Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Winged Heart Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative + ColoriQue by LMJ Designs

Winged Heart Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing a Mixed Media Board that I altered for the Antiquing theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I love working with Tando chipboard for many reasons, but today I'm really celebrating the strength of these boards. I added two large pieces of brass, plus other embellishments, to this board without any structural issues like bending, cracking, or breaking! If you're looking for strong bases for your mixed media and assemblage projects I highly recommend Tando Mixed Media Boards. These boards also look fantastic when embossed and they'll hold up to punching.

I applied a base coat of metallic paint to the board and then prepped two brass pieces from the Lisa Marie Jimenez Etsy Store for painting by cleaning with rubbing alcohol. I painted the decorative rectangular brass piece with Pacific Ocean and Verdigris ColoriQue. Once the paint was dry I sanded the brass for a distressed look.

Winged Heart Mixed Media Board Closeup by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I glued the decorative brass piece to the board and then topped it with the 7gypsies Architextures Findings Angel Wings Embellishments. Next, I painted a decorative brass heart with Ruby Slippers, Avocado, and Wisteria ColoriQue. Once the paint was dry, I sanded the brass for a distressed finish and then glued it down on top of the wings.

To complete these piece I added a metal arrow charm and a twine bow to the center of the heart.

You can find the mixed media board I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several chipboard sets available with wings that would work great in place of the wings stickers I used for my project. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

ColoriQue is a fabulous ink that brings color to metal, but also so much more. There is absolutely no prep work or special tools required to apply ColoriQue to most metal, raw brass being the exception, which needs a quick cleaning with alcohol before coloring. Blend and layer different shades of ColoriQue for unique effects. Distress dry ColoriQue with sand paper for an aged finish. Also, try adding ColoriQue to clay, ceramic, glass, wood, chipboard, and leather. ColoriQue dries quickly and is studio safe. Visit Lisa Marie’s Shop to purchase ColoriQue.

Friday, June 16, 2017

DIY Hot Stamped Hand Mirrors - Walnut Hollow

DIY Hot Stamped Hand Mirrors by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm sharing my tutorial for how I turned Walnut Hollow Round Serving Boards into hand mirrors on the Walnut Hollow blog today. You’ll be the fairest of them all with these easy to make and personalize hand mirrors! I adapted this project from a similar design by Martha Stewart, replacing her supplies with some of my favorites to create personalized functional pieces rather than décor items. I used the Creative Versa-Tool with the Mini Lowercase HotStamps Alphabet Set to wood burn names onto each mirror, but the Creative Versa-Tool includes a wonderful selection of tips that are perfect for burning more elaborate designs or hand lettering onto wood.


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DIY Painted and Hot Stamped Hand Mirrors by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow


Patriotic Decor - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Guest Designer

Patriotic Grater Decor by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi! I'm sharing a patriotic décor piece on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Blog today. I used ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez to add color to a stainless steel grater. Then, I applied Donna Salazar E-Z Stars to the blue portion of the grater. After the stars were in place, I sprinkled them with Donna Salazar Sugar Shimmer Twinkle Dust Glitter. Stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog for more photos and design notes and to find out what kind of adhesive I used to secure the fabric flowers and flag to this piece.

Patriotic Decor by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Moment - Scraps of Darkness May 2017 Attic Finds Kit

A Moment Calla Lily Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

Hi! I'm sharing the third layout I've created with the Scraps of Darkness May Attic Finds Kit today. My calla lilies are starting to bloom and I wanted to be sure to document their beauty. I love a great wood grain pattern and used two different pieces for this page. I started with the Authentique Rugged Five patterned paper for the base of the layout (Main Kit). Next, I added texture by spreading Prima Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste (May Creativity Add-On) over the Kaisercraft Splatter Mini Designer Template (Main Kit).

Rust Effect Stenciled Background by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness
I cut a strip of floral paper from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Market Signs patterned paper (Main Kit) and then tore it in half. I attached the torn paper strips to the background and then applied the wood grain sticker from the 7 Gypsies Junque Embellishments Pack (May Elements Add-On), which I cut in half to span the length of the page. Next, I cut the small floral design from the Scrapberry's Archive and Abacus patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On) into pieces and tucked them around the floral print paper.

