Friday, February 1, 2013

Vintage Valentine Shrine

Well it's been awhile since I wrote a tutorial for my blog. But there were 4 over at PaperArtsy. If you missed them, check them out here.
But I thought I'd run through a great little ATC Shrine Kit - Adore,  from Retro Cafe Art. This stands 5 3/4 inches tall and it perfect for Assemblage ART.
There are LOTS of links here for you shopping pleasure....just sayin'. And new stores started carrying Paper Artsy supplies in the USA!
So, let's get started!
The kit comes flat and is wonderfully easy to paint and put together. The fact that it's unassembled makes it so much easier to stamp and decorate!
 I start by base coating all pieces, front and back, with Snowflake Fresco Chalk Paint. I use a piece of Cut-n-Dry foam and dab it on. You can see the overlapping here onto my work surface. The paints come in opaque, semi-opaque, and translucent that determines your type of coverage.
Here by using the Opaque Snowflake, you get complete coverage!

Then we switch to a semi-opaque Eggplant. See how the white shines through a bit. This is the back.
Now add the Claret, a translucent, and you get a blending watercolor-type layer. I LOVE it! So different from any other product I've ever used. This is the inside front.

So when you stamp with Versafine Onyx Black and heat set, you get wonderful images. (back)
Versafine ink works best for the fine detail stamps here.
Some pieces are darker than others in the centers where I used London Night.
This shows the outside pieces after being stamped. I used HP 1104 and HP 1105 from Paper Artsy stamp sets for the hearts. And my favorite Imagination stamp  Ink and the Dog Mini 48.
This is the insides. I used some London Night all aroudn the outside edges.
Now you can start gluing with just a touch of Crafter's Pick the Ultimate, or your favorite white glue. I use a Pick to apply the glue. I used one of Tim's Mixed Media stamps and Majestic Blue Versafine ink on the inside walls.

I added some stamping with Smokey Gray Versafine and Mini 74...another Fav!
I added white penmarks to the top piece. Stamped with Rose Madder Archival Ink on the Heart Wings and added black pen dots. (check out the Rose stamp is upside down, but it won't madder...get it?)
The Wings were some I picked up in Minnesota that I cut the charm rings off of and sanded down. Then I used Butterscotch Alcohol Ink to paint them gold...they were silver.

The Red heart is painted with Claret 2 times and embossed with clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel. It's domed really, not sunken as it looks in the main picture.
 By base coating the Masonite pieces with Snowflake, you can make it any color you want....VERY cool!
I've had this picture FOREVER. It's from my 1st class in Altered Art with the talented Michelle Charles....years ago. She was an amazing teacher!
Anyhow, the bottlecap is painted with Alcohol Ink and dotted with a Black Glaze Pen.
Punch a hole with a 2 hole drill punch and hang a Heart Charm.

I stamped a label from Tim's Apothecary Set and added No. 9 for the middle sized bottle. The tall vile one and smallest one are decorated with tissue paper from Collections. I tied some twine and fibers around them for a bit of color.
Stamp a piece of Manila cardstock with love and edge with some Distress Inks and put in a Memo Pin. I wrapped a wooden spool with gold wire and stuffed some black tulle into the center.
The flowers are from Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Pearl Daisies and Mini Daisies.
 Sooooooooooooo, whatdaya think??? Let me know if you have any questions.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Like I said there are lots of links here for you to check out and use to shop.

And if you want some wonderful tutorials, I highly recommend Leandra's over at the PaperArtsy blog. Just listening to her is a real treat!



inkypinkycraft said...

Fantastic! Love it and great details trace x

Helen said...

What do I think? I think it's fantastic!! Love the gorgeous colours and stamping. The 'bits and bobs' finish it off perfectly.

Yours Artfully said...

How gorgeous is that little shrine....I love it. Fabulous project Linda and great tutorial too.

Lin x

Sue C said...

Gorgeous, absolutely love it ! Sue C x

Martha Richardson said...

Gorgeous...I orderd a shrine from Retro Cafe Art after reading another post here. Collecting some oddities to put in it ;)

Sharon Y said...

Wonderful! Love those colors.

Debby said...

Another beautiful project! Thank you for sharing your endless talents with us. Love the colors you used on the pieces. Gotta save up some coin for future purchases of those products.

Linda Cain said...

I love hearing from you guys out there. No fun talking to yourself you know...bits and bobs..perfect description! Hugs.


Mo said...

I'm getting more and more intrigued by your shrine projects!This one is awesome and I'm not big on Valentine's. My favorite things are how wonderfully you describe using the Fresco paints and the framed portrait.I'm ready to go to their site and see if I can pick a shrine to make a 'Seret Garden' (the book) project with.
Thanks very much for your detailed tutorials, anticipating all questions.
P.S. Thanks for your quick answer to my white pen question. I've gotten my paws on a white Sharpie and I'm going to do a test run today. :)

Lori said...

Very cool piece! Thanks for sharing all the details and the links!

Kate said...

Gorgeousness! I love your shrine. So much detail and yumminess to look at! Love the framed lady!

silvergran said...

Fabulous shrine! Links and instructions very helpful, thanks.

butterfly said...

What a beautiful creation - love the muted mauve and vivid pinks together, and the stamping is just gorgeous! I remember now - I think it was probably you that tempted me into Retro Cafe Art's lovely things. Have now got a bunch of tiny houses to play with!! And this is further temptation... I think it's just as well I don't live in the USA...
Alison x

Gillian .... said...

One word Gorgeous! Love this delightful little shrine Linda and thanks for the step through too! x

Anita Houston said...

Beautiful and filled with goodness! Love the stamped images too! Thanks for the step outs!

Anonymous said...

What do I think? I think it's brilliant. And completely gorgeous. I saw it on Friday, but didn't have time for a proper look, so I've now poured over every detail & I love it. Thank you for all the photos too, they're always a great help.

Kathy/NorthCarolina said... fab. I love the stamped image and that great vintage photo! Beautiful!

Jackie said...

I am so glad I saw the post on facebook! Wonderful tutorial! I have to try some of these hutches! I love making ATCs!