I've had a few moments of clarity lately...and they involved Retro Cafe Art Fairy Shrines.
I have found they match up really well with Fresco Paints and PaperArtsy Stamps.
(Links for stores that carry PA are on my side-bar on the right.)
These are the 6 Shrines I was able to create. 2 are duplicates for the Swap.
The Shrines come packaged flat, cut from Masonite, and they pop out perfectly!
They end up being about 4 1/4 inches tall.
I used the rectangular piece that comes out, shown here, to add my signature and create a little bit more of a stand when glued to the lower back of the shrine.
Here you can see the assemblage before I add the back.
The base coat on most pieces is several colors of Fresco Paints that I add with Cut-n-Dry Foam squares. Then I stamp with Archival Inks.
The inside of each of the shrines has embossed metal foil tape. Some have also been tooled with a detail roller as well.
This is the one I designed first. HOWEVER, do NOT add black permanent marker to the back of the Doll Head faces!!!
In some areas it will seep through, and create a badly bruised look around the lighter portions...like black eyes or a nose...Live and Learn.
Use a water-based marker to color on the back if you don't want to see white paper from behind,
Kristin had to send me more faces to finally get Joan of Arc back up and running here! Thank you Kris!
I love how the Blood Orange and Haystack combined here with Smoked Paprika create the body. And the Guacamole, Bora Bora and Inky Pool dress up the Dragonflies to go with the Turquoise glittered wings.
Martha Stewart Glitter Glue that I've had for ages just came in the perfect colors!
Here is the Queen....her background in the shrine is one I rolled down completely with a fine detail tool after embossing. Just a little different look.
The really COOL thing about the Doll Heads is that they're all cut out for you, and they are a perfect fit on the Shrines! Great Thinking, Kris.
And this little lady has the face I used after I ruined poor Joan of Arc, but I love how her coloring was perfect for the of the rest of the shrine.
Each Shrine comes with a Crown, but I used a Sunburst here instead.
I added the Large Arrow charm to the Moth.
So check out the links below, email me any questions you have, and get your little Fairy Shrines to join the Swap!
They're on SALE people!!!
- Coffee Break Design Shrines - Fairy Shrine Kits 1, 2 and 3
- Coffee Break Designs Cutouts - Ornate Mini Frames, Garden Insects, Large and Mini Flowers, and Sun Frames.
Products Used from PaperArtsy:
- Fresco Paints - Blood Orange, Smoked Paprika, Haystack, Bora Bora, Inky Pool, Guacamole.
- Martha Stewart Glitter Glue - Turquoise, Fire Opal, Florentine Gold and Tourmaline
- Black Archival Ink
- Metal Foil Tape
- Embossing Folder
- Metal Detail Roller
- Cut-n-Dry Foam
- Crafter's Pick-The Ultimate White Glue