Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine Minis from Retro Cafe Art Gallery

Are these cute or what???

Take an after noon and create some fun little Valentine Angels

These are made with TINY Primitive Angels cut from Masonite and are only 1.5 to 1.75 inches tall. The little faces are from the
Perfect size!

The front of the Angels have been covered in colorful Vintage papers, stamped with a Doily stamp and embellished with a single jewel cut from the Faux Rhinestone Trim.

I painted the Wings with an interference paint over Heavy White Gesso. (Hard to see shine here) 

The Tiny Hearts are painted and have white pen dots to decorate the edges. 

The backs of the Angels where painted and stamped with Black Archival Ink and Finnabair's Lace and Doily Clear Stamp.

These stamps are soooooo perfect for working on these little pieces!!!

So check out the links, order some little treasures from Kristin, and get to work!!!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Finnabair Creative Team Sparkle and Shine Blog Hop Challenge

It's time for another Blog Hop from the Finnabair Creative Team!!!

 We've put together a wonderful group of projects for you to drool over. So get ready to be amazed! 

 I wanted something for around the house. I keep bath salts over the tub area in my bath, and I was in need of some updating of those jars.

I found 2 clear glass jars with metal lids at Hobby Lobby.

I've shown this technique before using a layer of Soft Gloss Gel, then Clear Crackle, Inks, and another layer of Gloss Gel with Art Sugar sprinkled on top. 

Here I used a blue inks on one jar and a blue/green inks on the other with Charcoal and Antique Silver Art Sugars.

I added alcohol inks with an applicator to the lids until I liked the colors. I used Butterscotch, Stream, Rust, and Black Soot. 

I changed the color of the Rose Mechanical with Tarnished Brass Distress paint. Then I added Ebony and Ivory Glitter and White Art Sugar over Soft Gloss Gel.

The large, flat, Flower Mechanical is polished with a Detail block.  Then a hole was punched in the lid of the jar to add it, and the Rose, with a brad.

A Silver Rose is painted with Heavy White Gesso.  Then I prayed with various colors of inks, then a bit of Perfect Pearls, and the last layer is White Art Sugar over Gloss Gel. Rather pretty.

Here you can see the sparkle of the glitter on the Roses and edges of the jars.

I found 2 great pieces of vintage pewter embellishments in my stash. They are very soft and pliable for bending. I added Soft Gloss Gel with the Precision Tip Applicator Bottle. It's really great for tiny spaces. Then I sprinkled on some gorgeous antique gold Luminous Glitter.

When dry they were easy to add to the front of the jars with some glittered ribbon and fancy trim. A row of clear rhinestones added a bit more glitz to the edge of the jars.

When I filled the jars with blue bath powder it added a whole different color to the background of the glass. 

Here they are on the ledge and ready to use. 

And did someone say PRIZE???

 YES, this is the collection of products from Finnabair for the Prize!!!

We hope you'll feel inspired and ready to create some sparkle of your own!
The rules of the challenge are very simple indeed - you can create any kind of project (layout/art journal/altered art/ATCs etc) and our Creative Team will vote on their favorite one.

The only rule is: making it Sparkle & Shine!

The challenge is open until February 8th.
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Enter your project for the chance to win on 
Finnabair's Blog.

 Jump to the other gals blogs in the Hop and find more scrumptious ideas to keep you busy in your craft rooms and studios, and don't forget to leave them some love!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Distress and Vintage Cameo Winged Hutch

This is probably right up there for my All-Time Favorites. I really, really, love how this technique turned out on Masonite from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

I received a wonderful box of paints and mediums from DecoArt Media a few weeks ago. After watching the brilliant Andy Skinner's demo from CHA, I decided to give it a twist on Masonite instead of chipboard or mat board. 

The big difference here is that the Masonite does NOT absorb the paint to create the fantastic faux rust, BUT these colors are much the same as in Andy's demo

The edges of the pieces are brushed lightly with Inka Gold and Inka Gold-Copper as well as the Heart Key.

I've copied this cute vintage picture from my antique stash and found it was perfect for this Cameo frame inside the ATC Hutch Shrine - Adore. You can see a glimpse of the really cool stamped and painted interior here.

This is the outside with Cobalt Turquoise, some Paynes Grey and numbers stamped with Titan Buff. Black Archival Ink is used to stamp the script stamp last. I really love the distressed and vintage look here.

Here you can see the back of the Hutch that I stamped with Titan Buff and then used the glaze from Andy Skinner to "antique" it. 

This is the Hutch insides and back using the Quinacridone Gold, Black Archival Inks, and the glaze.

This shows the "before" Number Stamp side on the left, and the "after the glaze" on the right. Pretty amazing, Mr. Skinner!!!
The Stamps are all from The Artistic Stamper. Thank you again for those lovely beauties! Check out the links below.

These are all the different paints I used to create this. And in the little travel jar is the wonderful concoction of "GLAZE." 
So take the time to go see Andy Skinner's tutorials on YouTube and learn to make some really awesome Vintage keepsakes with Retro Cafe Art Gallery Masonite.
Your Friend in ART,
Products Used:
Rubber Stampede Crackle Stamp
Black Archival Ink