Thought I would show 2 photos,one with birdhouse hanging up hanging and the other with it sitting...
First I primed the wood, then added a base colour, which was slightly darker than the top colour.Once the base coat was dry I then added the crackle medium then let that dry. Finally I added the cream top coat and the deep pink to the edges of the bird house To speed up the drying I used my heat tool, not to close, didn't want to blister the paint. I was so pleased to see that the heat tool actually speeded up the crackle.
All paints and crackle medium are from Docrafts.
The tiny bird is from a die cut set ,I just inked it gently with distress ink pad and hot glued it to the perch...finally adding the flowers ,again with hot glue. I added some deep pink and silver cord for the hanging loop.