Fussy Cuts and Flowers by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

I cut a small frame from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Ornate Frames patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On) and tucked it behind the photos. Next, I cut a circle from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Tin Ceiling Tiles Embellishments (Main Kit), highlighted the raised portion of sticker with Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Ancient Coin Acrylic Paint from the May Color Add-On, and tucked it behind the photos. I filled in the space around the photos with flowers and leaves from the Main Kit, the May Floral Add-On, and some flowers that I bought from the Scraps of Darkness Store.

Bird Cage Embellishment Title Spot by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

I created a small bird cage embellishment with a Scrapberry's Vintage Circus Metal Charm and a chipboard cage from the Blue Fern Studios Veranda Cage Set (May Elements Add-On). I colored the chipboard cage with the Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain from the May Color Add-On. To finish this layout I added a title using the Mr. Smith's Workshop Alphabet Stickers from the May Elements Add-On and the word "moment," that I cut from the Scrapberry's Archive and Abacus patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On).

I'm really happy with this page and I hope you like it too! Several of the May Add-On kits are still available from the Scraps of Darkness Store, but they are going fast! If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, why not join today?! You can find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Soar Wings Plaque - Tando Creative

Soar Mixed Media Wings Plaque by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the wings plaque that I created for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I created two similar plaques, that you can view HERE and HERE. I thought it would be fun to create a 3-piece plaque set with the 3 pairs of wings from the Wings Set.

I started this piece with a Walnut Hollow 5x7" Basswood Thin Oval Plaque and then added a coat of blue acrylic paint. I then added a layer of gold circles to the plaque by spreading Faber-Castell Gold Texture Luxe over The Crafter's Workshop Mini Halftone Circles Stencil. Next, I added a fun print with a strip of floral washi tape, and purple dimensional paint dots.

I embossed a pair of wings from the Wings Set with Ice Resin Iced Enamels Ivory and Silver Glitz powders. The Iced Enamels are designed to color metal, but I use these enamels on chipboard all the time and love the effect. The chipboard wings are one of three pairs included in the set, which varies in both wing design and size. I glued the wings to the plaque and then glued a metal charm embellishment over the top. I added the word "SOAR" with mini letter stickers and a bright pop of color with some hand-dyed yellow seam binding ribbon.

Mixed Media Wings Plaque Set by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Here are the three plaques together. You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several chipboard sets available with wings in addition to the set that I used for this piece including a fun steampunk set with cogs, and a whimsical mix of wings and hearts. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Detroit Rock City Wood Vignette - Scraps of Darkness May 2017 Attic Finds Kit

Detroit Rock City Wood Vignette by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

Hi! I went off-the-page with this project for Scraps of Darkness, focusing my efforts on the May Attic Finds Creativity Add-On, which includes a set of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wood Vignette Trays, embellishments from Blue Fern Studios and 7Gypsies, and a Finnabair Art Extravagence Rust Effect Paste Set from Prima. I flipped over the larger tray and built this piece on the back.

Detroit Rock City Wood Vignette Focal Point Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

I took this photo of downtown Detroit from a hotel window in 2014, before I headed out to see one of my favorite rock bands play. I layered die-cuts from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Emporium Ephemera Pack (Main Kit) and pieces cut from patterned paper from the May Patterned Paper Add-On to build up layers under the photo. I also tucked flowers from the Main Kit and the May Floral Add-On between the layers of paper. I colored the brown flowers with the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Crayon (Main Kit) and the Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain from the May Color Add-On.

Detroit Rock City Wood Vignette Gritty Background Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

I had a lot of fun adding color and texture to this wood vignette tray! I started with Tim Holtz Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain and Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Ancient Coin Acrylic Paint from the May Color Add-On. Once those mediums were dry, I cut the 7Gypsies Architextures Tall Base Chicken Wire from the May Creativity Add-On into segments and stuck it to the tray. Finally, I sponged on Prima Finnabair Art Extravagence Rust Effect Paste Set, also from the Creativity Add-On, over the chicken wire for a gritty finish.

