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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hand-Painted Hamsa Journal - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Hand-Painted Embossed Antiqued Silver Hamsa Journal by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue

Hi! I'm sharing a journal that I altered with ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez today. I picked up this journal at World Market. (I also found this smaller set online.) The beautiful embossed antiqued silver metal front cover caught my eye right away. Both the front and back covers and spine are wrapped in a vibrant purple fabric. The journal pages are blank. The only thing this journal was missing was some color. Here is the journal before ColoriQue.

Embossed Antiqued Silver Hamsa Journal by Dana Tatar

I used the full range of ColoriQue for this project. I only needed a couple drops of each color to paint this entire journal cover, which measures 4x6 inches. I simply applied ColoriQue to the metal with a paintbrush and let dry. This journal will be handled frequently, so once the cover was completely dry (about 4 hours), I added a protective layer of ColoriQue Sealant.

Hand Painted Embossed Metal Journal with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

I'm absolutely in love with the vibrant results. I'm planning on picking up several more journals and coloring those as well! I think they would make great gifts!

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 and leather. ColoriQue dries quickly and is studio safe. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.

ColoriQue Painted Embossed Silver Hamsa Journal by Dana Tatar

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wood Slice Photo Plaques Video Tutorial - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Guest Designer

Wood Slice Photo Plaque Video Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi! I'm sharing my tutorial for how to transfer photos onto a wood slice on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today. I'm always looking for creative ways to display photos in my home. These wood slice photo plaques are such a fun way to add a rustic accent, with a bit of a modern twist, to any decor. I used 4x6" Adhesive Sheets, a Home and Hobby Dual Tip Glue Pen, and a Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Round Coaster for this project, which only takes a couple of hours to complete.

I'm displaying my photo plaques on small stands, but attaching mounting hardware to the back of the wood slice to create a wall hanging or adding a magnet and sticking it on the fridge are also great ways to display these fun pieces.

The adhesives I used for this project are non-toxic, acid free, and wash from hands and clothes with warm water, which makes this a safe project for school-aged children with adult supervision. Photo plaques make a great gift for family, friends, or a special teacher or coach. The upcoming Spring and Summer holidays and end of the school year gift-giving will arrive much faster that I am ready for, but I'm a little bit ahead of the curve with this fun set.

I'd love to have you stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog to watch my video. I also include full text instructions, a detailed supply and tool list, and some helpful design tips to help make your take on this project a success.

Wood Slice Photo Plaque Video Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Fly Wings Plaque - Tando Creative

Mixed Media Fly 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 a similar plaque last month, that you can view HERE, and 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 6" Basswood Thin Circle Plaque and then added a coat of blue acrylic paint. I then added a layer of gold flowers to the plaque by spreading Faber-Castell Gold Texture Luxe over The Crafter's Workshop Mini Folk Art Flower Stencil. Next, I added a fun print with a strip of floral washi tape, and purple dimensional paint dots.

Fly Wings Plaque Closeup by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative


I embossed a pair of wings from the Wings Set with Ice Resin Iced Enamels Ivory powder. 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 metal charm embellishment over the top. I added the word "FLY" with mini letter stickers and a bright pop of color with some hand-dyed yellow seam binding ribbon.

Plaques 1 and 2 in the Wings Series by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Here are the two plaques together. Be sure to stop by again next month to see the final plaque in this series. 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.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bee Keeper Layout - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Bee Keeper Layout by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created using ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez in two fun ways today. ColoriQue is a fabulous ink that brings color to metal, but also so much more. I used ColoriQue to color raw brass bees to adorn this layout. I also used ColoriQue to color raw chipboard. ColoriQue is super easy to use and I really love how vibrant the colors dry on all different types of surfaces.

My friend and I took our kids to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Whinchester, Virginia during Spring Break. We always have a wonderful time at this kid-friendly hands-on museum. Much to my delight there was a new exhibit called Pollinator Plaza. I was able to get super close to a live honey bee colony. It was amazing to see, hear, and watch them work. Of course, I took pictures!

How to Color Raw Chipboard with ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez by Dana Tatar

I used Honey Bee (How perfect is this color?!) and Black Diamond ColoriQue to color raw chipboard embellishments. Simply paint on ColoriQue with a paintbrush and let dry. I distressed the honeycomb and loose hexagon pieces of chipboard with brown dye ink.

How to Paint a Raw Brass Bee with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

I used Honey Bee, Poppy, Snow Summit, and Black Diamond ColoriQue to color raw brass bees. Before applying ColoriQue to raw brass it is necessary to clean the metal with alcohol. Once clean, I painted the bees. I used a very light coat of Snow Summit on the wings. The brass is still visible, which creates a great iridescent effect. I used a heat tool to dry the ColoriQue between colors, but you can blend and layer different shades of ColoriQue for unique effects.

Hand-Painted Scrapbook Embellishments with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

Once all the embellishments were dry I assembled the layout. ColoriQue dries quickly to the touch and completely in about 4 hours. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.


