I painted over it with acrylic paint.

acrylic paint to frame

After the acrylic paint dried, I added some dark purple ink to just the dimensional areas to highlight the dimension.

ink highlights of dimensions

I added a little Prima bird nest to the center of my shamrock…a little metal key and tag from my stash, some additional layering, bling, and stamping…and there you have it.


Papers used from the Ska Vi Ta En Fika? paper collection used for this project included:  Kladdkaka (front); Pratstund (front and back); Marzipanbakelse (front); Havrerutor (back); Blommor pa bordet (front).  Other supplies used:  Liquitex modeling paste; Martha Stewart heart punch; E6000 glue; hot glue; Prima bird cage; small alphas from the Girls Paperie; Prima’s Ingvild Chalk Ink; wood flourish and wood frame from my local crafts store; acrylic paints from FolkArt and Dermacoat in colors Lavendar, Purple, & Fresh Foliage; Polymark dimensional paint; metal key, metal label, brads, felt, acrylic stamp, and stencil from my stash.

Thanks for looking.  I hope I have inspired you to create something today.



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  • This turned out gorgeous, Nancy!! Love your detailed tutorial too!!

  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    Nancy – I adore your detailed instructions with each post. Your work is always fun and unique.

  • Jenny Grotherus says:

    This is SO amazing. Love your little folded hearts, really gives it a nice dimension. You always make me so inspired. Thanks for the tut.