Detroit Rock City Wood Vignette Gritty Title Closeup by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness

I used the Mr. Smith's Workshop Alphabet Stickers from the May Elements Add-On for the title. I hung the Scrapberry's metal microphone (Main Kit) from the hook at the bottom of the cage light embellishments from the 7Gypsies Architextures Junque Pack (May Elements Add-On).

Thanks so much for visiting! You can see the two layouts I created with the May Attic Finds Main Kit and Add-Ons HERE and HERE.

If you're a city girl (or guy) this kit is definitely for you! Several of the May Add-On kits are still available from the Scraps of Darkness Store, but they are going fast! If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, why not join today?! You can find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Love Black Modeling Paste ATC - Tando Creative

Love Black Modeling Paste ATC by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Artist Trading Card I created for the Black Modeling Paste theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. First, I brushed a coat of teal acrylic paint onto an Artist Trading Card. Once dry, I sponged on green acrylic paint over a floral stencil. Next, I spread a layer of DecoArt Black Modeling Paste over a script stencil. I love the contrast and depth the black paste adds to my design!

I colored the edge of the card with a black paint pen. Finally, I added an acrylic rose overlay that I embellished with a coat of glitter glue and a sentiment sticker to finish the card.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Enjoy Today - Scraps of Darkness May Attic Finds Kit

Enjoy Today Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club - May 2017

Hi! I'm sharing the second layout I've created with the Scraps of Darkness May Attic Finds Kit today. I had a lot of fun playing with frames for this page! I cut both the large frame and the smaller frame around the photo from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Ornate Frames patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On). I think the realistic texture captured on these frames is amazing. I used the 7 Gypsies Architextures Art Wall patterned paper (Main Kit) for the base of this layout. I loved the peeled floral wall paper and the nail was just perfect for hanging a framed photo on! I cut the gypsy picture from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Old Window patterned paper (Main Kit) and tucked it inside the smaller photo frame.

Rust Effect Stenciled Background by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club - May 2017

I added a bright pop of rusty orange to the background by spreading Prima Finnabair Art Extravagance Rust Effect Paste (May Creativity Add-On) over the Kaisercraft Splatter Mini Designer Template (Main Kit). I cut the circles from one of the 7 Gypsies Junque Embellishments and placed them around the page (May Elements Add-On).

Flower Cluster Detail 1 by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club - May 2017

I added flowers from the Main Kit and the May Floral Add-On to the page. I tucked in paper flowers that I fussy cut from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Emporium Ephemera Pack and a bow tied from the May Arts Denim Ribbon (Main Kit).

Flower Cluster Detail 2 by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club - May 2017

I purchased the gold and pearl vellum flower from the Scraps of Darkness Store. It paired perfectly with the gold and pearls on the woman in the photo that I couldn't resist adding it to the page.

Enjoy Today Title Embellishment by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club - May 2017

I cut the title for this page from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Market Signs patterned paper and "clipped" it to the top corner of the layout. The clothespin holding the sign to the page is actually paper. I cut the small clip from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Ornate Frames patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On)!

Several of the May Add-On kits are still available from the Scraps of Darkness Store, but they are going fast! If you don't have a Scraps of Darkness subscription, why not join today?! You can find out more about the club, at ScrapsofDarkness.com. We'd love to see your take on this kit. Share your work with us in the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Mixed Media Scrapbooking Community on Facebook

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Father's Day Photo Flip Book - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Guest Designer

Father's Day Photo Flip Book by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi! I'm sharing a super fun project for Dad on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today, a quick tutorial for how to put together this photo flip book using Keepsake Envelopes. These clear self-adhesive envelopes are a great way to store, protect, and display photographs. Unlike the photo sleeves commonly found in wallets, these envelopes won't yellow over time. The acrylic-based envelopes are also tear-resistant so they'll stand up to frequent handling for years to come!

It is so fun to flip through this book, but you'll have to visit the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog to peek inside! This photo book is a wonderful inexpensive gift for Dad, but this project is easily adaptable for any special person or occasion throughout the year with a change of cover art.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be back in a couple weeks sharing a festive home decor piece for the upcoming Independence Day holiday.