Friday, May 12, 2017

String Art Air Plant Hearts - Walnut Hollow

DIY String Art Air Plant Hearts by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I share the fun tutorial for these colorful string art air plant hearts on the Walnut Hollow blog today. I'm counting down the days until I am officially on Summer vacation. I have a list of projects that I want to complete before long so that I can sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I'm working on a vegetable and herb garden, various annual planters throughout my yard, and some fun decor projects.

I created this set of string art planters in a couple of hours. I {heart} the shape of these plaques! I left the top of the plaques the natural pine so that the air plants could shine, but added a bit of personality to the decorative edge of each plaque, which was perfect for painting. Both the heart-shaped plaques and the air plants are inexpensive, which makes this project a great gift idea.

I used the following varieties of air plants for my plaques: Tillandsia Capitata Peach (Top Left), Tillandsia Ionantha Red (Top Right), and Tillandsia Ionantha Orange (Bottom Right). I have these hearts hanging in my home as shown above, but these hearts also make great table accents. I'd love to have you stop by the Walnut Hollow blog for my quick tutorial, helpful tips, and more photos of this project!


Shop Walnut Hollow today and save 50% on all sale items! There is also a wonderful selection of NEW items that will have you excited about Summer decor projects.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Layers Artist Trading Card - Tando Creative

Peeled Layers Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Artist Trading Card that I created for the Soak It Up theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. One of the reasons I love Tando chipboard so much is for its strength. There are a lot of great techniques that can be achieved by soaking the chipboard and then distressing the layers. I soaked an artist trading card in water for several minutes, peeled the layers apart, and then let the card dry overnight.

How to Soak, Peel, Distress, and Color Chipboard by Dana Tatar

Next, I primed the chipboard with a white primer spray. Once that layer was dry, I added color with shimmery watercolor paint. Finally, I added a little stamping and some hand-written text.

How to Soak, Peel, Distress, and Color Chipboard by Dana Tatar

I found a wonderful quote on Pinterest that reads:

I reveal myself in layers if I deem you worthy.
I peel slowly. I watch your reaction.
One small flinch and I seal.

Not only does this quote pair perfectly with the peeled chipboard, it is also true for me.

Each of the peeled layers above is strong enough to handle more wet mediums, stamping, stitching, embossing, die-cutting, and so much more!
You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. Artist Trading Cards are available in greyboard, white-lined board, 4mm MDF, and 2mm acrylic. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Here Comes The Sun - Clearsnap

Here Comes The Sun ColoriQue Rainbow Layout by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I share a fun tutorial for a happy layout on the Clearsnap blog today. I started my adventures in art with scrapbooking. While I frequently create art projects outside of an album, I always go back to the page. I have a fair amount of older product that I am doing my best to use. The new ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez line of ink helped me to add a fresh twist to metal flower embellishments for this layout.

I have to confess that when I purchased these metal flowers back in 2012 I thought I would run out within the week. I ordered more than I thought I would need and also picked them up when I saw them in craft stores. A significant amount of these embellishments are unopened nearly five years later. I hope I’m not alone here!

I love the colorful makeover a coat of ColoriQue gave to the flowers. The vibrant color makes me happy and the coloring process took less than five minutes. The rainbow of flowers was a fun way to compliment the double rainbow my Sister-in-Law saw while she was vacationing in the Virgin Islands.

I find ink arranged in a rainbow of color so pleasing to the eye! I used 12 shades of ColoriQue for my layout. There is also a white (Snow Summit), black (Black Diamond), and clear sealant available. I have a nice mix of shiny, matte, and even a brass piece of metal to color. 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. Easily apply ColoriQue to a variety of metals, both raw and plated; as well as clay, ceramic, glass, wood and leather. ColoriQue dries quickly and is studio safe. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue. I'd love to have you click over to the Clearsnap blog for my quick tutorial. National Scrapbook Day is fast approaching and I hope you have some fun plans to celebrate the craft!

Painted Metal Embellishments with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap


Extraordinary Silliness - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Guest Designer

Extraordinary Silliness Layout by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi! I'm sharing an extraordinarily silly layout on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today as the first project of my Guest Design term. My daughter and her cousin are two peas in the same pod and always have a blast when they are together. Over the Christmas holiday these two kids had some fun with an Instax camera. I have created a layout using some of those pictures, some fantastic adhesive, and a mix of supplies in a festive holiday color palette.

The amazing Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L product line made attaching all my elements to the page super easy and fun. I used Gold Creative Photo Corners and Keepsake Envelopes to hold the pictures to the page. I absolutely love how these products are functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time! The other adhesives I used on this layout are strong and/or clear so I was able to achieve a seamless application that helped my photos and embellishments remain the focus.

I share which adhesives I used for what products and some design notes on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today and I really would love for you to click over. I'll be sharing a fun off-the-page project in a couple of weeks, so keep a look out for my next guest post!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Supplies:
Other Supplies: Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Crate Paper, Pretty Little Studio, Studio Calico; Die-Cuts: Heidi Swapp, Pretty Little Studio; Journaling Cards: Pretty Little Studio; Wood Snowflake Buttons: Maya Road; Flair Buttons: Pretty Little Studio; Tattered Angels Shimmers Water Color: Blue/Green, Goldenrod, Yellow/Green