Monday, April 14, 2014

A Masculine Good Wishes Tag

Sometimes it's hard to create a tag that's good for a man or a boy.
I think this one is perfect for that guy that you want to wish a Happy Birthday to, or just send along a Wish for them in a life event.
This starts with a smaller #5 Manila Tag and a swipe of White Gesso in the center.

 When it was dry I added Distress Inks. Then I dripped water onto the Inks and let it puddle before blotting it off.
The next layer is stamps. Orange Blossom and Sepia Archival Inks are used with the Checkered Stamp from SCF07.
The Black Embossing Paste and the Latticework Stencil are applied in 3 sections and left to dry. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the contrast!
The Classic SCR02 stamp and Sepia Ink fill in background and the sentiment is stamped in Jet Black Archival ink.
I painted White Gesso onto a scrap of Manila Cardstock and let it dry. Then I stamped the King Chess piece from SCR018 in Peacock Feathers Distress Ink and embossed with Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder.
I added the same stamp over the top of the blue stamped image with black archival ink slightly to the right.  Last I stamped the same stamp one more time to the right and down a bit with Sepia archival ink. Heat set each stamping, and cut out the image. It's added with black foam squares.

The tag is layered onto black mat board and the Gold Mini Corners are pinched onto the two bottom corners. I used my jewelry pliers and they go on easily.
The 2 Arrows are glued into place and the Gears and Mini Gears fit slightly under the Chess King.

 I could have added white pen marks around the edges, but I wanted to keep it clean and I stopped. It was hard for me, but I stopped.
You could also add more gears.....but I held back and was difficult...but I stopped!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Collaged Microslide Pendants

 Springtime  Birds  and  Flowers  make up these

Microslide Collages. 
I used 2 microslide pictures from a collage sheet. This one is on a one hole acrylic slide. with the word Song glued onto the collage sheet. I added the sheet with Wonder Tape to the acrylic slide.
Then the piece has Gold UTEE added to the sides. The little birdcage charm has it's loop carefully cut off before gluing to the front. I used a blue Sharpie pen to add color to the little bird.
Glue on 3 Flowers and 3 tiny Pearls with a strong glue to the front.

This one is made using real microslide glass in a Memory Frame. I cut the bird at the bottom out of a collage sheet and glued on to lower corner.
A few script stamps were stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink. Faith is a Word Cut Out.
The little Moth was painted and stamped before being glued to the frame. I also edged it a bit with tarnished brass paint.
The gold Pearls are glued to the front of the glass
I used Distress Ink to add color to the back of the collage sheet picture, and then stamped a Lynne Perrella stamp with archival ink.
These little treasures can be worn as pendants or added to cards and Mixed Media projects. Send one to a friend and they'll love it!!!
Retro Cafe Art Gallery Supplies:
Other Suppies:
Wonder Tape, Mini Pearls, Blue Sharpie, Ribbon.
Other Suppies:
Memory Glass 1x3, Mini Pearls, Ribbon, Stamps, Acrylic Paints.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Springtime/Easter Artist Trading Block

I really have fun with the Artist Trading Blocks using the 3D ScoreBoard XL Die. I can't wait for Spring...although it's "supposed" to be here already!
So using the large 3 inch block die and some really bright colors of Distress Inks, I set to work. This is my favorite size to use right now.

 I cut 6 pieces from Specialty Stamping paper about 3 1/2 inches square. You can cut them right to size if you want (2 3/8"). I just had these cut, so I used them.
Haul out your stash of Tissue Tapes, too. Commute  and Laboratorie are used on the Easter egg square.
Using bright colors like Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Raspberry, Fired Brick, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves, and Mowed Grass first, I randomly applied them to the paper with the Blending Tools.
I also added darker colors like Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, and Mahogany to the edges and Mustard Seed areas.
LOTS and LOTS of layers makes for a deep, rich color. This helps to create a real contrast when you "clap" some water spots on the colors and let them really soak in before blotting with a paper towel.
Dry with a heat tool and add your Tissue Tapes.

 Then comes the stamping. I used the Mini Blue Prints 2 for the main stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink.

The top has the Bird from Natures Moments with Symphony  and Market Place Tissue Tapes.
White Sharpie Pens are great for adding contrast as well as the little Rhinestone Flowers.

This little Bunny is so nice and bright with the Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. The water created little spots on him.
I used Silver and Gold Metal Dot Stickers as well as Pearls on the squares. This side needed just a bit more of something, so I added a piece of fancy black trim.

All the edging stamps are from the Prima set Mixed Media Doll Stamp. It has 7 great edging stamps that are each 7 inches long. Perfect for tags and cards. I love the little flowers on this stamp.
I added the Laboratorie and Elements Tissue Tape here, but many are from several years past.

 The Natures Garden Charm Roses are perfect for their size and color. The top has a Petaloo Flower and leaf.

I used March and April from the Traveler Tissue Tape collection, and the Journeyman, and Nostalgic tapes, too, for this side.

I painted a wooden pedestal and added 3 kinds of Tissue Tape to set the ATB on, but I think I like it better just sitting on my bookcase all by itself.
I hope Spring is coming your way if you've been waiting for it here in the States. You can make this an Easter ATB of just a Springtime one.....the choice is yours!
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