Supplies:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Adhesive Lines
Dodz Adhesive Dots Medium
E-Z Runner® Permanent
Keepsake Envelopes Mix

Other: Patterned Paper (Basic Grey); Letter Stickers (October Afternoon); Notecard (Elle's Studio); Flair (Fancy Pants); Fabric Tape (Love My Tapes); Paper Clip (Maya Road); Pen (Ranger)

Father's Day Photo Flip Book Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Home - Scraps of Darkness May Attic Finds Kit

Home by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - May Attic Finds Kit

Hi! I'm sharing the first layout I created with the Scraps of Darkness May Attic Finds Kit today. The textures and prints in this kit are so fun to work with! I paired leather and flowers together with a photo of a vintage suitcase I took while visiting the Detroit Antique Mall on a recent trip home for this first page. If you're interested in reading more about the antique treasures that can be found in a large city, CLICK HERE to read my article about my gypsy travels to Detroit, Michigan. I personalized this layout a bit by adding the Detroit area code to the bottom right corner. I cut these numbers from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Emporium Ephemera Pack.

Home by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - May Attic Finds Kit - Closeup

I used half a sheet of the Authentique Rugged One patterned paper (May Main Kit) and a half sheet of the 7 Gypsies Architextures Vintage Bunting patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On) for the base of my layout. I used the Prima Wild Flowers 6x6 Stencil (Scraps of Darkness Store) with the Prima Finnabair Art Extravagence Rust Effect Paste Set (May Creativity Add-On) to add a colorful textured pattern onto the Rugged One paper.

Home by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - May Attic Finds Kit - Suitcase Closeup

Next, I added the 7 Gypsies Architextures Stacked Suitcases Adhesive Embellishment and one decorative piece from the 7 Gypsies Junque Embellishments Pack to the page  (May Elements Add-On). These embellishments look and feel like real leather!

I cut a frame for my photos from the 7 Gypsies Architextures Ornate Frames patterned paper (May Patterned Paper Add-On). I tucked fussy cut flower clusters between this frame and my photos. I added a title to the page using Mr. Smith's Workshop Thick Alphabet Stickers (May Elements Add-On). I love the wood burned look!

Home by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness - May Attic Finds Kit - Flower Closeup

Finally, I added several flower clusters made from the May Floral Add-On to the page.

Several of the Add-On kits are still available from the Scraps of Darkness Store, but they are going fast! It's not too late to pick up the supplies to create a fantastic gift for Father's Day. I wrote a companion article that details some of the features of the Architextures embellishment line and more about my antique finds from Detroit, Michigan. If you're interested in some further reading, please CLICK HERE.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Butterfly Joy Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Butterfly Joy Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Mixed Media Board I altered for the color theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I had a lot of fun playing with texture and this bright color palette! I started this piece by applying a base coat of teal paint to a Mixed Media Board. Once dry, I used a small sponge applicator to add dots of green acrylic paint in a random fashion to the board. Next, I applied a strip of felt tape to the board.

Layered Butterfly Embellishment by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative


I colored two butterflies with ink and glued them together. I then added two buttons to the center of the layered butterfly. I further embellished the butterfly wings with dimensional paint. I added a puffy butterfly sticker, a sentiment sticker, and more dimensional paint dots to the board to finish this piece.


You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Door #5 - Tando Creative

Grungy Blue Door #5 by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the grungy door I put together using parts from the Andy Skinner Industrial Elements Set for the Steampunk theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. This set features a fantastic selection of chipboard cogs, washers, door plate sets, bookplates, bolt heads, and screw heads.

I started this piece by painting the door plate with blue acrylic paint. I then glued on several raw chipboard bolts, cogs, and screw heads. Once the glue was dry, I painted the raw chipboard pieces, letting the stray brush strokes distress the piece while I worked. I feel like this techniques yields a more natural aged look.

Next, I added a rub-on door number, a metal cog, a rusty metal washer, and a distressed metal key that I tied to the door with a piece of metallic string. I finished this door with a coat of Rock Candy Distress Stickles for texture.

I've created two other doors previously. Follow the links below to read more about each door.

Grungy Yellow Door #3 by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Grungy Door #27 by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative



You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of Andy Skinner products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.