Monday, March 2, 2015

Butterfly Shrine and Birds on Wheels

I am so ready for Spring, and so I thought I'd make something bright and cheery in hopes that it will come soon! This is my project with a 
Personal House Shrine Kit II 
from Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

I started with the Bird Trinket Keepsakes. They come 2 in a package. 

I painted them with several Fresco Paints and stamped with inks and paint.

I always base coat with Snowflake Fresco and then add colors. Last come the stenciling and stamped images.

The butterflies were stenciled on first with Bougainvillea and China Fresco paints,  and then stamped images were added last. All the stamps are from Finnabair. Some are Cling and the smaller detail stamps are Clear Stamps.

This shows some inside and outside images. Then they're glued together with a small amount of white glue.

I think the Birds on Wheels were really cute. I added flowers with sprays and Art Sugar to the trinket cutouts.

The Butterfly had holes drilled and was hung with screw eyes and wire. The little Roses cover up the ends of the screws.

I made rather rough little birds from Paper Clay and painted with some bright new Fresco paints.

The back is stamped and painted with Finnabair Cling Stamps.

I added little Crowns an Hearts from the Bird Trinkets to stabilize the Birds. The Tags are pleading for Spring!

Hope you enjoy this and are inspired to make something bright and cheery to warm you up! And as always, let me know what you think!!!

Your Friend in ART,


Retro Cafe Art Products:
Finnabair Cling Mount Stamp Sets - Tea on DeckOld Town, Rust and Dust, Trust the Magic, and Don't Forget to Fly.
Finnabair Clear Stamps - Crackle and Messy

Other Products Used:
Paper Artsy Fresco Paints - Check out the wonderful new colors!
Finnabair Stencils - Checker, Lattice, Butterflies and Honeycomb
Archival Inks
Jewelry Tags
Distress Inks
Spray Inks
Screw Eyes
Gold Wire

Friday, February 13, 2015

Adore Canvas Collage on the Finnabair Blog

Time for another post for the Finnabair Creative Team on 

I love Vintage...vintage clothes, buttons, trims, name it I love it. So this is a tribute to a lovely little Lady in a magical setting.

I start with a 5x5 stretched canvas.

I lathered on the White Crackle Paste in a heavy pattern. The way this stuff crackles is totally amazing. I let it dry for a day and made sure by using a heat tool just in case. It was really thick.

Next I added Modeling Paste using the Checkered Stencil.

I sprayed some Walnut Ink onto the canvas and let it seep into the cracks, then I removed it in areas with a baby wipe.

 I painted touches of interference glazes to areas.  Using a sponge square, I added some Sepia Archival Ink to the edges and stenciled areas. 

Feeling brave, I sprayed several Dylusions sprays onto the canvas and sealed with a spray. There’s a thin line between brave and foolhardy, and I believe I crossed it. So, I set out to “fix” this little setback.
 I added 2 layers of Heavy White Gesso, and liked the results! Then a bit more Sepia Archival ink with a sponge. 

The next layer is black Archival Ink added with a sponge square. Then more Gold Interference Glaze. You can really see the shine and contrast of black ink here as well as the colors coming through. 

I added more Sepia and Black Archival Inks to the top and edges and gold to blend in. Then out comes the STAMPS! Fill in areas here and there with some black accent stamping using Sunrise Sunset #4 set.

I started to lay out the elements of the collage. I added Green-Yellow Inka Gold and Copper paste to the Pendant and Key

The Adore word had been painted and stamped, but needed to have more color to stand out, so I painted it Blue and added some Gold paste to the edges. 

This detail shot shows the incredible cracks created with the Texture Paste. 

I used Vintaj Patina paint on the Mechanical Leaves and cut a vintage picture for the center of the Pendant.  You can see the shading added here with pens and sparkle on the flowers with White Art Sugar.

The painted bird is from Retro Cafe Art and he sits atop a Medium Mechanical Flower that has Copper Micro Beads added with Soft Gloss Gel.

The peach colored flower sits atop another Medium Mechanical Flower.

And since I was lucky enough to receive my new box of goodies before this was finished, (YAY!) I added the wonderful Blush and Black Micro Beads, plus a sprinkling of Violet Glass Glitter. I think it's my new favorite glass glitter color.

Glue it all together with some 3D Gloss Gel, add 3 clear Rhinestones, and you're done! 

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Let me know what you think, or if you have any questions. Be sure to click on the links below for product information.

Your Friend in ART, 


Products Used:
Sunrise Sunset #4 Clear Stamp Set

Other Finnabair Products soon to be in stores:
Violet Glass Glitter
Black, Blush, and Copper Micro Beads

Other Products Used:
Retro Cafe Art Gallery - Birds, Valentine Word Cut Outs-Adore, Antique Brass Heart Key.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Finnabair's Gorgeous New Stamps on Tags

Just a quick post of some of the gorgeous stamps from 
that I've been so lucky to play with lately.

The detail in these beauties is amazing. LOVE them ALL!!!

This one is a "15 minute tag" I made to see if I really could just throw caution to the wind and DO IT!   I used the new Wood Block stamps for this one, but there is a Cling set called Trust the Magic as well.

I am notoriously slow and calculating. I take FOREVER to make a decision especially in projects. These pics are not great, but they show the basic layout that came together nicely with Tombow pens and Distress Inks.

I received the wonderful set of Wood Block Stamps and they are really a collector's item. They stamp a perfect image! 

This is one of the Cling Mount stamps that I used on a Retro Cafe Art Butterfly Wing. Pretty nice, eh? It stamped up great on the newly released Fresco Paints Bougainvillea and Lavender.  Gotta love those colors!!!

When I got my new product package with the stunning Mica Powders, I got busy and mixed up some luscious Purple with the 3D Gloss Gel

I mixed it in a little jello cup. Pretty awesome color isn't it? And sparkly, too.

When it was dry I started adding Distress is Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade. Just keep adding layers and layers of color until you get a deep, rich, background.

The gorgeous Ania is stamped with VersaMark and embossed with fine Black embossing powder. The set here is Don't Forget to Fly. You can see Bronze Micro Beads are added with Soft Gloss Gel that I stamped onto the tag first. I did the same with Gloss Gel and Art Sugar in a couple of places, too.

The Bronze Beads in her hair are added to tiny drops of glue. I stamped the phrases on paper and cut out to brighten the darkness of the tag up. 

You loose some of the fine detail when you use the embossing powder, but I wanted the image very dark to contrast with the bright colors.

This detail shot shows the beads, the black embossing and the purple mica powder paste with the stencil.

So keep checking with your LSS and online shops for the new products from Finnabair and Prima. They should be hitting your areas soon!
Hope you're inspired to create your own magic!