Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cherry Blossom Arch - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing the arch I created for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I have a gorgeous cherry blossom tree in my front yard. I wait all year for the couple of weeks that this tree is in bloom. The beautiful flowers are beginning to open up and I just can't stop looking out my window. The view from my front windows was my inspiration this week.


I started this project by gluing together 4 outer cuts from the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame. Then, I painted the frame with a layer of Gesso. Once the frame was dry I added color by brushing on Tattered Angels Espresso Bean Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I decided to only use the outer frames, no inner cuts (backing) for this project to create a cool see-through window effect.


I gathered some small branches from my yard, trimmed several of them to fit inside the frame, and then secured them with hot glue. I used Tattered Angels Leaf Plain Jane Baseboard Mist to color a segment of Grass Flexistrip. I dried the chipboard with a heat tool and then secured the ends of the grass strip to the bottom of the arch. This flexible chipboard is super fun to work with! Attaching only the ends of the strip created a narrow gap between the base of the frame and the grass border, which helps this arch to stand.


Next, I glued pink flowers and white leaves to the branches. Finally, I added a glass blue bird and a metal bird cage stick pin to complete the design. To finish, I lightly splattered the arch with white mist.

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Cross Artist Trading Card - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Easter Cross Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar for Lisa Marie Jimenez

Hi! I'm sharing an Easter themed artist trading card for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez today. I started this card with a manila artist trading card blank. Then, I embossed the card with a sunburst embossing folder. Next, I painted the embossed card with Turquoise Mountain and Honey Bee ColoriQue. Once that base layer was dry, I added White Summit ColoriQue splatters. After that layer was dry I misted the card with ColorBox Cosmic Pearl Rain spray, which added an iridescent shimmer. Finally, to help define the edge of the card and add an accent color to the rays, I applied ColorBox Harvest Chalk Ink to the ends of the rays and the edges of the card.

Painted Brass Victorian Cross by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

I painted a Victorian Large Cross Pendant for the focal point of this artist trading card. I used a raw brass cross, that I cleaned with rubbing alcohol before painting. You can purchase a similar pendant from Lisa in a matte brass ox finish HERE. I used Snow Summit ColoriQue for the flower petals, Honey Bee ColoriQue for the flower centers, and Avocado ColoriQue for the flower stems.

Hand-Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon with Grape Vine ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

Lastly, I hand-dyed a piece of seam binding ribbon with Grape Vine ColoriQue and threaded the ribbon through the decorate holes of the cross. I used clear double-sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon to the card.

ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez brings artistic color to metal, wood, glass, clay and more, and is available in 14 different colors plus a clear coat. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.

Supplies: ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Avocado, Grape Vine, Honey Bee, Snow Summit, Turquoise Mountain; ColorBox Cosmic Pearl Rain Spray, ColorBox Harvest Chalk Ink; Raw Brass Victorian Large Cross Pendant; Manila Artist Trading Card Base; Sunburst Embossing Folder; Seam Binding Ribbon

Friday, April 14, 2017

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art - Walnut Hollow

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art with Test Tube Vase by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm sharing the photo tutorial for this piece of wall art made from a Rustic Pallet Tray on the Walnut Hollow blog today. My backyard is my favorite place to escape to during the Spring and Summer evenings. I love to enjoy a cold glass of iced tea, tend to my herb garden, and observe nature. After a hard days work I often invite friends over to relax. Last year I created a wonderful patio ensemble and I wanted to add another colorful piece to the collection. I transformed a Rustic Pallet Tray into a fun piece of wall art with a splash of paint and a test tube. I'd love to have you stop by the Walnut Hollow blog for the step-by-step. If you're looking for a quick weekend project, this is a great one, and you can pick up this tray for less than $10!

If you have a little more time, this patio ensemble may be what you are looking for! I created these colorful pieces last year and I'm so looking forward to bringing them out of storage and onto my back deck. I created three video tutorials. I transform Walnut Hollow Hexagon Wall Decor Boxes into a mosaic table and a trio of vertical succulent planters. I also share how to paint and apply mosaic tiles to a Walnut Hollow Hexagon Serving Tray. Admittedly, these projects took a fair amount of time, but I think they were worth it!




If you try any of these projects, I'd love to see your take. Leave me a link in the comments section!

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art Photo Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art with Test Tube Vase by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

DIY Mosaic Serving Tray by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

DIY Mosaic Table by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

DIY Vertical Succulent Hexagon Planter Trio by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Blessing Arch - Tando Creative

Easter Blessing Easter Bunny Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing an arch I created for the Happy Easter theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started with an inner cut arch from the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame. Next, I covered the arch with a piece of pastel plaid patterned paper from the Pretty Little Studio Hopscotch Collection. I pull out this older line every year for Easter crafting. I just love the prints and vintage ephemera!

Chipboard Easter Egg Grass Border on Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I embellished the bottom of the arch with a piece of Grass-Flexistrip that I colored with green acrylic paint. I added some "eggs" to the grass, which are some leftover circles from the Round Grid that I also colored with acrylic paint.

Glittered Easter Bunny Die-Cut and Stamped Sentiment on Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I added an Easter bunny die-cut from the Pretty Little Studio Hopscotch Collection to the top of the arch. I embellished the bunny with a gold bow, (the die-cut has a black bow, but I wanted something a bit more fun) and some pink glitter glue for the cheeks and ears. I stamped the "Easter Blessing" sentiment with a stamp from the Paper Wings Productions Easter Cling Stamp Set and purple chalk ink onto a piece of white cardstock, and then cut it out and glued it across the widest section of the arch. I added some dimensional peach paint dots and a decorative looped trim around the edge of the arch to finish.

