Friday, January 30, 2015

NOW is the Right Time Tag with Finnabair Stamps

I had to share the AMAZING stamps from Finnabair. They are beyond gorgeous...and total works of ART in and of themselves.

So get busy and check out the links and get your LSS to order'll LOVE them!

This is a combination of 2 sets...Now Is The Right Time, and Don't Forget to Fly. 

This is how I started. I used the new Blue Mica Powder and Modeling Paste over the  Grungy Grid Stencil on 3 different sized tags. The new Stencils from Finn are perfect for Journaling and have small enough patterns to use on tags and cards as well.

(new products should be available in stores sometime in February. I link here to the wholesale site so you can see them.)

I used the large tag to start with and stamped the Finn image with VersaMark Ink. Then I sprinkled black embossing powder on that image and heated.

The deep black image is now perfect for creating contrast with a more subtle background.

I added Mustard Seed, Broken China, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean , Peacock Feathers and Black Soot Distress Inks all over the tag. Using lots of colors and several layers makes for a deep, rich, color...just like when you paint your walls. The more coats of paint, the richer and deeper the color you achieve.

This is a picture of most of the new products that should be arriving soon! 

The new Weaving Stencil was added with Vintage Photo Distress ink and various other stamps were added with Black Archival Inks.

The bubbles were stamped on Sunrise Sunset Sunbeam paper and cut out. Then I glued them around the tag background.

These fabulous new little Clear Stamps are from Finnabair. I stored them on plastic sheets that came with the Cling Stamps and labeled with a Sharpie marker. Perfect to punch a hole in the corners and hang on a ring.

I added a bow with a Mechanical Tassel combination.

The Crackle and Messy Clear Stamps were stamped on the tag background with Archival ink. The emblem stamped behind Finn is stamped with red Archival Ink.  ART in the Heart is colored with a Tombow pen and lots of white pen marks are added around the tag for contrast.

I love how this turned out. Stamping and Tags have always been one of my favorite things to do.

Let me know if you have any  questions. 

As Always,


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!