I think I'll leave this arch out for the Easter bunny. My daughter created a special card for the Easter bunny with some super cute fingerprint stamped chicks and rabbits. Maybe we'll both get an extra piece of candy!

You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several different styles of arches and grids available. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dad and Kids Craft Mother's Day Card - Clearsnap

Dad and Kids Craft Mother's Day Cards Tutorail by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I'm sharing a fun tutorial on the Clearsnap blog today that was fun for the whole family. My husband and kids joined me in my craft room to create Mother’s Day cards using the My First ColorBox range of products from Clearsnap. After gathering the necessary supplies for them, I stepped back and enjoyed watching them work together. I really love crafting with kids. Children are not encumbered by “rules” and they really enjoy the creative process. Their use of pattern and color is definitely fearless. This fast-paced card making session was super fun. I'd love to have you stop by the Clearsnap blog for the full supply list, tutorial, and fun video!

Handprint Name Tag Tutorial with My First ColorBox by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

I created another project with my daughters using My First ColorBox ink pads, stamps, and markers to create handprint name tags that are perfect for the first day of school or any event where a simple craft project will help break the ice. The handprint design makes a great keepsake. This project was just as much fun and is great for children ages 4 and up. You can view the photo tutorial at SplitCoastStampers.com, or click on the photo above to watch the video tutorial.

If you're not familiar with the My First ColorBox range from Clearsnap, here's some more information:

The My First ColorBox Mini Stamps are sets of 5 themed stamps packaged in a hinged tin box. The stamps are made from high quality red rubber. For first use, break the stamps apart and apply the enclosed stickers to the foam backing. The foam backing allows small hands to hold the stamps easily.

The My First ColorBox Dye Ink Pads contain fast-drying, kid-friendly, washable ink. The cases are stackable and have a raised edge that makes them spill-resistant. The recessed inkpad ensures that the work surface says ink-free in the event the inkpad flips over. Clearsnap offers 18 fun single color inkpads and 3 2-color inkpads.

The My First Mini Markers are 8 classic colors in a small size perfect for a young hand.

All of these products are manufactured in the USA and are safe for children ages 4 and up. I love that this range is packaged to look like the art supplies that I use. My girls feel more grown up when they can craft alongside me with their own supplies and I feel good that they can use these products without supervision.Visit Clearsnap.com to view the entire range of My First ColorBox products and crafting kits.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Patriotic Denim Flower Pin

Patriotic Denim Flower Pin by Dana Tatar
Some products for this project were supplied by Clearsnap, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Canvas Corp, and Walnut Hollow.
Hi! I'm sharing the quick tutorial for how I turned a denim flower into a patriotic pin today. My husband goes all-out in the wardrobe department for patriotic holidays. While he feels comfortable wearing stars and stripes patterned pants and a top hat, I'm much more comfortable wearing a small piece of flair with a bit of sparkle. I altered a plain denim flower with some of my favorite craft supplies to create this pin.

Supplies:
Canvas Corp Canvas Flower - Denim
Paper Wings Productions Flourish Fun 1 Clear Stamp Set
ColorBox Feisty Red Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins
ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder
Clearsnap Sapphire Glitter
Donna Salazar Designs with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Stars Runner
Hot Fix Rhinestones
Rhinestone Pin
Pin Back
Walnut Hollow HotMarks Tool
Heat Tool
Hot Glue Gun

Embossed and Glittered Patriotic Denim Flower Pin by Dana Tatar

Step 1: Apply red pigment ink onto a flourish stamp. Press the stamp onto the denim flower. Repeat this process until the petals are covered.

Step 2: Sprinkle the stamped flourishes with clear embossing powder. Shake off the excess powder and apply heat to set.

Step 3: Apply E-Z Stars to the flower. Sprinkle blue glitter over the stars. Press the glitter onto the adhesive stars by hand to help with adhesion. Shake off the excess glitter.

Step 4: Use the HotMarks tool to secure hot fix rhinestones onto the flower. Note: Hot fix rhinestones are great when you want a permanent hold. If you don't have hot fix rhinestones or a hot tool, rhinestone embellishments can be glued on instead.

Step 5: Add a rhinestone pin to the flower center.

Step 6: Use a hot glue gun to attach a pin back to the back side of the flower.

This project could be easily adapted into a hair tie or hair clip by swapping out the pin back for a different backing. I'm ready to celebrate the Memorial and Independence Day holidays. If you, a friend, or a loved one is or has been in the military, thank you for your service!

Patriotic Denim Flower Pin Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Believe Wings Plaque - Tando Creative

Believe Mixed Media Wings Plaque by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the wings plaque I created for the embossing theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I had a lot of fun creating this piece of altered art. I've been saving some supplies for a while and it feels good to use them on a colorful project with a positive message.

I started this piece with a Walnut Hollow 6"x8" Basswood Rectangle Plaque and then added a coat of blue acrylic paint. Once the paint dried, I added a layer of Dr. Martens tissue paper that I saved from a boot purchase. (After spending a significant sum on the boots, you bet I kept every scrap of tissue paper and the box!) I like the tissue paper for crafty projects because I just love the black cross pattern on the paper. I added a layer of gold crosses over the tissue paper by spreading Faber-Castell Gold Texture Luxe over the Crafter's Workshop Mini Positive Stencil. Next, I added color with a strip of bright yellow washi tape, hand-dyed pink seam binding ribbon, iridescent sequins, and purple dimensional paint dots.

Believe Iced Enamels Embossed Wings Mixed Media Plaque by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Happy with my base, 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 used 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 photo charm embellishment over the top.
 
Believe Wings Plaque Closeup by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative


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.